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A German man has [started / starting] swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got tired of being [struck / stuck] in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now [beats / beast] the traffic [by / for] swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his laptop computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags [before / behind] him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river [flow / flew] right past his apartment. He looked [on / in] a map and realized the river went past [this / his] office. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, instead [for / of] battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing [fumes / fames] from traffic while on a bicycle.

Mr David told reporters that his river [commutation / commute] has changed his life. He is much fitter and [less / few] stressed. He spoke about the stress his commute used to [because / cause] him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would yell [on / at] cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on and so [forth / fourth] ." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the [aside / side] of all the traffic is the river, and if you just swim down [then / that] , it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David also spoke about the [dangers / dangerous] of river swimming. He always checks the temperature before diving [in / on] . Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is [illegally / illegal] to swim in the River Thames.

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