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even • once • dark period
 while • otherwise
  1. you finish the book I want you to tell me what you think.
  2. His junior year in college was a very for him.  He almost never left his bed.
  3. She doesn't eat any sweets, not chocolate.
  4. You need to eat breakfast you will be hungry in a few hours.
  5. you were in the shower I ordered the pizza.
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950 Life in Summer
Aiste and Christophe discuss summer in their countries of Belgium and Lithuania.

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We even have one of the biggest and most famous music festivals.

When we compare two things and the second is surprising, we use the word 'even'.  Notice the following:

  1. Everyone came to the party, even Joe.
  2. I hate all fruits, even strawberries.


Once you get older, then you don't like that anymore.

Here, the word 'once' simply means 'after'.  Notice the following:

  1. Be sure to call me once everyone gets here.
  2. You need to flip the egg once it turns white.

a dark period

After a very dark period when sun comes out.

A dark period is a sad or difficult time.  Notice the following:

  1. Winter in Alaska is a very dark period.
  2. He went through a dark period after his divorce.


We spend time together while swimming and enjoying the sun.

We use 'while' to talk about two things happening at the same time.  Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy drinking coffee while reading the paper.
  2. I always listen to music while exercising.


Visit in summer otherwise you won't get a good impression.

Here, the word 'otherwise' has the same meaning as 'or'.  Notice the following:

  1. You need a jacket otherwise you will get cold.
  2. You need to write this down otherwise you will forget.