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just • purposes • other than
 major • once in a while
  1. We go on vacation during the summer.
  2. Do you want anything else to eat that?
  3. She got married last month.
  4. I have one phone for work and the other for personal use.
  5. His is English Literature.
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917 Ron's Media Choices
Ron talks about the various types of media he prefers to use and why.

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Why just the news?

The words 'just' and 'only' have the same meaning and are interchangeable.  Notice the following:

  1. We have just one TV in our house.
  2. There is just one piece of cake left. Who wants it?


The only time I do read books is for school purposes.

A purpose tells us why someone does something.  Notice the following:

  1. I own a computer for business purposes.
  2. He must grown a beard for religious purposes.

Other than that

I mainly watch the news. Other than that, sometimes I'll watch sport.

The phrase 'other than that' means there is nothing more to do or say about something.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to clean the kitchen. Other than that, all the cleaning is done.
  2. We go to church on Sunday. Other than that, we do not do anything.


My major is International Relations.

Our major is or was our area of study at college or university.  Notice the following:

  1. Computer science is one of the most difficult majors in college.
  2. English is a popular major at that university.

once in awhile

I go to concerts once in awhile.

The phrase 'once in awhile' is similar in meaning to 'not often'.  Notice the following:

  1. I get out my guitar and play it once in awhile.
  2. Once in awhile, my dad cooks dinner for the family.