Friday, July 20, 2012

(to) have it all

Here's a nice expression that was popularized by the women's liberation movement of the 1960's and 1970's. 

Today's headline is this:

If Marissa Mayer can 'have it all,' can you?


Here's another headline with a slightly different take on the matter:

Women (and Men) Can Have It All

And this:


Women Can't Have It All Because
Nobody Can Have It All


But the expression doesn't only refer to women (and men).  See our next headline:

Why America Can't Have It All

Reading these articles, what do you think that "having it all" means? 

With reference to women, can a woman "have it all"?

Can a man "have it all"? 

Can America "have it all"?

And who defines what "having it all" means?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Making a Choice: Which is worse?

One English structure that really stymies learners of English is the structure that provides for the person to make a choice.

One person asks:

Which is Worse: Making a Mistake or Losing an Opportunity?

You have to make a choice. You choose "making a mistake" or "losing an opportunity".  If you choose "making a mistake", you are saying that making a mistake is worse than losing an opportunity. If you say "losing an opportunity", then you are saying that losing an opportunity is worse than making a mistake. 

What do you think: Which is worse: Making a mistake or losing an opportunity? Why?


Here's one more:

Regular Soda or Diet Soda: Which is Worse For Your Health? 


Again, you have to choose one. Do you think that regular soda is worse for your health than diet soda, or that diet soda is worse for your health than regular soda? You must choose one.

What do you think? Which is worse for your health: regular soda or diet soda?  Why?


In all cases, when somebody asks you a question of this nature, you need to choose one.

Which is more difficult for you: listening or speaking?


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