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conveniently • snatch • tough to
people watch • soothing
  1. The music is very to listen to.
  2. I had someone my bag from my shoulder.
  3. It is get a reservation at that restaurant.
  4. I love to go to the cafe and .
  5. The gym is situated on the first floor.
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1041 Ginger's Place

Ginger explains why she chose to live where she does.

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conveniently located

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Is it conveniently located?

If something is conveniently located, it is in a place that is easy to get to or it is close to places that you might need; such as a shop, post office, school or public transport.

  1. The apartment we found is conveniently located just a five minute walk from downtown.
  2. The bus stop for the route going to my home is conveniently located just outside the school gates.

snatch your bag

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The motorbikes will snatch your bag.

"Snatch" here means to take or grab something quickly, in this case your bag meaning your handbag or purse.

  1. "Stop! Thief! That girl snatched my wallet and is running away".
  2. Last time I went on holidays, I had my camera snatched, so I am just taking a disposable one now.

tough to get around

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It can be tough to get around.

"To get around" something means to by-pass it, either a rule or an obstacle. "Tough" here means difficult.

  1. Getting around Australia's import controls is tough because they have a strict policy to keep many things out.
  2. It's tough getting around the attendance rule at our university, the teacher keeps a daily record of who comes and who doesn't.

people watch

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It's fun to be out and people watch.

"People watch" just means relaxing somewhere and watching the people go by.

  1. A park near the centre of town is a great place to people watch, you can see all different kinds of folk there.
  2. "I get most of my ideas for characters from just people watching at my local shopping centre" the writer told the interviewer.

soothing

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It can be very soothing.

When something is "soothing" it is relaxing and peaceful.

  1. A long soak in a warm, bubble bath is very soothing after a tough day at the office.
  2. Some people find Bach soothing but I prefer some quiet Pat Metheny guitar music to relax to.
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