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The Emperor’s Seed
Once there lived an old emperor who had no children. He ___ (NOT CAN) choose his successor for a long time.
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Then he called all the young people in the kingdom together and said, «I’ll give each one of you a seed today. I want you to go home, plant it, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed.» A boy named Ling also got a seed. He came home and told his mother that he ___ (GROW) the best plant.
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She helped ___ (HE) plant the seed. Every day he watered it but nothing grew.
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A year passed and Ling took his empty pot to the palace while all the rest brought some beautiful plants. The emperor said, «Lying is the ___ (BAD) thing in the world. I gave you all spoilt seeds. Nothing grows from spoilt seeds». So Ling became the new emperor.
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Roald Dahl, a famous British writer, was Norwegian by birth. Dahl ___ (NAME) after the Polar explorer Roald Amundsen, a national hero in Norway at the time. During the Second World War Dahl served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot.
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Dahl became well-known in 1940s with works for both ___ (CHILD) and adults.
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One of his highly popular tales was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Since 1945 his books ___ (PUBLISH) in almost 50 languages.
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The most usual way to entertain friends at home is to invite them for a meal, either in the evening or at lunch-time on a Sunday. When guests are invited for a meal, they often sit and chat while they have a drink before the meal, and coffee is ___ (USUAL) served afterwards.
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Several close friends are sometimes invited at once to make a small party to celebrate a birthday, a child’s coming of age or some special ___ (ACHIEVE).
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These parties are almost always ___ (FORMAL), there is no dress code and in summer, when the weather is fine, people may hold a barbecue in the garden.
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Formal occasions, official receptions for foreign visitors, when written ___ (INVITE) are sent, rarely take place in people’s homes, although they did in the past.
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The host often provides ___ (VARY) kinds of entertainment, or at least entertains guests with interesting stories and merry jokes.
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The ___ (TASTE) meal is often followed by party games or dances which are intended to amuse or interest people in a way that gives them pleasure and make them enjoy the party.
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Father Feels Starved
In the summers, when we went to the country, we usually hired a temporary cook to go with us, so that Margaret could stay in town. We hated to leave her, but the idea was that somebody must stay to ___ care of the house.
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But this didn’t work well. No matter how few the substitute’s faults were, Father had no patience with them. One summer, I remember, there was a nice woman Delia who got on well with Mother because she was so obliging and pleasant, but who didn’t ___ Father at all.
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“I don’t give a damn how obliging she is,” he ___ to say.
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”If she won’t oblige me by cooking something fit to eat, she can go.” This didn’t sound unreasonable, but to ___ the truth, Delia cooked well enough for the rest of us.
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Mother tried to ___ no attention to Father’s grumbling. At breakfast Father would put down his coffee cup in disgust and roar: “Does she call this confounded mess coffee? Take it away!” And while Mother and Delia were frantically making a fresh pot, he would eat all of his omelet and bacon, and then declare that he was starved.
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The longer Delia stayed with us, the more alarmed Father became. He ate heartily, but he said he didn’t feel nourished. At last Mother had to ___ that it was impossible to go on like this.
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“This is Delia’s last night. I do hope you will like Tobo, they say, he is a very good cook.” The next night, Father found out, that the first dish was too Oriental and the meat underdone. So Mother sent for Margaret. She knew she could always depend ___ Margaret.
I come from England but now I live permanently in Québec, Canada. When my parents ________BRING__________ me to Canada, I was fifteen. It was the winter and I ________IMPRESS__________ by the amount of snow there. I asked my new friends what they usually ________DO_________ for entertainment in such a cold climate. Their answer was simple, “In winter _________CHILD_________ and adults go skiing and skating.” Before arriving in Canada I had never tried skating and my Canadian ice experience was really painful. To start with, it took _________I_________ half an hour to put on the skates. I _________NOT/KNOW_________ how to move so my new friends showed me some basic techniques. However, when I was left alone on the ice, I _________FALL_________ over immediately. When I opened my eyes, my new friends were standing around. They weren’t laughing, they looked worried.
“Are you OK?” they asked.
“Fine,” I said, “I wish I ________CAN__________ skate as easily as you do.”
“You definitely will,” they smiled. And they were right. By the end of my _________ONE_________ winter in Canada, I felt confident on the ice. More than that, I found out that skating was a really exciting activity!
I unexpectedly met my old friend Natalie at a metro station in Paris. I recognised her at once though we hadn’t seen each other for ten years. Now she works as a ________REPORT__________ for Le Figaro newspaper. Our _________FRIEND_________ began when we were at school. After school, Natalie left Britain. French was her favourite subject and she went to university in Paris. Now she is a very _________SUCCESS_________ journalist. Her life is busy and exciting. I was _________LUCK_________ that she managed to find some time for me. Natalie made my visit to Paris _________FORGETTABLE_________. She took me to the most interesting places in the city. In the evening we watched a performance at The Grand Opera House. It is one of the most ________FAME________ Opera Houses in the world.
Tracey was very unhappy and scared. She was starting a new school.
“I _________NOT/WANT_________ to go to school today,” Tracey told her father.
“I understand, Tracey,” he said. “Starting a new school can be very difficult. But you have to.”
A month before _________THEY_________ family had moved to a new town and everything was still new and strange for Tracey. Dad smoothed Tracey’s hair down and _________GIVE_________ her a little hug,
“When your classes _________BE_________ over, I’ll pick you up, ok?”
When Tracey got to school and looked at the big building, she thought, “I wish I _________CAN_________ run away,” but she knew it was impossible. She took a deep breath and walked up the steps to school. She went straight into her _________FIVE_________ grade classroom.
“That must be Tracey,” “Hello, Tracey!”, “Welcome, Tracey!” the _________CHILD_________ in the room welcomed her.
Everyone seemed friendly and Tracey felt a little _________GOOD_________.
The father picked her up after school.
“How was your day?” he asked. To his surprise Tracey answered that she _________LIKE_________ her new school.
“You are a brave girl,” her father said. “I’m proud of you.”
Have you heard of a Tadeus Bodnar? He is a _________FAME_________ Hungarian hairdresser. Not long ago he stopped using the _________TRADITION_________ scissors and comb. Now his instruments are axes, irons and vacuum cleaners. Now he is very _________SUCCESS_________ and happy because with his innovative techniques he can express himself better. He cuts hair in his shop in Budapest by chopping it with an axe. Then he styles the hair using a vacuum cleaner, or straightens it with an iron. It’s difficult to believe but the extravagant hairdresser is very popular. Many people find him very _________CREATE_________. Every day there’s an ________END__________ line of people streaming to his shop. They wish to change their ________APPEAR__________ and have a thrilling, new experience.
It was about 6pm when I heard a knock on the door. It _________BE_________ Jason, my teenage neighbour. He looked cold and upset.
“What’s wrong, Jason?”
“I _________LOSE_________ my key and I can’t get into my house.”
“Come in. Today’s not a day for long walks, or long waits,” I looked out the window. It _______SNOW_________ hard and it was windy. The weather was getting ________BAD__________ every hour.
Jason _________TAKE_________ off his coat and boots. His ________FOOT__________ were wet and I gave him a pair of socks to change into. A cup of hot tea and some biscuits soon made the boy feel warm.
“Where are your parents, Jason?”
“I _________NOT/KNOW_________. I can’t call them because of this,” he pulled his phone out of his pocket and showed it to me – the screen _________BREAK_________ and the phone was obviously dead.
Jason focused on the food again. He took his _________FOUR_________ biscuit and said: “I wish my mum could make biscuits like this.”
There are pills for everything. If you can’t sleep you take a pill. If you’re depressed or just _________HAPPY_________, you also can take a pill. These days scientists are developing a new pill that you can use for improving your ________FIT__________. It will have the same effect on people’s bodies as doing sports. The ________SCIENCE__________ experiments on mice have given wonderful results. The animals got stronger and healthier without any exercise. However, some doctors think that such pills can be ________DANGER__________ for health, especially in certain situations. The problem is that there will be people who may use the pill unwisely. For example, young girls who want to lose weight and get slim may take several pills at once. It will be very _________HARM_________ for their health. That’s why our government should think a lot before making the ________DECIDE__________ that allows the medicine to be produced.
By today’s standards, my mobile phone is pretty basic. It’s a Nokia. It’s a small device that receives telephone calls and sends text messages. Other than that, my phone _________NOT/DO_________ much. Most of my friends wish they _________HAVE_________ smartphones because they are cool and trendy. They say the _________GOOD_________ thing about a smartphone is that you ‘can do everything with it!’ That’s right, smartphones have many more functions than a simple phone, however, not all of them are needed. In everyday life, smartphones _________USE_________ mainly for checking social networking sites, replying to emails, and playing games. Grown-ups as well as ________CHILD__________ like playing games. Anyway, I prefer my good old Nokia. It’s my ________ONE__________ mobile phone. When I bought it, it didn’t cost _________I_________ very much. And I am not afraid anyone will ever steal it. It’s also very reliable. Yesterday I dropped it. It _________FLY_________ down the staircase and hit the wall. I thought that _________BE_________ the end of it and I would have to buy a new one. But nothing of the kind – it still works properly!
Last spring my best friend Isabelle and I booked a holiday in Venice. We rented a small apartment for a week with a _________WONDER_________ view of the town. At the last moment another friend, Linda, asked if she could come with us. She was a _________FRIEND_________, cheerful girl and we were glad to have her join us. Venice was a _________FANTASY_________ place and we enjoyed our trip greatly. Linda was fond of history and she told us lots of ________INTEREST__________ facts about the town. We also liked the Italian food very much. The waiter in the nearby pizzeria was a boy from Britain, so we never had any problems with _________COMMUNICATE_________. The only _________PLEASANT_________ thing about Venice was the weather. It was unusually cold and windy that week.
When I came into the room, my computer was on. It worried me since I _________NOT/REMEMBER_________ switching it on. I looked around – there _________BE_________ nobody in my room and everything was in its usual place. Suddenly I _________UNDERSTAND_________ – the book had gone! I had left it on the table but it wasn’t there any more. I checked the window – it _________CLOSE_________. That meant that someone had come into the room through the door. My _________ONE_________ impulse was to call the police but I called Jim instead. “What _________HAPPEN_________?” Jim sounded sleepy. I explained that someone _________TAKE_________ the book. “Oh, no!” Jim sounded unhappy. “Have you any idea how valuable it is?” “There’s another thing I ________NOT/CAN__________ understand,” I interrupted Jim. “My computer’s on but I always switch it off before leaving home.” “Ok, stay at home. I’ll be at _________YOU_________ place in half an hour,” he said and the phone went dead.
Learning languages is becoming a popular hobby with children and adults. It’s not only interesting but very _________USE_________, too. Foreign languages improve memory and develop ________IMAGINE__________. People who are able to speak two or more languages _________FLUENT_________ are usually more successful than their monolingual colleagues. They are better in making business and _________PERSON_________ contacts. They are more _________CREATE_________ and they are better in solving conflicts as they are able to accept new ideas and different points of view. Foreign languages make life more _________INTEREST_________ and colourful.
Linda was looking forward to her holidays. First of all, she _________FEEL_________ really tired from school and wanted to have a break. The _________TWO_________reason was that they were going to take a trip to the mountains. Linda enjoyed it very much when they went somewhere all together as a family. They _________NOT/DO_________ it very often since her parents were very busy people. Linda ________NOT/CAN__________ ski but the prospect didn’t scare her. She learnt everything very quickly, especially when her father taught ________SHE__________. He was the ________GOOD__________teacher in the world!
“I _________BUY_________ special sunglasses for skiing,” Linda boasted to her father. “Have a look! Nice, aren’t they?”
“They are,” he gave Linda a quick look and turned back to his computer. He ________PREPARE__________ a presentation or something else very important.
Linda could see diagrams on the screen. They _________DRAW_________ in different colours which made them look complicated.
My first job was working at a bakery. When I walked from my house to the bakery I could smell the _________WONDER_________ fresh bread. I loved it. I worked ________DAY__________ after school and at weekends. It made about twenty hours a week. One of the most _________FANTASY_________ things about the bakery was that I could eat all I wanted there. I couldn’t stop eating the fresh buns, rolls and cakes. They were so ________TASTE__________. Mrs. Bradley, the _________OWN_________ of the bakery, was a very nice woman. She had no children and she treated me like her own granddaughter. I liked her too and did my best to be as ________HELP_________as possible.
