The Reading / Listening - Business Suit - Level 3

More and more companies around the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a suit and tie. In the last century, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. In today's world, that is becoming less important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a more casual way. This is to make staff feel more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to relax its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could choose not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in deciding how to dress for work. It said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment."



Many people in business think more casual dress is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad impression to clients and customers. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not expect to hand over my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be old-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand will be perceived." Many companies, like Google and Amazon, allow their staff to dress casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Business Suit - Level 0 Business Suit - Level 1   or  Business Suit - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47466819
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-work-goldman-sachs/suits-and-ties-now-optional-goldman-sachs-hedges-dress-code
  • https://fox8.com/2019/03/07/goldman-sachs-other-companies-loosening-traditional-dress-code/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. BUSINESS SUITS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about business suits. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       companies / suit / tie / century / business / casual / dress code / investment / nature
       a good thing / a bad impression / money / pension / old-fashioned / sloppy / T-shirts
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SUITS ARE BEST: Students A strongly believe suits are best in the workplace; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DRESS: What should these workers wear and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

Bankers

 

 

Teachers

 

 

Presidents

 

 

Doctors

 

 

Pilots

 

 

Shop assistants

 

 

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5. CASUAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "casual". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CLOTHES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best clothes at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • jeans
  • shirt
  • gloves
  • short pants
  • suit
  • socks
  • cap
  • T-shirt

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. century a. A set of rules or conventions governing behavior or activity.
      2. dress b. Clothing worn for formal, business or ceremonial reasons.
      3. casual c. All the people working in a company or organization.
      4. staff d. A period of one hundred years.
      5. relax e. The ability to make well-thought decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
      6. code f. Suitable for everyday, comfortable wear rather than formal occasions.
      7. judgment g. Make a rule or restriction less strict, while not ending it.

    Paragraph 2

      8. founder h. Act or do things in a particular way in front of other people.
      9. impression i. A person or organization who uses the services of a lawyer or other professional person or company.
      10. client j. Thought of someone or something in a particular way.
      11. behave k. A person who starts a business or organization.
      12. sloppily l. An image or idea people have of something or someone.
      13. perceived m. Let happen.
      14. allow n. Carelessly and without effort.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. In the last century, fewer people wore suits and ties.     T / F
  2. Companies today want workers to dress in a more casual way.     T / F
  3. A tech company is the latest to relax its dress code.     T / F
  4. An investment bank asked its workers to do more exercise.     T / F
  5. Many business people think causal dress is not a good thing.     T / F
  6. A boss said workers who look after people's money should wear a suit.    T / F
  7. The boss said a brand might suffer if workers dressed sloppily.     T / F
  8. Amazon does not let its workers wear jeans to work.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. telling
  2. workers
  3. casual
  4. relax
  5. due to
  6. founder
  7. impression
  8. hand over
  9. old-fashioned
  10. perceived
  1. loosen
  2. seen
  3. creator
  4. informal
  5. give
  6. informing
  7. out of date
  8. because of
  9. employees
  10. image

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. More and more companies
  2. This is to make staff feel more
  3. relax its dress
  4. exercise good
  5. generally in favor of
  6. founder of the
  7. give a bad
  8. behave and dress
  9. it would be dangerous for a
  10. how your brand will
  1. respectfully
  2. a more casual environment
  3. investment company 7IM
  4. be perceived
  5. code
  6. impression to clients
  7. around the world
  8. business to do that
  9. judgment
  10. relaxed

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
last
good
way
favor
less
due
staff
relax

More and more companies around the world are telling (1) ____________ they do not need to wear a suit and tie. In the (2) ____________ century, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. In today's world, that is becoming (3) ____________ important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a more casual (4) ____________. This is to make staff feel more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to (5) ____________ its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could choose not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise (6) ____________ judgment" in deciding how to dress for work. It said the shift was (7) ____________ to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in (8) ____________ of a more casual environment."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
clients
dress
casually
fashioned
suit
perceived
behave
sloppily

