On 3rd October in history, the first facsimile was sent through a phone line in the USA. Would you believe that this event happened in 1922! Amazing!
I remember having a fax machine at an office where I worked many years ago. It was left switched on overnight, in the same way an answerphone is to pick up messages. Unfortunately, the technology was not so advanced then and advertising companies used to send the equivalent of spam mail in the form of long faxes of adverts. One morning, I came in to find 20 pages of adverts like a toilet roll all over the office floor. The boss ordered us to switch off the phone every night after that!
What now old technology do you remember using in the past?
Do you still have a fax machine at home or at work? How often do you use it?
Words and usage:
'Order' has a strong meaning in English, usually associated with high authority, for example, in a military situation when a commander gives an order to soldiers.
We often use 'ask' when we request something from someone. A more formal word we might use is 'instruct', or if reconfirming an instruction strongly, perhaps 'specifically instruct'.
Other forms and uses can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.
Grammar point: 'Remember ......ing'
Looking back on a past situation, we often use the gerund (ing form) with 'remember' to say that the memory is now.
The gerund form has no time expression (past, present or future) and is purely the name for an action.
More explanation can be found at The British Council website.
Practice: Write about past and present technology you use, and describe the differences.
Quiz Me! Conversation card: Card F7 below is from General Level 1, pack 2.
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