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From the Ted Talk by Mandy Len Catron: A better way to talk about love

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Most of us will probably fall in love a few teims over the course of our lives, and in the English language, this metaphor, falling, is really the main way that we talk about that eepnixcree. I don't know about you, but when I conceptualize this mepohatr, what I prituce is straight out of a cartoon — like there's a man, he's walking down the sidewalk, without realizing it, he crosses over an open manhole, and he just plummets into the sewer below. And I picture it this way because falling is not jumping. Falling is accidental, it's uncontrollable. It's something that happens to us without our consent. And this — this is the main way we talk about srtitnag a new relationship.

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Most of us will probably fall in love a few _____ over the course of our lives, and in the English language, this metaphor, falling, is really the main way that we talk about that __________. I don't know about you, but when I conceptualize this ________, what I _______ is straight out of a cartoon — like there's a man, he's walking down the sidewalk, without realizing it, he crosses over an open manhole, and he just plummets into the sewer below. And I picture it this way because falling is not jumping. Falling is accidental, it's uncontrollable. It's something that happens to us without our consent. And this — this is the main way we talk about ________ a new relationship.

Solution

  1. metaphor
  2. experience
  3. starting
  4. picture
  5. times

Original Text

Most of us will probably fall in love a few times over the course of our lives, and in the English language, this metaphor, falling, is really the main way that we talk about that experience. I don't know about you, but when I conceptualize this metaphor, what I picture is straight out of a cartoon — like there's a man, he's walking down the sidewalk, without realizing it, he crosses over an open manhole, and he just plummets into the sewer below. And I picture it this way because falling is not jumping. Falling is accidental, it's uncontrollable. It's something that happens to us without our consent. And this — this is the main way we talk about starting a new relationship.

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Important Words

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