Tim woke up later than usual. It was Sunday and he _________HAVE_________ lots of plans for the day. He was in the bathroom cleaning his _________TOOTH_________ when he heard some unfamiliar voices from the veranda. “Who could they be?” Tim _________THINK_________. When he came into the room, his mum and two other women ________CHAT__________ happily and didn’t notice him. Tim coughed to attract _________THEY_________ attention. “Oh, Tim, you’re up already!” his mother sounded excited. “Meet my school friends, Linda and Emma.” Linda shook his hand, Emma smiled and said: “We _________BE_________ happy to meet you, Tim.” Your mum showed us your photo, but you are much _________YOUNG_________ there. Join us for tea. I wish we _________CAN_________ talk about our school days for ages, but we have some other business to discuss with your mother. It’s going to be interesting for you, too.” Tim sat at the table. Emma had some papers in her hands but Tim couldn’t read what _________PRINT_________ there – the letters were too small.
Thousands of tourists visit Edinburgh every year. The capital of Scotland is ________FAME__________ for its history and architecture. It’s one of the ________CULTURE__________ centres of the country. The main _________ATTRACT_________ of the city is Edinburgh Castle. It was built in the 12th century but it still looks magnificent and very _________IMPRESS_________. There are many historic monuments in Edinburgh. One of them is an unusual monument to Walter Scott, a well-known _________WRITE_________. The city streets are usually full of noisy tourists with cameras but if you want a quiet holiday, you can have it too — the beautiful and ________PEACE__________ countryside is just round the corner.
People turn fifteen only once in life and Anna wanted to have a great birthday party, with cake, candles and guests. “Guests? And what if nobody comes,” Anna ______THINK______. She ______NOT/CAN______ wait till the end of the lesson and turned to Linda and Kate, who were sitting next to her.
“Look, it’s my birthday this Saturday and I ______NOT/INVITE______ you yet. Will you come?” she said quietly.
“We ______SOLVE______ Maths problems, can’t you see?” Linda didn’t even look up.
Linda and Kate were the ______POPULAR______ girls in the class.
Their fathers were successful ______BUSINESSMAN______ who Anna sometimes saw on TV.
“I ______COME______ on Saturday,” Kate said suddenly. “What time is your party?”
It was a cold January day in York, Pennsylvania. Dr. James turned on the television to check on the weather. The weatherman said that it was going to stay cold for several days. According to him, the roads _________BE_________ very dangerous because of the snow and ice and he strongly recommended staying at home if at all possible. Dr. James _________NOT/CAN_________ stay at home. He worked in a hospital and there were patients waiting for him there. He put on a sweater, jacket, gloves, boots and a hat, and opened his front door. Everything ________COVER__________ with snow. A cold wind blew inside. “Wow,” Dr. James said. “The weatherman was right! I wish I ________HAVE__________ a reindeer instead of my old car.” When Dr. James ________DRIVE__________ slowly to work, he saw an accident. He stopped and ________RUN__________ to the damaged car. There was a man and two ________CHILD__________ inside. “Is everyone okay?” Dr. James asked. “Yes, yes, we are fine,” answered the man. “I ________CALL__________ 911 already. They are coming to help ________WE__________. It looks like we won’t get to school today.”
Siem Reap is a small town in Cambodia, a country in southeast Asia. It is built around a ________FAME__________ cathedral. The town is charming with some fine examples of French colonial architecture. A legend says that a French _________WRITE_________ once called the town “a pearl of Cambodia”. Nowadays, this town is quite popular with tourists. They often use it as a starting point for their _________EXCITE_________ travellings. The town is really remarkable. There you will find some _________IMPRESS_________ stone monuments and statues, ancient buildings and picturesque ruins. Note that it’s _________USUAL_________ hot there in the summer. Please ensure that you take _________COMFORT_________ walking shoes, light clothing and plenty of water to drink.
It was Friday evening. Liz was looking forward to Saturday because it was her husband’s birthday. She had been preparing for this event for a long time. She had invited ________THEY__________ college friends and they were all coming from different cities. The best part was that Carlos, her husband, _________NOT/KNOW_________ anything about the arrangements. It was going to be a surprise. Liz _________MAKE_________ sandwiches when Carlos came into the kitchen.
“Look, darling,” he said, “I know it’s my birthday tomorrow but I don’t want to do anything special for it.”
Liz thought, “I wish I _________CAN_________ cancel the party but I can’t – it’s too late. The party will take place anyway and it will be the _________GOOD_________ party ever”.
When Carlos came home on Saturday, there ________BE__________ lots of people there. Carlos _________TELL________ them that he felt very happy to see them all and it was true! The guests enjoyed the dinner and then Liz brought in a cake. The cake __________DECORATE________ with chocolates and jellies, and it had as many candles as the number of years Carlos had reached that day. Carlos couldn’t blow them out on the _________ONE_________ try and his friends were delighted to help him.
The city of St Davids is situated on the south-west coast of Wales. If you’re looking for an _________USUAL_________ place to go, this is your destination. It was granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II but in reality St Davids looks like an ________ATTRACT__________ small village. It is actually the smallest city in Britain with a _________POPULATE_________ of just over 1,600. St Davids has a _________BEAUTY_________ medieval cathedral which dates back to the 12th century. Today it is a _________CHARM_________ place with narrow streets filled with cafes, hotels and art galleries – but only one pub! St Davids is famous for its sandy beaches and clear water. Whitesands Bay is a regular _________WIN_________ of the prestigious European Blue Flag award.
I was sitting in an arm-chair and watching my sister Alison. She was getting ready for a party. Alison was 15 years _________OLD_________ than me and she always treated me like a child. Alison took her jewellery box from the table. The box _________MAKE_________ of wood and had colourful stones on the top.
“You know you must never touch it, right?” Alison said.
“If the box was mine, I ________ALLOW__________ you to touch it whenever you wanted,” I answered. Alison said nothing to that.
When she put on her jewelry, she looked like a princess. She moved gracefully as if her _________FOOT_________ didn’t touch the ground. Alison kissed me goodnight and left. I tried to resist my curiosity but I _________NOT/CAN_________. I opened the box. There _________BE_________ lots of rings, ear-rings, bracelets and necklaces inside. I got them all out. The _________ONE_________ piece of jewelry I tried on was a silver necklace. After that I lost track of time. Suddenly I _________SEE_________ Alison. She was standing at the doorway and looking at me angrily. I _________NOT/KNOW_________ what to say. Many years have passed since that night. Now I am a designer – I create clothes and accessories. My sister likes my work very much.
People travel a lot nowadays. Planes are considered to be the most _________COMFORT_________ means of transport but for some people airports can be a nightmare. There are _________END_________ queues when you check in and you waste lots of time if your flight is delayed. However, there are some airports where you can _________ACTUAL_________ enjoy yourself. For example, you’ll never be bored at Hong Kong’s international airport. There are thousands of people from _________DIFFER_________ countries here but the passengers never experience any problems because everything is well organised. There are attendants in red coats, who help you to get from one place to another. It’s very good for people with no sense of _________DIRECT_________. The attendants are always very polite and ________HELP__________.
Jane liked going to the park with her mum. One day when they were there, she said, “There is so much rubbish on the ground.” They looked around. There were old ________BOX__________, waste paper and cans on the ground. Several benches ________BREAK__________. “You are right,” her mum said. “I wish people ________CARE__________ about the environment more.” “I do care about it but I _________NOT/KNOW_________ what I can do to help the park,” said Jane. Jane and her mum went home. In the evening she painted a picture of the park. At the top of the picture she _________WRITE_________ “PLEASE KEEP ME CLEAN”. The next day Jane and her mum went to the park _________EARLY_________ than usual. Jane taped her picture onto a big rubbish bin and started picking up rubbish. Some children ran over to see what was going on. They decided to help Jane. Soon all the rubbish was in the bags. “Good job,” Jane said, “We ________CLEAN__________ half of the park. If we come and complete the other part tomorrow, the whole park ________BE_________ clean and tidy. I hope people won’t throw _________THEY_________ rubbish here any more.”
Axel is a 9-year-old Bulgarian orphan (сирота). He was adopted by a ________WEALTH__________ western family. His new father works as a ________BANK__________ in Sweden and he is quite rich. Axel _________REGULAR_________ wrote e-mails to the director of the orphanage, Jane Smitova. He told her that he was saving his Christmas and birthday money to help his friends. Axel said that he wanted the money to be spent on presents for his former playmates. Later Jane said “I understood that _________FRIEND_________ meant a lot to a small boy but I would never have imagined that Axel could be talking about such an _________POSSIBLE_________ sum of money. It’s so touching and we are going to spend it in a very _________CARE_________ way.» The boy saved £6,000.
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story happened to _________THEY_________ when they had to leave their home city, London, during the war. They _________SEND_________ to the house of an old Professor who lived in the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station. He _________NOT/HAVE_________ a wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper. He himself was a very old man with white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head. The children liked him almost at once. Only Lucy, who was the _________YOUNG_________ of them, felt a little afraid of him. On their _________ONE_________ evening, after dinner, they said good night to the Professor and went upstairs. It was the largest house they had ever seen, so Peter suggested exploring it in the morning. When the next morning came, there was a steady rain falling.
«I wish the weather _________BE_________ more cheerful!» said Edmund.
«Stop complaining, Ed,» said Susan. «I think the weather _________IMPROVE_________ soon.»
«We were going to explore the house,» Peter reminded them. He _________EAT_________ a sandwich at the moment and was absolutely happy with the whole situation. Everyone nodded and at that point their amazing adventures ________BEGIN__________.
Last year my friend Mia and I went on holiday to Thailand. We stayed in a _________FAME_________ resort which is popular with tourists. We were very _________LUCK_________ with the weather and we spent most of our days on the beach. The ocean was ________FANTASY__________ – the water was clear and warm. Thailand is a former French colony and that’s why French is very popular there. Mia was delighted with this fact because she learns French, she wants to be a _________TEACH_________ of French, and she was able to practise the language there. She is also interested in architecture and she found some fine examples of the French colonial style in Thailand. It was an _________FORGETTABLE_________ trip for me too. I am a photographer and I took lots of pictures of people and nature. Several magazines found my photos ________INTEREST__________ enough to publish. I feel very proud of that.
The phone woke Kim up. She answered the call almost immediately, after the _______THREE_______ beep, because she was expected her mother to call. But it wasn’t her. The voice on the other end of the line sounded familiar but Kim _________NOT/CAN_________ remember who it belonged to.
“Hello,” the lady said.
“Can I speak to Mrs. Len?”
“I’m sorry but she’s not at home. She’s out. She _________WALK_________ in the park.”
It was very cold out-of-doors and everything _________COVER_________ in snow but Kim’s mother walked in all weathers. She believed that it _________HELP_________ her keep fit and gave her extra energy. She actually looked younger than other _________WOMAN_________ of her age and that was probably because of her walking.
“Can I take a message?” Kim asked politely.
“No. I ________CALL__________ her later. When is she going to be back?”
“She normally _________COME_________ home at five.”
“Fine,” came the answer and the phone went dead.
Kim felt a bit hurt. “It’s not polite to break off a conversation like that,” she thought to herself. If I _________BE_________ older, I would explain to that lady how to talk to people politely.”
Ratatouille is an American cartoon. The name of the cartoon comes from a ________TRADITION_________ French dish made of vegetables. The main character is a rat Remy, who is interested in cooking and dreams of becoming a _________SUCCESS_________ chef. Remy is separated from his family at the ________BEGIN__________ of the movie. So he finds himself in Paris, France. There his unusual _________FRIEND_________ with a poor boy begins. They both don’t care that most people hate rats and try to get rid of them. Remy wants to help the boy. He tries to teach him how to cook _________TASTE_________ dishes. The story ends ________HAPPY__________ and the friends start a new restaurant.
Dana Miller was a bus driver in the city of Philadelphia. Her working hours _________BE_________ from 10.00 pm till 6:00 am. It was a hard job and very few _________WOMAN_________ worked as bus drivers in those days but Dana loved her job very much. One of her regular passengers was a guitar player. Every Friday night he got on the bus carrying his guitar. The guitar _________MAKE_________ of wood, not plastic and Dana liked the way it sounded.
“You should come to see our show,” the guitarist kept saying to Dana.
“I ________SEE__________ it one day,” Dana promised each time, but she never said when exactly she ________GO__________.
Another passenger who often used Dana’s bus was a Biscuit Lady. She worked at the biscuit factory and often _________GIVE_________ Dana a small bag of biscuits. Dana _________NOT/LIKE_________ sweets and pastries very much, but she could never resist those biscuits – they were so fresh and tasty.
“How was _________YOU_________ night?” Dana’s husband liked to ask her when she came home.
“Good music, good food and a great view of the city,” she cheerfully answered.
“I wish I ________ENJOY__________ my work as much as you enjoy yours,” her husband said, “ but I’m going to have just another boring day at the office.”
Many tourists find they don’t like staying in city hotels. They prefer to avoid ________NOISE__________ cities completely. They are attracted instead to dramatic views of mountains and _________PEACE_________ valleys. If you like this sort of tourism, Mountain View Camp is for you. You’ll have an _________FORGETTABLE_________ vacation there. The Camp has a view over the ________IMPRESS__________ Hampson Valley. In the camp, tourists can rent either tents or bungalows. All the guests have free access to different facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and playgrounds for children. The camp is a successful _________COMBINE_________ of both comfort and a green environment. The tourists can also have lunch in one of the many restaurants and try European or _________NATION_________ cuisine.
