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-There were two cats at the fountain. The two cats were talking with each other.-

"Did you lose some weight?" I asked.
"I lost a little. I was not able to eat. On Saturday and Sunday my family are taking me traveling with them."

I had a really light heart. And my heart could understand everything.

"Well, after you come back, why don't you go to the botanical gardens with me?" I decided to ask her.
"The botanical gardens?"
"It means, "the place where there are a variety of plants" and it's in the campus."
"Yes, well, after I came back, I'll go with you."
"Let's meet up at the pond when the chime for classes rings on Monday afternoon."

It is a date! I was dancing in my heart. And that reminded me of the other one.

Today's points

-The point 1-

Did you lose some weight?

"Lose" is used if we become slim.

Did you lose some weight?
I lost five kilograms.

I must lose weight. Is there a way to lose weight?
You should stop eating sweets.

But if we are not slim, we can say "gain" or "put on."

Are you gaining weight?
Oh, yes … I have gained weight.

"Kilo " can be used as "kilogram." The plural form is "kilos."

-The point 2-

I decided to ask her.

"Decide to …" means we have the plan or we have the intention.

What are you going to do after you graduate from the university?
I have decided to study abroad.

What are you planning to do in the summer vacation?
I haven't decided yet.

Hello, Sherry. Pina told me that Libre decided to leave here.
Buttered, yeah, it's true.
Sherry … I hear Fiona will come here before she move out.

By the way, we can use "choose", if we get a way or etc, among something.

This is nice. I'll choose this for a birthday present.

Moreover, the noun form is "choice." "I have no choice." means I do not get anything or I can not get anything in literal translation.
Thus, it is used if we have to do it because we do not have the other way..
And "You can have your choice." means you can get something or you can do as you like.

We have to say goodbye to Libre.
We have no choice.

You can have your choice.
Which is better?

-The point 3-

It means, "the place where there are a variety of plants" and it's in the campus.

This "where" is the relative adverb, it is used as the relative pronoun. The difference between them is, the relative pronoun explains a person or something but the relative adverb explains a place or time.
We can use when, how and why as it without where. Here, where and when are explained.
At first, the above can be divided into the two. It is as follows.

a. It means the place.
b. There are a variety of plants in the place.

In (5b), "the place" means the place of (5a). "The place" with the preposition "in" is changed into "where" and moved before (5b). Next, it is put after (5a).

Unlike the relative pronoun, the prepositions like "in" or "on" are included when it is changed into the relative adverb.
The relative adverb can be changed into the relative pronoun. In the case of it, the prepositions are left. It is as follows.

It means the place in which there are a variety of plants.

But the above is not in spoken.

This is the classroom where Mr. Collins is teaching the international situation.
Ah, how is he teaching the students?
We can look into the classroom through the window.
Ah, hm, half of students seem to be sleeping.

Look! Pina is drinking water on the fountain. Hello, Pina.
Hello, Buttered and Sherry. Do you want to drink?
How about you, Sherry?
No. I wanted to come at the fountain where I first met Libre.

Next, we explain "when" as the relative adverb, it is used like "where." But it is used to time which is "time" or "day" usually as the noun in sentences.

The day when I met Libre was a holiday. There were a few students. I won't forget the time when we first met.

"When" is often omitted.

-The point 4-

And that reminded me of the other one.

"Remind" means something give us a hint or we find it. "That reminded." is used when we put something in mind in discourse.

Hey, Rickey. Where are you going?
I'm going to the post office.
Oh, that reminds me. I must send the letter.

Do you know where Fiona lives, Buttered?
Yes. My friend told me. But I have never gone to her house. I might lose my way.
You can get to her house.
You won't lose your way.
Oh, that reminds me. Does Roy know about Libre?
No one tell him.

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