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Learn the future progressive tense

Date: Mar 11 2011

Themes: News

Grammar: Future Progressive Tense


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Revolutions don’t always make life easier or better for those involved, at least not overnight. But they do remind us of just how strong the will of the people can be.

Since late 2010, massive protests have taken place throughout North Africa and the Middle East. In Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, the protests have led to revolutions. Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and Bahrain are just a few of the other nations that have seen major demonstrations in their public squares.

No matter what one’s political beliefs might be, it’s impossible not to be amazed by how many people and nations have joined in the protests. Hear Jason and Amy’s thoughts on these demonstrations.


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Jason:  How closely were you following the Egypt saga?

Amy:  Pretty closely, I mean, I sort of feel like we’re really witnessing a historical moment as it’s happening. Like something that, you know, we’ll be reading about in history books.

Jason:  It seems like all of these countries who are dissatisfied with their rulers are taking a cue to start their own protests.

Amy:  I know. It almost seems like there’s nothing you can’t do if you just keep asking for it loudly and long enough.

Jason:  But it didn’t work in Iran, you know, right after their election.

Amy:  That’s true.

Jason:  I think you have to have huge, overwhelming numbers.

Amy:  Right. Well now that there’s been this change of government in Egypt I just hope that the new government or the new system that comes out of it is better for everybody there.


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Amy and Jason have both been paying attention to the protests in the Middle East and North Africa. Amy feels amazed to be witnessing so much historic change. She hopes that life will be better for people in Egypt and the other nations involved as a result of the protests and revolutions.

Jason is impressed by how many countries have started their own protests. He points out that protests aren’t always successful in creating change. But he, too, hopes for the best for the people of North Africa and the Middle East.

If you could change one thing about your country, what would it be?



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i like this lesson very much..am egyptian : thanks for this topic

01:38 AM Mar 11 2011 |

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