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gadgets • domestic • contact
years ahead • plug
  1. The school had to his parents because of his behavior in class.
  2. I can't believe there is only one outlet in this room. Where do you in your computer?
  3. I don't have a lot of , but I couldn't live without my MP3 player.
  4. There are many different bus companies that travel there.
  5. He is always of everyone else with his gadgets.
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Mixer #83 Free Education

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My favorite gadget is my cell phone.

A 'gadget' is a small, usually electronic or battery-powered tool such as a cell phone, an electronic dictionary, or a remote control. Many times gadgets make life easier, but they are not necessary. See some additional examples below:

  1. When I go camping, I take a break from technology and leave all of my electronic gadgets at home.
  2. This little gadget can count the distance you travel when you walk or run.


I always talk with my friends over Skype, domestic and international.

'Domestic' refers to one’s home. In the example above, 'home' has a larger meaning: one’s state or country. Domestic is the opposite of international. It can be replaced by the word 'national.' See two more samples below:

  1. She hasn’t been to practice this week because she is having some domestic problems.
  2. If you are taking a domestic flight you should go to terminal one – for international flights, go to terminal two.


I really like being able to contact my friends at anytime on my cell phone.

In the example above, 'contact' means to call or text someone by phone. See the example sentences below.

  1. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
  2. I haven't tried to contact him since his accident.

years ahead

My new cell phone is years ahead in technology from my last one.

'Years ahead' means that something is technologically, intellectually, or artistically advanced. Notice the example sentences below:

  1. He was years ahead of his classmates in Math.
  2. He was the first person to play music like that so that style wasn’t popular until later. He was years ahead of his time.


I plug it in.

A 'plug' is the tool at the end of an electrical cord that goes into an outlet on the wall. It is also used as a verb: to plug in, meaning to put the end of the cord into the outlet in the wall. See more examples below:

  1. I plugged in the plug.
  2. Did you try unplugging it and then plugging it back in?