I will read each question. Then, please answer them.
- Do you always check the news on COVID-19?
- Are there stores near your house that had to close because of COVID-19?
I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me.
- shut /shuht/
[verb] – to (cause to) close something
My uncle shut down his restaurant.
- effect /ih-FEKT/
[noun] – the result of a particular influence
The medicine I drank had no effect on my cough.
- staff /staf/
[noun] – the group of people who work for an organization
The medical staff was very friendly.
- worse /wurs/
[adjective] – comparative of bad: more unpleasant, difficult
I added more salt to the ramen which made it worse.
- reduce /ri-DOOS/
[verb] – to become or to make something become smaller in size, amount, degree, importance, etc
They need to reduce the price of the cars they are selling.
Please read the whole article. Then, I will check your pronunciation and intonation.
Several businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) have re-opened but they are now facing worker shortage. Greene King, a pub in London, had to shut 33 of their branches due to their employees needing to go through quarantine. In the UK, people use an app that tells them if they come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and need to self-isolate at home. The rules for self-isolation will be eased on August 16 but many people are asking to make it much sooner. Helen Dickinson, the CEO of the British Retail Consortium said, “Store operations are already dealing with the serious effect of staff having to self-isolate and this will only make the economy worse, as cases are already climbing fast.” Meanwhile, the CEO of Marks & Spencer (MAKSY) Steve Rowe, has shared that they could possibly reduce store hours following the worker shortage. Recently, coronavirus cases reach up to 50,000 each day in the UK.
True or False:
Read the sentences and identify if they are true or false based on the article.
- The UK is not facing worker shortage.
- Greene King had to close 33 branches.
- The rules for self-isolation will be relaxed on August 16.
- According to Helen Dickinson, coronavirus cases are climbing fast.
- The CEO of Marks & Spencer is not planning to reduce store hours.
Fill in the blanks:
Choose the correct word from the table then fill in the blanks.
- The situation is getting ________.
- He ______ the door loudly.
- His words had a positive ______ on me.
- We need to ______ waste at home.
- Most of the ______ will be working overtime next week.