II. While Reading Activities
- setup|ˈsedˌəp| noun [usually in singular] informal • an organization or arrangement: in the present-day family setup, both the parents may be employed.
- high-rise |ˈhīˌrīz| adjective (of a building) having many stories: office towers and high-rise apartments.
- wane 1 |wān| verb phrase “on the wane” becoming weaker, less vigorous, or less extensive: the epidemic was on the wane.
- flexible |ˈfleksəb(ə)l| adjective able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions: flexible forms of retirement.
- cooped up |ko͞opko͝op| verb [with object] (usually be cooped up) confine in a small space: being cooped up indoors all day makes him fidgety.
- colleague |ˈkälēɡ| noun a person with whom one works, especially in a profession or business.
- ordeal |ôrˈdēl| noun 1 a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one: the ordeal of having to give evidence.
- sanguine |ˈsaNGɡwən| adjective 1 optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation: he is sanguine about prospects for the global economy | the committee takes a more sanguine view.
- lament |ləˈment| verb [with object] express regret or disappointment over something considered unsatisfactory, unreasonable, or unfair: [with object] : she lamented the lack of shops in the town
- distraction |dəˈstrakSH(ə)n| noun 1 a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else: the company found passenger travel a distraction from the main business of moving freight.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
Waking up at the crack of dawn to go back to the office is almost impossible.
Wednesdays are mandatory at this firm.
III-3 – are
Bosses are allowing flexibility because there’s a danger in being too hardline.
Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers
- Steve Tordone a financial advisor. “I’m an outdoor cat and I just want I want to see people, I can’t wait for it to get crowded.”
- Samrawit Embaye, an attendant at a garage. “It makes you so happy…If you see people coming, you feel like you are living real life.”
- Maureen McLallen, a legal secretary. “I love being around people, and not being cooped up in my bedroom.”
- Pragadish Kalaivanan, a marketing analyst. “Waking up at the crack of dawn to go back to the office is almost impossible and not fun.”
- Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform. “Top talent wants some amount of flexibility.”
- Andy Waugh, a managing director at a large insurance broker in Boston. “How we operate, what our ethos is, how to do their jobs, how to treat clients – they’ve got to learn all that, and they won’t see it from their kitchen.”