* Horror Nights
The FIT Weekly
Come out and have some fun!
This Saturday, October 3rd, we are
going to play Paintball!
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and
shoot paint at their "enemies" in a
When: Saturday, October 3rd. Meet at
the Norman garage at 11:30am. We
will return around 5pm.
Cost: The cost is 20 for equipment
and 200 paintballs. You may purchase
equipment and 500 paintballs for $35.
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up
on the activities board by Thursday,
October 1st at 4pm.
So come and play!
> Student Mailbox-Don't forget
to check the student mailbox in
the main office from time to
time. There is mail for some
returning students already.
Don't forget, everyone (students,
teachers, and staff alike!), we are
selling ELI T-Shirts for only $10
(exact change only). To purchase
yours, just see Sonja in the main office
any day before 1:30pm. Get yours
Next weekend, we will be headed to
Orlando for Universal Studios'
Halloween Horror Nights! Join us
for roller coasters and rides at Islands
of Adventure. Also spend the night
exploring scary haunted houses.
Halloween Horror Nights is a popular
Halloween event. Get ready to be
Saturday, October 10th. We will meet
at Norman garage at 1pm. We will go
to Islands of Adventure from 4pm-
7pm (see shows and ride roller
coasters). After dinner we will go to
Halloween Horror Nights. We will
come back to Gainesville very late,
Purchase VAN TICKETS on
Wednesday, September 30! from
10:30am-1:30PM from Noreen in
FL Resident tickets (with student ID)
Halloween Horror Nights
When purchased online: $59.99 plus
When purchased in Orlando: $69.99
Additional ticket for Islands of
When purchased online: $15.00
When purchased in Orlando: C'i 00
*To purchase tickets online, visit:
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of October 2-8:
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None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 110, Issue 4
October 2, 2009
Q: Why do Americans ike fastfood so
A: Convenience, mostly. That, and
the culture of the car that we've built
our country around. It's much easier
to pull through that drive-through
window sometimes than it is to make
the effort to fix a meal when you get
Q: Why is public transportation poor in
A: With the exception of the very
large cities in the Northeast and
Upper Midwest (which for the most
part have excellent transportation
systems), our cities are very young.
They didn't really grow to be large
until after the invention of the
automobile. And in some cities that
had streetcars at the turn of the 19th
into the 20th century, it was actually
cheaper to build roads than to
maintain the streetcars at that time.
So, our cities grew up around the use
of the automobile, and the vast
distances were easiest to cross by
superhighway once that was
established. Now, we are discovering
the need to change the system!
Q: Are there c/ass distinctions in American
A: Sure. They're based mainly on
socioeconomic status, though, and
not by birth. Money does stratify us,
but we also have a very, very large
Q: What is the meaning of the
A: Just what the name says, basically.
It's a day that we set aside to express
our appreciation for all the people in
our lives and all the things that we
have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving
is the universal family holiday in the
US, as it doesn't have specific ties to
any one particular religion or belief
Q: Do Americans ike to go shopping with
A: I would have to say that that's an
individual taste question. Sure, some
do, but it's likely more to depend on
whether or not a person really likes to
go shopping at all. Some people do,
and some people don't.
Q: What are the meanings of 'get"? I'm
confused because there seem to be so many!
A: No doubt. This is one of those
little words that serves a multitude of
purposes-most of them
conversational, as in, they're too
informal for academic writing. "Get"
has two main uses. One is in the
sense of "receive or obtain", as in,
"I'm getting a new car today." The
other is in the sense of "become or
change into", as in, "We're all getting
Q: When can replace an infinitive after an
A: There is a special case called an
adjective complement. This is when
the infinitive completes the idea of the
adjective. Usually, these are with
verbs of emotion or mental state,
where the infinitive explains what's
causing the state, as in, "I'm really
happy to meet you," or "I'm surprised
to hear that."
I'd rather be a failure at something I
love than a success at something I
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