Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial?
Phase in Space – Paul O’Neill
Phase was lost. There was no question about it. At first, the jungle had seemed a nice enough place – full of interesting birds and animals, and lots of smokeable looking plants growing all around.
Now, four days later, the plants had all been too damp to light, the birds kept him awake at night and Phase had yet to encounter an animal which did not try to attack him. Scratch that. He had yet to encounter an animal which did not succeed in attacking him.
Now he was lost in an uninhabited, alien jungle on a far away planet in a completely parallel universe and those drums were driving him insane.
The impossibility of drumming in an unihabited jungle hit him about the same time as the spear-butt from out of the bushes to his left.
He awoke to find himself sat in a clearing surrounded by about four dozen young women wearing the sort of fur bikini that would have made Raquel Welch give up and go home.
He very carefully didn’t pinch himself in case he was dreaming.
“Hello,” he said, still quite dazed from the attack.
Several of the younger ones (aged around 18) took flight across the clearing towards the mud huts that surrounded it. “My God!” he thought “They look almost as good from that angle as they do from this”
The eldest woman there (23ish) looked him up and down.
“You are male?” She asked.
“You can’t tell?” he replied, trying to keep the tremor out of his voice.
“All our men were killed several years ago in a bizarre accident involving a herd of Tortoise. Don’t ask. We have spent the last few years searching the jungle for more men to help with the whole ‘having children’ thing.”
Phase quietly resolved never to pinch himself again for as long as this lasted, just in case.
“So, when do I start?”
“Right away, if you like,” said the tall brunette to his left.
Phase rubbed his hands with glee.
“The children are over here.” Said a redhead.
Phase was confused. “Children?”
“Yes,” informed a blonde, “We have more than enough men for the first bit. This jungle was full of tribes whose males were only too willing to volunteer. But we’re much too busy having sex to raise the children ourselves, so any other men are assigned the task of looking after them.”
The first girl took his arm. “Don’t worry, the rest of your life will just fly by if you concentrate on changing nappies and not trying to escape in any way.” She looked puzzled. “Why are you pinching yourself like that?”
Africa’s economic progress
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.
Smell A Rat:
To detect someone in the group is betraying the others.
Smell Something Fishy:
Detecting that something isn’t right and there might be a reason for it.
Son of a Gun:
A scamp. A bad person.
Someone who is left-handed.
The exact likeness or kind.
Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.
General and specific determiners
Determiners are words which come at the beginning of the noun phrase.
They tell us whether the noun phrase is specific or general.
Determiners are either specific or general
The specific determiners are:
the definite article: the
possessives: my, your, his, her, its; our, their, whose
demonstratives: this, that, these, those
We use a specific determiner when we believe the listener/reader knows exactly what we are referring to:
Can you pass me the salt please?
Look at those lovely flowers.
Thank you very much for your letter.
Whose coat is this?
The general determiners are:
a; an; any; another; other; what
When we are talking about things in general and the listener/reader does not know exactly what we are referring to, we can use a uncount noun or a plural noun with no determiner:
Milk is very good for you. (= uncount noun)
Health and education are very important. (= 2 uncount nouns)
Girls normally do better in school than boys. (= plural nouns with no determiner)
… or you can use a singular noun with the indefinite article a or an:
A woman was lifted to safety by a helicopter.
A man climbing nearby saw the accident.
We use the general determiner any with a singular noun or an uncount noun when we are talking about all of those people or things:
It’s very easy. Any child can do it. (= All children can do it)
With a full licence you are allowed to drive any car.
I like beef, lamb, pork – any meat.
We use the general determiner another to talk about an additional person or thing:
Would you like another glass of wine?
The plural form of another is other:
I spoke to John, Helen and a few other friends.
We use quantifiers when we want to give someone information about the number of something: how much or how many.
Adjectives and Adverbs