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LOWER INTERMEDIATE - UNIT 2C - READING 1(page 1)

 

This story is about the drought in Australia in 2002/2003. It is written in the present perfect because the writer is talking about something that happened in the past and still has an effect at the time of writing (the present).

RAIN BRINGS HOPE

The drought in eastern Australia has continued for almost 12 months. There hasn't been enough rain. For many months farmers haven't been able to grow their crops. Food prices have gone up in supermarkets around the country. Cauliflowers used to be $2.00 each, but now they have gone up to $8.00 each. Even basic items like potatoes, carrots and peas have increased in price.

The economy has suffered. International trade figures haven't been good. The drought has been bad for farmers, for consumers and for business generally.

However, there has been good news in the last few days. Rain has fallen over large parts of eastern Australia and weather forecasters have predicted an end to the drought. Farmers are feeling optimistic and businesses around the country have new hope.

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