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What’s in The News? Microgreen Study Shows Health Benefits.

Speaking Practice. At the Hotel.

English Grammar. Verbs + -ING

What’s in The News?

Microgreen Study Shows Health Benefits.

“Microgreens” are tender young plants grown from the seed of certain herb, vegetable, and grain crops that can be clipped at the stem and eaten fresh within 2 weeks of germinating.

Some chefs have touted the taste, texture, color, and delicate appearance of microgreens, adding them to soups, salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. Microgreens can also contain more nutrients than full-grown plants. Red cabbage microgreens, in particular, have garnered attention for their potential to help protect against chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death in the United States.

“Although microgreens, such as those from red cabbage, have been reported to possess more nutrients [than mature plants] and are perceived to be ‘healthier,’ no known study has been conducted to evaluate whether consumption reduces cardiovascular disease risk factors,” according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Thomas Wang and his co-authors in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Speaking Practice.

At the Hotel.

Clerk: Yes, sir. May I help you?

Tony: I have a reservation for tonight. Tony Davis.

Clerk: Just a moment, please, while I check. That is correct. You have a reservation for a three ­room suite tonight.

Tony: I’m afraid there’s been a mistake. I only asked for a single room, not a suite.

Clerk: I’m sorry, Mr. Davis, but we have only the suite available. Your request arrived too late to reserve a single. There’s a large convention in town this week and we’re full up.

Tony: Well, if that’s the way it is, I’ll have to take it.

Clerk: Just sign the register here and I’ll have your bags sent up later. It’s suite 718.

Language Notes

May I help you? = May I serve you?

We’re full up. = All of our rooms are taken or reserved.

Three room suite = Three connected rooms.

Suite = Pronounced the same as “Sweet”.

Single room = One room.

English Grammar.

Verbs + -ING

Often, certain words follow a certain pattern in English. This is called a “verb pattern”. Although, the examples below may have more than one verb pattern, it is more common to use one variant as opposed to another. Here are some common verbs in English that are followed by -ing.


You should avoid eating after 10 PM.


I enjoy skiing, surfing, and playing tennis.


Have you finished reading the newspaper yet?

can’t stand

I can’t stand going to parties where I don’t know anyone.

don’t mind

I don’t mind working overtime.

look forward to

I look forward to seeing you next week.


I need to practice speaking English more often.

spend (time)

My roommate spends hours watching TV.


He stopped smoking ten years ago.


I suggest taking some time off.

Until next time…

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