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going back • blamed • as he said
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  1. I know they say " ", but my legs really hurt from running.
  2. to our earlier conversation about coffee, do you want to go get a latte?
  3. My brother me for breaking the lamp.
  4. I can't that it can be lonely living in a foreign country.
  5. before, he has no plans to move back home.
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908 Keeping it Off
Jade from Korea talks about keeping his weight off and maintaining his slim body.

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going back to

So, going back to before you went in to the army, what made you get so big?

In conversation, to 'go back' means we return to an earlier topic.  Note the following:

  1. Going back to what you said earlier, I think the weather is getting warmer.
  2. Now, going back to your first point, is that really true?


I don't want to blame American culture.

We blame someone or something that we think caused a problem.  Note the following:

  1. The banks are to blame for the economic crisis.
  2. I was blamed for scratching the car, but I didn't do it.

as you said

As you said, American food can be unhealthy.

We use the phrase 'as you said'  to repeat something another speaker has said.  Note the following:

  1. Well, as you said, young people just are not the same these days.
  2. As my dad said recently, the key to happiness is having a good family.


I won't deny that I really like burgers and pizza.

We deny something that is not true about us.  Note the following:

  1. The man denied that he stole the money.
  2. I can't deny that I have gained a little weight.

no pain, no gain

There is a saying, "no pain, no gain".

The phrase 'no pain, no gain' means that if we do not work hard, we will not be successful.  Note the following:

  1. At the gym, our motto is "no pain, no gain".
  2. I hate to study so much, but no pain, no gain.