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Dear Teachers,

1. Does "Thanks a whole lot" mean "Thanks a lot"? and is this common?

2. He's now just 23, and he really doesn't feel that he's some grandpa, you know?

- "He's some grandpa" means "he's pretty old", right?

3. First we have "freshman", then "sophomore", and in the fourth year we have "senior", so what do we call a "third year student"? and are these words applied to both college and university?

Thanks very much to Teachers,

Stevenukd.
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Hi,

1. Does "Thanks a whole lot" mean "Thanks a lot"? Tht's what it would mean to me. and is this common? Actually, I don't remember ever hearing this. Very common expressions include 'Thanks very much' and, more informally, 'Thanks a bunch', 'Thanks a million'.

2. He's now just 23, and he really doesn't feel that he's some grandpa, you know?

- "He's some grandpa" means "he's pretty old", right? Yes. Again, it's not a common or standard expression. Do you know the expression 'He's getting long in the tooth'.

3. First we have "freshman", then "sophomore", and in the fourth year we have "senior", so what do we call a "third year student"? I believe the term is 'junior'. and are these words applied to both college and university? I don't know. They are used in the USA, but in England they are not used at all, at least not when I lived there.

Best wishes, Clive
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Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

-- used for high schools and colleges and universities in the U.S.
Once you finish all four levels successfully, you are a graduate (or an alumnus (male) or an alumna (female)).

CJ
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When I was a child, I used to hear the term "thanks a whole bunch" with some frequency, and this would seem to be a variation. I believe it is a colloquialism from the southern US.

Never heard the term "some grandpa." Your interpretation makes sense.

Third year students are "juniors," and the term also applies to US high schools, which frequently have four years of study.
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