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In just fifteen years from now, the population of India is expected to surpass the population of China. By the year 2028 India will likely have 1.45billion inhabitants, and will exceed China’s 1.4billion. While giant countries such as China, India and Nigeria will see massive population growth, many other smaller countries are struggling with low fertility rates and a rapidly aging population.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
tie up some loose ends
Ryosuke: Are you free to play baseball this weekend?
Xui Li: I will be on Sunday. But on Saturday I have to stop by the office and tie up some loose ends.
Explanation: To “tie up some loose ends” means to finish up some things that still aren’t finished. It means to finish the last details of a job.
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Nurse: The new patient is having a great deal of trouble swallowing his food. He’s loosing weight and we’re afraid he might choke.
Doctor Huang: If this dysphagia continues, we may have to give nourishment intravenously.
Explanation: The term “dysphagia” means a difficulty in swallowing or drinking, often due to weakness or prolonged illness. The word comes from Ancient Greek. The root word means “problem/badly + eating”
THIS WEEK’S EMAIL PHRASE
We’ve almost finished the new software project. We’re just making some small changes and troubleshooting. We’ll be able to release it to our customers very soon.
Explanation: The phrase “troubleshooting” is used as a verb. It means to watch out for any small problem that comes up, and to find a quick solution.