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binary • benefits • detriment
a lot coming • easy on
  1. My teacher was us during the break and assigned little homework.
  2. You've got if you think this class is going to be easy .
  3. To the of his grades, he kept his part-time job when he went to college.
  4. Reading usually one's writing skills.
  5. All statements are . Either they are true or false.
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1026 Grades

Nydja talks about grades and whether we need them in education.

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It's more binary.

Binary refers to a system of only two. For example, yes and no make a binary system. On and off make a binary system. There is only one choice between two things. Notice the following:

  1. Most computers are made of binary code using either one or zero.
  2. Baseball is very binary. You are either safe or out.



It benefitted me.

If something benefits someone or something, then they gain something because of it. Notice the following:

  1. The trees benefitted from the rain.
  2. I benefitted from the long holiday.



It was to my detriment.

Detriment refers to something or some action that causes damage. Detriment is the opposite of benefit. Here are a few examples:

  1. He continues to smoke to the detriment of his health.
  2. Some people feel the process of learning suffers to the detriment of testing.

be easy on


I will not be easy on them.

When someone is easy on another person, that means they are very kind and nice and careful not to be strict or hurt their feelings. The opposite of being easy on someone is being hard on them, or tough with them or strict with them. Study the examples below:

  1. Please be easy on Bob today. He is feeling very sad.
  2. My coach was always easy with us after a loss, but tough with us after a win.

have a lot coming to them


They have a lot coming to them.

Here the phrase, 'have a lot coming to them' means that the recipient, or person being talked about will have a lot of accountability or judgement later on. They will be held to higher standards or judgement even though maybe they don't expect it. The phrase 'another thing coming to them' means the same thing. Notice the following:

  1. If my students think I am a kind teacher, well, they have a lot coming to them.
  2. You have a lot coming to you if you think I can forgive you for your actions.