Chances are you are looking for improving your English language comprehension through reading books.
Feel like upping your game and start catching the slightest subtleties of English?
Look no further.
However, there is a catch.
Who is this article intended for?
For English language learners, as they, all too often, tend to skip a lot of subtleties while reading books / reading stories / reading comics / watching movies /watching game movies, thus slowing down and negating their language progress. I
The catch has to do with the “THE HARD WAY” of learning English, right?
I can’t promise improving your English through this article will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it, provided you work through ALL THE SENTENCES down below. And by the way, to make it even more challenging for you, no answers are given and you are to find them on your own. There’s a reason this article is called “Learn English the Hard Way”, don’t you think?
Still no clue what I’m supposed to do…
If you’re still not really sure what’s going on here, I highly recommend you read the description of “Learn English the Hard Way” challenge.
Для чего эта статья и что нужно здесь делать?
По своему опыту могу сказать, что когда в освоении английского приходишь на всё готовенькое, то интеллектуально расслабляешься и не особо вникаешь в детали и тонкости языка.
А вот когда, мы “пропускаем язык через себя”…
- внимательное чтение книг, просмотр фильмов, т.д… не знаем, что то или то означает, почему так написано, вообще не догоняем, что происходит, значит отмечаем находку
- анализ “любопытных” предложений, конструкций, выражений (грамматика и прагматика наши лучшие друзья)
- прогонка проработанного материала через правое полушарие
- задействование “освоенных” предложений, конструкций, выражений на письме, в устной речи (идеально, с носителями языка)
…то результаты будут совершенно иными, нежели чем “со всем готовеньким”.
А именно, выработка силы воли, языковой интуиции, внимательности, любопытства и реальное улучшение навыка английского языка.
Ниже представлены предложения, которые заинтриговали меня при прочтении книги / прочтении рассказа / прочтении комикса / просмотре фильма / просмотре игрофильма. То есть, я сделал первый пункт из четырех выше и поделился результатами с Вами. За Вами остаются остальные три.
If you feel like up to the challenge, then below is my list of the cherry-picked sentences with curious grammar and vocabulary findings from the book “The Sixth Man”.
eyes screwed shut
reams of numbers and names representing financial intelligence on criminal enterprises
This exercise was known, in the topmost echelon of the intelligence community, as the “Wall.”
He lived and breathed it
Bunting dropped his tablet on a table and slumped against the wall
“I’m listening, Avery.” He paused to crunch some Tums.
“Just make it important
Yeah, that part I figured out for myself.
“With the last Analyst we’d been ratcheting down the data flow considerably simply out of necessity.”
That is the gospel upon which rests everything we do here
“Right, complicated. That’s always the case. For the guy.”
“Maine is a seafaring state, after all.”
“I forgot you were a nautical guy.”
four dozen passengers on the single-aisle jet to white-knuckle their armrests
The woman looked surprised and eyed Michelle.
“Is he kidding?”
“I ask myself that every day,” replied Sean sardonically
and slid it into her carry-on
Unless you really slipped something by me
“I didn’t say that I regretted anything, because I don’t.
A little tough to dance around that in court,
“Has anyone ever escaped from Cutter’s Rock?”
“Not to my knowledge”
was a habit so drilled into her that even after being out of the Secret Service all this time she couldn’t shake it.
And being forewarned was never a bad thing
So we’re the only fricking car on it in either direction, and have been for at least a half hour. What, was there a nuclear war and no one told us?
And we would have still had to drive to Baltimore, and 95 can be a nightmare.
“Fishy, my favorite,” she said sarcastically.
Only they weren’t on the road. They were on the shoulder
Animal Planet hadn’t been clear on what a moose actually sounded like. And Sean had no interest in finding out for himself.
“Hell, in this part of Maine pretty much everybody knows how to use a gun. My little sister’s always been a better shot than me, in fact.”
“There you go,”
“Clean,” he said.
“Wow, how about that,” said
“Right, know that one too. It’s closer to Eastport. Not as nice as Martha’s place.”
“I guess you get around,” said Michelle.
“I guess I do,” replied
Both of you put your hands on your heads, fingers interlocked
Textured, finger-grooved grip and backstraps let it sit lower in the hand web, translating to better control and recoil management
Help with what? Man’s as guilty as they come.
