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Straightforward English
Music: Benjamin Britten
Beware those who encourage ordinary people to be content with clumsy, SMS-style English.

IF ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ are to be more than catchwords, clear communication must be the rule, and not the exception. In a totalitarian state it may be sufficient for the dictator and his henchmen to be able to use straightforward language. Do we want a society in which placid masses take their orders from bosses?

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Must. Ought.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rule. Value. Mean.

Use together in one sentence: Must. Totalitarian. Dictator.

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Violet van der Elst
Music: George Frideric Handel
An eccentric, self-made businesswoman, who ‘made three fortunes and spent five’ in the campaign against the death penalty.

VIOLET Ann Dodge’s first job was as a scullery-maid, but a groundbreaking brushless shaving cream she concocted in her kitchen, Shavex, made her independently wealthy. In 1937, she bought the crumbling Harlaxton Manor, once seriously considered by King Edward VII for his summer retreat.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Manner. Manor.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Leave. Drive. Place.

Use together in one sentence: Once. Cream. Capital.

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