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sábado, 17 de março de 2012

Learning English from Cartoons: Saint Patrick's Day!



Today is Saint Patrick's Day and The Cagle Post has a selection of cartoons on that theme. This one is by Chris Weyant from The Hill.

A hiker is speaking to a leprechaun, which is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat. Legend has it that leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The man asks the leprechaun if he can get a full tank of gas instead of the pot of gold.

EXPLANATION

The cartoon is a comment on the soaring price of gasoline in the USA, which has seen a 32-cent jump in the past month, and now averages $3.83 nationwide. 

LANGUAGE NOTES

1. In American English, gas is short for gasoline, the fuel which is used to drive motor vehicles. In Britain, people use the word petrol.

2. "Any chance" is an informal way of saying "Is there any chance...", i.e., "Is there any possibility..."

• Any chance of a lift? 

• Any chance you might be seeing Tom?



from: http://www.englishblog.com/


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