Your Daily Dose of English – April 04, 2018

Waitress Gets $16K Scholarship after Act of Kindness Goes Viral

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Source: CBS News

LA MARQUE, Texas – A waitress at a diner in the Houston area received an unexpected $16,000 college scholarship after details of her act of kindness — cutting an ailing customer’s food — spread online. On Thursday, Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston awarded the scholarship to 18-year-old Evoni “Nini” Williams.

Williams works at a Waffle House in La Marque and had been saving money for college.

Customer Laura Wolf overheard the struggling patron — who uses oxygen — say he had trouble with his hands and couldn’t cut the ham on his plate.

Williams didn’t think twice about helping the customer.

“He was like, ‘My hands are not functioning too well.’ He needed me to cut his food and I did,” Williams said. Wolf took a photo as Williams cut the man’s food and shared the image on Facebook.

“It was so busy in here and she actually took the time to stop and hear what he had to say instead of walking past him. That just meant something to me,” Wolf said.

Williams’ act of kindness has since gone viral on social media.

TSU has assigned a guidance counselor to help Williams enroll at the university. She plans to study business.

Dose of the Day

Nem sempre (ou quase nunca) conseguimos nos lembrar de todas as regras em inglês (ou muitas vezes, nem as conhecemos). Por isso é bom aprendermos usando “blocos” ou “fórmulas”. Um exemplo de um bloco é o famoso: How old are you?” Se for traduzir ao pé da letra seria: “Quão velho é você?” Ou se formos traduzir o português ao pé da letra ficaria: “How many years do you have?” Mas quase todos já decoraram o bloco: “How old are you” para perguntar “Quantos anos você tem?”.

Hoje a nossa fórmula se refere ao uso de é + adjetivo. 

A primeira coisa para lembrar é que não há sujeito nessa frase (é um sujeito inexistente). Por isso, devemos usar “it”.

Vejamos alguns exemplos:

  1. É bom: It’s good
  2. É importante: It’s important
  3. É difícil: It’s hard

A segunda coisa para lembrar é que essas frases normalmente são seguidas por um verbo no infinitivo.

Vejamos alguns exemplos:

  1. É bom estudar: It’s good to study
  2. É importante aprender isso: It’s important to learn this
  3. É difícil entender isso: It’s hard to understand this

Agora vamos para a última parte: É + adjetivo + alguém + fazer alguma coisa. Nesse caso a fórmula é:

→ It + is + adjective + for + noun or pronoun + infinitive + complement.

Vejamos alguns exemplos:

  1. É bom que Roberto estude: It’s good for Robert to study (It’s good for him to study)
  2. É importante que ela aprenda isso: It’s important for her to learn this
  3. É difícil para meu chefe entender isso: It’s hard for my boss to understand this (It’s hard for him to understand this)

Observe que não existe o modo subjuntivo em inglês: que ele estude, que ela aprenda, etc.

Now do these exercises:

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