Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines

    • Join Date: Jun 2015
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    Ask meaning of a few sentences in the news article

    this is a subtitle from "June 4 CNN Students News"

    Number one movie at the U.S. box office right now was "San Andreas". It's a disaster film starring a massive earthquake. It also stars the Rock, so that's kind of a built-in fun. But exactly how realistic is this work of fiction. CNN's Jeanne Moos spoke to a seismologist.
    A tsunami bearing down on a Golden Gate Bridge, skyscrapers collapsing. Can't fault an earthquake blockbuster for going a little overboard. And before it falls through the cracks.
    ......
    ......
    But there's one thing the scientists love. The movie repeats the "duck, cover and hold on" mantra experts recommend. And if it makes people prepare, what is a little earthquake earthquakery
    ...
    ...

    The sentences of the red color, I am not quite sure the meaning ?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #2

    Re: Ask meaning of a few sentences in the news article

    Quote Originally Posted by Martylin View Post
    [1] Can't fault an earthquake blockbuster for going a little overboard. [2] And before it falls through the cracks.


    [3] The movie repeats the "duck, cover and hold on" mantra experts recommend. [4] And if it makes people prepare, what is a little earthquake earthquakery



    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Martylin:

    This is how I interpret those sentences.

    [1] It is not fair to criticize the movie for exaggerating things, for the purpose of the movie is to scare you about big earthquakes.

    [2] But it does later become absolutely absurd or ridiculous. (In other words, it shows things that will never happen in reality.)

    [3] In American schools, for example, students are taught to "duck, cover, and hold on." That is to say, if there is an earthquake, a student should get under his/her desk, protect the head, and hold on with his/her hands.


    [4] Therefore, since the movie DOES remind everybody about the "duck, cover, and hold on" idea, then we should EXCUSE the movie for showing some scenes that are ridiculous. After all, it is ONLY a movie to entertain (and scare) people. If it helps us to remember that we should prepare for earthquakes, then that is a GOOD thing.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Excerpt from News Article
    By Kengo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2011, 15:46
  2. Sentence from News Article
    By Kengo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 14-Jun-2011, 03:17
  3. [Grammar] News article
    By Kengo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 21-Apr-2011, 03:34
  4. [Grammar] about VOA'S news article
    By tien-sung in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2010, 16:22
  5. News article
    By Waawe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 27-Feb-2008, 01:13

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •