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"From the Ted Talk by Graham Allison: Is war between China and the US inevitable?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

To remind myself how ahstsioned I should be, I osaionccally look out the window in my office in Cambridge at this bridge, which goes across the Charles River, between the Kennedy shcool and Harvard Business School. In 2012, the State of Massachusetts said they were going to reovante this bridge, and it would take two years. In 2014, they said it wasn't finished. In 2015, they said it would take one more year. In 2016, they said it's not finished, we're not going to tell you when it's going to be finished. Finally, last year, it was finished — three times over budget.

Open Cloze

To remind myself how __________ I should be, I ____________ look out the window in my office in Cambridge at this bridge, which goes across the Charles River, between the Kennedy ______ and Harvard Business School. In 2012, the State of Massachusetts said they were going to ________ this bridge, and it would take two years. In 2014, they said it wasn't finished. In 2015, they said it would take one more year. In 2016, they said it's not finished, we're not going to tell you when it's going to be finished. Finally, last year, it was finished — three times over budget.

Solution

  1. school
  2. astonished
  3. occasionally
  4. renovate

Original Text

To remind myself how astonished I should be, I occasionally look out the window in my office in Cambridge at this bridge, which goes across the Charles River, between the Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. In 2012, the State of Massachusetts said they were going to renovate this bridge, and it would take two years. In 2014, they said it wasn't finished. In 2015, they said it would take one more year. In 2016, they said it's not finished, we're not going to tell you when it's going to be finished. Finally, last year, it was finished — three times over budget.

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collocation frequency
rising power 5
ruling power 5
world war 5
xi jinping 5
international order 3
great thinker 3
consequential question 3
china means 3

Important Words

  1. astonished
  2. bridge
  3. budget
  4. business
  5. cambridge
  6. charles
  7. finally
  8. finished
  9. harvard
  10. kennedy
  11. massachusetts
  12. occasionally
  13. office
  14. remind
  15. renovate
  16. river
  17. school
  18. state
  19. times
  20. window
  21. year
  22. years