1. Washington, the capital of the United States of America, is situatedon the Potomac River in the District of Columbia.
2. The capital owes much tothe first President of the USA – Bill Clinton.
3. Washington is the largest city in the USA.
4. Every day 25 railway cars leave Washington loaded with factory waste.
5. The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States of America, and has been for over 200 years.
6. Not far from the Capitolthere is Washington Monument, which looks like a huge pencil.
7. Jefferson Memorial, built to the 16th President’s memory is surrounded by apple-trees.
8. Washington is a large scientific and cultural centre.
III. Complete the sentences by choosing appropriate prepositions from those in brackets.
1. A new capital city named (for/after) George Washington was founded (on/in) 1790.
2. The D.C. in Washington, D.C. stands (for/from) the District of Columbia.
3. Washington is surrounded (by/with) the states of Maryland (on/to) the southeast, northeast, and northwest and Virginia (on/to) the southwest.
4. Washington is located (at/in) the humid subtropical climate zone and exhibits four distinct seasons.
5. According (to/with) the 2010 Census, the population of Washington, D.C., was 50.7% Black or African American, 38.5% White, 3.5% Asian, and 0.3% American Indian.
6. The city is home (to/at) three medical schools and associated teaching hospitals (in/at) George Washington, Georgetown, and Howard universities.
7. The Lincoln Memorial stands (at/on) the west end (from/of) the National Mall as a neoclassical monument (to/for) the 16th President.
8. Washington is one (from/of) 12 cities in the United States with teams from all four major professional men’s sports and is home to one major professional women’s team.
IV. Discuss with your fellow-students the symbols of Washington, D.C.
Flower: American Beauty Rose
Bird: Wood Thrush
Tree: Scarlet Oak
Motto: “Justitia Omnibus,” which is Latin for “Justice for All.”
Song: “Washington,” written by Jimmie Dodd
Seal: D.C.’s official seal has a picture of a woman, who represents Justice, hanging a wreath on a statue of George Washington.
V. Imagine that you have just come back from the USA. You are under impressions of Washington’s sights. Compare notes with your group-mates.
|Remember the words and word-combinations followed by the Gerund|
|to avoid to appreciate to consider to delay to detect to enjoy to excuse||to explain to fancy to go on to finish to forgive to intend to hate||to help (on) to keep on to leave off to mention to mind to miss to need||to pardon to postpone to put off to require to stop to suggest|
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