Nov 19

“Watching your child leave for college is bittersweet.”

“Bittersweet” describes something that is both happy and sad. When children leave for college, parents are happy that they have grown and succeeded at school, but sad that they are leaving.



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Nov 18

The saxophone was invented by a Belgian named Adolphe Sax in 1846. “Phone” means sound, and “sax” comes from the inventor’s name! Do you like the sound of a saxophone? What kind of musical genre do you usually hear it in?


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Nov 16

“Don’t take my advice then! See if I care!”

“Fine! I won’t!”


“Fine” usually has a positive meaning, but it is also used in frustration when arguing. When we say “fine” angrily, we usually are not fine with it at all!





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Nov 15

“The governor has yet to _____ to these allegations.”

Fill in the blank.
A. respond
B. response
C. responsive
D. receive



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Nov 14

Guy Fawkes wanted to assassinate the king of England. He and his friends almost succeeded at blowing up Parliament, but they were caught. This gave rise to Guy Fawkes Night, celebrated each November 5. People light bonfires and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes.


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Nov 13

“You have to help me. Ninjas are following me around everywhere!”
“There’s no such thing as ninjas. It’s all in your head.”

If something is all in your head, it doesn’t exist in reality. Sometimes we worry a lot about something that isn’t a problem because it isn’t true. Sometimes we can even make ourselves sick just by believing we are sick.



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Nov 12

The cashew is a curved nut. It originally came from Brazil. The cashew nut is actually a seed inside the part that hangs down from the “cashew apple”. It looks very different from other nuts!


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Nov 11

This is Mars, the red planet. It is the next farthest from the sun after Earth. It is named for the Roman god of war. In some ways, Mars is similar to Earth. Maybe someday we will be able to live on Mars.


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Nov 09

“Looking back at graduation, I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had at this school.”

November is a time to be thankful for the harvest and all the other good things in life.



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Nov 08

Criticize can be a valuable resource to increase customer satisfaction.

Where is the mistake?
A. Criticize
B. valuable
C. increase
D. satisfaction


主語は名詞が基本ですが、ここでは動詞の「criticize」になっています。動詞でも形を変えれば名詞扱いができますが、「to criticize」や「criticizing」でないといけません。しかし、この文章ではそのように変更しても自分が批判するという意味になってしまいます。(批判しているのはお客さまなど他人です)正解はAです!

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