01. Over 200 people were killed in a [disaster] in southwestern India this morning when a train collided with a tour bus.
02. The governor is visiting the site of the [disastrous] tornado which destroyed this small town in Southern Texas.
03. The party was a total [disaster]. Hardly anyone showed up, the stereo didn't work, and the food was terrible.
04. Over 150 people were killed last month in the crash of an Air France Concorde, the first ever [disaster] involving these planes.
05. The loss by the Japanese team in the quarter finals was a [disaster] for the national soccer program.
06. The team's [disastrous] performance in the Olympics has raised serious questions about the abilities of the coaching staff.
07. The air crash was the biggest aviation [disaster] in the country's history.
08. There is a Saudi Arabian proverb which states that war is a [disaster] for winner and loser alike.
09. There is a Chinese proverb which observes that a moment of patience can prevent a great [disaster], and a moment of impatience can ruin a whole life.
10. Lightning kills more people in the United States than any other natural [disaster]: an average of 400 dead, and 1,000 injured yearly.
11. The worst nuclear [disaster] in United States history occurred at Three Mile Island in 1979.
12. The people of Belarus continue to live with the consequences of the world's worst nuclear [disaster] at Chernobyl.
13. Switzerland has a proud history of important international aid, and [disaster] relief work.
14. In 2002, China warned Taiwan that any suggestion of a referendum on independence would lead the island to "[disaster]".
15. Greek author Homer once observed that the man does better who runs from [disaster] than he who is caught by it.
16. In its [disastrous] war of 1865 to 1870, Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males in the country, and much of its territory.
17. The Red Cross helps people affected by emergencies and [disasters], from house fires to earthquakes.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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