Many people in business think more casual (9) ____________ is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a (10) ____________ and tie could give a bad impression to (11) ____________ and customers. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should (12) ____________ and dress respectfully. I would not expect to hand over my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be old-(13) ____________ but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress (14) ____________, that is how your brand will be (15) ____________." Many companies, like Google and Amazon, allow their staff to dress (16) ____________ and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) more companies around the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a ______
     a.  suit and tier
     b.  suit and tied
     c.  suit and tie
     d.  suit and tide
2)  Companies now want their workers to dress in a more ______
     a.  casual weigh
     b.  casual whey
     c.  casual weight
     d.  casual way
3)  The latest international company to relax its dress code is the ______
     a.  invest mint bank
     b.  investment bank
     c.  invest meant bank
     d.  in vest meant bank
4)  asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in deciding how to ______
     a.  dresses for works
     b.  dress for worked
     c.  dress for work
     d.  dresses for work
5)  the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more ______
     a.  casual environment
     b.  casually environments
     c.  casuals environment
     d.  casual environments

6)  Many people in business think more casual dress is not a ______
     a.  good think
     b.  good thing
     c.  good things
     d.  good thinks
7)  not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad impression ______
     a.  two client
     b.  to clients
     c.  too clients
     d.  to client
8) You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and ______
     a.  dress respect fully
     b.  dress respects fully
     c.  dress respectfully
     d.  dress respected fully
9)  It may be old-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business ______
     a.  to do hat
     b.  to do than
     c.  to do what
     d.  to do that
10)  If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand will ______
     a.  be perceive
     b.  be perceived
     c.  be perception
     d.  be perceives

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

More and more companies around the world (1) ___________________ they do not need to wear a suit and tie. In (2) ___________________, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. In today's world, that is becoming less important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a (3) ___________________. This is to make staff feel more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to relax its (4) ___________________ the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could choose not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise good judgment" (5) ___________________ to dress for work. It said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally (6) ___________________ a more casual environment."

Many people (7) ___________________ more casual dress is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a suit and tie could (8) ___________________ impression to clients and customers. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not (9) ___________________ over my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be old-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous (10) ___________________ to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand (11) ___________________." Many companies, like Google and Amazon, allow their staff to dress casually (12) ___________________ and T-shirts to the office.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who had to wear business clothes in the last century?
  2. In what way to today's companies want workers to dress?
  3. What kind of company is the latest to relax its dress code?
  4. What did a company ask its workers to exercise?
  5. What is the changing nature of workplaces in favor of?
  6. What is the name of the company Justin Urquhart Stewart founded?
  7. What impression could people not wearing suits give a company?
  8. What would a company founder not hand over to someone in jeans?
  9. What might be perceived badly if workers dress sloppily?
  10. What two companies did the article say let workers wear T-shirts?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who had to wear business clothes in the last century?
a) teachers
b) business people and office workers
c) CEOs
d) bankers
2) In what way to today's companies want workers to dress?
a) to match their mood
b) uniformly
c) well
d) more casually
3) What kind of company is the latest to relax its dress code?
a) a burger chain
b) a tech company
c) an investment bank
d) a coffee shop chain
4) What did a company ask its workers to exercise?
a) good judgment
b) their muscles
c) their brains
d) their taste in fashion
5) What is the changing nature of workplaces in favor of?
a) more pay
b) a more casual environment
c) workers' rights
d) suits

6) What is the name of the company Justin Urquhart Stewart founded?
a) 7IM
b) 8IM
c) 9IM
d) 10IM
7) What impression could people not wearing suits give a company?
a) a fantastic impression
b) a good impression
c) a bad impression
d) a funny impression
8) What would a company founder not hand over to someone in jeans?
a) his pension
b) his wallet
c) his money
d) his future
9) What might be perceived badly if workers dress sloppily?
a) products
b) people
c) wages
d) a brand
10) What two companies did the article say let workers wear T-shirts?
a) McDonald's and Starbucks
b) Facebook and Toyota
c) Google and Amazon
d) Walmart and Apple

Role play

Role  A – Suits
You think suits are the best clothes. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their clothes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): T-shirts, jeans or socks.

