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The Economy in 2013
Forecasters predict that the U.S. economy will continue to grow during
2013, though slowly. Some economists suggest that the GDP, the gross
domestic product will rise by just over 2% while others predict a rise
of 3%. The housing market is in recovery and some predict substantial
gains during this year and next. The labor market has also grown with
an average of over 150,000 new jobs per month. However, consumer
spending has remained about the same as in 2012. In consumer surveys,
many express that they will proceed cautiously until they have seen the
effects of the new healthcare system and other changes in the tax law.
Also, food and gas prices are expected to rise, and this will impact
spending in other sectors.
In Europe, the economic crisis appears to be worsening. The ongoing
hardship has caused increases in disease and suicide rates, and recent
spending cuts could further slash the budgets of social welfare
Answer True or False to each question.
1. In "gross domestic product" there are three different O sounds.
2. In the number, one hundred fifty thousand, "one" is stressed.
3. In the word "cautiously," you can hear the I sound.
4. In the phrase "healthcare system," "health" is stressed.
5. There is a Long O sound in "worsening."
6. In the phrase "spending cuts," "cuts" is stressed.
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Answers: 1. true, 2. false, 3. false (the "ti" spelling in this word indicates "sh"), 4. true, 5. false, 6. false
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