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Session 59

President Trump has said sorry to his newly appointed Supreme Court justice for what he called 'a campaign of lies' against Brett Kavanaugh. Neil and Tom discuss the language from this story.

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News Review

Trump says sorry to new Supreme Court justice

President Trump has apologised to Brett Kavanaugh for what he called a "campaign of lies" which surrounded the appointment of the new Supreme Court justice.

Language challenge

The accused man was put ______.

a) on trial
b) in trial
c) at trial

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The story

President Trump has apologised on behalf of the American people to the newly appointed US Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh for what he called the campaign of political and personal destruction that the judge had had to endure.

Key words and phrases

on behalf of
as a representative for; instead of
• I did the wedding speech on behalf of my father as he was too emotional.
• I’ve heard the opinions of my organisation. I’m here to speak on their behalf.

made up
imaginary, false, invented
• Your excuses are always made up! You never tell the truth!
• Neil thinks that the Loch Ness Monster is just a made-up story.

a situation or event which is false or misleading
• The job interviews were a charade. They had chosen who they wanted in advance.
• He always pretends he can’t afford dinner so I have to pay! It’s such a charade!

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Language challenge - answer

a) on trial


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