Monthly Archives: April 2010

Esquadrilha da Fumaça aircraft crashes in Santa Catarina

The pilot unfortunately died after an aircraft with the Brazilian acrobatic group Esquadrilha da Fumaça crashed yesterday in Lages, Santa Catarina. According to accounts given on the radio, there were about 10,000 spectators watching the airshow at the time of the accident. The group’s official website brought only a brief message with information about the accident, giving the name of the deceased pilot and the details about the aircraft, but you can read the news about the accident here, here and here.  Most bring a video of the crash.

May the pilot rest in peace.

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New rules for security checks in the US

As usual, if you want to go to the U.S., be prepared to have your life scrutinized…

Do you think it’s fair? Do you think a country has the right to consider everyone guilty until further proof? Do you think, given the number of terrorist attempts made against the United States, thet they are entitled to take any measures possible to protect their country and their people?

Check here an article in the New York Times about the new rules.

And here, read it on CNN.

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Same verb, different meanings… “Try”

The verb ‘try’ in English has more than one meaning, as follows:

“Try to do something” is different from “Try doing something”. Look at the examples to understand the difference:

“Try to get the cat out of there”. Is it going to be easy to get the cat out of the tree? No. And you are going to try, but you’re not sure you will be able to do it.

“I can’t use my laptop!” “Try getting the cat out of there”. Is it going to be easy to get the cat out of the computer? Yes. You will certainly be able to do it, but you are not sure that will solve your computer problem.

Were you able to see these two different meanings of the verb ‘try’?

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