News Exercise #134

This week I have chosen a comparatively trivial topic of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge visiting India.

1. The reporter said that it had been a bitter-sweet moment for William. why was that?

2. What was the opinion of the former chief of Diana’s staff?

3. What did Prince William say at 1:42, referring to his promise to come again some day?

4. From 1:53 the reporter listed the couple’s various activities on their trip. What did she mention?

5. The last phrase of that section, the reporter mentioned “…not to mention…”, but she went on to mention it. What does that phrase mean?

Answers:
1. The reporter said that it had been a bitter-sweet moment for William. why was that?
He visited the same spot that his mother visited just a few months before she broke up with William’s father.
2. What was the opinion of the former chief of Diana’s staff?
He said that she would be glad that her son seems to have found contentment in his marriage that eluded her and Prince charles.
3. What did Prince William say at 1:42, referring to his promise to come again some day?
“You know, it’d be lovely if the children could come as well, definitely.”
4. From 1:53 the reporter listed the couple’s various activities on their trip. What did she mention?
“From the slums of Mumbai, to a night with Bollywood ‘royalty’, and who could forget feeding baby elephants and rhinos, not to mention the extraordinary day they had with the King and Queen of Bhutan.”
5. The last phrase of that section, the reporter mentioned “…not to mention…”, but she went on to mention it. What does that phrase mean?
It means something like “Not only… but also…” in which the second on is perhaps even more important or interesting.

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