Role  B – T-Shirts
You think T-shirts are the best clothes. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their clothes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): suits, jeans or socks.

Role  C – Jeans
You think jeans are the best clothes. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their clothes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): T-shirts, suits or socks.

Role  D – Socks
You think socks are the best clothes. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their clothes. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): T-shirts, jeans or suits.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'suit'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'tie'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • good
    • bad
    • money
    • hand
    • business
    • allow
    • around
    • last
    • less
    • relax
    • choose
    • favor




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Business suits and ties worn less and less

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'suit'?
    3. What do you think of business suits?
    4. Should business people have to wear business suits?
    5. How do you feel when you wear a suit?
    6. Should a country's leader wear a suit?
    7. Do people in business suits look better?
    8. How uncomfortable is a business suit and tie?
    9. Would you work harder in casual clothes?
    10. Should companies also tell workers to stop wearing uniforms?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'tie'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should office workers have to wear suits and ties?
    5. Should business men and women have to wear a suit and tie?
    6. Should teachers wear casual or formal clothes?
    7. Would a bank manager in a T-shirt give a bad impression?
    8. Would you like your teacher to wear a T-shirt?
    9. Is it good or bad to dress sloppily?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the boss of Goldman Sachs?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    More and (1) ____ companies around the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a suit and tie. In the (2) ____ century, most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes. In today's world, (3) ____ is becoming less important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a more casual way. This is to make staff feel more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to (4) ____ its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could (5) ____ not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in deciding how to dress for work. It said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally (6) ____ favor of a more casual environment."

    Many people in business think more casual (7) ____ is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad (8) ____ to clients and customers. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not expect to (9) ____ over my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be (10) ____-fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress (11) ____, that is how your brand will be perceived." Many companies, like Google and Amazon, (12) ____ their staff to dress casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     more     (b)     many     (c)     much     (d)     most    
    2. (a)     before     (b)     ago     (c)     past     (d)     gone    
    3. (a)     what     (b)     then     (c)     that     (d)     there    
    4. (a)     easy     (b)     weak     (c)     calm     (d)     relax    
    5. (a)     choice     (b)     chose     (c)     choose     (d)     chosen    
    6. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    7. (a)     dressed     (b)     dress     (c)     dresses     (d)     dresser    
    8. (a)     impress     (b)     impression     (c)     impressive     (d)     impressed    
    9. (a)     back     (b)     head     (c)     hand     (d)     arm    
    10. (a)     not     (b)     back     (c)     new     (d)     old    
    11. (a)     slippery     (b)     slipping     (c)     slapping     (d)     sloppily    
    12. (a)     suit     (b)     dress     (c)     leave     (d)     allow

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. In the last ecrutyn
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    Paragraph 2

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    4. behave and dress yeuctpsrflel
    5. It may be old-finhaeods
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  to hand over my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be old-
    (...)  clothes. In today's world, that is becoming less important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a more casual
    (...)  and tie. In the last century, most business people and office workers had to wear business
    (...)  fashioned but I think it would be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress
    (...)  choose not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in deciding how to dress for
    1  ) More and more companies around the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a suit
    (...)  work. It said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment."
    (...)  way. This is to make staff feel more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to
    (...)  customers. He said: "You're looking after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully. I would not expect
    (...)  of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad impression to clients and
    (...)  Amazon, allow their staff to dress casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to the office.
    (...)  relax its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could
    (...)  Many people in business think more casual dress is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder
    (...)  sloppily, that is how your brand will be perceived." Many companies, like Google and