Scuttlebutt from D.C. makes its way up north.
That could’ve really dinged his career
And I don’t how you do things in Maine. But where I’m from, we don’t abandon our friends because someone killed them.
“… like ten miles to burn this goop off,”said Michelle, as she poured a third cup of coffee. He looked at her empty plate.
“Nobody said you had to eat it.”
“Nobody had to. It was delicious.”
Bergin was the first guy who thought I had something left in the tank.
a circuitous path toward the ocean.
and if one didn’t have legitimate business there, this was the last and only chance for one to turn around and get the hell out.
A man-made causeway
Bet me ten bucks that I won’t ask the bigger one if he’s ever blown his whistle to stop a rampaging psycho from escaping.
If you make even one joke to those gorillas I will find a gun and shoot you.
and had their names checked against a list
Will you stop sounding like you’re casing the place?
“That electric fence has five thousand volts and low amperage, plenty lethal enough”
“I wouldn’t bet against it.”
“It’s a delicate situation. Mr. Roy is a special case.”
“So we’re finding out,” interjected Michelle.
an oral interview that would have done Mossad proud, and a few phone calls
to wait in an anteroom off the reception area, if one could call it that.
Must have cost a pretty penny.
Sean was prepared to have a fight on his hands about them being able to see the man
Thanks for getting right to the point, thought Sean. And now here comes the fight
“You think he’s been drugged?” asked Michelle.
“His pupils look dilated.”
“I don’t know what to think. Without a medical exam”
“Found some interesting things at Bergin’s digs at Gray’s Lodge,” said Murdock, ignoring her.
“Oh, yeah, like what?” asked Sean.
“Nothing you need to know about.”
“Oh, you’re a real tease, Murdock,”
And then the door opened and there he was
They were seemingly crafted from stone to guard other people
The guy’s manacled to the floor
File some papers then. The Bureau lawyers need a good laugh
“Edgar Roy is not stuffed in our damn tailpipe.” He turned to Michelle.
“I thought you’d never ask”
“You want to quit and hop on a plane back to Virginia?” She looked at him.
I don’t know. How frisky are you feeling?
Aren’t you supposed to be meeting with Mr. Bergin at Cutter’s Rock about now?
He had a puddle jumper from Charlottesville to Reagan National
We’re a team. Where you go, I go.
“Just make it Sean.”
“You really think he’ll be our inside guy on this?”
“Never hurts to ask”
“It would be great to get a list of all his phone calls and e-mails.”
“Wouldn’t it?” agreed Sean.
As he spoke he watched Michelle make her way over from a rickety pier with an equally rickety fishing boat tied up to it
He didn’t say anything about Edgar Roy and I didn’t ask.
That actually sounds like Ted. Chivalrous to the last.
“Another coincidence,” said Michelle.
“Let it be your last one,” replied Murdock.
“It’s a free country,” said Sean.
“Until it’s not free,” shot back Murdock.
“Oh yeah. You shoot?”
“Only when I have to.”
He’s not a man. Wild animal, more like it.
He’s as guilty as sin and everyone knows it
Well, anyway, I guess it takes all kinds to make a world.
We were close in age. Natural that we would talk about stuff
And he just told you what he was doing up here?
Well, it’s excitement I can do without.
“Why do I think having a gun up here is a really good idea?”
“Because it is.”
“Doesn’t add up, does it?”
“Not in the world I live in, no.”
Sean stared at her in amusement.
“Smoke ’em if you got ’em.”
“Megan, it’s going to be okay.”
“You can’t promise that.”
“Okay, but you better put on your A game all the way. Okay?”
“Only way I know how to play, Sean”
You saw what happened to our car and didn’t turn tail and run
No law against grieving
“Edgar Roy doesn’t look like he could escape even if they gave him the key to the place and bus fare.”
“Don’t know anything about that.”
“Not really, no.”
“Your wife has really helpful friends.”
“Benefits of a small town.”
“You didn’t waste any time.” Michelle stepped inside.
“Sorry to come by so late”
Well, I guess by Southern standards. You really live out in the boonies.
You should see where some of the other guys live. Now that’s the boonies.
