avoid


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01. I think she's really mad at me; she keeps [avoiding] me.
02. The driver of the car had to swerve suddenly to [avoid] hitting a young child who ran into the street after a ball.
03. You can't [avoid] doing your homework, so you might as well get started now.
04. The [avoidance] of an excess of fatty meats has been shown to reduce the likelihood of heart attack.
05. The deaths of some villagers after the eruption of the volcano was [unavoidable], for the simple reason that these people absolutely refused to abandon their homes.
06. The tragedy was probably [avoidable] to some extent. The government should have been better prepared.
07. Police believe the accident was [avoidable] if only the victims had been more careful.
08. There is a Welsh proverb which states that there are three things it is best to [avoid]: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise.
09. Ramona Arnett once suggested that being in your own business is working 80 hours a week so that you can [avoid] working 40 hours a week for someone else.
10. Konrad Adenauer once said that history is the sum total of things that could have been [avoided].
11. Stress is practically [unavoidable], but it doesn't have to have a negative impact on your health.
12. You should [avoid] driving at times when you have an injury or illness that makes it hard for you to think clearly or quickly.
13. I try to [avoid] driving when the roads are icy.
14. In Vietnamese society, it is important to [avoid] fighting or any action that might bring shame to one's family.
15. In the Côte d'Ivoire, eye contact is usually [avoided], especially between a father and child.
16. Before playing sports, a light warm-up and stretch can help you to [avoid] any possible injuries.
17. According to the World Health Organization, despite improvements in medical care in the developing world, 10.6 million children and 529,000 mothers are still dying each year, mostly from [avoidable] causes.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

Synonyms:
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