TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
Singapore airport under renovation Changi Airport in Singapore is to start a $1.5billion renovation that will give the intercontinental hub a new shopping area and a five-storey glass biodome. A massive indoor garden will include a waterfall that comes through the glass roof. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
run out of time
Mitchell: How did your university entrance exam go?
Milo: I answered the multiple-choice questions well, but I ran out of time while answering the essay questions, so I only wrote a partial answer.
Explanation: When we say that someone has run out of time, it means that they were trying to finish something but did not have enough time left. We can also use the phrase “run out of…” to say things like “My car ran out of gas” or “The restaurant ran out of ice.”
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Patient: Can I have the surgery done here at this hospital?
Dr. Finn: This is only a local outpatient facility. We are rather ill-equipped to handle delicate surgery cases. The main city hospital in Miami is very well-equipped for cases like yours. I can write a referral letter for you.
Explanation: A “well-equipped” hospital is one that has all of the necessary devices, staff and technology to handle a situation. A facility that does not have the necessary equipment can be called “ill-equipped.”
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
We have noticed that in the past three years not even one female manager has been promoted to a higher position, while several male managers have received high-paying promotions. We need to address this issue of gender-bias in our corporation and draft an action plan to change our policies.
Explanation: The phrase “gender bias” means that an organization is favoring one gender over another.