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go through • part of the system • go away
consideration • kickback
  1. The senator got a for voting for the new road.
  2. Testing is at many schools.
  3. We will take into your views on the plan.
  4. The sale of the house should next week.
  5. We all hope this problem will soon.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.

1039 Power of Money

Aiman and Todd talks about the culture of corruption.

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go through


A business deal would never go through without a bribe?

"Go through" in this case means to be completed, to keep moving until the end.

  1. The new anti-pollution legislation won't go through because the chemical companies cannot afford to make the necessary changes.
  2. Jessica and Philip just got engaged but I don't think the marriage will go through, Jessica is not ready to settle down.

part of the system


will just always be a part of the system?

"Part of the system" means the way something works as a part of a bigger whole or organization.

  1. Recycling the water is just part of the system of waste management.
  2. Needing a certain TOEFL score is just part of the academic system in many countries.

going away


Do you see it as something that will be going away?

"Going away" means to leave or depart or, in this case, stop.

  1. Do you think TOEFL scores will be going away and replaced by a different measure of English language ability for university entrance?
  2. Free parking at the supermarket will go away if too many people from the office next door use it.

take something into consideration


They have to take bribe into consideration.

Taking something "into consideration" means thinking about it as well as the other information available to make a final decision.

  1. When buying a car, you need to take into consideration the cost of petrol, parking, insurance and annual registration.
  2. Take into consideration we have 3 guests staying over when you buy the groceries for dinner.



They get money as a kickback.

A "kickback" is an informal payment or reward in exchange for something done or service provided, often secretly or illegally.

  1. The Minister for Transport got a new BMW as a kickback from the car companies when he opened a new manufacturing factory.
  2. The maths teacher took a kickback for giving James an A+ on his final paper.