Emma lived in a big city and worked for a large company. Her days were usually very busy – she _________CAN_________ hardly find half an hour for lunch. However, at weekends she ________FEEL__________ bored and lonely. Emma had moved to the city because of her job. Only two months before she had thought she was the _________LUCKY_________ girl in the world. She had got a job most of her friends could only dream about. It was her _______ONE_______ full-time job. The company ________CALL__________ ‘Imagination’. They focused on Internet technologies. Emma _________NOT/KNOW_________ much about the Internet but her boss said that it didn’t matter. He also said that she _________BE_________ creative and had imagination and that was why she had a good chance of succeeding in the job. When Emma told her friend, Lucy Pitt, about the new job, Lucy said:
“I’m very happy that you _________FIND_________ a good job. But I also feel very sad about it because you’ll go to the city and will forget about your friends.”
“I wish we could always be together but it’s impossible,” Emma said. “I promise that I _________COME_________ to visit you as soon as I can.”
The best thing about shopping in London is that there really are hundreds of cool shops selling _________FASHION_________ clothes. Only here you can find a wide choice of _________ORIGIN_________ and unique shops. Sometimes you can buy _________FANTASY_________ things there. You can spend a whole day in a shopping centre, have lunch in one of the European or ________ENGLAND__________ restaurants, see a new film in the cinema and even enjoy a ________PERFORM__________. But be _________СARE_________ – London shops are expensive! Don’t leave all your money in the shopping centre.
Kitty lived next door to me and we’d been friends since childhood. We learnt at the same school and _________WALK_________ there together. I was sixteen and she was four years _________YOUNG_________ than me. But we had a lot in common and enjoyed chatting on ________WE__________ way to school. Every morning Kitty knocked on my door and I had to be ready by that time – she _________NOT/LIKE_________ waiting for me. One day she didn’t knock. When I caught up with her at the bus stop, she _________READ_________ a magazine and didn’t even look at me. I _________NOT/CAN_________ understand what was going on.
“Hey, Kitty, what’s wrong? Why aren’t you talking to ________I__________?”
“You yourself know why,” Kitty said angrily.
“No, I don’t. I wouldn’t ask you if I ________KNOW__________.”
“You went to the cinema with Lisa Parker yesterday,” Kitty was almost crying.
I felt puzzled and didn’t know what to say. The two _________WOMAN_________ at the bus stop looked amused at our conversation and didn’t hide their smiles.
How do people learn the news? About a century ago people got _________INFORM_________ from newspapers since they were the only mass media that existed in those times. Radio and television seemed ________WONDER__________ inventions as they broadcasted audio and visual images. The Internet has changed the situation dramatically. Now the audience has an opportunity to create the news, share their _______PERSON_________ knowledge and express their opinions. The Internet supposes interaction, which makes it very ________ATTRACT__________ to people. And what about the newspapers? Will they _________APPEAR_________ in the near future? I wish they wouldn’t as I like starting my day with a cup of coffee and a _________TRADITION_________ newspaper.
Paul was going to be late for his morning class again. He _________NOT/UNDERSTAND_________ why it happened to him so often. This was going to be the _________THREE_________ time in one week and that was too much even for Mrs Pitt. She was the _________KIND_________ teacher in the world but Paul wasn’t sure that she would forgive him again.
“If I don’t invent a very good excuse, she ________CALL__________ my parents.” Paul thought.
His parents _________NOT/BE________ very strict people but they didn’t approve of Paul’s habit of playing computer games till late at night. As a result, he couldn’t make _________HE_________ get up in the morning and was regularly late for school. Paul quietly opened the door and _________GO_________ into the classroom. His classmates _________WRITE_________ something in their notepads and didn’t pay any attention to him.
Mrs Pitt looked at him and said in a flat voice: “You are late again, Paul. What _________HAPPEN_________?”
Paul was not ready with an answer.
In Andorra people live longer than in any other European country. It seems they have discovered the secret of a long and _________HEALTH_________ life. People in Andorra stay active and _________ENERGY_________ at old age. They attend gyms and public _________SWIM_________ pools for free. Exercise is one reason, the others are clean air and a diet based on vegetables and olive oil. People of all ages in Andorra are cheerful and ________FRIEND__________. They think that life is ________FANTASY__________ and they do their best to enjoy it. Andorra is the most _________PEACE_________ country in Europe – they haven’t had a war for 700 years.
Bella was a good student. She _________ENJOY_________ learning but she always started to feel very nervous when she had to write tests. That Monday _________NOT/BE_________ a lucky day for her and she realised it as soon as she came into the classroom.
“Oh, no! I _________LEAVE_________ all my pens at home.” She turned to Jenny: “Have you got a spare pen?”
“Let _________I_________ see,” Jenny opened her bag and pulled out a pen. “I’ve got this one. But it’s green.”
“Give it to me anyway,” Bella said. “If I don’t find a proper pen, I _________WRITE_________ in green ink. I hope it won’t affect my grades.”
When the teacher handed out the tests, Bella felt even _________BAD_________ than she had felt before. The test was really long – the tasks _________PRINT_________ on both sides of the page! Bella did the first task quickly, but the _________TWO_________ one was a real problem. Bella got panicky. Time ticked on but she ________NOT/CAN__________ concentrate on the tasks.
What do you think is the most stressful and ________DANGER__________ job in Britain? Is it a police officer, a detective or a news _________REPORT_________? Well, statistics say it is a London taxi driver. It is a ________REAL__________ hard job as traffic is getting worse. If we sit in a traffic jam for a few minutes, we start feeling _________NERVE_________ and irritated. But imagine you had to do that every day as your job! And you have to remain _________CARE_________ and attentive in spite of everything. London taxi drivers have to have a good memory to be able to take a _________TRAVEL_________ from A to B without looking at the map or asking for directions.
Anna was glad that the academic year was about to finish. Like most _________CHILD_________ she was looking forward to the summer but not because she wanted to relax. Her plans _________BE_________ ambitious. Anna wanted to buy a professional digital camera and it wasn’t easy to save enough money. Anna had already chosen the model she wanted. Her dad said that he _________GIVE_________ her the camera in a couple of years. But Anna _________NOT/CAN________ wait so long, she needed it right then. “If I _________HAVE_________ it now, I would be able to take part in the Professional Photograph Competition. Everyone says I’ve got talent,” she said to herself, looking at the magazine where an article about the competition _________PUBLISH_________. While she was reading the article for the _________TWO_________ time, a brilliant idea came to her – why not take up a summer job as a photographer? She reached for the phone and dialed the number of the _________LARGE_________ photography agency in the town. “Hello, can I help you?” the woman’s voice sounded encouraging and Anna _________THINK_________ that she probably had a chance.
Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. It has an ________NATIONAL__________ airport with flights from London and European capitals. Dublin is a _________BEAUTY_________ and cosmopolitan city. If you walk along its different central streets, you will find a wide range of _______DIFFER_______ shops, bars and restaurants. If you like sightseeing, you can also visit the famous Dublin castle, one of the most _________IMPRESS_________ buildings in the city. Dublin is a green city. It is such a pleasure to walk there on a hot _________SUN_________ day. In the evening you can listen to _________TRADITION_________ Irish music played in the streets and in the pubs.
It was late at night but the light was on in Ted’s room. When I _________COME_________ in, he didn’t even turn to me. I looked at his monitor and realized that he ________SURF__________ the Internet for job vacancies.
“Why do you need a job?” I asked. “You _________EMPLOY_________ by Mr. Green only a week ago as far as I remember.”
“Yes, I was. I got a job of a waiter in his restaurant. But I _________LOSE_________ that job already. They said I was rude to a client.”
“Were you?” I was surprised since Ted was the _________PATIENT_________ and tolerant person I’d ever met.
“Yes, it was probably rude of ________I__________ to tell those ladies that I wouldn’t bring them anything else. Just imagine – they had changed their order three times! Each time they tried a dish, they _________NOT/LIKE_________ it. When they said that for the _________FOUR_________ time, I lost control. One of the _________WOMAN_________ called for the manager and complained.” Ted nervously turned back to his computer. “I didn’t like that job anyway.”
Ballroom dancing in the UK is making a comeback. For the past five years the popularity of ballroom dancing has grown thanks to the TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In the show a professional ballroom _________DANCE_________ has a celebrity for a partner. They learn ________DIFFER__________ ballroom dances and perform them live on TV. Four judges and the public decide who stays in the _________COMPETE_________ and who leaves. The show demonstrates how glamorous ballroom dancing is. The celebrities wear _________COLOUR_________ dresses and suits and the show looks very ________IMPRESS__________. According to the ratings, the ________PERFORM__________ is becoming more and more popular with TV audiences.
The phone rang in Clark Taylor’s house at nearly three in the morning. He answered it only after the _________FIVE_________ ring.
“Hello,” Clark said in a sleepy voice.
“Mr. Taylor. Thank goodness. I need your help.”
Clark definitely _________KNOW_________ the voice. However, he was sleepy and ________NOT/CAN__________ remember who it was.
“Mr. Taylor!” the man said. “I am in trouble. The police allowed me only one phone call. And I am calling you.”
Then, the fog cleared. Although nearly ten years had passed since ________THEY__________ last meeting, Clark was able to recognise the voice. It belonged to Martin Hall, one of the _________BRIGHT_________ math students he had ever had.
“Martin, what’s happened? Where are you? ” Clark asked.
“In the police station. I _________ARREST_________ at the railway station two hours ago. I was going to a conference. The police mistook me for another person. The irony is that I really do look like the criminal that they are looking for. Besides that, I _________LOSE_________ my ID card and I can’t prove who I am. You are the only person in this town who knows me. Can you help me?” Martin Hall asked.
“If you give me the address, I ________COME__________ at once,” Clark said, jumping up of the bed. It was not difficult for him to prove that Martin Hall was his former student. Clark brought a scientific journal with Martin’s article and a photo of him. The ________POLICEMAN__________ were surprised to find out that their prisoner was a capable young scientist.
Can people live without friends? Most of us would say «no». Friends make our lives enjoyable and _________INTEREST_________. Friendship is something you can’t buy. It is a _________WONDER_________ and valuable gift. It is _________POSSIBLE_________ to live without people who care for you and who are always ready to help. However, to find a true friend is not easy. Friendship requires honesty, trust and _________KIND_________. Being a friend means not only having fun together but helping each other in a difficult ________SITUATE__________. A true friend not only praises you but tells you when you are not right too. If you have already found such a person, you’re ________LUCK__________.
We arrived at the lake very early. It was cold but in spite of that there were several _________MAN_________ there. Dad pulled our fishing rods out of the rucksack and we joined the others.
“Hey, look what I_________CATCH_________!” a man sitting several metres upstream proudly showed us his bag. There was a large fish in it.
“Good job,” Dad _________SAY_________ and everyone became quiet again.
“How long do we have to wait? When will they bite?” I whispered.
“I _________NOT/KNOW_________,” Dad whispered back and a moment later he was holding a little, silver fish.
“See?” he turned to me. “But this one is too small. We’d better let it go and wait for the next one.” And he let _________HE_________ fish go.
The second fish was ________BIG__________ than the first one and soon Dad caught a few more.
“If it goes on like this, mum ________COOK__________ us a great dinner,” he said.
We kept fishing till noon but I didn’t catch anything _________I_________ and got really bored with it. To me, it _________BE_________ a stupid waste of time but I certainly wasn’t going to tell Dad that. He wouldn’t have liked it.
People spend hours talking on their mobile phones. There is an opinion that it may be ________HARM__________ to their health, but it is difficult to know for sure. Some research shows that mobile phones may cause brain problems. On the other hand, some doctors say mobiles are not ________DANGER__________ at all. No matter what doctors say, it’s just _________POSSIBLE_________ to live without a mobile phone today. It has become a very ________USE__________ device and people can’t do without it. It makes our life _________COMFORT_________ and saves time. People can get in touch with each other quickly. Mobile phones make _________COMMUNICATE_________ easier.
It was an early morning. Ben jumped out of his bed as soon as the _________ONE_________ rays of sun came into the room. He grabbed his backpack and started to pack. Ben put in some of his favourite things to take with ________HE__________ on the trip to Grandpa’s. He put in his favourite book, his kite and his teddy bear. Soon everything _________PACK_________ and he started to get dressed. Visiting Grandpa had always been the ________GOOD__________ part of his summer vacation. Together, they went fishing and watched football matches. Ben’s granddad _________TEACH_________ him how to repair bikes and other things. Ben’s mum entered his room.