A rectangular blue rug did its best to soften the starkness of the wooden floor
his lawyer gets killed and an army of Fibbies jumps on a chopper from Boston in about twenty seconds?
who was rubbing her eyes and sipping on a mug of now lukewarm tea.
Cabinet secretaries’ butts were large indeed and required an inordinate amount of kissing
Over the years the E-Program has ruffled some important feathers
That is the Holy Grail in our world. The pie is what it is
And neither are the other people who matter.
His shoulders had muscles on top of muscles
and went back to her important work protecting herself and her country. And strictly in that order.
“I know she timed it so I would run into him.”
“Why do you think that?” asked Avery.
each quantitatively harder than the last one
“So what now?”
“We struck out with Roy”
“We track down Roy’s background, the client, and then we need to get to the obvious point.”
“Namely, did Roy kill those people?”
“How many guns do you have?”
“Neither one more nor one less than I need.”
Especially if they’re staring at the death penalty.”
So put on your big-boy pants and suck it up.”
“Did he have a lot of applicants for the job?”
“Several. But Megan and he had chemistry, right from the beginning
Her hair was bottle blond and starting to thin from one perm too many
Now, she’s not very experienced, so she makes some mistakes, but that’s to be expected
As Michelle saw who’d signed the letter, she gave a start
“Who would he have been meeting with?”
“I was hoping you’d have some idea of that.”
Can’t throw my career in the toilet. Not for nothing.
and it had served to deepen her empathy for the man and make her want to find his killer all the more.
She eased the door open and peered in, flashing her trusty Maglite around
Maybe if he’d retired from the practice he would still be alive and enjoying his golden years. Well, there was no maybe about it—he would have.
He was a pen and paper man, after all.
Sean checked his watch. Nine o’clock. The woman was pulling very long hours
He catnapped for the short flight
I’m just too used to your Cary Grant–like dapperness
I overheard him talking about it in the hallway and snagged him for a quick down and dirty.
“He’s pigeonholing the arrest for now. No court hearing. No bail. You’re free to go, in my company.”
“You must have done some sell job.”
“Well, that and the fact that the cops found the slug that almost hit you”
And if you shoot her then the police are all over us. That puts us out of commission, or so they think.
“You look a lot younger than that,” said Michelle. She smiled.
“It’s not from pious living, I can tell you that.”
THE HOUSE WAS A WHITE SINGLE-STORY clapboard with a black shingle roof in need of replacement
“Okay,” said Michelle.
“Five gets you ten that a fireplug of a woman in either bib overalls or a cotton print dress and work boots is going to answer the door smelling of chickenshit
But then again I think I look every day of my age and then some.
He operated on a different plane than the rest of us.
Teddy Bergin didn’t have an enemy to his name.
And why kill her except for something she knew? And that right there proves Eddie is innocent
They just love that stuff down at the Hoover building. Makes their butts get all tight and squirmy.
DIA didn’t interface with the FBI. NSA was its own country.
And when one didn’t know it all, one made mistakes, enormous ones; the sort where lots of people died.
Mr. President, thank you for making time for me, sir.
I guess you really know you’ve made it when the president calls you.
Bunting never expected to find another Edgar Roy, a genetic freak to end all genetic freaks.
“Well, you’re not a genius.”
“Thanks for reminding me.”
Easy enough to check, but that seems a little far afield, Sean.
I thought Agent Murdock would see it my way
Come on, Barry. I’m not going to go blab it.
He looked around some more
Smart as a whip
Well, let’s hope you don’t get called for jury duty,
Over sandwiches and coffee Sean read the report and discussed parts of it with Michelle.
Nice meal conversation. Really sparks the old appetite
If you seek peace, prepare for war
But I told them zip
So that means, what, I’m next?
Every case is its own kingdom.
Long legs splayed out
Over his shoulder a camera recessed into the wall behind a protective transparent shield watched his every move, not that there were any moves
he’d tried to hide his special talents rather than flout them
I’m not cut out to play God.
“Can we start from page one?” said Sean.
“I think we all need that right now”
That would be an unfortunate action on your part, Mr. King, it really would be.
“I spoke with the president,” Bunting said hastily and then instantly regretted it. She compressed her lips.
“Yes, I know. Neat little end-around. But all it bought you was a little time. Nothing more.”
