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Earthquakes hit Latin America: A series of major earthquakes and aftershocks have hit Chile and Nicaragua this month. An 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Iquique, Chile on April 1. Tremors were felt as far away as Bolivia and Peru. Ten days later, Nicaragua suffered a 6.1 earthquake, causing multiple injuries.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
John: Are you going to Mark’s party this weekend? There’s going to be great food, and a live band.
Jennifer: I’m afraid I have to work. But I’ll try to stop by later, because I really don’t want to miss out.
Explanation: When someone doesn’t want to “miss out” it means that they don’t want to be away from an event where everyone is having fun.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
outweigh the risks
Steve: I’m afraid of the side effects associated with taking this drug.
Dr. Wong: I understand, but the benefits outweigh the risks.
Explanation: When we say “the benefits outweigh the risks” it means that the positive points are greater than the negative points.
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
I don’t think that we should accept the offer from the IT company. I don’t trust them. I think they’re cherry picking the statistics that they’re giving us.
Explanation: If someone is “cherry picking” information, it means that they are only sharing the most pleasant information without mentioning the unpleasant information.