“Grandpa’s here,” she said with a smile. Ben told her that he _________BE_________ ready to go. He grabbed his backpack and ran into the kitchen where Grandpa _________DRINK_________ his tea.
“Ready, big guy?” asked Grandpa. “Will you have breakfast before we leave?”
“No, I ________NOT/BE__________ hungry”, Ben answered, “I’ll have breakfast at your place. Grandma ________COOK__________ something nice for me, hasn’t she?”
People are afraid of lots of things. There are many _________DIFFER_________ kinds of fears called phobias. They affect at least a quarter of the _________POPULATE_________. The _________TRADITION_________ treatment for people with strong phobias is some kind of therapy. In most cases it doesn’t work but doctors still believe that phobias can be cured. ________RECENT__________ they have discovered a drug which can help people to overcome their phobias. It doesn’t work for everybody but when it does, it is very ________EFFECT__________. People, who take the pill feel much better – most of their fears ________APPEAR__________.
Michael could not imagine his life without computers. His parents ________BUY__________ him his first computer at the age of seven. It took _________HE_________ several days to learn how to use it. His mum said that the younger people were, the _________FAST_________ they could learn computer skills. That was probably true – most ________CHILD__________ in Michael’s class were very competent computer users. Michael was really surprised to find out that the first personal computer _________INVENT_________ in the 70’s of the last century.
“And how did you chat or send your e-mails without computers?” he asked his mother.
She smiled: “We _________NOT/SEND_________ each other e-mails. And there were no networks.”
She also said that it _________BE_________ fun to communicate face-to-face, to play out-of-doors and to visit friends’ homes.
“But if there _________BE_________ no computers, I wouldn’t be able to communicate with my friends who live far away from me,” Michael replied.
“True. Technological progress is a great thing,” his mother said “And I think people _________CREATE_________ even more amazing communication devices in the near future.”
British cuisine is simple. Puddings, stews, pies and breads are _________TRADITION_________ British dishes. Many of them are cooked and eaten on holidays. The choice of dishes has been influenced by the climate, history and _________GEOGRAPHY_________ position of the country. England is _________FAME_________ for its butter and cheese. The most popular of them is, of course, cheddar. Scotland is known for its _________TASTE_________ meat dishes and cakes. Wales has a strong fishing culture. As a result, Welsh cookery includes a lot of seafood, such as shrimps and crabs. However, nowadays most British restaurants offer food from _________DIFFER_________ parts of the world. The choice depends only on your pocketbook and your ________IMAGINE__________.
When you look at this lovely house in the Welsh countryside, you may think it’s a picture from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book «The Hobbit». In fact it’s a real house designed by a real person. When ________THEY__________ first son was born, Simon Dale’s wife, Jasmine, said:
“I wish we _________LIVE_________ in the country. It would be so good for the baby”.
However, they ________NOT/HAVE__________ enough money to buy or rent a house in the country so they decided to take matters into their own hands. The house _________BUILD_________ by Simon himself, with a bit of help from his friends. The result was impressive. The home is made of natural materials, such as wood, stone and mud. It uses solar panels for energy and its water _________COME_________ from a nearby spring. It took Simon four months to complete his fairytale home. He managed to create a modern wooden eco-home – one of the _________WONDERFUL_________ houses you can imagine.
Simon Dale said, “I ________START__________ working on a new house of the same eco-style. My _________TWO_________ house will be smarter than the first one. My son _________BE_________ five now and I hope to celebrate his tenth birthday in a new house.”
Every year the world goes dark for one hour, the Earth Hour. The event is organised by the ________NATION__________ World Wildlife Fund. At tourist destinations, in offices and private homes, lights are switched off for one hour at _________EXACT_________ 8:00 pm. The idea is to show that our planet is in danger and it needs care and _________PROTECT_________. It’s ________POSSIBLE__________ to remain indifferent to changes in the climate which go on and on. The Earth Hour is not about saving an hour’s electricity. It’s about realising that we live on a _________WONDER_________ planet and need to look after it – not just for an hour a year but every day. The Earth Hour is a part of an _________ECOLOGY_________ education whose aim is to make people understand their responsibility to the planet.
After school, I decided to go to university. I ________CHOOSE__________ St Andrews University in Scotland. At that time I ________NOT/KNOW__________ much about the University but when I arrived there, I liked it at once. Now I’m in my last year and I wish I _________CAN_________ stay here forever! St Andrews University is a truly special place. It _________BUILD_________ 600 years ago and it is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. It has many traditions – for example, the ‘May Dip’. It is held on the ________ONE__________ of May every year. All the students run into the North Sea at sunrise to celebrate the coming of spring and for good luck! One of my classmates said that the tradition ________HELP__________ him to pass his exams last summer. For me the ‘May Dip’ was the _________COLD_________ experience of my life! Because the weather is famously cold, St Andrews students designed _________THEY_________ own uniform which consists of a warm jacket, jeans and boat shoes. The uniform _________MAKE_________ us all look the same, but it is the only way to keep warm!
Reading is one of the most popular pastimes and books are one of the main sources of knowledge. Everyone knows this but, _________FORTUNATELY_________, there are many young people who don’t like to read. They say it is not cool but I firmly _________AGREE_________ with them. Books have the ability to take you to another world, to wake up your _________IMAGINE_________ and transport you to places you’ve never been to. Books can be ________DIFFER__________ in size and content. Their stories can be ________EXCITE__________, scary, romantic or funny but above all, books are just interesting. I’m absolutely sure that books by a good _________WRITE_________ will always be popular.
Most adults miss their childhood. “Your school years are the _________GOOD_________ years of your life,” – have you ever heard that phrase? Just recently, while I was on my way to work, I started thinking back to my own school years. They probably were not trouble-free but there _________BE_________ many reasons for us to feel happy at school. One of them was spending every single day with friends. We ________NOT/GET__________ tired of being together. The ________TWO__________ one was uniform. Yes, in my opinion, the school uniform had more advantages than disadvantages. _________I_________ was dark green. It was unfashionable but comfortable. It _________MAKE_________ of natural materials. Besides, the uniform saved a lot of time in the mornings. Now it _________TAKE_________ me hours to decide what to wear. Another thing is that I don’t really like sport. But at school we _________PLAY_________ football, netball, hockey and so on. Sport was compulsory. Now I realise that this was a good thing! And of course there were… holidays! Christmas, Easter, half-term, and the jackpot – the summer holidays. I wish I ________HAVE__________ as much free time now.
Millions of people want to learn English. There are lots of _________DIFFER_________ methods and the main problem is how to choose the best one. Some people believe that the most _________EFFECT_________ way is to study English in Britain or in any other English-speaking country. The advantage of going to Britain seems obvious. Everyone around you speaks English. It’s practically _________POSSIBLE_________ to avoid communication, so you’ll learn English _________QUICK_________. On the other hand, one can learn English at home. There are lots of possibilities there too: a good _________TEACH_________, a language school or an on-line course. There are many ways to get a good language _________EDUCATE_________ now.
Dad usually comes up with original ideas. Last Sunday Dad _________DECIDE_________ that we should all go on a camping trip. The idea came to him while he _________READ_________ an article about camping. The article said that camping brings families together.
“Not true”, I smiled. “What about television? It usually _________HELP_________ families to feel a lot more united.”
“If the weather is fine, we _________GO_________ on a trip next weekend,” Dad said and put his magazine on the coffee table.
I quickly looked over at my _________YOUNG_________ brother, Paul. He gave me a knowing smile, “Do you remember _________WE_________ last trip?” I certainly did. Last summer Dad told us that fishing would be a great family activity. We bought four expensive fishing rods and drove for three long hours to a big lake in Virginia. When we got there, we discovered that we ________FORGET__________ to take the fishing rods. Ten minutes later we made another unpleasant discovery: we _________NOT/HAVE_________ the tent which meant we couldn’t stay overnight and we had to drive all the way back home again. We _________BE_________ tired and disappointed with the trip.
If someone asks what your nationality is, how do you answer? For British people _________NATION_________ identity is a complex issue. Take me for example. I carry a passport issued by the British _________GOVERN_________. I was born in England, but my Mum is Scottish and my Granny is from Northern Ireland. So what am I? _________ACTUAL_________, I am really all of them: English, Irish, Scottish and British. Each of the “nations” has a lot in common but they also have their own unique culture and _________TRADITION_________ lifestyle. They _________LIKE_________ it when people call them English. And perhaps the most important _________DIFFER_________ of all – each nation has its own football team!
Stonehenge is an ancient monument in south-west England. For me, it’s the _________INTERESTING_________ place I’ve ever visited. I clearly remember my _________ONE_________ visit to Stonehenge with my aunt and uncle. They lived nearby and I often _________GO_________ to stay with them in my summer holidays. On the day of _________WE_________ trip the weather was fine. There _________BE_________ a cool wind blowing, the sun was bright in the sky and Stonehenge looked calm and magical. In those days it was possible to walk among the stones and even touch them. It’s very different now. Stonehenge _________BECOME_________ more crowded than it was. As a result, now people _________ALLOW_________ to walk around the monument but they can’t come up very close to it. Today I wish I _________HAVE_________ an opportunity to get inside the circle again but unfortunately it is not possible any more. The Stonehenge mystery is still unexplained but I believe scientists _________SOLVE_________ it in the near future.
The Turners were not used to snow. The most they ever got in Birmingham was an inch or so each winter. Even that happened quite _________RARE_________. The _________FUN_________ thing was that a tiny bit of snow was enough to cancel school and even to close some businesses. One night, in March of 1993, something very _________EXCITE_________ happened. Very cold air from Canada created the «Storm of the Century». When the Turner kids woke up on Saturday morning, there were 17 inches of ________WONDER_________ snow as far as the eye could see. The Turners were in shock. They had no idea what to do. Though Mr. Turner was an experienced _________DRIVE_________ he chose to leave his car in the garage. He wanted the whole family to stay at home but it was natural for the kids to _________AGREE_________ with him. They put on the warmest clothes they had and ran outside to enjoy the snow.
Kate called me early in the morning. It was the _________TWO_________ day of holidays; I felt angry with her for waking me up.
“What ________HAPPEN__________?” I didn’t sound very polite, but she paid no attention to that.
“Oh, nothing! I want to go shopping today and wondered if you wanted to go with _________I_________.”
“No, I don’t want to.”
“But it _________NOT/TAKE_________ you long! I promise.”
My first impulse was to say “no”-unlike most ________WOMAN__________ I hated shopping. But Kate sounded so unhappy that I felt sorry for her.
“Ok, what do you need to buy?”
Kate’s voice _________BECOME_________ cheerful again. She excitedly explained to me that she _________WANT_________ to buy a pair of hiking boots and a raincoat. That _________BE_________ strange as Kate had never been fond of hiking.
“I want to take up hiking as a new hobby,” went on Kate. “Bob Smith says that it’s very exciting.”
Now I knew what was going on. Bob Smith, the captain of the school baseball team, was the _________POPULAR_________ boy in our school. All the girls wanted to attract his attention.
London is famous for its history and its sights. It is also a wonderful place for shopaholics. There are lots of _________DIFFER_________ places to go. For example, you can go to Oxford Street. Sometimes it gets too ________CROWD__________ and noisy, especially during the sales. If you don’t like it, go to Covent Garden. There you can have a _________LOVE_________ cup of tea or a cappuccino in a quiet coffee house. You can also watch a street _________PERFORM_________. Portobello Road is the right place to go if you want to buy unique and _________USUAL_________ things. Shopping in London is always an ________EXCITE_________ experience and it’s worth trying.
Martin was in a hurry as he had to be in the office as soon as possible. His boss _________NOT/LIKE_________ it when anyone missed the morning meetings and Martin had already been late several times that week. His boss had warned him: “If you are late again, you _________LOSE_________ your job.” Martin was afraid of losing his job. His colleagues were nice to him, the salary was good and he sometimes ________GO__________ on business trips abroad. It was actually the _________GOOD_________ job he had ever had. He ran out of the house, jumped into his car and backed up without looking. BOOM! There _________BE_________ a sound like someone hitting a drum. Martin had hit the car behind him.
“Oh, no!” Martin exclaimed.
Martin glanced at his watch. It was 7:18. He looked around. There were no _________POLICEMAN_________ on the street and he decided to drive off quickly. It took _________HE_________ 20 minutes to get to work. The boss was not around. “Thank goodness,” Martin said to himself and sat down at his desk to work. The boss arrived an hour later.
“Somebody hit my car and left without leaving a note,” he said angrily. “I wish I ________KNOW__________ who he was. My car was absolutely new! It _________BUY_________ only a week ago.”
Martin went up to the window, saw the car and understood that he would lose his job anyway.
