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  1. Who has the at this intersection?
  2. They are adding a for birds next to the state park.
  3. We get a lot of about student discounts.
  4. It's about 15 minutes from here.
  5. She always knows how to solving difficult problems.
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923 The Welsh Coastline
Sharren talks about the beautiful coastal areas of Wales.

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protected area

The park is a protected area.

We protect an area to keep its natural environment safe.  Notice the following:

  1. The forest is now a protected area. You cannot cut trees there.
  2. That land is now a protected area so you cannot build houses.

the right of way

We help maintain the right of way so people can walk the whole of the coastal path.

Here, 'right of way' means a place where it's OK for people to walk or travel.  Notice the following:

  1. Cyclists do not have the right of way on the road. Cars do.
  2. You cannot sell food along the right of way.

inquiry

We get lots of inquiries about the local area.

In a sentence, the word 'inquiry' can almost always be replaced by the word 'question'.  Notice the following:

  1. The restaurant gets a lot of inquiries from people wanting jobs.
  2. Mary handles all inquiries at the front desk.

how to go about doing something

People ask how they go about planning a trip.

'How to go about' something is similar in meaning to 'how to do' something.  Notice the following:

  1. I am not sure how to go about asking her on a date.
  2. How do I go about reserving a room?

or so

You walk ten miles or so everyday.

We use the phrase 'or so' when the number we are talking about is not exact.  Notice the following:

  1. It should take you twenty minutes or so to drive there.
  2. The beach is about six miles or so from the hotel.