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Session 95

Dogs have evolved to have appealing eyes, say scientists. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Puppy dog eyes 

Dogs' eyes have evolved to mimic human features, provoking an emotional response in humans, say scientists.

Language challenge

Young love that doesn't last is called…

a) doggy love
b) puppy love
c) mutt love

Watch the video and complete the activity



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The story

If a dog has eyes that seem to be telling you something or demanding your attention, it could be evolution's way of manipulating your feelings - because researchers have identified a muscle that allows dogs to create a 'puppy eyes' expression that helps them bond with their human companions.

Key words and phrases

puppy dog eyes
facial expression which makes people develop a caring response

• I didn't want to give Rob a biscuit, but he made those puppy dog eyes and I just had to.
• In every boy band there's one member with puppy dog eyes who everyone loves.

(here) take control of a situation for your advantage

• Dan hijacked the Christmas party and took us axe throwing instead.
• My colleague hijacked a meeting about finance to complain about his pay.

tug at our hearts
cause us to feel strong affection or sympathy

• TV shows about family reunions tug at Catherine's heart. She can't stop crying.
• School performances tug at the heartstrings. The parents get so emotional.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

b) puppy love


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