“What was your score?”
“A bit better than yours. But just a bit.”
“You must’ve forgotten. As you can see, the alarm system is off.”
“Then you turned it off.”
“I said, you said.”
“You’re a fool.”
“Are you any less of one?”
and trying to get comfortable in a chair that was not designed for comfort
But why frame Roy? Either kill him or coopt him. That’s what I would do.
“If there’s nothing else, sir?” Harkes opened the door for Bunting to pass through.
Since they didn’t have a tracking device on his car they had to stay closer than Michelle would have liked, but the man made no sign that he knew he was being followed.
No. His car looks like every other airport rental.
“Have you heard?”
This case just got dropped in my lap.
We try to make our own luck.
Whatever the case, she’s dead and they have no leads.
pried the piece of gold plastic off the front of the hat
The passengers deplaned and headed to the main terminal
You typically got only one true break on any case, and this might be it.
hear you loud and clear.
The rain picked up as she eased her way through the park
“Is he Bunting’s fail-safe?”
“More his guardian angel.”
As American as apple pie or as close as an Austrian gun manufacturer can come to it.
E-Program forces them to. And Bunting runs the show. A show that used to be theirs. Feathers get ruffled.
And when he was in the bottle he was no longer genteel.
“They talk, the kids can be kids, normal.”
“Because they’re not? Normal?”
“Which one specifically?” he asked, as they stood there on the sidewalk opposite
He seems to have gotten an interesting call just now.
So where do they go on these jaunts?
“Are you Southern girls always so rude?”
“Who says I’m from the South?”
“We had our differences. We had our words.”
“Moms and daughters often do.”
“No, it’s only the people who make it complicated”
while her sidekick was traipsing between D.C. and New York
You have to take your chances when you have them.
“I put my career wants over my brother’s needs. I guess maybe I’d always done that.”
“You wouldn’t be the first person.”
“On paper,” said Sean.
“But not in practice?”
There was no one to touch him in the very skill sets the program required.
“Thanks for coming,” Murdock said, as he got out of his ride and joined her.
“You made it sound important.”
“I flew off the handle. I tend to do that more than I probably should.”
“We’ve all been there.”
“This case is giving me ulcers.”
“You’re not alone on that.”
“And you’re sure you’re okay?”
“Nothing that a Band-Aid won’t fix.”
Why do I think I’m preaching to the choir?
Called in a few favors and finally hit the mother lode
It was only a nick.
Something scrunched underfoot. She picked it up. It was the misshapen rifle round
Escaped through the woods again. Enough with the damned trees already.
It could not be left to pass without consequences, severe consequences
“I didn’t expect to see you.”
“I didn’t expect to be here.”
But Bunting is never off the clock, Sean.
“He’s dead, Harkes,” Bunting said again.
“I heard you the first time, Mr. Bunting.”
“You had him murdered.”
“Your words, not mine.”
“Christ, are you really going to play semantics now?”
even if it did cost $50 million and change.
The building he entered seemed ordinary. Passersby would not give it a second look.
and a host of the lesser-known intelligence agencies to rack up success after success.
The Wall was Bunting’s masterstroke.
While teams of traditional analysts so enmeshed in the trees that they had no comprehension a forest even existed,
That essentially meant one had a license to print money, Bunting knew.
Bluster won’t work. Do you know who killed them
That was usually his easy answer to why he didn’t share in his wife’s philanthropic endeavors
Fall had settled in with cooler temperatures and fouler weather. It only added to his depression.
expected their hired lackeys to tiptoe through life, not run screaming down the halls with money clutched in their fat fists.
many of them first editions of wonderful fiction penned by storied writers from the past
“Because you all think I’m a baby lawyer who will screw stuff up.”
“You are and you might… ”
Thanks. Thanks for all the support.”
“You earn support.”
“I’m doing the best that I can.”
“Are you absolutely sure about that?”
“So you do know?”
“You’re not making this easy.”
She had a pad and pen.
She looked out to the ocean
They had been hard to come by. But she had built up many favors over the years and could think of no better reason to use them
“You know him.”
“That didn’t sound like a question.”
“It’s a fact.”
So is this a test? And if so how am I doing?
“Did Bunting call anyone?”
