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primarily • main source • secondary
voluntarily • going on
  1. My grandfather is in the hospital, but we don't know what's yet.
  2. If people don't do the surveys you aren't going to get honest information.
  3. He reads historical nonfiction.
  4. I do these interviews as sources, but I also do the experiments myself.
  5. Her of news comes from celebrity gossip magazines.
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Mixer #41 News Source

Find out how these six people tend to get their news.

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In Canada I got my news from primarily watching television.

The word 'primarily' has the same meaning as 'mainly'. The two words are interchangeable. Notice the following:

  1. elllo has many activities, but it's primarily a listening site.
  2. elllo has many activities, but it's mainly a listening site.

main source


My main source of news is the internet.

Our 'main source' is the source we use most often to get something we want. Notice the following:

  1. iTunes is now my main source for music.
  2. TV is still the main source of news for most Americans.

secondary sources


TV and newspaper's become secondary sources for news.

A 'secondary source' is our second choice of how best to to get information we want. Notice the following:

  1. The internet is a good secondary source for research, but I prefer the library.
  2. For medical advice, see a doctor. The internet is a poor secondary source.



I don't think I've ever voluntarily read a newspaper.

When we do something 'voluntarily' it means that we do it because we want to, not because we must. Notice the following:

  1. She voluntarily left her job at the IT company.
  2. Despite the protests, the President would not step down voluntarily.

what's going on


The Internet is a great way to see what's going on in the world.

The phrase 'What is going on?' is similar in meaning to 'What's happening?'. Notice the following:

1. Hey John, what's going on after class on Friday?
2. I heard a loud noise outside. I'm going to see what's going on.