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first-hand • presence • the moment
moved • priceless
  1. When you are listening to an amazing concert it is easy to get lost in .
  2. You can read about it in books, but you can't fully understand until you see it .
  3. The look of surprise on her face was .
  4. I always looked for his at conventions, but I never talked to him.
  5. The experience really him and afterward he changed his life.
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firsthand experience

If you just donate money, you don't have the first-hand experience.

We gain 'first-hand experience' by doing something ourselves.  Notice the following:

  1. First-hand experience is the fastest way to learn.
  2. I became an intern to gain some first-hand experience.


Your presence is what is appreciated.

We use the word 'presence' to talk about our attendance a particular place or event.  Notice the following:

  1. Your presence is requested at the meeting tomorrow.
  2. You could feel the presence of ghosts in the old house.

in the moment

It's really important to be in the moment.

To be 'in the moment' means to focus on the present, not the past or the future.  Notice the following:

  1. For me, living in the moment means doing interesting things.
  2. To really enjoy life, it's important to be in the moment.

moved by the experience

You can't measure how much you are moved by the experience.

When we are 'moved by an experience,' we feel strong emotions such as sadness or happiness.  Notice the following:

  1. We were moved by the flood victims.
  2. I was moved by the kindness of the villagers.


It's priceless when I tell people about my experience.

We use the word 'priceless' to talk about something very special that we can't buy with money.  Notice the following:

  1. Her big, beautiful smile is priceless.
  2. The view from the top of the mountain was priceless.