TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Searchers detect an underwater signal: Ships and aircraft from several Pacific countries are rushing to an area of the Southern Ocean where an electronic signal has been detected. The signal is at the same frequency of the flight recorders in passenger aircraft, and hopes are rising of finding the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft. The batteries that supply power to the electronic beacons in the flight recorders are only estimated to last for one month, and it has already been five weeks since Flight 370 disappeared.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
John: Can we sit for a while and talk about the volleyball schedule?
Tony: Actually, I was just about to step out. I can come back in an hour and we can talk then.
Explanation: If someone says they are “about to step out” it means that they are going to leave the room (or building) and come back later.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Police Officer: Have you determined the victim’s cause of death?
Dr. Kim: Not yet. We have made a preliminary report, but we need to wait for the results of the coroner’s report.
Explanation: A “coroner’s report” is an investigation into the cause of a person’s death. The coroner’s work is usually a part of the police services. In some countries the coroner is called a medical examiner.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
the transfer went smoothly
Thank you for registering for the international conference. Your bank transfer went smoothly, and your fee has been deposited in our bank account. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Explanation: If someone says that a transfer “went smoothly,” it means that it was completed without any complications.