01. We [descended] the staircase to the wine cellar.
02. H. L. Mencken once remarked that it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has [descended] from man.
03. A feeling of tension [descended] on the party after the argument.
04. More than 10,000 protesters are expected to [descend] on the nation's capital this morning.
05. The worse thing you can do when people are being rude to you is to [descend] to their level.
06. She doesn't believe in evolution because she says she simply can't accept that we are [descended] from apes.
07. The airplane experienced engine trouble during its [descent] into Narita Airport.
08. The climbers reached the summit of the mountain this morning at 10:00, and began their [descent] a short time afterward.
09. Depending on the culture, family [descent] can be traced through the male and / or female lines.
10. Hiro's family is of French, Japanese and Ugandan [descent].
11. There is a Chinese proverb which states that when people only talk about things they understand, a great silence will [descend] upon the world.
12. We have now begun our [descent] into Pearson Airport, and should be touching down in about 30 minutes.
13. Every hamster in existence today [descends] from a mother and her 13 babies which were found in a little town in 1930.
14. Most of the people of Iceland are [descendants] of settlers from the Scandinavian countries.
15. In their legends, the people of Vietnam claim to be the [descendants] of a dragon.
16. Scuba divers wear weights on their belts to help them [descend].
17. The city of Paekdusan in North Korea is sacred to all Koreans because according to Korean mythology it is where the 'Son of the Lord of Heaven' [descended] to earth, and the first Korean kingdom began.
18. The people of Cape Verde are [descended] from a mix of West African slaves and Portuguese colonists.
19. The great majority of the people of Mexico are of mixed Spanish and indigenous [descent].

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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