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1109 Home Schooling

Shiloh talks about not going to high school and being home schooled.

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So during home schooling did your mom teach you or was it largely self study?

Here, the word 'largely' is similar in meaning to 'mostly'. Notice the following:

  1. It's largely my fault.
  2. Steve Jobs is largely responsible for the success of Apple.

as if

It was almost as if I was in the real class.

Here, we can replace the phrase 'as if' with the work 'like' and the meaning is the same. the Notice the following:

  1. The movie made me feel as if I were there.
  2. The movie made me feel like I was there

apply for

The counselor helps you apply for colleges.

Here, when we apply for a school, that means we request, in writing, to study there. In common usage, we often say 'apply to'. Notice the following:

  1. He applied to several colleges.
  2. You should seek advice from a counselor before applying for university,


I did take standardized tests like everybody else does when they are in high school.

A standardized test is specific to a subject, not a particular book, or program. Such tests are of the same format most anywhere in the world. Notice the following:

  1. In The US, the standardized test for English is TOEFL.
  2. I had to take a standardized test to enter the program.


If I wanted to I could switch classes.

To switch something means to change it. Notice the following:

  1. I wish I could switch jobs.
  2. You can switch classes up to one week after the term begins.