Piranhas are South American fish. There are lots of scary stories about them. Most people think that piranhas are very _________DANGER_________ creatures. However, a _________SCIENCE_________ from St Andrews University, Anne Magurran, has recently announced that to call piranhas cruel killers is not fair. They _________USUAL_________ eat fish, plants and insects. According to Professor Anne Magurran, piranhas attack people and animals only when they want to defend themselves. However, most travellers strongly ________AGREE__________ with this point of view. They recommend keeping away from the water where piranhas live. When the fish attack in groups, it is practically _________POSSIBLE_________ to survive. Whatever your opinion of piranhas, this is a ________USE__________ piece of advice one should follow.
Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood were our neighbours. They had two ________CHILD__________. Their son Michael __________NOT/DIFFER________ from the other children very much, but their daughter Matilda was a brilliant child.
By the time she was five, Matilda was able to read very well. She studied every magazine and newspaper that she _________CAN_________ find around the house. Actually, she read _________WELL_________ than most school pupils. One afternoon when the parents were out of the house, Matilda put on _________SHE_________ dress and shoes and went to the library. The librarian was surprised to see such a small child.
«Are you here for the _________ONE_________ time? Would you like me to find a nice book with lots of pictures for you?» she asked.
«No, thank you, I _________FIND_________ what I need,» answered Matilda and pointed to a thick book of fairy tales. Then she added, “I ________COME__________ for a new book as soon as I finish this one”.
The librarian was really shocked when she saw Matilda only two days later.
“I wish all children _________LIKE_________ reading so much,” the librarian said. From that day on Matilda went to the library every afternoon.
Dr Michael Werner says that he has eaten nothing for four years. The German _________SCIENCE_________ explains that he gets all his energy from sunlight. He says he drinks only water and ________DIFFER__________ fruit juices. Dr Werner has written an _________EXCITE_________ book about his experiences. In it he says that when he started the experiment he even put on weight.
He says: «I can’t really give an ________EXPLAIN_________ of what’s happening to me; perhaps I just believe in my theory.»
Dr Werner’s colleagues say that only plants can produce energy from the sun, and they cannot explain how he is able to stay ________HEALTH_________.
“This case ,_________PROBABLE_________, needs a lot more research before we will be able to explain it,” they say.
What is the largest animal on the planet? My uncle says that it’s the blue whale. He is a______SCIENCE______ and knows a lot about them. The blue whale is an endangered animal, nowadays, people protect whales. ______FORTUNATE______, They study these______BEAUTY______ animals instead of killing them. Blue whales are not ______DANGER______ to people. It’s ______BELIEVABLE______ but these huge whales eat plankton – small plants and animals.
It was getting dark when Laura got to her sister’s place. The entrance door ______LOCK______.
Laura pressed the doorbell and ______HEAR______ quick footsteps. “It’s so nice of you to come,’ Laura’s sister Betty opened the door.
“Come in. We ______PUT______ a meat pie into the oven. I think it’ll be ready in forty minutes or so. You aren’t very hungry, are you?”
Betty was seven years ______YOUNG______ than Laura, but she was much better at housekeeping.
When Laura entered the house, she saw four ______WOMAN______ in the sitting room.
They nodded and went on talking. “Where’s Ken?” asked Laura. “He ______REPAIR______ his car in the garage,” Laura said.
“He ______JOIN______ us soon.”
Dolphins are ______WONDER______ animals.
They are clever and ______FRIEND______, and they don’t mind playing with people.
My father is a ______SCIENCE______ and he has heard how dolphins speak their own language.
Dolphin ______COMMUNICATE______ differs from ours, but scientists hope that soon we’ll be able to understand each other.
The dolphins are ______PROBABLE______ studying us too!
The weather was unusually hot. Larry was sitting in the shade of the only tree in the garden, with a magazine in his hands. He was trying to read but ______NOT/CAN______ concentrate on the text.
All the ______CHILD______ had left the city, but Larry had to stay at home.
He was daydreaming when he ______HEAR______ Jimmy’s voice:
“It’s ______HOT______ today than it was yesterday!
If it goes on like this, everyone ______BELIEVE______ in global warming.” Larry looked up. Jimmy was holding a paper propeller in his hands.
“Larry,” Jimmy sounded excited, “Look what I ______MAKE______! It’s a model of a super machine to save people from heat.
_________ you ______LISTEN______ to me? It’s new technology!”
Life on the planet would be ______POSSIBLE______ without water.
To be strong and ______HEALTH______ a person should drink enough fresh water every day. We need water for cooking, washing and producing goods.
My uncle, who is a ______FARM______, says that he waters the vegetables, beans and other crops a lot in dry weather.
______FORTUNATELY______, fresh water resources on the Earth are limited.
We should be ______CARE______ and not waste it.
People of all ages like cartoons. We went to the cinema yesterday to see an action film when, suddenly, I ______SEE______ a poster for a cartoon.
I’m the ______YOUNG______ among my friends, so I wasn’t sure they’d want to see the cartoon too, but they did. Even Mike didn’t mind.
“I ______SEE______ the action film anyway. Let’s watch a cartoon for a change,” he said.
It was a story about four ______MOUSE______.
They saved an injured cat that ______CALL______ Bart.
The cat recovered but ______NOT/WANT______ to leave his new friends.
They had funny adventures together. “I think I ______WATCH______ the cartoon again, together with my girlfriend.” Mike said on the way home.
Kate is a serious girl. Seven years ago she won first prize in the school singing competition. However, the career of a singer ______NOT /ATTRACT______ her.
She found science ______INTERESTING______ than singing.
Kate ______THINK______ that she wanted to study physics.
Her parents were surprised but did everything they ______CAN______ to help her.
The family moved to the city, where Kate joined the Physics Experimental Laboratory for gifted ______CHILD______.
Now, she is making her further education plans, and her parents think she ______HAVE______ a brilliant career in science.
“I know what I want to do. I ______CHOOSE______ the university I’m going to enter,” Kate said to the journalists.
The alarm clock woke me up at 6.00 on Sunday morning. I ______NOT/WANT______ to get up.
My parents, my ______YOUNG______ sister and even my dog were sleeping.
I ______THINK______ that life was unfair, but went to the bathroom for a cold shower anyway.
When I was cleaning my ______TOOTH______, my mobile phone rang.
“Hi, it’s me,” Henry said cheerfully. “What ______ you ______DO______ at home? I’m at the stadium already, waiting for you.”
In a few minutes I was there too. “Look,” Henry pointed at the ball. A little footballer ______DRAW______ there. “The Manchester United captain himself drew it there. It’s a lucky ball now.
If we play with it, we ______WIN______ the final.”
My parents want me to go to university but I’m not sure that I want to. When I was a small child, there were lots of ______DIFFER______ toys in our house, but I preferred the cars.
I dreamed of being a ______DRIVE______.
To me, it’s the most ______INTEREST______ job in the world.
My parents ______USUAL______ understand me
and I hope they approve of my ______DECIDE______ to put off university and get a job.
It was Sunday so I didn’t have to go to school. I woke up late, got up and ______GO______ to the kitchen.
It was strange but I ______NOT/CAN______ find our cat, Tom, anywhere. The whole family got worried.
“He’s gone hunting,” my ______YOUNG______ sister said.
“All cats hunt ______MOUSE______. I read about it in a book.”
“I’m sure he ______SLEEP______ in the armchair,” Mum said. But the cat wasn’t there either.
“Look! I ______FIND______ him!” my little sister shouted. “He’s in the washing machine!” We watched in surprise as the cat got out of the washing machine.
“Come on, kitty, come here. We ______GIVE______ you some milk.”
Lisa was walking slowly along the aisles. The University library was the ______LARGE______ library she had ever seen.
The librarians moved quietly as they were wearing special soft shoes on their ______FOOT______.
“Can I help you?” A young librarian ______COME______ up to Lisa.
“Yes, thank you. I ______FIND______ all the books from my reading list,” Lisa said, “but I can’t find any information about architecture.”
“I ______SHOW______ you,” the librarian said.
“By the way, ________ you ______KNOW______ who built our library?” Lisa didn’t.
“Oh, it ______BUILD______ more that four centuries ago. I can recommend a book about the architect if you are interested.”
When I was a small child, we often went to the circus. I loved the ______FUN______ clowns and the motorbike ride in the globe.
The boy who did the riding seemed only a bit older than me. He performed the trick very ______CAREFUL______.
I certainly thought that it was extremely ______DANGER______, anyway. I applauded the ______BIKE______ loudly and dreamt about riding my own motorbike.
______FORTUNATELY______, my parents had a different opinion about getting a motorbike and refused to buy one for me.
Sophie’s flight was delayed. She was waiting in the departure lounge feeling bored. She tried to read but ______NOT/CAN______ concentrate on the text.
Men and ______WOMAN______ with bags and suitcases crowded near the information desk and near the restaurant.
Sophie ______NOT/WANT______ to eat.
She pulled out her mobile and called her mother. “It’s me, Mum. I ______SIT______ in the airport. No, it’s not cold here.
Yes, I ______CHECK______ in.” Sophie’s mother had four children.
Sophie was the ______YOUNG______ of them – her mother worried about her the most. Suddenly, Sophie saw a familiar face in the crowd of passengers.
“I’m sorry, Mum, I have to go now. I ______CALL______ you later. Don’t worry!”
Andrew hated shopping. However, he had enjoyed it on one occasion. It happened when his two aunts came to his city and Andrew ______HAVE______ to entertain them.
Andrew thought that most ______WOMAN______ like shopping.
So, he took his aunts to the ______LARGE______ shopping centre in the city.
However, they ______NOT/BUY______ anything.
“It’s a nice place,” aunt Laura said, “but I want to have a break from hunting for clothes.__________________ you ______WANT______ some ice cream, Andrew?”
“And I ______HAVE______ a coffee, if you don’t mind,” aunt Lucy added.
They found a cafe where really delicious ice cream ______SELL______ The aunts told Andrew anecdotes from their school days that made him laugh a lot.
I like reading and watching films about animals and wildlife. I saw a TV series about polar bears recently.These ______WONDER______ animals live in the northern Arctic. It’s ______BELIEVABLE______, but they feel very ______COMFORT______ in freezing cold weather. A polar bear is a very good ______HUNT______ – it dives into the cold ocean water to hunt seals.
______FORTUNATELY______, global warming is very dangerous for polar bears. They may die out if the temperature rises too high.
When Allan got to the airport, the airport official said: “I’m sorry, sir, but your plane ______TAKE______ off.
You will have to take the next flight. You ______ARRIVE______ in New York at about midnight.”
Allan was very upset: “I must be in New York at 6pm. I have a job interview there. I can’t miss it. It’s the______GOOD______ job in the world.
Thousands of men and ______WOMAN______ dream about such a job.”
The airport lady ______SAY______ nothing and turned to another passenger.
Allan ______NOT/KNOW______ what to do. He pulled out his notebook.
The time of the interview ______WRITE______ there: 6pm, Tuesday. Allan looked at his digital watch and read: 2pm, Monday.
I do sports ______REGULAR______ Life is impossible without motion and people can’t live if they are not active. I’ve been into sports since my childhood.
When I was seven, a karate ______TEACH______, who trained my elder brother, said that I should
exercise a lot to look sporty and ______ATHLET______.
He was right – I was too fat and looked HEALTHY.
______FORTUNATE______, my parents and I followed his advice and now I’m quite happy with the way I look and feel.
Kate knocked on the door and entered the room. The room was large – three times ______LARGE______ than Kate’s classroom.
The walls ______PAINT______ light blue.
Several ______CHILD______ were sitting in a circle.
The teacher was standing beside them. “Come in, Kate,” the teacher ______TELL______ her.
“We ______PLAY______ word games. Would you like to join us?”
Kate ______NOT/KNOW______ how to play word games but sat down between a tall blond girl and a dark-haired boy.
“I ______NEVER/PLAY______ this game,” Kate whispered to the girl. “Is it difficult?”
ohn was about to leave the classroom when he saw a book on the floor. He opened it and ______SEE______ pictures of mountains and rocks.
He ______NOT/KNOW______ whose book it was. At that moment, Ken rushed into the classroom:
“I ______LOSE______ my book somewhere here!” “Here it is,” John said, “but what’s it about?”
“It’s the ______INTERESTING______ book about mountains I’ve ever seen”, Ken was happy to get his book back.
“It ______WRITE______ by a mountain climber a year ago.
He wrote about how he and three other ______MAN______ went to the Alps to climb.
You can borrow this book for a while if you want. I ______READ______ it anyway.”
Most people prefer travelling by air, but I like trains. A train is slower, but it’s more ______COMFORT______.
My parents think so too. Our longest journey lasted for three days. It was ______EXCITE______ as we went past beautiful places.
The other passenger in our compartment was a geologist, which means he was also a professional______TRAVEL______.
He told us about his expeditions. He also said that ______FRIEND______ is the most valuable thing in the world.
