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Quick Write 103011 “Learning from Mark 5”

This is the fifth QW post of “Learning from Mark” on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/july-dec11/sandb_10-28.html . Actually, there are so many learning points from what David Brooks, the co-commentator, says on the program, yet I’ll continue talking about how Mark delivers his own views for a while. Hopefully sometime soon, I’d like to focus on how David develops his ideas and how skillfully and effectively he does so.

1) … we have just seen it in the unveiling of the tax plans on the Republican side, all of which show a tilt basically to those already well-off.
The noun “a tilt” means “a sloping position or movement, an inclination or bias (OED)”. I can use the phrase “show a tilt to” like “I’m no doubt willing to listen to what he has to say, but his comments always show a tilt to misogyny, and it gives me a pain in the ass.”

2) And I would simply say that the person I felt most sorry for were the people in Rick Perry's campaign this week
We just can copy the phrase “I’d simply say that the *** I felt most sorry for were/are… ” like “I’d simply say that the people I felt most sorry for are those who are forced to learn English while sacrificing the joy of learning it.”

3) And it was just a bad week. The only thing that saved him was that Rick Perry was having a worse week.
These sentences can sound ironic, but we can still make the expression sound a bit warmer by giving a little twist like “Okay, it was just a bad week. The only thing that saves us is that we were having a worse week.” Would it make you feel any getter? I hope it would.

(40 minutes / 298 words)

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