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insane • upsetting • banned
smuggle • matter
  1. I read some very news in the newspaper.
  2. Firecrackers are because of so many accidents related to them.
  3. They were apprehended for trying to pirated CDs.
  4. Would it to you if I'm gone?
  5. You must be to have done that!
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1134 Types of Crime

Rebecca talks about the types of crime one finds in her area of America.

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I thought it insane that we lived in those areas!

Here, the word insane is used informally to express surprise. Notice the following:

  1. That's insane!
  2. No way! Are you insane?


It would be very upsetting.

Something that is upsetting makes us angry. Notice the following:

  1. His drunken behavior at the party was upsetting.
  2. That's upsetting news.


In England, they banned guns.

Something that is banned is forbidden, usually by the government. Notice the following:

  1. In my hometown, smoking has been banned in all public places.
  2. There's an alcohol ban at all school functions.


People smuggle pistols into the country.

The word smuggle means to secretly and illegally move people or things from one place to another. Notice the following:

  1. Alien smuggling is a big problem at the border.
  2. The gang was arrested for drug smuggling.


Why would it matter?

Something that matters is important to us. Notice the following:

  1. Your opinion matters to me.
  2. Does it matter what I say?