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Session 128

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is nearing its end. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Trump impeachment trial comes to a close

A 'not guilty' verdict looks likely in the Trump impeachment trial. Dan and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

Language challenge

Which word means ‘find someone not guilty in a court of law’?

a) acstop
b) acquit
c) accease

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The story

Final arguments have been heard in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The Republican-dominated US Senate then adjourned. The chamber will now almost certainly vote to acquit the president in its concluding vote on Wednesday.

Key words and phrases

continues weakly

• The engine sputters and shakes, but it never stops going!
• The relationship sputtered to a halt 6 months later and they broke up.

false, fake or bogus

• The government is cracking down on sham marriages for visas.
• The whole situation was a sham. He just wanted to steal her money.

control or limit

• Local regulations constrain the height of new buildings
• The school wants to do more but we're constrained by our budget.

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) acquit


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