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sun baking • for ages
  1. Steaming allows you to cook vegetables that adds no oil.
  2. These beans have been cooking and they still aren't done.
  3. It helped me make the right decision .
  4. Sure.  Let me just on a dress and let's go.
  5. We have been at the pool all day.
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877 Skin Concerns
Rebecca talks about the concern of skin cancer in a culture that like to be tan.

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in a way

I think our environment is the cause of it in a way because we do have the beautiful beaches.

'In a way' is similar in meaning to 'a little'.  Notice the following:

  1. I agree with you in a way.
  2. It has been good for me in a way.

Slip, slop and slap

The government's put out the slogan, "Slip, slop, and slap".

Here we have three idiomatic action words. We slip on clothing, slop on lotion, and slap on a hat to keep us safe from skin cancer.  Notice the following:

  1. Slop on some sunblock before you go to the beach.
  2. Slip on a shirt, slap on a tie and off to work I go.

in a way

You tan in a way that's not in the sun.

Here, the phrase 'in a way' is different in meaning than the previous one above. In this context, 'in a way' describes how we do something.  Notice the following:

  1. Engineers are designing cars in ways that requires less fuel.
  2. He teaches in a way that everyone understands.

sun baking

You see everyone sun baking.

'Sun baking' is similar in meaning to the much more common 'sun bathing'. It means laying in the sun getting a tan.  'Sun baking' would be a more informal expression and implies that this activity isn't really healthy.  Notice the following:

  1. Always use sunblock before sun baking.
  2. Always use sunblock before sunbathing. (better)

for ages

I don't have to sit in the sun for ages.

The term 'for ages' means 'for a long time'. How long depends on the context.  Notice the following:

  1. I've been waiting at the bus stop for ages.
  2. We haven't seen each other for ages.