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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Building the impossible Golden Gate Bridge

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But Strauss was cienvocnd the bridge could be built; and that it would pvdrioe San Francisco’s commuters more reliable passage to the city. He was, however, a bit out of his depth. Strauss’s iiantil plans to span the strait used a ciealventr bdrige. This kind of bridge consists of a single beam anchored at one end and extended horizontally like a diving board. Since these bridges can only extend so far before collapsing under their own weight, Strauss’s design used two crivnetlaes, linked by a structure in the middle. But elils and his colleague Leon Moisseif convinced Strauss to pursue a different approach: the suspension bridge.

Open Cloze

But Strauss was _________ the bridge could be built; and that it would _______ San Francisco’s commuters more reliable passage to the city. He was, however, a bit out of his depth. Strauss’s _______ plans to span the strait used a __________ ______. This kind of bridge consists of a single beam anchored at one end and extended horizontally like a diving board. Since these bridges can only extend so far before collapsing under their own weight, Strauss’s design used two ___________, linked by a structure in the middle. But _____ and his colleague Leon Moisseif convinced Strauss to pursue a different approach: the suspension bridge.

Solution

  1. cantilever
  2. convinced
  3. bridge
  4. ellis
  5. provide
  6. cantilevers
  7. initial

Original Text

But Strauss was convinced the bridge could be built; and that it would provide San Francisco’s commuters more reliable passage to the city. He was, however, a bit out of his depth. Strauss’s initial plans to span the strait used a cantilever bridge. This kind of bridge consists of a single beam anchored at one end and extended horizontally like a diving board. Since these bridges can only extend so far before collapsing under their own weight, Strauss’s design used two cantilevers, linked by a structure in the middle. But Ellis and his colleague Leon Moisseif convinced Strauss to pursue a different approach: the suspension bridge.

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Important Words

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  27. moisseif
  28. passage
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  39. suspension
  40. weight