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Session 121

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is going to stop making the 737 Max plane. Catherine and Georgina teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Boeing stops making the 737 Max

Production of Boeing's 737 Max airliner will stop in early 2020, following two fatal crashes within five months.

Language challenge

When a plane is stopped from flying, it is: 

a) bottomed
b) floored
c) grounded

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The story

Boeing are going to stop making its 737 Max Airliner from January. The planes have been grounded for 9 months after two crashes caused the deaths of more than 300 people.

Key words and phrases

stop suddenly or abruptly

• The company has said it will freeze all pay increases.
• The train company froze all services for safety reasons.

remains mum
keeps quiet (about something)

• Margo tried to remain mum about the surprise party!
• Rob stayed mum about eating the last biscuit.

cash cow
something that continuously makes money

• Parking fines are a real cash cow for local government.
• The Star Wars franchise is a cash cow.

To do

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

News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) grounded


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