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stray • just one • a dog around
landlady • any problems
  1. I will have to ask my if i can have a dog here for a few weeks.
  2. She gives food to the dogs.
  3. It makes her feel safer to have .
  4. This is of the millions of small streets in the city.
  5. I will allow you to do this, but I don't want .
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825 Stray Cats Part 1
Fred, Katia and Todd discuss what should be done about the stray cats in their area.

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stray cats


The first topic is stray cats

A 'stray' animal or pet has no home and lives on the street.  Notice the following:

  1. Stray dogs are a big problem in my city.
  2. There's a center for stray animals in my town.

this is just one corner


This is just one corner multiplied by twenty-five.

When we talk about only one of many, we use the term 'this is just one'.  Notice the following:

  1. This is just one cat of hundreds.
  2. This is just one of many possible solutions.

nice to have around


It's nice to have cats around.

When people or pets are 'nice to have around,' that means we enjoy being together with them.  Notice the following:

  1. I like having you around.
  2. It's nice to have the family around for special holidays.



I talked to my landlady.

A 'landlady' is a woman who owns the house, condo or apartment we rent.  Notice the following:

  1. She's been a landlady for over 50 years.
  2. My landlady is very strict about the late payments.

I've never had any problems


I've never had any problems of them.

We use the phrase 'I've never had any problems' with someone or something when our experience has always been positive.  Notice the following:

  1. I've never had any problems with him at work.
  2. Others are unhappy, but I've never had any problems.