______FORTUNATELY______, we didn’t exchange phone numbers and we don’t know where he’s now.
Linda read the email and laughed happily. “It’s the ______GOOD______ news I’ve ever got,” she said to her mother.
“I ______PASS______ the exam! It was really difficult, but I managed it!
“Congratulations!” her mother smiled too. “We should celebrate. I ______MAKE______ a huge apple pie. Do you want to invite some friends?”
Linda ______NOT/KNOW______ what to say. “No,” she said at last. “I want to spend this evening with you and my sisters.”
She looked at an old photo on the wall. It ______TAKE______ at the seaside ten years ago.
Linda and her sisters were small ______CHILD______ there.
“I’m lucky to have a family like ours,” Linda ______THINK______ to herself.
People don’t read much nowadays, but I like reading. I like books about adventures, love and ______FRIEND______.
I can’t say who my favourite ______WRITE______ is – there are so many.
Most of my friends prefer watching the TV version of a book to reading it. They say it’s more ______INTEREST______.
I strongly ______AGREE______ with them.
I’m absolutely sure that books develop our ______IMAGINE______ much better than any film can do.
udy was afraid of the dark. At night she always _________LEAVE_________ the lights on. Judy couldn’t explain what exactly she was afraid of. She ________NOT/BELIEVE__________ in monsters or in ghosts. She was one of those rare girls who never screamed when she saw spiders, _________MOUSE_________ and frogs. But everyone in her family knew that a dark room was the _________BAD_________ of her fears. One day, when Judy _________DRAW_________ something in her room, her mother came in holding a big shopping bag.
“Guess what I _______BUY______,” she said to Judy.
“I have no idea. Is it for ________I________?” Judy felt very curious about the bag.
Her mother pulled two packages from her shopping bag. In the first package there were some very nice slippers. They _________MAKE_________ from soft, pink fabric and had bright flashing lights. Inside the second package were glow-in-the-dark pyjamas! Judy said she _________WANT_________ to try them on immediately. Amazingly, she felt safe all through the night. In a few days the lights stopped flashing but Judy realised she didn’t feel afraid of the dark any more.
It all started in 1865. A group of Frenchmen were having dinner in one of the most _________FASHION_________ restaurants near Paris. They talked about the democratic changes in the USA and wanted to support the American people. After a short _________DISCUSS_________ they agreed on an original idea. The idea was suggested by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, a sculptor and ________DESIGN_________. He said they could make a statue of a woman holding the torch of freedom. It was an ambitious project and it was _________POSSIBLE_________ to complete it quickly. It actually took 21 years for this idea to become a reality. The French people raised money to build the statue, and, _________FINAL_________, in 1886 it was ready. On July 4, 1886 the United States received their _________AMAZE_________ gift — the Statue of Liberty!
As a child, Steven lived in a village. Outside the village there was a house where a strange old woman and her granddaughter Eliza lived. The ________CHILD__________ often played together. One day, Eliza _________BE_________ unusually sad. When Steven was about to leave, the old woman said, “I know you are friends. But never come to our house again. Never ever!”
The girl took the boy to the gate. “Will you miss me?” she asked. The boy said, “Yes, I will!” To his surprise, the girl said, “But I won’t! I _________NOT/WANT_________ to see you anymore!” She closed the gate. The next day the girl ________LEAVE__________ for the city. Steven was upset but he hoped that one day he _________SEE_________ Eliza again. Five years later Steven became a student and moved to the city. He rented a small apartment on the _________ONE_________ floor. One day, when he _________WALK_________ to the university, he saw Eliza. She was sitting on the bench in the park with an ice-cream in her hand. He ran up to her and said “Hello! It’s nice to see you again!” But Eliza looked up at ________HE_________, stood up and walked away.
“I wish I _________KNOW_________ what is going on,” Steven said to himself, and decided to start his own investigation.
Choosing a career is one of the most difficult choices we have to make in our lives. There are lots of interesting and _________EXCITE_________ professions, but which of them is the right choice for you? Researchers who work in _________EDUCATE_________ and sociology asked people across the UK what their dream job would be. And the results were quite _________EXPECTED_________. According to the survey, people find modest jobs like charity work or gardening the most _________ATTRACT_________. Often at the top of their list are jobs such as a nurse or a _________TEACH_________. The study also shows that people in the UK are very _________PRACTICE_________ and focus on dream jobs they have a realistic chance of getting.
A few years ago I was on a camping holiday in Bristol. There _________BE_________ lots of other girls from around the UK, but I was the only one from Scotland. The camp _________LOCATE_________ in the woods, not far from the river. The camp life was even _________INTERESTING_________ than I had expected. We enjoyed all kinds of camping activities – sports and games, different shows and contests. Everything was fine apart from one incident that took me aback.
Once, at lunchtime, when I ________EAT__________ ice cream, one of the girls asked:
“So, do you have ice cream in Scotland?”
I _________NOT/KNOW_________ how to react. My neighbour repeated her question.
I nodded, “Yes.”
My answer provoked a wave of absurd questions about my country:
“Have you ever seen a ghost in your castle?”
“Do all Scottish _________MAN_________ wear checked skirts?”
I __________FIND________ out that some people believe silly stereotypes about Scotland. They believe that Scots really carry bagpipes in ________THEY__________ bags to play the instrument on the streets, and that Scots practise magic. At last, the girls said that they _________COME_________ to Scotland one day to see it with their own eyes and to separate the truth from the myths.
Yoga is a very popular activity and lots of people practise it nowadays. There is an opinion, however, that to be _________SUCCESS_________ in this activity you should start yoga in early childhood. This is not true! You can start yoga at any time in your life. What you really need is enthusiasm and a good ________TRAIN__________ – yogis often call them a guru. Yoga is not a _________COMPETE_________. You can choose any pace that is ________COMFORT__________ for you. The aim is not to win but to make your body flexible and strong. It’s definitely _________POSSIBLE_________ to improve your body in a few days. It may take lots of time but it’s worth the time and effort. Yoga is an _________EFFECT_________ way to relax your mind. It is useful not only for your body, but for your mind, too.
July 17th was coming. It would be Mark’s _________THIRTEEN_________ birthday. His Mum asked him what he _________WANT_________ as a gift. Mark answered at once that his dream was to have a telescope to watch the stars. Mum _________SHAKE_________ her head doubtfully. She knew that Mark enjoyed learning about space but a telescope was a _________EXPENSIVE_________ present than they had planned. After dinner the parents had a discussion about the present.
“I think we should give Mark the telescope,” Dad said.
“But we ________SPEND__________ all our savings already,” Mum responded.
“We bought some new furniture and paid for our holidays. I wish we _________CAN_________ buy him this present but we really can’t.”
“I think, we can,” Dad smiled. “Look, I’ve got an old friend, Nick, whose father was interested in astronomy. His father died many years ago, and Nick keeps all his things in the attic. I think he _________AGREE_________ to sell us his telescope at half price.”
Nick ________PLANT__________ roses in the garden when Mum and Dad arrived at his house.
“Yes, sure,” he said. “There are lots of _________BOX_________ in the attic. You can take whatever you want for Mark for free. I’m glad he’s taking up my father’s hobby.”
At school, writing essays was a real problem for me, and my grades were always low. _________NATURAL_________ enough, I didn’t like writing and tried to avoid writing lessons at all costs. I thought I didn’t have enough _________IMAGINE_________ for any kind of writing. I only understood what my problem was after school. In a _________SCIENCE_________ journal I saw an article about children’s writing problems. The author claimed that anyone could become a good ________WRITE__________ if they learned some rules. I read and reread the article several times. Then I tried to use the information in practice. I have never become a professional journalists but from time to time I publish some pieces of my _________CREATE_________ writing on my blog. My friends find these essays and stories very ________ENJOY__________.
t was the middle of November and Tina felt down and depressed. Late autumn was the _________BAD_________ season of the year. It often _________RAIN_________, and Tina had to spend most of her time indoors. Because of this, she really welcomed the changes in her school routine. The school administration introduced a new class — a dance class. But not everyone was happy! The boys said that it ________BE__________ a waste of time. They often missed the class and, when they attended, they _________NOT/LISTEN_________ to the teacher’s instructions but tried to make fun of everything.
“I wish we _________HAVE_________ a class for girls only,” Tina thought.
The Junior Dance Competition _________HOLD_________ in their town every year. It was a spectacular show.
“Your dancing _________IMPROVE_________ every day,” the teacher said one day.
“If you go on like this, you _________HAVE_________ a chance to take part in the Dance Competition next month.”
Tina imagined herself wearing a beautiful dress and elegant shoes on her _________FOOT_________. She decided it was something she’d like to try.
Olivia got a camera for her birthday. Her family was going on a trip to Washington D.C. and Olivia wanted to take pictures of the _________WONDER_________ places she would see. The first place where they stopped was a sandy beach. Olivia took pictures of the ocean and the _________NOISE_________ seagulls. The birds seemed to enjoy being photographed, but it was _________POSSIBLE_________ to go too close to them. Olivia had to take pictures from a distance. Next, the family moved on to the centre of Washington D.C. Olivia’s heart was beating with ________EXCITE__________. She got great shots of the White House, the Capitol and some other _________FAME_________ buildings. _________FINAL_________, it was time to head home. Olivia thought about how her friends would be surprised to see her pictures.
Cindy liked parks. She took long walks in the nearby park almost every day. Her classmates, however, _________NOT/SHARE_________ her interest and Cindy usually walked alone. Cindy’s parents worried that she _________HAVE_________ no friends.
“I wish you _________SPEND_________ more time with your classmates. Don’t you feel bored in the park?”
“It’s ok, Mum, I just feel much ________GOOD__________ alone than with people who can’t understand me,” Cindy usually answered. “Parks are a lot more fun to spend time in than hanging out in a shopping centre.” And her mother didn’t know what to say. One day, Cindy returned from the park very excited.
“Guess, who I met in the park!” she said, and she told her parents the whole story. “I _________WALK_________ along the central avenue when I saw a group of people. They ________BE_________ students of the Biology faculty of the university. They told _________I_________ about the plan to rearrange the park. A large lake is going to be made in the centre. There will be wild animals there like hares, squirrels and even _________FOX_________. Yesterday, the plan _________APPROVE_________ by the City Council and work starts tomorrow. I want to join the volunteer team!”
The 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Night. This holiday is also known as Bonfire Night as lighting bonfires is an essential part of the ________CELEBRATE__________. _________NATURAL_________, it’s one of the favourite holidays for children – they simply can’t miss the firework display. Most parents allow their children to stay outdoors till late at night. It would be _________FAIR_________ to make them stay at home when the sky is lit up with colours. However, children should never be left on their own — bonfires and fireworks are potentially ________DANGER__________. Emergency reports say the number of people needing medical care increases on this night. Some of them have been _________CARE_________ with fire. In spite of the excitement, the children may also catch a cold on this November night. Warm jumpers, coats and gloves are more ________USE__________ than ever.
When I was at school, I spent two summers at my grandfather’s. They were the _________GOOD_________ holidays I’ve ever had. Grandpa lived alone in a country cottage near a small river. Grandpa’s hobby was making birdhouses. He always said that he _________NEED_________ a hobby to fill his free time. Grandpa’s workshop was full of all kinds of tools. There _________BE_________ a big table, hammers, nails, paints, and what not. And all the tools _________KEEP_________ carefully in their places. That was Grandpa’s number one rule. The _________TWO_________ rule was, “Never buy a new tool if the old one still works.” In the workshop, when he _________MAKE_________ the birdhouses, I asked him lots of questions about birds. He _________KNOW_________ a lot about them! He could tell one bird from another by their songs and footprints. I was surprised that Grandpa _________NOT/PAINT_________ the birdhouses in bright colours. He explained to ________I__________ that birds prefer natural colours that make their houses more difficult to notice and, for that reason, safer.
Last year, I became a volunteer in a charity shop. It was an _________USUAL_________ job for me — I had never been involved with charities. Our shop raised money to provide medical care for anyone suffering from any ________ILL__________. The job was not easy but I enjoyed it very much. All my colleagues were very helpful. Their _________FRIEND_________ and support meant a lot to me. Andrew, my boss and _________MANAGE_________, was a smart and well-organized person. He kept saying that we had no right to be indifferent or ________CARE__________ because people’s lives depended on us. Working in the charity shop, I have met some very interesting people and have learnt a lot of practical skills. Volunteering has equipped me with experience which I’m sure will be _________USE_________ for my future.
It was a hot summer day. Tom and his Mum were heading to the beach. Tom was only wearing shorts and a pair of sandals on his ________FOOT__________ but he felt hot anyway. When they came to the beach, they found out that the sea _________NOT/BE_________ calm – powerful waves were breaking on the shore. Mum _________STOP_________ in hesitation.
“It’s fine. I can easily swim in these waves,” Tom wanted to demonstrate his swimming skills. But Mum said that they ________STAY__________ out of the water till the sea calmed down.
