一起烤雅思 1-17a WATER AND AGEING

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Today on Study English, we’re going to look at some of the features of formal, written English.

In our clip, we’ll hear from a man who believes that drinking water is the key to being healthy and living a long time.

He’s going to talk about how he came to his conclusion, and how he tried to get some support for his project.

How does nature do it? What keeps body cells going and how can we improve on that process so that we eliminate disease altogether and we live a long and healthy life? I don’t think death and disease is inevitable.

We stumbled on the fact that they weren’t actually getting rid of carbon dioxide out of their bodies, they were neutralising the carbon dioxide in their bodies, and we found out it was from the water they were drinking.

When we looked at these animals and saw what they were doing, it was exactly as we’d hypothesised and that was a great feeling. A real feeling of elation.

I tried and I tried and I tried to be conventional in that sense. I went to one hundred people. I wrote one thousand letters. I spoke to the Australian Academy of Science.

I spoke to the American Academy of Science. I spoke to hospitals. I spoke to professors of medicine, because I wanted to do work independently. I couldn’t get anywhere, so I had to do it other ways.

This is a food substance, this is something that’s been drunk for thousands of years. This
is probably where the mythology of the fountain of youth came from. There would have been
natural springs somewhere bubbling out magnesium bicarbonate at an alkaline pH value. And people that drank these springs lived longer.

But I want everybody to have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, and that’s been my life’s work, and we’re getting somewhere, we’re getting somewhere.


One of the most important areas for students to master is the difference between informal spoken language and formal written English, including academic language.

There are many differences between formal and informal English.

Firstly, in written language, all words must be spelt correctly. There should be no words in written English that you can’t find in a dictionary.

Another important difference is that contractions are not used in formal written English. We only use contractions in written English if we’re trying to represent the way that people peak.
The clip we’ve heard today is, of course,spoken English. Listen to part of it again and see if you can identify the features of informal English.

But I want everybody to have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, and that’s been my life’s work, and we’re getting somewhere, we’re getting somewhere.

When Dr Beckett is speaking he uses a number of contractions.

He says ‘That’s been my life’s work’, and ‘We’re getting somewhere’.

‘That’s’ is short for ‘that is’, and ‘we’re’ is short for ‘we are’.

So if we were writing these statements, we’d write:
‘That has been my life’s work.’
‘We are getting somewhere.’

There are many common contractions. By using them in your spoken language, you will sound more natural. But be careful to write them out in full in formal situations.

Watch for ‘not’ words like:
‘couldn’t, could not’,
‘wouldn’t, would not’,
‘shouldn’t, should not’,
‘won’t, will not’,
and ‘don’t, do not’.
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1、There _________ several students absent from class today.
2、The study found that the hypotheses _________ incorrect.
3、Neither _________ eligible to apply for the job.
4、Neither the football nor the tennis matches _________ interesting.
5、The kookaburra is an Australian bird which _________ on snakes.

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