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look around • exception • her attention
relying on • distinct
  1. With the of pretzels, I don't like salty snacks.
  2. The north and south parts of Vietnam have two cultures.
  3. You can sleep if you want, but I am going to go the city a little bit.
  4. I stopped my parents when I finished university.
  5. He caught because of his bright colored clothes.
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Mixer #23 Shopping

Six people talk about how they feel about shopping.

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have a look around


I like to go to shopping malls and just have a look around.

When we 'have a look around' that means we check to see if there is anything interesting.  It can be looking for something positive or negative. Notice the following:

  1. I heard a strange noise downstairs.  I'm going to have a look around.
  2. There is a big sale at mall.  Let's go have a look around.



When shopping, I try to make quick decisions, the only exception being with jewelry.

To make an 'exception' means to do something differently than we usually do in similar situations.  Notice the following:

  1. I never loan money, but you're my friend so I'll make an exception.
  2. With the exception of Liverpool matches, my dad never watches TV.

catch [my] attention


Jewelry always catches my attention.

When something or someone 'catches our attention,' we become interested.  Notice the following:

  1. Cool clothes always catch people's attention.
  2. Her mixed British-American accent caught my attention.

rely on


I tend to rely on my girlfriend or my mother to buy my clothes.

When we 'rely on' somebody for something, that means we need them to support or take care of us.  Notice the following:

  1. I rely on my secretary to manage my schedule.
  2. Most kids rely on their parents for spending money.



I go shopping for clothes to wear for distinct seasons.

The word 'distinct' is similar in meaning to 'specific' or 'clearly different'. Notice the following:

  1. As of March 2010, there are 10 distinct time zones in Russia.
  2. Swiss citizens speak four distinct languages.