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image • month earlier • long list
for instance • through
  1. I have a of reasons why I don't really like him.
  2. I have this of her as a cheerleader.
  3. He works a lot the week and is usually tired by the weekend.
  4. They need a lot of things, , they don't have a bed.
  5. She had the baby a than the due date.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

839 Canadian Santa
Fred discusses the legend of Santa Claus in Canada.

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The image of Santa Clause in Canada is actually like snow.

Here, an 'image' is a picture of something we have in our mind.  Notice the following:

  1. My image of Egypt is sun, sand, camels and pyramids.
  2. The image of L.A. is Hollywood and movie stars.

a month earlier

The kids write a list of what they want for Christmas a month earlier.

'A month earlier' is a time expression that means 30 days before the topic we are discussing.  Notice the following:

  1. I submitted my paperwork a month earlier than the deadline.
  2. We received the shipment a month earlier than expected.

long list

That must be a pretty long list.

A 'long list' is a column of many things written in sequence one below another.  Notice the following:

  1. I have a long list of things to do this weekend.
  2. They had a long list of complaints.

for instance

For instance, if someone wants a bike, he writes, "I want a bike."

The term 'for instance' is another way to say 'for example'.  Notice the following:

  1. Some sports are a little dangerous, for instance, Formula one.
  2. We don't have to go to an action movie, for instance we could see a comedy.

through the year

If a kid has been good through the year, he will receive his gift.

'Through the year' is a time expression the covers from January 1st of the current year, until today.  Notice the following:

  1. The economy has been slow through the year.
  2. so far I've made it through the year without help from my parents.