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The TV crew arrived at the scene.
The TV crew arrived at the scenery.
The scenery in Cyprus is beautiful.
The scene in Cyprus is beautiful.

A scene refers to one particular place, while scenery refers to the general appearance of the country. We don't use scenery in the plural.

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There were five people in the shop.
There were five individuals in the shop.

Use individual with a single person as opposed to the group: The individual must act for the good of the community.

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You should go to your house now.
You should go home now.

Take care not to say my house, his house, or your house when you should say home. A house is any building used for dwelling in, and home is the particular house in which someone is living.

Home may also denote one's own country. When an Englishman abroad says: I'm going home this summer, he means going to England.

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I like to sit in the shade.
I like to sit in the shadow.
The dog saw his shadow in the water.
The dog saw his shade in the water.

Shade is a place sheltered from the sun. Shadow is a shade of a distinct for as of a tree, a man, a dog, etc.

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The strong wind blew her hat away.
The strong air blew her hat away.

Air is what we breathe, and wind is what makes the leaves of the trees move.

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