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American English is full of colorful expressions. One such of these expressions is “to touch all bases”. It comes from the sport of baseball. There are four bases in baseball, first, second and third. The fourth is home plate. Together the bases form a diamond shape. When a baseball player hits the ball, he must run to each base in order and touch it with his foot. It is the only way to score a point. If the player hits the ball and fail to touch all the bases, the point will not be counted.

    The importence of touching all the bases was showed as a start in 1974 baseball season. Henck kealen was a player with a Atlantic team. He was seeking the record for hitting the most homeruns. A homerun is a ball that is hit over the wall. Alren needed just one homerun to equal the record held by Baly Rufu, the greatest hitter in baseball history. Alren got that homerun the very first time he had a chance to hit the ball. He sent the ball over the wall that surrounding the playing field. That gave him 714 homeruns, the same as Baly Rufu. After that day, baseball funs held their breath every time when it was Alren’s turn to hit. When would it he hit the homerun at 715, the way was not long.

  In the second week in the season, Alren again hit the ball over the wall. He had beaten Baly Rufu’s record. But first he had to run around the four bases. The other players on his team watched carefully to make sure he touched each one. if he’s not, the homerun would not be counted. There would not new record.

   So, ”to touch all four bases” means to do what is necessary to complete in a activity. This expression is used in business and politicians. No business deal or political campaign is really completed until you discussed all the issues involved, or as it said, until you touch all bases. Even professional defulman// use this expression as well as others that comes from baseball. A development reported in negotiations with different man from different countries may say:” they touched all bases during many hours of talks.” This means they explored all issues involved in the situation. Perhaps they did this after expressing hope that they could play balls with each other, meaning that they could learn to cooperate. Sports reports written about fast moving lively event, they must develop a way of writing that goes straight to the point. Their duty is to give the reader a complete festures// of the event in a few words as possible. The must touch all bases as quickly as they can.

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