“Not that I saw, no.”
“Coming up on Central Park South by the horse carriages.”
“Nix that. They’ll have it covered”
The skull was thick, and even if you broke someone’s jaw or nose they would not necessarily be incapacitated. Not so with the knee.
and when you introduced the staggering number of private contractors into the equation, things got very confusing very fast.
He gripped a leg and then a hand and then what felt like a breast.
“Wow, your timing really sucks.”
“So you know Kelly Paul? How?”
“Not going there.”
“… while I stay home in pumps and pearls and bake the cookies and pop out the babies.” “I didn’t say that.”
“In case you missed it, slick, I can take care of myself.”
“I’m not denying that.”
The horse clip-clopped through the park and back out onto the street.
And if we both take it in the end? Like what almost happened tonight?
“Avery screwed up. King tracked you through him. And you were aware of it but didn’t bother to tell me.”
“I don’t answer to you.”
“That’ll kill him.”
“That’s sort of the point”
A sexy little wife who thinks you’re hot shit.
we nail the kids you and the missus can always adopt.
So if you’re thinking about talking to King again, or maybe the FBI, I would think real hard before you do.
“Think we’ll hear from him?”
“I hope to God we do.”
How’d you leave it with Bunting?
Well, without risk there is no reward,
“And that’s good for us why?” asked Michelle.
His father was in the military. He bleeds red, white, and blue.
“Mr. Bunting, I think they were going to kill me.”
“There was no thinking about it, they were.”
“Edgar Roy. Carla Dukes. Mistakes, Avery, mistakes.”
and saw the reflection of a man who had fallen a long way in a short time.
No trophy wife was she. His kids were her kids. They had so much. They had it good. No, they had it great.
“… shooter who killed Murdock was firing at you too, Michelle.”
“Trust me, I know”
“… what do you think is going on?” asked Michelle. Dobkin rubbed his chin.
“If I had to guess, and that’s all it would be, I’d say Roy must have some sort of government connection beyond the IRS”
“I’m not going to let anybody screw with my country without a fight.”
“That’s all I wanted to hear,” said Sean
Can we come in, or do we do the powwow out in the cold?
But protection would really cramp my style.
For a change of pace, would you like us to fill you in?
“Thanks, Eric,” added Michelle.
“It means a lot.”
“I know you’ve been hamstrung on this to an unconscionable degree, but I really want you on this.”
“I will have no higher priority.”
and a twenty-year-old comb-over
It’s a nightmare enough that our top analyst is sitting in Cutter’s Rock accused of six murders.
it will be a media circus the likes of which we have never seen.
You mean give him rope to hang himself.
So it may behoove us to really think long and hard about implementing some type of preemptive action along the lines we’ve already discussed.
“We really do need you.”
“Words, Sean. How about some action?”
“I have a proposition.”
“Change of heart?”
“You could say that.”
“And your family?”
“Let me worry about that”
SEAN STARED OUT the window while
“You startled me. Didn’t hear you coming.”
“That’s the point,” said Sean.
and sacrifice his life for the man if it came to it
Sean did another turkey peek around the corner.
“You had to know this day would come.”
“Knowing and doing something about it are two very different things.
“Six bodies. Eddie was the first E-Six.” Bunting grimaced.
“Occurred to me too. Sick bastards’ idea of a joke.”
Is it as bad as I think it is?
And I guess I had hoped, however naïvely, that the climate had changed for the better
Who’s playing the black chess pieces?
Though he still makes truckloads of money
that she is in a prime position to take over the throne and run America’s intelligence empire. And she’s making a hard run to do just that.
She excels at stabbing people in the back. And chances are very good she’ll come out smelling like the proverbial rose.
They try to one-up each other every minute of every day.
If the president has bought the lie that Peter has had people killed, it’s not a stretch to believe he would lean toward termination.
Black suit, white shirt, black tie with nary a wrinkle
Now you’re getting with the program. Bunting’s an idealistic fool.
I chose the path less traveled,
He tried to burrow down into the bed. But there was no hiding. Not really.
They came, they saw, and they kicked ass.
“Don’t thank me yet. We’ve got a long way to go.”
Sean kept staring at Paul.
“Do we have an understanding?”
Because I didn’t think I could protect them. Easy way out, really.
