9 These days we often hear about....

They claim / argue / say that....

But has / is it?

Close examination / analysis / scrutiny doesn'tbear out the claim. / argument.

9.1 These days we often hear about "the classlesssociety". They say that all men are equal, and theycan enjoy the same educational and job opportunities, and the distinction between rich andpoor has lost. But has it? Close examination doesn't bear out the claim.


9.2 These days I have heard many exasperated students and working adults alike express astrong desire to take an English course and a computer course. They believe that suchknowledge will enhance their job opportunities or promotion opportunities. But will it? Theinformation I've collected over last few years leads me to believe that this knowledge may beless useful than most people think.