Monday, September 25, 2017

Learn, Relax and Enjoy - 16

crescent (noun, adjective): a narrow curved shape; a quarter moon or smaller - The crescent moon could be glimpsed through the clouds.
create (verb): to originate, to produce through imagination - The musician created a new musical arrangement.
accretion (verb): growth by gradual addition - The accretion of dirt on windows is sometimes hard to detect.
increase (verb): to grow in size or amount -  Alfonse wishes he could find a way to increase his salary.
credible (adjective): can be believed, reasonable - The witness gave a credible account of the accident.
credulous (adjective): too ready to believe - The credulous child believed the story about flying horses.
incredible (adjective): unbelievable, amazing - Makiko said she just saw an incredible horror movie.
excursion (noun): a trip - The father planned an excursion to the zoo for his children.
discourse (noun, verb): a conversation, to talk  - The discourse between the speaker and the audience was informal.
courier (noun): a messenger - The courier gave the message to the secretary.

Sinking Ship

The ship was sinking---and sinking fast. The captain told the passengers and crew, "We've got to get the lifeboats in the water right away."
But the crew said, "First we have to end capitalist oppression of the working class. Then we'll take care of the lifeboats."
Then the women said, "First we want equal pay for equal work. The lifeboats can wait."
The racial minorities said, "First we need to end racial discrimination. Then seating in the lifeboats will be allotted fairly."
The captain said, "These are all important issues, but they won't matter a damn if we don't survive. We've got to lower the lifeboats right away!"
But the religionists said, "First we need to bring prayer back into the classroom. This is more important than lifeboats."
Then the pro-life contingent said, "First we must outlaw abortion. Fetuses have just as much right to be in those lifeboats as anyone else."
The right-to-choose contingent said, "First acknowledge our right to abortion, then we'll help with the lifeboats."
The socialists said, "First we must redistribute the wealth. Once that's done everyone will work equally hard at lowering the lifeboats."
The animal-rights activists said, "First we must end the use of animals in medical experiments. We can't let this be subordinated to lowering the lifeboats."
Finally the ship sank, and because none of the lifeboats had been lowered, everyone drowned.
The last thought of more than one of them was, "I never dreamed that solving humanity's problems would take so long---or that the ship would sink so SUDDENLY."

1) John decided _____ golf on weekends.
 to begin          to commence            ►to take up  to start up
2)It _____ to me whether we meet them or not. 
 ►makes no difference       makes not a difference
 is indifferent                                      is not a difference
3)We were  _____ after all the hard work.
 wear out         outworn        weary out      ►worn out
4)We saw _____ wild animals while on vacation. 
 ►quite a few                        quite much   quite many   quite some
5)They are late as usual. I don't think we should _____ them.
 await for         ►wait for       await on         wait on
6)Are you _____ the competition?
 enter             going entering           go to enter     ►going to enter
7)You had better _____ the tourist information office.
 ►inquire at  inquiring at   inquire to       inquiring at
8)Ireland was part of the UK, _____? 
 didn't it           ►wasn't it     hasn't it         weren't it
9)They will be _____ at the party.
 ►present       presents        presenting    at present
10)Will they go _____ this summer?
 Swim             to swim          ►swimming to swimming

There’s a bear in that tree
There’s a pear in the tree
He had the beach to himself
He had the peach to himself
They burned it
They have earned it
Say ’boil’
Save oil
This is a nice pear
This is a nice affair
Would you like a copy?
Would you like a coffee?

1)What ‘I’ means traveling from place to place? Itinerant
2)What ‘P’ is the mooring place for large ships? Port
3)What ‘D’ is to undergo decomposition? Decay
4)What ‘M’ is a wind that changes direction with the seasons? Monsoon
5)What ‘R’ is to wake someone from sleep? Rouse
6)What ‘H’ is to sharpen on a whetstone? Hone
7)What ‘S’ are numerical facts systematically collected? Statistics
8)What ‘R’ is waste fragments of brick or stone? Rubble
9)What ‘T’ is a cashier’s money container? Till

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