Level B/Niveau B

Weekly exercise L68_2

ANSWERS

Relevez, dans le texte, les groupes verbaux noyaux de proposition et identifiez leurs éléments à l'aide des chiffres de 1 à 7 .

Exemple : "He has been working" = 1+4+5+7.

Adapted from "VOANews", "US Births Hit a 30-Year Low, Despite Good Economy", May 17, 2018



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NEW YORK

U.S. birth rates declined(2+7) last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — their 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report which was released(2+6+7) last Thursday.

Experts said(2+7) several factors may be combining(1+3+5+7) to drive the declines, including shifting attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns.

The provisional report, that must have been based(1+3+4+6+7) on a review of more than 99 percent of the birth certificates filed nationwide, counted(2+7) 3.853 million births last year. That’s(1+7) the lowest tally since 1987.

Births have been declining(1+4+5+7) since 2014, but 2017 saw(2+7) the greatest year-to-year drop, about 92,000 less than the previous year.

That was(2+7) surprising, because baby booms often parallel(1+7) economic booms, and last year was(2+7) a period of low unemployment and a growing economy.

What's causing(1+5+7) this?

But other factors are(1+7) likely at play.

One may be(1+3+7) shifting attitudes about motherhood among millennials, who are(1+7) in their prime child-bearing years right now. They may be more inclined(1+3+6+7) to put off child-bearing or have fewer children.

Another may be(1+3+7) changes in the immigrant population, who generate(1+7) nearly a quarter of the babies born in the U.S. each year. For example, Asians are making up(1+5+7) a larger proportion of immigrants, and they have typically had(1+4+7) fewer children than other immigrant groups.

Also, use of IUDs and other long-acting forms of contraception has been increasing(1+4+5+7).



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Question :

Relevez, dans les textes, les groupes verbaux noyaux de proposition et identifiez leurs éléments à l'aide des chiffres de 1 à 7 .

Exemple : "He has been working" = 1+4+5+7.