There has been a lot of activity just down the road from us,
for the past year. A hotel has been built, and we have witnessed
the process from start to finish. About a year ago, the
construction crew 'broke ground' and started digging and moving
earth. Then came the foundation. The big cement mixers came in to
pour and pour until the amount of cement was just right. Each
afternoon, driving my children home from school, I would
deliberately take a slightly longer route which leads right past
the hotel site. My kids would ooh and aah at the machines, and the
changes that were taking place. Soon the walls went up, stage by
stage. Just opposite the building site is a restaurant with an
outside seating area. We sat there on a few occasions, eating
icecream and watching the progress: machines coming and going, the
large crew of workmen nailing, hammering, carrying, and cutting. At
least half of the time there was plenty of yelling going on, and
most of the time it was in a variety of different languages. It
would have been good to film the work from the beginning to the end
consistently, and then show the film in fast motion. I'm happy to
say that the ordinances or rules for new buildings here is that
they must have good landscaping around them: trees, shrubs, and
grass. So, the hotel won't look like a big, boring, box of a place.
It actually has an attractive design with some architectural
interest, some natural stone, and now the landscaping. I'm sure
that, in true American style, there will be a grand opening
celebration. There will be balloons, free coffee, and perhaps a
raffle. Once, when a department store was having its grand opening,
my husband and I happened to be in a parking lot nearby. Suddenly,
there was the sound of explosions. I ducked, not knowing what on
earth was happening. My husband just laughed at me and pointed to
the building, "It's just the grand opening fire works, babe. I
know," he admitted, "we tend to overdo it here."
Practicing the use of 'would' using related
vocabulary: to break ground, building site, ordinance, to duck.
1. It would have been better to break ground in the Summer; the
ground will be frozen soon.
2. I wouldn't mind the building site next door, if the crew wasn't
3. He memorized the ordinances and would always quote the
4. You wouldn't have bumped your head if you had ducked.