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Superbowl Party

Mixer #84 Favorite Gadget

We ask people what their favorite gadget.

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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. 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. 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 someone by phone. See the example sentences below.

  1. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
  2. Football, hockey, and rugby are contact sports.

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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. See more examples below:

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