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. becoming   important   .   In   less   today's   that   is   world,
    3. The   to   its   dress   latest   company   relax   code   .
    4. due   shift   nature   .   was   The   to   the   changing
    5. favor   In   casual   environment   .   a   more   of
    6. to   impression   Give   a   bad   and   clients   customers   .
    7. over   jeans   .   pension   in   someone   Hand   my   to
    8. a   do   Be   to   dangerous   for   business   that   .
    9. perceived   .   be   brand   how   is   will   your   That
    10. staff   their   casually   .   dress   Allow   more   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    More and more companies around / about the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a suit and tie. In the last centurion / century, most business people and office workers had / have to wear business clothes. In today's world, that is becoming less importance / important. Companies now want their workers to dress in a more casually / casual way. This is to make staff feel / felt more relaxed, so they work harder. The latest international company to slow / relax its dress code is the investment bank Goldman Sachs. It said its staff could choice / choose not to wear a suit, but asked employees to "exercise good judgment" in deciding how / what to dress for work. It said the shift was due to "the changing nature of workplaces generally in / per favor of a more casual environment."

    Many people on / in business think more casual dress is not a good thing. Justin Urquhart Stewart, founder / finder of the investment company 7IM, said not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad impressive / impression to clients and customers. He said: "You're looking before / after people's money, so you should behave and dress respectfully / respect. I would not expect to hand over / under my pension to someone in jeans, loafers and a football shirt. It may be old-fashioned but I think it would being / be dangerous for a business to do that." He added: "If you let people dress sloppily, that is how your brand / bland will be perceived." Many companies, like Google and Amazon, allow their staff to dress / dressing casually and wear jeans and T-shirts to that / the office.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    more and more companies around the world are telling staff they do not need to wear a suit and tie in the last century most business people and office workers had to wear business clothes in todays world that is becoming less important companies now want their workers to dress in a more casual way this is to make staff feel more relaxed so they work harder the latest international company to relax its dress code is the investment bank goldman sachs it said its staff could choose not to wear a suit but asked employees to exercise good judgment in deciding how to dress for work it said the shift was due to the changing nature of workplaces generally in favor of a more casual environment

    many people in business think more casual dress is not a good thing justin urquhart stewart founder of the investment company 7im said not wearing a suit and tie could give a bad impression to clients and customers he said youre looking after peoples money so you should behave and dress respectfully i would not expect to hand over my pension to someone in jeans loafers and a football shirt it may be oldfashioned but i think it would be dangerous for a business to do that he added if you let people dress sloppily that is how your brand will be perceived many companies like google and amazon allow their staff to dress casually and wear jeans and tshirts to the office.

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    Moreandmorecompaniesaroundtheworldaretellingstafftheydonotne
    edtowearasuitandtie.Inthelastcentury,mostbusinesspeopleandoffic
    eworkershadtowearbusinessclothes.Intoday'sworld,thatisbecomin
    glessimportant.Companiesnowwanttheirworkerstodressinamoreca
    sualway.Thisistomakestafffeelmorerelaxed,sotheyworkharder.Thel
    atestinternationalcompanytorelaxitsdresscodeistheinvestmentban
    kGoldmanSachs.Itsaiditsstaffcouldchoosenottowearasuit,butasked
    employeesto"exercisegoodjudgment"indecidinghowtodressforwork
    .Itsaidtheshiftwasdueto"thechangingnatureofworkplacesgenerallyi
    nfavorofamorecasualenvironment."Manypeopleinbusinessthinkmo
    recasualdressisnotagoodthing.JustinUrquhartStewart,founderofthe
    investmentcompany7IM,saidnotwearingasuitandtiecouldgiveabadi
    mpressiontoclientsandcustomers.Hesaid:"You'relookingafterpeopl
    e'smoney,soyoushouldbehaveanddressrespectfully.Iwouldnotexpe
    cttohandovermypensiontosomeoneinjeans,loafersandafootballshirt
    .Itmaybeold-fashionedbutIthinkitwouldbedangerousforabusinesst
    odothat."Headded:"Ifyouletpeopledresssloppily,thatishowyourbra
    ndwillbeperceived."Manycompanies,likeGoogleandAmazon,allowth
    eirstafftodresscasuallyandwearjeansandT-shirtstotheoffice.

    Free writing

    Write about business suit for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All business people and office workers should wear a suit. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BUSINESS SUITS: Make a poster about business suits. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WORKPLACE: Write a magazine article about business suits must be worn in the workplace. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on business suits. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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