281 по английскому языку за 11 класс  Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко

№281 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко

авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко


Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 281

was 32 before I visited the U.S. My view of America had been formed from movies and TV shows. But in 1985,1 was part of a delegation of Members of Parliament.

What I learned that day is that Americans can be really, really clever. It was a useful lesson for my time in office.

A Certain Conception of a Nation

Clinton, Bush, Obama: Of course, they are different from one another. But they share a great similarity too. They meet, I think, at a certain conception about the character of America itself. ...

Americans can be all that the rest of the world sometimes accuses them of: brash, loud, insular, obsessive and heavy- handed. But America is great for a reason. It is looked up to, despite all the criticism, for a reason. There is a nobility in the American character that has been developed over the centuries, derived in part, from the waves of migration that form the stock, from the circumstances of independence, from the Civil War, from historical facts and coincidences. But it is there.

That nobility isn't about being nicer, better or more successful than anyone else. It is a feeling about the country. It is a devotion to the American ideal that at a certain point goes beyond class, race, religion or upbringing. That ideal is about values: freedom, the rule of law, democracy. It is also about the way you achieve: on merit, by your own efforts and hard work. But it is most of all that you as an individual take second place to the interests of the nation as a whole. It is what makes the country determined to overcome its challenges.

(Adapted from Tony Blair's A Journey: My Political Life,

published by Alfred A. Knopf)

b) Read the text again and say what influenced his first ideas

about the Americans and what he came to understand later?

4 a) Read the information on pronouns in the English language

on pages 335-345 and find in the excerpt above

- four personal pronouns; three subject pronouns and one object pronoun;


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