● To state something as true.（肯定，確認）
1.She affirmed her intention to apply for the post.
2.They affirmed that policies were to be judged by their contribution to social justice.
Be obsessed with sb/sth (idiom)
●Preoccupied with someone or something; unable to stop thinking about something.
1.Mankind has always been obsessed by power.
2.She is obsessed with personal hygiene.
Rather than (idiom)
●Used for saying that one thing is preferred to another or happens instead of another.
1.Rather than criticising your brother, why not find out if there's something wrong?
2.We want the matter settled sooner rather than later.
In this/that connection (idiom)
●You say in this connection or in that connection to indicate that what you are talking about is related to what you have just mentioned.
1.The police has registered a case in this connection.
2.Five people have been arrested in that connection.
●At the present time, in comparison to the past.
1.Who remembers those movies nowadays?
2.Children challenge their parents' authority far more nowadays than they did in the past.