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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "Life in lockdown (September 26, 2021)"

    Topic 26th, September 2021: Life in lockdown
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    The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live, with many of us enduring prolonged periods in isolation while others have to work against the clock on the frontline. Not easy as it may sound, we all need to adapt to get through this tough time. Although the pandemic has brought us unexpected and difficulties, every cloud has a silver lining. We all hope that the pandemic will soon be over and we will get back to our “normal life”, but are our lives still the same as before?
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    Questions:
    1. How is your life in lockdown?
    2. What difficulties/challenges have you experienced in lockdowns? How have you dealt with them? Do you have any difficulties that can not be solved?
    3. Who are most affected by the pandemic?
    4. Do you see any positives in lockdown? What is the first thing you are going to do after the pandemic is over?
    5. What do you prepare for some uncertainties like this pandemic in the future?
    6. How has the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world/you forever?
     
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    (02:29:24 AM 21/03/2014)

    What's the difference between "still better", "better still", and "better yet"?

     

    I recently got this question on Twitter:

    The answer is "no". Here's what each of them means:

    Still better

    Use this when something was better before, and it continues to be better now. For example, a father might say this when his teenage son challenges him to a basketball game:

    I'm not as good as I used to be, but I'm still better than you.

    You can also use "still better" in a situation like this:

    A: How's your chicken?

    B: It's a little dry, actually. It's still better than anything I could have made, though.

    In this case, "still better" means "better, even though it has some bad points".

    Better still

    Use the phrase "better still" when someone makes a good suggestion, but you have an even better suggestion:

    You can send them your résumé, or better still, see if you can contact one of the hiring managers directly.

    A few notes about "better still":

    • It's more common in Britain than in the U.S. Americans use "better yet" more often.
    • You use it when 2 ideas are good, but the second idea is better. In American usage, you wouldn't say "better still"  if the first idea was actually bad.

    Better yet

    "Better yet" is basically the same in meaning as "better still", but it sounds a little more negative.

    You can use "better yet" in the same situations as "better still":

    Why don't you take a snack with you? Better yet, here's some money; stop and get something to eat on your way.

    You can also use it to offer a better suggestion to replace a bad idea. For example:

    A: It's not my fault I was late. I got stuck on the train. I'm sorry, OK? Next time I'll try to call to let you know.

    B: Better yet, why don't you take responsibility for yourself and leave eariler next time

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