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modern • spread out • as well
ahead of me • nuclear
  1. I would like hot tea .
  2. He got his driver's license a few days .
  3. We all decided to and look for the dog.
  4. This is a vacation for our family. no friends are invited this year.
  5. By standards this plane doesn't go very fast.
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Mixer #76 Family Size

Listen to six people talk about how big their family is and where they are now.

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by modern standards

I have, by modern standards, a big family.

When we discuss a topic 'by modern standards,' that means we use the knowledge, beliefs, and opinions that are common today, not the past. Notice the following:

  1. He has, by modern standards, a poor education.
  2. A millionaire, by modern standards, is not rich.

spread out

We are spread out all over the world.

Here, 'spread out' means in many different places around the world, not just in one particular location.  Notice the following:

  1. Branches of the school are spread out all over the city.
  2. The cows were spread out across the field.

as well

We also have two dogs as well.

The phrase 'as well' means 'in addition'.  It is often interchangeable with the word 'too'.  Notice the following:

  1. I have a car, a motorcycle and a mountain bike as well.
  2. I have a car, a motorcycle and a mountain bike too.

right ahead of me

My sister is right ahead of me.

Here, 'right ahead of me' means a little older.  Notice the following:

  1. We're twins, but my brother is minutes ahead of me.
  2. Today's your birthday?  Mine is tomorrow so you're right ahead of me!

nuclear family

We are pretty much a nuclear family,

A 'nuclear family' includes the father, mother and children, but not aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. I grew up in a nuclear family.
  2. Only one nuclear family living in a house in South East Asia is very rare.

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