Pollution in the Community:
Verbs Followed by Gerunds or Infinitives
Pollution continues to be a serious problem in our
community since we continue ignoring the biggest cause.
The picture of a big factory
on the worksheet may imply that factories cause most of
the pollution. This is far from the truth.
Cars are the most serious source of dangerous
pollutants in our community. At my home,
I have no garage, so my car is parked outside all the time. When
I wash it, the evidence is clear: the black sticky stuff on the
roof is the result of the emissions of the many cars travelling
through my community. I hate to think what the inside
of my lungs looks like after seeing this evidence of pollution.
People, however, dislike being told that cars cause the
most serious air pollution. My family is a perfect example of
the problem: every one of us owns a caróa
total of six. In the Lower Mainland, we are
typical; on some days of summer
the air in the city is worse than in Los Angeles.
It pollutes for me to drive to work
alone, but I dislike taking the crowded and lengthy bus
trip to work at this school. I donít, however, drive my kids two
blocks to school like some of my neighbours.
One neighbour drives to the corner store and back! Until
we change our thinking about what causes most of the pollution
in our community, I am afraid that the problem can only get
worse. (April, 1999; Brad Hyde)