Sitting close to ________THEY__________ was a boy about Tom’s age. He was alone because his parents _________LEAVE_________ to buy some sandwiches. He came over and said his name was Gary. His shoulders _________COVER_________ with protective suntan lotion, but they looked red anyway.
“It’s getting __________HOT________ every minute,” said Gary. “How about a swim?”
“No way,” Tom’s mother was definitely against the idea and Tom had to obey.
“As you like,” Gary said and headed to the water.
The ________THREE__________ wave hit him hard and he lost his balance. Everything was happening very fast – Gary fell down and went under the water. Fortunately, Tom and his mother were close enough to get him out in time.
Last year I decided to take an English course in Britain. When I called the language school, the _________MANAGE_________ explained to me everything about the school and the courses. They had an _________IMPRESS_________ range of courses — for all levels and ages. As for the accommodation, there were two options: staying in a student hostel or living with a host family. Naturally enough, I wanted to choose the _________NATIONAL_________ community of the hostel. However, because of my parents’ strong _________AGREEMENT_________ with my choice, I had to stay with the host family. And I didn’t regret it! My host family was ________WONDER__________. They told me a lot about their country and were very curious about mine. We talked a lot and when I came back home, I could speak English ______FLUENT______!
The academic term was coming to its end and Kate decided to arrange a party to celebrate the coming holidays. To be frank, there _________BE_________ one more reason for the party. Kate wanted her classmates to meet someone from her family. She was sure it would impress ________THEY__________ and would help her popularity. Kate _________MAKE_________ sandwiches in the kitchen when Hugo came in.
“It looks like I’m the _________ONE_________ guest, doesn’t it?” Hugo looked embarrassed. “Sorry for coming so early.”
“Oh, it’s ok,” said Kate, “Come in! You ________HELP__________ me in the kitchen, won’t you?”
“Sure,” Hugo entered the room and _________STOP_________ in surprise. “Are you saying you made all this yourself?”
On the table there was a huge pie. It ________DECORATE__________ with different fruit and looked fantastic.
“No,” Kate looked pleased with his reaction. “My cousin helped me. She ______LEAVE_______ for the shop. She’ll be back any minute.”
The front door opened and a girl entered. Hugo understood that he ________SEE_________ her many times in different TV programmes for teenagers.
“A TV star?” Hugo sounded so silly that both girls burst out laughing.
I arrived in Liverpool in the afternoon. It was a _________RAIN_________ day but the weather couldn’t spoil my excellent mood – I was in Liverpool! Many people associate this city with the _________FAME_________ musical band, the Beatles.
It’s true, the Beatles are everywhere, but today it’s also _________POSSIBLE_________ to imagine Liverpool without its other great passion: football! The city is home to two teams: Liverpool and Everton. Everton is older and was more _________SUCCESS_________ in the past, but since the 1990s it has been Liverpool’s time to shine. I’ve been Liverpool’s _________SUPPORT_________ since I was a small boy. The team is based at the Anfield stadium. I have watched games there twice. It was very _________EXCITE_________ and it was one of the most important memories of my childhood.
Tim liked going to the zoo. One day his mother said:
“We’re going to a different place today, Tim. It’s an animal shelter. I’m sure you _________LIKE_________ it.”
The place was much _________SMALL_________ than a zoo, but clean and well kept. There were volunteers in special uniforms. One of them showed Tim and his mum round the shelter. Lots of animals ________KEEP__________ there. Cats and dogs made up most of the population, but there were also horses, monkeys, _________FOX_________ and other animals. Each of the animals had its own story written on a sign next to its cage or enclosure. All the stories were sad – the animals had either been abandoned by _________THEY_________ owners or saved by the animal police from cruel treatment.
‘If people ________BE_________ more responsible for their pets, we wouldn’t have so much work here,” the volunteer remarked.
“But unfortunately some people ________NOT/UNDERSTAND__________ that animals are not toys.”
Tim’s mother thanked the volunteer and _________MAKE_________ a donation. Shelters always needed money to pay for the animals’ food and medical care. On the way home Tim told his mother that he ________WANT__________ to go to the shelter again, not only to watch but also to help the volunteers.
Last year I learnt Spanish in Barcelona. Spain is an _________AMAZE_________ country and I enjoyed my time there very much. My flatmates were two girls from Germany. They were nice but _________COMMUNICATE_________ was a real problem for us because I didn’t speak German and they didn’t speak English, my first language. Sometimes we felt absolutely ________HELP__________ because we were not able to understand each other. However, it gave us additional motivation to learn Spanish! Very soon my teacher told me that I was speaking it _________FLUENT_________. He was happy with my progress. My flatmates’ grades were _________IMPRESS_________ too! It proved that practice is very important and if you want to speak a foreign language like a native _________SPEAK_________, you should practise it a lot.
Harry’s class was going on an excursion to the firehouse. Harry _________FEEL_________ proud because his Uncle Jim, a fireman, was going to show the children around the place. Naturally, the first thing Harry’s classmates wanted to see was the huge fire truck. There ________BE__________ eight vehicles at the firehouse at that moment. Uncle Jim explained how the trucks got water and even let the kids get inside the truck.
“Have you ever fought a fire ________YOU________?” a red-haired boy asked.
“Yes, many times, unfortunately,” Uncle Jim answered. “I wish people _________BEHAVE_________ more responsibly when they used electrical devices at home or had picnics outdoors. But they often _________NOT/THINK_________ anything can happen to them. Please remember that children _________NOT/MUST_________ make fires in the woods. There is dry grass and dry ________LEAF__________ on the ground. They start to burn very easily. And there is nothing _________DANGEROUS_________ than forest fires!”
The children promised not to make any fires in the woods and Uncle Jim went on with the tour. He _________SHOW_________ them the fire alarm equipment, when a siren started wailing…
Sam went to the giant aquarium near his house at least three times a week. He liked the fish and crabs, but the most _________WONDER_________ creatures there were sharks. Sam could watch them for hours. He took photos through the glass and collected _________INFORM_________ about them. It surprised him how fast a massive shark could be. Before the aquarium opened, Sam thought it was ________POSSIBLE__________ for sharks to be so quick and graceful. He knew that sharks were _________DANGER_________ but they seldom attacked people. Many people, however, had hunted them and sharks had become endangered. _________FORTUNATE_________, now there were laws protecting sharks. In the future, Sam wanted to be a _________SCIENCE_________ and study sharks in the wild.
Martin and Jane were shopping. They were in the _________LARGE_________ shopping centre in their city. In fact, it was their favourite place because it was nice and not very expensive. The centre ________CALL__________ “Dress for Less”. Unlike most _________MAN_________, Martin liked shopping. Today he felt really happy because he _________BUY_________ a shirt and a pair of jeans. Jane was still in the changing room so Martin had time for a cup of coffee in the lobby. It was the first time Martin had had a good look at the building itself. The shopping centre building _________BE_________ impressive. The engineers had used advanced technologies to make it light, warm and spacious.
“Hi!” Martin _________HEAR_________ Jane’s voice.
“What are you having? Coffee? No, I _________NOT/DRINK_________ coffee. Never. It’s not good for your health. ”
“Look, Jane, do you know the name of the architect of this building?” Martin interrupted her.
Jane looked puzzled.
“I wish we _________CAN_________ change our life a bit,” went on Martin. “We probably spend too much time on things like shopping and miss more important things. When was the last time we visited a museum?”
Jane quietly sat down on the chair beside _________HE_________.
There is a popular opinion that all children are talented. It’s true — children are curious and have a good _________IMAGINE_________. It helps them make _________AMAZE_________ things from very routine objects like stones, leaves, or strips of fabric. Coloured paper, watercolours and pencils stimulate their _________CREATE_________ minds a lot too! However, sometimes parents may _________APPROVE_________ of their children’s artistic activities like drawing on the walls and indoor experiments with fireworks. But _________PUNISH_________ is not a good solution! Any art activity develops children’s brains and stimulates their ability in science. Be _________CARE_________ with your children’s natural talents. Never stop them doing an activity but instead create an appropriate and safe environment for it.
Annie was waiting for her guests. Her birthday was on 25th December and she felt this was both lucky and unlucky. It _________BE_________ great to have her birthday on a special day like Christmas. But, on the other hand, very few of Annie’s friends came to her party. Most of them had family plans for that day. The doorbell _________RING_________ and her classmate, Brian, appeared. He had a plastic bag in his hand.
“Happy birthday, Annie!” Brain said and got an old oil lamp out of his bag.
Annie ________NOT/CAN__________ hide her surprise: “What’s this? And where did you buy it?”
“A magic lamp. And I didn’t buy it. It _________FIND_________ in the attic of an old country house a year ago. My friend found it when they _________REPAIR_________ the house. He says if you light the lamp and make a wish, the wish _________COME_________ true. It works particularly well with reasonable wishes that are not too big for the lamp. Its magic is not very strong.”
Annie laughed aloud.
“I’ve never got a present _________ORIGINAL_________ than this. Ok, let’s test your lamp.”
Annie lit it and said: “I wish the whole class would come to _________I_________ party today”. As soon as she ________SAY__________ it, the doorbell rang impatiently.
Recently my neighbour Michael Wilkins got a job in sales. However, soon he found out that being a sales _________MANAGE_________ did not make him happy. He had to work long hours, and the job was _________STRESS_________ and demanding. The atmosphere in the office was very _________FRIENDLY_________ and the workers often quarreled with each other. So Michael decided to look for a more ________ATTRACT__________ job. In the local newspaper, he saw an _________ADVERTISE_________ from a pizzeria. It was close to his house and they needed a waiter. Michael decided to apply and didn’t regret it.
“It’s good to feed people. I enjoy seeing them smile – it’s important, isn’t it?” Michael says.
Next week he’s going to take a cooking course. On completing it, he will be able to make _________TASTE_________ pizzas himself!
School was finally over and I was about to enjoy my holidays. I was going to stay with my Aunt Helen, who lived in California. I thought that visiting _________SHE_________ would be great fun, but I felt nervous and scared. When my mum _________DRIVE_________ me to the airport, she noticed that something was wrong with me.
“Are you all right?’ she asked. “You’re afraid of flying, aren’t you?”
“I _________NOT/WANT_________ you to notice. Yes, I’m a bit scared. Sorry.”
“There _________BE_________ nothing to be sorry about! It’s natural to feel nervous before your first flight. I wish I ________CAN_________ go with you, but you know that I can’t.”
It was true. My mum was the _________BUSY_________ woman in the world.
“I’m fine, Mum. Don’t worry.” I tried to sound calm. “I ________CALL__________ you as soon as we land.”
The plane _________TAKE_________ off smoothly. The pilot informed the passengers about the details of the flight. Then we _________OFFER_________ refreshing drinks. I had some orange juice and closed my eyes.
Jenny doesn’t have many friends, but she has lots of books. Jenny likes fantasy stories best. She has a rich ________IMAGINE__________ which takes her to magical lands. Jenny often feels like she is a part of the story. She enjoys being in someone else’s shoes, living in an _________ABSOLUTE_________ different world. When reading, Jenny may turn into a princess or become a mountain _________EXPLORE_________. She can see _________FANTASY_________ creatures and amazing places with her own eyes. Books are ideal friends for Jenny. They are entertaining and helpful. They can give her some _________PRACTICE_________ advice when she needs it and keep quiet when she doesn’t want to communicate. Books never _________AGREE_________ with her and they never argue.
Kathy looked at her new room’s white walls.
“They’re so plain.”
“Don’t worry,” Dad said, “If you don’t like them, we _________MAKE_________ the walls any colour you like.”
“Do you want pink?” Mum suggested. Kathy ________SHAKE__________ her head.
“No, pink is either for _________BABY_________ or for silly girls who like Barbie dolls. I’m neither of those.”
Her parents smiled but ________NOT/SAY__________ anything.
“But what colour to choose? I wish we _________CAN_________ ask a designer for professional advice,” said Kathy.
“Oh, no! It’s out of the question!” said Kathy’s mother, firmly. A designer’s advice is much _________EXPENSIVE_________ than we can afford.”
“Ok. It was just an idea.”
“Getting back to the wall colour, why not make your room yellow or orange?” Dad suggested. “When the walls _________PAINT_________ in those colours, the room will look cheerful.”
“Yes!” Kathy definitely liked the idea. “We’ll make three walls yellow, but the _________FOUR_________ one will be orange.”
The next day, when Kathy came back from school, her Dad said: “Look what I ______BUY________.” There were paints and brushes on the floor.
“Everything’s ready for us to start.” He smiled and handed Kathy the brush.
