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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
in poverty • disease • resolve
priority • budget
  1. We have to a few issues with this product before we try to sell it.
  2. Before we make a plan I need to know which your biggest is; money or fame.
  3. A vacation isn't really in my right now.
  4. I can't wait to graduate from school and get a real job. I'm tired of living .
  5. He has a very rare that causes his teeth to fall out.
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Should we go to space?
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Mixer #89 Space Travel

Various people discuss if the goverment should invest in space exploration.

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living in poverty

It's pretty hard to argue that we need space travel if you have people living in poverty in your country.

'Living in poverty' means having a lifestyle with very little money or completely poor. Here are two more examples:

  1. Students who are living in poverty have a good chance of getting a university scholarship if they get good grades in high school.
  2. In some places the people living in poverty seem happier than the rich people.

 

disease

There are so many diseases, war, and education problems.

'Disease' means sickness. Notice the following examples below:

  1. His disease eventually caused him to lose his eyesight and he became completely blind.
  2. Children should get vaccinations when they are young to avoid common diseases.

 

resolve

We should resolve things such as environmental issues before we look beyond our own home.

When a problem is 'resolved' it means that it is fixed. Here are some additional uses:

  1. They finally found a resolution to the problem.
  2. I’m wondering if you could help me resolve a little conflict?

 

priority

I don't think it should be a priority, but I do think it's worthwhile.

A 'priority' is something that is more important than other things. Here are some more examples:

  1. Health should always be your first priority.
  2. I’d love to go swimming today, but I guess it’s not my first priority.

 

budget

Perhaps a little bit of the budget should go towards that.

A 'budget' is the amount of money that is available to be spent. See additional examples below:

  1. Sorry, I can’t go with you. I’m on a tight budget and I don’t have enough money.
  2. We bought everything we wanted and we still have money in our budget.

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