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Vocabulary Quiz
a stretch • apart from • can't wear
relative • what goes
  1. During the winter I black because it makes me look very, very white.
  2. He can't see colors, so it's hard for him to know with what.
  3. I like all music heavy metal.
  4. I usually use hairspray, but I can use gel at .
  5. Temperature is . I am used to cold weather, so this weather is hot and uncomfortable for me.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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What colors do you like?
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Mixer #54 Favorite Colors

Listen to the mixer group talks about colors they like and dislike.

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  • Vocabulary

at a stretch

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I prefer black or, at a stretch, dark green.

Here, the phrase 'at a stretch' is used to talk about a second choice because the first is not available.  Notice the following:

  1. I prefer milk in my coffee, at a stretch,  powdered creamer.
  2. We need butter, at a stretch, cooking oil will work.

apart from

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Apart from clothes, my favorite color is green.

The phrase 'apart from' is used to talk about something that is in some way different than other similar things.  It means the same thing as 'except for'.  Notice the following:

  1. Apart from the service, the meal was great.
  2. Except for the service, the meal was great.

I can't wear

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I can't wear red.

When we can't wear something, that means clothing of a certain color or style does not look good on us.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't wear black.
  2. I can't wear tight-fitting clothes.

It's relative

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It's relative. It depends on my mood.

When something is relative, we compare it in different situations.  For example, if you are lost in the desert, a bottle of water is more valuable than a gold Rolex watch; it's relative.  Notice the following:

  1. Happiness is all relative.
  2. Cheap or expensive is relative to how badly you want it.

what goes with what

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It depends on what goes with what.

In fashion, we use the phrase 'what goes with what' to talk about items that match or look good together.  Notice the following:

  1. Fashion magazines help with what goes with what.
  2. My dad's not good at choosing what goes with what.
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