Larisa English Club 25

Larisa English Club #25

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Welcome to Larisa English Club #25

What’s in The News? The American Industrial Revolution!

Speaking Practice. Mailing Letters and Questions with Do and Would!

English Grammar. What are Superlative Adjectives?

What’s in The News?

The American Industrial Revolution!

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods to machines, new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes, the increasing use of steam power, the development of machine tools and the rise of the factory system.

Textiles were the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution in terms of employment, value of output and capital invested; the textile industry was also the first to use modern production methods. The cotton gin invented by The American Eli Whitney is credited for the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution.

The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in history; almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way. In particular, average income and population began to exhibit unprecedented sustained growth. Some economists say that the major impact of the Industrial Revolution was that the standard of living for the general population began to increase consistently for the first time in history, although others have said that it did not begin to meaningfully improve until the late 19th and 20th centuries.

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Speaking Practice.

Mailing Letters and Questions with Do and Would!

Dean: Do you mind if we stop by the post office? I have to mail these letters and I don’t have any stamps.

Carol: Oh, I have some. We don’t need to go all the way to the post office.

Dean: That would save time. Can you let me have two airmail stamps and one regular one?

Carol: Here you are. Are you sure that’s enough?

Dean: Yes, that’s fine. Now all we have to do is find a mailbox.

Language Notes

Do you mind if we stop by the post office…? = Is it all right with you…? or Do you have any objection…?

Do you mind stopping by the post office? Stop with the suffix “ing” verb pattern.

Would you mind stopping by the post office? A question with “would”.

These examples are different ways to say the same thing! Often the verb “do” and the modal verb “would” are used similarly.