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social norm • despite • throughout
pull off •revolutionize
  1. We plan to drive there the traffic.
  2. There are many cafes the area.
  3. Lady Gaga breaks many with her actions and attire.
  4. Bill Gates how we use computers.
  5. He hopes to a perfect score on the test.
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Mixer 129 Who do you admire?

Listen as six people share who they admire as important people in history.

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social norms

She broke many normal social norms associated with politics.

Social norms are actions people do that the public view as acceptable behavior. Notice the following:

  1. Taking turns to speak in a social norm in most cultures.
  2. When you move to a new culture, it is important to learn the social norms.

despite

Despite the exteme and intense hardship he went through, he remained dedicated to his beliefs.

The words 'despite' expresses that an action was done, even though it was not logical. Notice the following:

  1. He continued to play tennis despite the pain in his knee.
  2. She got the job despite not having any experience.

throughout

He was a doctor that traveled throughout Latin America

'Throughout' is another way to say 'all over'. Notice the following:

  1. There are many fine restaurants throughout the city.
  2. He has taught English throughout Asia.

revolutionize

I think he revolutionized rock music, or music in general

When you revolutionize something you make a new idea a common practice. Notice the following:

  1. The microwave revolutionized how people cook.
  2. The computer revolutionized how people study and work.

pull off

He was able to pull off the civil rights movement because he was a very powerful leader

Here, the verb 'pull off' means to accomplish something that was hard to do. Notice the following:

  1. He was able to pull off an A in that class despite the fact that he did not study.
  2. The ice-skater pulled of an triple axel, the hardest just to do.