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Asbestos and Mesothelioma: English Pronunciation News

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma


Many TV commercials advertise legal representation for victims of lung disease, such as mesothelioma, related to asbestos. Asbestos is a set of fibrous, naturally occuring minerals which gained popularity as a building material in the early 19th century. Asbestos sound-proofed rooms and created insulation. It also resisted fire. Evidence on the dangers of asbestos was presented as early as the 1920's, but federal limits to exposure were not passed until 1972. Though asbestos has been controlled since then, many people were exposed, especially those who worked in construction, shipbuilding and manufacturing. Now, approximately 10,000 people pass away every year due to an asbestos-related illness. When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related lung disease, it is best to research legal options.

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Consistent use of the present and past:
In this report, we begin in the present tense, then move to the past tense, and then return to the present. When giving a presentation or writing an essay, this is a good approach. You do not want to write one sentence in the past, then the next in the present and the next in the past, even if this fits the meaning. It is hard for the listener to understand if there are too many changes in verb tense. Instead, find a way of organizing your ideas so that you can group the present together, then the past and so on.
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