It was the neatest package I could possibly provide. It was perfect. All you had to do was your job. And now?
They took one round from us, that’s all. We’ve been victorious in every other one.
“Don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”
“Right, right, just in case I’m sitting at the Hoover Building and they’re recording this call.”
“Planted the six bodies in Edgar’s barn. Killed Murdock, Dukes—”
“Now wait just a minute.”
I know that was quite a curve we threw you when your boys got ambushed.
What I’m trying to do, Mason, is give you an out.
I know you very well. You’re predictable with a capital P.
Poor, trusting Cabinet secretary and sleazy defense contractor. Don’t feel bad. It’s not that original.
stealthily looking for anyone who might recognize her so she could do a bit of preening
The boys at Hoover really get pissed when you take out one of their own
Did you think Bunting would just roll over and give up? He could eat Quantrell’s lunch any day of the week
Good God, haven’t you been listening to me? Your people lost track of Bunting
Their torture techniques are old-school but they’re still highly effective. Trust me, I know.
You went outside the lines a bit there. Might want to fix that for your mug shot.
“Yes, but if you’d rather do it, that’s fine.”
“She’d rather not,” said Sean quickly, ignoring a dirty look from Michelle.
“So Quantrell will use his men to do what?” asked Michelle.
“Find me, kill Bunting and my sister.”
“I’m not too keen about the surroundings. Sniper heaven.”
Okay, Quantrell and Foster framed you. They thought they were home free.
“Taking down the DHS head, pretty gutsy,” said Sean
The person sat on the bed. Megan Riley hardly looked herself.
Foster gave a little shiver and wrapped her arms around herself.
“But not impossible?“
I’ll be like the little boy who cried wolf once too often.
Here’s how the playing field shakes out, at least as I see it. Bunting must still be around.
Then he concocts the fake suicide attempt by his wife and does a bunk.
No, I’d be too nervous. I’d get tongue-tied.
And in truth Uncle Sam had footed a large part of its cost.
What? Oh, right. Didn’t know the man had a biblical side to him.
And then he sold the concept to the folks that mattered in D.C.
But Ellen Foster can hurt me a lot more. And I’m not talking just dollars and cents.
And Paul corralled Foster in that ladies’ room and did the same thing.
They killed Avery. They will kill her too. And they’ve sweetened the pot. Lots of other people on the Mall will die as well
“They will kill you,” said Sean. “They have no other possible reason to do the exchange.” “One would think,” said Roy somewhat vaguely.
They crossed over a bridge and hung a right, following the directions Paul had given them
“He’s my brother.”
“Still,” she said calmly.
“You’re a real bastard, you know that?” she said.
“A remark which gets us nowhere.”
“I hope they’re paying you enough to commit treason.”
“Your words, not mine.”
“Didn’t go exactly according to plan,” he said.
“Almost never does,” replied Michelle as the van sped off. “But we’re alive, that I’ll take.”
The round hit Sean squarely in the chest.
Sean was listing to one side.
“How bad?” said Paul, as she looked at the hole in his body armor.
He paused and added, “Does Foster know yet?” Harkes smiled.
“I was saving the best for last.”
Ellen Foster had bathed, taken time over her hair
“I’m sure you’re hungry. I guess they didn’t feed you much.”
“Proverbial bread and water.”
Foster really outflanked me on that one
and eating power bars and sucking down G2 by the quart
but he had mostly willed that thought away.
Wow, it seems you’ve made it to the end of this new-vocabulary-grammar-intensive article… But did you actually work through all the findings? No shirking? Sweet! That’s what I call being persistent at mastering English!
Вы дочитали и проработали статью до конца? Так держать!
Если Вы дочитали до конца эту статью, то я уверен, что Вы узнали много нового про английский язык (при условии, что Вы действительно проработали предложения выше).
Проработать так много материала это совсем не шутки, а вполне серьёзный подход к делу.
Теперь же дело за малым: эффективно всё перенести в речевой актив и начать всласть применять новые знания на практике (пункт 3 и 4, соответсвенно).
Спасибо за то, что уделили время.
Удачи в Вашем языковом путешествии!
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With that, thanks for taking your time accepting the challenge, reading and working through the article.
Until next time!