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Hi

I've come across the following quite often--and I really don't know what they mean and when they are used. Yes, I've tried a few dictionaries, but I'm none the wiser! Emotion: smile

Prized possession

The heightened sense of things

Are these set expressions? Do native speakers use them often?

Thanks,

Tom
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Your prized possession is what you own that you value above all else.

For a child, it may be a stuffed elephant that she sleeps with.

For a collector, it could be a Monet painting.

For a typical American man, it's probably his 1967 Mustang.

Sometimes you are more aware of what is going on around you than other times. When you are very aware of things - how things sound, how they smell, how they feel, what's being said, etc. - you have a heightened sense of things.
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Oh, I'm at a loss for words to thank you, GG. Once again it porved to be a FULL LESSON.

To finish this, do you find these OK?

1) His writings are his prized possession. (possessions)?

2) Her small cozy room is her prized possession.

3) It wasn't fear that made me lock the room--it's just the heightened sense of things.

Tom
Hi Grammar Geek,

I see you used something that I've been trying to find the answer to for long time.

Sometimes you are more aware of what is going on around you than other times.

I wanted to know what you think is best and when its naturel to use [more than other times]

Sometimes he is nice, other times he's not.
Sometimes he is nice, at other times he's not.
Sometimes he is nicer than at other times.
Sometimes he is nicer than other times.
Sometimes he is nice, others he's not.

Sometimes the questions are harder than other times. Sometimes the questions are harder, other times easier.
Sometimes its more difficult than [at] other times. Sometimes it is more difficult, other times it is less difficult.
I'm more tired some times than [at] other times. It depends on the day.

Thank you for the time
Hi,

've come across the following quite often--and I really don't know what they mean and when they are used. Yes, I've tried a few dictionaries, but I'm none the wiser!

Prized possession Something that belongs to you, that is very important to you

The heightened sense of things Some people who take drugs say that they make all their senses more acute. They are very, very aware of everything, even small things like a drop of rain running down a window.

Are these set expressions? Do native speakers use them often? They are well-known phrases. They are not said everyday, but they are not unusual in a suitable context.

Clive
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