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evolution • to be honest • whim
settled on• embarrassed • wind resistance
  1. I bought this purse on a but I think it's my favorite one.
  2. I'm to say that I graduated from university 5 years ago and have never had a serious job.
  3. It was interesting to see the of the band over the years.  Their style changed a lot.
  4. There was so much it was difficult to bike quickly.
  5. , this is not my favorite dinner that you have made.
  6. They have naming their dog Spot.
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982 Getting Groomed
Tom talks a little about what men are willing to do and pay to look good.

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stages of evolution


There are many stages of evolution.

We use the phrase 'stages of evolution' to talk about something that has slowly changed over a long period of time. Notice the following:

  1. From classical to jazz to rock etc., western music has gone through many stages of evolution.
  2. Over the last 30 years the cell phone has undergone many stages of technological evolution.

to be honest


To be honest, I just don't know.

We use the phrase 'to be honest' when we want or need to be direct. Here are two samples:

  1. It's too bad you and John broke up, but to be honest, I didn't like him very much anyway.
  2. Everyone loved the Thai buffet, but to be honest, the food was a little too spicy for me.

according to my whim


appearing according to my whim

When we do something according to our whim, we do it based on a feeling, not for any special reason. Notice the samples:

  1. I never plan what I'm going to wear. I always dress according to my whim.
  2. Suzanne styles her hair differently everyday. She changes according to her whim.

I've settled on


I've settled on a goatee.

To settle on something means to make a decision. Here are some samples:

  1. I bought a pair of Levis today. I couldn't decide between black and blue, but I settled on the black ones.
  2. Our daughter looked at many schools abroad, but settled on UCLA.

embarrassed to say


After years of study, I'm embarrassed to say I don't speak English well.

We feel embarrassed when other people learn something about us we don't want them to know. It's usually not a serious secret. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. In high school I had a crush on Justin Bieber I'm a little embarrassed to say.
  2. I know we've met, twice actually, but I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've forgotten your name.

wind resistance


Is wind resistance that important?

When an object; for example, an airplane, a formula one car  moves at high speed, air pushes back in the opposite direction causing wind resistance. Notice the following:

  1. Modern F-1 racers are of very aerodynamic design to reduce wind resistance.
  2. In this view, Tom's cyclist friend actually wasn't much concerned with wind resistance after all.