126.@The auditorium was empty except for a single piece of furniture.

127.@Any apartment will do as long as the rent is low. Im not particular about it.

128.@His sixty- year- old cousin inherited a piece of real estate by a lake.

129.@So much for small talk. Lets get down to business.

130.@Lucy resented the aggressive salesman trying to make her sign the contract.

131.@There are a number of factors discouraging us from investing in stocks.

132.@Japan imports various raw materials and exports manufactured goods.

133.@In the course of its economic development, Japan has abandoned its traditional values.

134.@The world is faced with an unprecedented crisis.

135.@In short, the purpose of the regulations is to protect domestic industries.

136.@In order to keep up its competitiveness in the world, Japan must undertake sweeping deregulation in earnest.

137.@We cannot turn our backs on desperate people who are at risk.

138.@The parliament decided to provide developing countries with financial aid.

139.@Some say the British monarchy should be abolished. What do you think?

140.@They sought shelter from the attack but found no place to hide.

141.@Theres little prospect that the two countries will make significant progress in disarmament.

142.@The negotiations are under way. Before long, they will enter a crucial phase.

143.@The slaves were anxious to alter their destinies.

144.@The aristocrats abused their privileges to their hearts content.

145.@The revolution in itself, bore no fruit, after all.