Father’s Day in the UK is on the third Sunday in June. We enjoy this day very much and always arrange a _________CELEBRATE_________ at home. Our dad deserves it – he is the most _________AMAZE_________ person I’ve ever met. He works as a train _________DRIVE_________ and he loves his job, though it takes time and energy. He cannot spend lots of time with us, but when he is at home, we have a _________FANTASY_________ time all together. Dad is a very _________CREATE_________ person and often invents new games for us. There are three children in our family and we always prepare a present for our dad together. Last time it was a large, _________COLOUR_________ book about the history of trains. The book starts with the invention of the first train and tells the whole story of the railway up to the present day.
Veronica loved autumn. It was her favourite season. There were many good things about it. She loved the smells, the changing _________LEAF_________, and the cool breezes. There _________BE_________ also apple pies, apple doughnuts and pumpkin pies. For Veronica, pumpkin pies were the _________GOOD_________, especially when her mother cooked them. Veronica had never tried to make a pie _________SHE_________, but she knew how, as she had seen how her mother made it many times. One day, on her way from school, Veronica _________BUY_________ a pumpkin and decided to cook it. She tried to do everything the same way her mother usually did. Veronica was in the kitchen and _________NOT/HEAR_________ the door bell. Her mother had to use her key to enter the house.
“Who _________MAKE_________ a pie?” her mother asked. “I can smell it. How soon is it going to be ready? I’m very hungry.”
When the pie was ready, Veronica put it on the table. The pie looked nice: it _________DECORATE_________ with nuts and coloured sugar. Veronica’s mother had a large piece. She smiled and said that she _________LIKE_________ it very much.
The Grand National is a horse race which is held every year in Liverpool. This _________COMPETE_________ involves a four-mile race, during which the horses have to go over 30 fences. The most _________FAME_________ horse in the Grand National was called ‘Red Rum’. He was the _________WIN_________ of the race three times during the 1970s. The race is not only a sporting event but a _________FASHION_________ social event too. Men and women wear beautiful clothes, and the tickets to the race are very ________EXPENSE__________. The Grand National is broadcast all over the world and around 500 to 600 million people watch it. However, though there are lots of horse racing fans, many people think it’s _________FAIR_________ and cruel to make the animals race and jump for people’s entertainment.
Dylan had a very old car. It was 20 years old. But the faded paint made it look even _________OLD_________ than that. It _________BE_________ a shame to drive a car that looked like that and Dylan took it to a paint shop. There the car _________PAINT_________ dark blue for $200. Dylan was very pleased with the new look. The only problem was that the car stereo _________NOT/WORK_________ properly. Dylan managed to fix it himself. Then one day Dylan had a new problem – petrol. He could smell it while he _________DRIVE_________ his car. Dylan asked himself “Am I driving a bomb? Could the car explode at any minute?” He knew the car manual by heart. He had car problems at least once a month, and he always found a way to fix _________THEY_________ himself. However, this time, it was a job for a mechanic. So he _________TAKE_________ his car to the closest service station. The mechanic said they _________TEST_________ the car to find out what the problem was. He told Dylan to come back in an hour. When Dylan came back, the mechanic said, «The problem is with the fuel pump. You need a new one. It costs $400.»
«Let me think about it. I _________GIVE_________ you a call when I decide what to do.»
But Dylan had already decided what to do.
I’ve worked in an office for many years. It’s a very _________STRESS_________ job and recently I’ve taken up a new hobby — gardening. My grandmother was a very good _________GARDEN_________. She never did gardening as a job but for pleasure and ________ENTERTAIN__________. She had the so-called “green fingers” — the flowers and fruit trees she planted grew very _________QUICK_________. I wish I were as skillful as she was. It’s a pity my family does not share my interest in gardening. My children _________LIKE_________ working outdoors. They prefer using the computer indoors. I don’t argue with them. Arguing and quarrelling makes me feel _________NERVE_________ and unhappy but cannot change the situation. I hope one day they will join me in the garden.
Susan’s father often had to go to different countries on business. That evening, he came home ___LATE__ than usual. He looked tired. Susan _____KNOW__ that the next week her father was going to China to discuss a new project. At dinner, her father asked Susan if she _____WANT____ to go with him. It was a bit unexpected but Susan liked the idea at once. It was her ____SIXTEEN__ birthday in a few days. And Susan thought it ____BE______ fun to celebrate it abroad. However, there was one thing she wanted to clear up before the trip: “Are you going to be busy from morning till night? I ____NOTWANT____ to sit in the hotel all the time alone.” “You won’t have to,” her father reassured Susan. “I ____PREPARE____ all the project papers already. So, while our partners are studying them, we’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing.” “Great!” Susan ran up to her room to pack.
“Remember to take some comfortable shoes. Otherwise your ____FOOT____ will hurt after the long excursions.” Her father’s advice was always practical. In half an hour everything _____PACK_____ in a suitcase and Susan called her best friend to tell her the news.
Lots of companies do business online. They sell goods and services, or provide _________INFORM_________ to the general public. Doing business online is less _________EXPENSE_________ and more convenient than running a traditional business, with offices and lots of employees. Surprisingly enough, there are lots of very young people among online businessmen. In spite of their age, they are quite _________SUCCESS_________ and professional. For example, Ben Collins started his own online company when he was _________REAL_________ young. He was only 17. He says, “My business is ________NATIONAL__________ — we work with people from different countries. In a real office, some people would _________AGREE_________ that someone of my age could be a boss, but when I work online, nobody cares how old I am.”
My mum enjoys gardening and I like helping her. Mum says that my grandfather was a ______FARM______ and that he loved working with the earth. He was a nice and ___FRIEND___ person, because nature always makes people better. ______FORTUNATELY______, I didn’t know him as he died before I was born. We grow ______BEAUTY______ flowers and fruit trees. We have some garden furniture – a wooden table and four ______COMFORT______ chairs. The neighbours often come round, and we have outdoor tea parties.
I love music. Since my childhood.
I’ve played many ______DIFFER______ musical instruments: the piano, the guitar, and even the drums.
My music ______TEACH______ sometimes says that I have a gift for music, and I hope she’s right.
______RECENT______, I’ve joined our school band and we are going to take part in a modern music concert.
We are also invited to participate in the city music ___COMPETE__ in June.
It is a great chance for a young band but, ___FORTUNATELY__, we will not be able to play there. June is our exam time and we’ll have to focus on our studies.
We went to France last weekend to visit my grandma. She lives in the countryside in a nice ______TRADITION______ house. I like her house very much. There’s old wooden furniture in the rooms and ______WONDER______ pictures on the walls. Grandma has a large ______COLLECT______ of old pictures. Some of them were painted by an ____ART___ who lived next door to her. He was very talented but, ______FORTUNATELY______, he died young and didn’t become famous.
Mum wants to buy a new sofa for the sitting room. So, yesterday, we went to the largest furniture store in the city. Mum’s friend, who is a ___DESIGN___, recommended that store as the best in the city.
However, we didn’t buy anything because Mum couldn’t make a ______DECIDE______ about what she liked best. There were sofas in ______TRADITION______ and modern styles. They were presented in ___DIFFER___ colours and patterns. The shop assistant was very ____HELP___. She patietly showed us one model after another. At last Mum chose one of them, but, ______FORTUNATELY______, they didn’t have that model in her favourite colour.
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After the First World War, the clothes of the swinging 1929s shocked many people. Fashions for women became (7)(relaxed) and (8) (free) than before. Their hair became much (9)(short) and dresses were not as (10)(long) and (11)(wide) as before. Their clothes became (12)(bright) and (13)(little) formal, to match the new music and dances like the Charleston.
Punk fashions were as (14)(aggressive) as punk music, which arrived in the 1970s. Punks chose the (15)(little) conventional hairstyles possible. They cut their hair in strange ways and often dyed it bright colours. They usually wore large boots, torn jeans and painted leather jackets.
5.1. ACTIVE VOICE
The verb ‘to be’: Present, Past, Future
Test 1. Fill in am/is/are (present), was/were (past) or will be/won’t be (future) in the gaps.
1. She travels a lot. Yesterday she _______ in Paris. Today she _______ in London. Tomorrow _______ she in New York.
2. _______ you at home yesterday?
3. _______ you at home tomorrow?
4. I _______ in Great Britain last week.
5. ‘Are you ready yet?’ ‘Not yet. I _______ ready in five minutes.’
6. The weather _______ nice today.
7. My sister is going away for a few days, so she _______ at home tomorrow.
8. I _______ a pupil. I go to school.
9. _______ you in the country last summer?
10. It’s Tom’s birthday next Sunday. He _______ 11.
11. I _______ cold. Can you close the window, please?
12. You may visit Jane tomorrow. She _______ busy.
13. Where _______ Ann yesterday?
14. My brother and I _______ good tennis players. We like to play tennis very much.
15. ‘ _______ the soup _______ ready soon?’ ‘Yes, it _______ ready in a few minutes.’
Test 2. Fill in is, are, was, were .
1. There _______ three people in the photo.
2. There _______ a woman, a man and their child in our garden now.
3. There _______ an exhibition in our town last month.
4. I didn’t like the hotel because there _______ a lot of furniture in the room.
5. He was thirsty but there _______ no drinks in the fridge.
6. The furniture was very old, there _______ two chairs and a table in the room.
7. She is at her office now. There _______ a lot of people waiting to see her.
8. Today there _______ a lot of snow on the ground.
9. There _______ some chicken and fish in the fridge now.
10. _______ there any furniture in the room?
11. There _______ somebody in the kitchen now.
12. There _______ no one on the roof of the house at the moment.
13. There _______ no flowers in our garden last summer.
14. There _______ a sports centre near our house.
15. There _______ 26 letters in the English alphabet.
Have and Have Got
Test 3. Complete the sentences with is/isn’t, are/aren’t or has/have (got).
1. My brother _______ ten years old.
2. There _______ any flowers in the garden.
3. My sister _______ three children.
4. Tom never sees new films because there _______ a cinema in his town.
5. He _______ a good job in a bank.
6. _______ there a stadium near here?
7. How much _______ the ice-creams?
8. Can I _______ a cup of coffee, please?
9. My house _______ a garden and a balcony.
10. There _______ lots of good shops in this city.
Test 4. Fill in is/are/was/were/have/has .
1. Tom _______ lost his note-book.
2. This bridge _______ built ten years ago.
3. _______ you finished your work yet?
4. This town is always clean. The streets _______ cleaned every day.
5. Where _______ you born?
6. I just _______ made some coffee. Would you like some?
7. Cheese _______ made from milk.
8. This is a very old photograph. It _______ taken a long time ago.
9. Mike _______ bought a new car.
10. _______ Ann working today?
Present Simple/Present Continuous
Test 5. Present Simple or Present Continuous?
1. Paul is good at tennis. He (plays/is playing) tennis very well.
2. It’s very noisy – Suzy (listens/is listening) to rock music.
3. Many birds (fly/are flying) south every summer.
4. Most students (don’t smoke/aren’t smoking) these days.
5. (Does Mr Black use/Is Mr Black using) the computer at the moment?
6. Jack usually (goes/is going) to work on Saturdays.
7. Dick isn’t at home now. He (helps/is helping) а student with his project.
8. (Does it rain?/Is it raining?) No, look, it’s sunny.
9. Cats (see/are seeing) very well in the dark.
10. You look nice, Ann. (Do you wear/Are you wearing) а new dress?
11. Japan (has/is having) many high mountains.
12. Every morning John (gets up/is getting up) at 7.00.
13. I’m sorry. I can’t help you at the moment. I (wash up/ am washing up).
14. (Do you go/Are you going) to the theatre tonight?
15. I (have/am having) а pain in my shoulder.
16. Jerry often (paints/is painting) pictures of different animals.
17. Derek is good at tennis but he (doesn’t play/isn’t playing) very often.
18. She’s not ready – she (cooks/is cooking) dinner.
19. (Do you always wear/Are you always wearing) glasses?
20. Turn the TV off – nо one (watches/is watching) it!
Test 6. Present Simple or Present Continuous?
1. Listen! I (want/am wanting) to ask you а few questions.
2. ‘Where is John?’ ‘He (has/is having) а smoke in the garden.’
3. How do you make this cake? It (tastes/is tasting) wonderful.
4. Those jeans (look/are looking) great on you!
5. Jane can’t come to the phone because she (washes/is washing) her hair.
6. I (don’t like/am not liking) football very much.
7. We usually (go/are going) to the seaside in summer.
8. I (think/am thinking) of going to university.
9. (Do you study/Are you studying) for your exams at the moment?
10. (Do you see/Are you seeing) my problem?
11. Can you be quiet, please? I (listen/am listening) to the radio.
12. He (thinks/is thinking) that school is boring.
13. They (meet/are meeting) for lunch once а month.
14. Ann paid for the boat so it (belongs/is belonging) to her now.
15. John! Answer the door, please! I (make/am making) dinner.
16. I (don’t enjoy/am not enjoying) cooking very much.
17. It (rains/is raining) а lot in this region in winter.
18. I (prefer/am preferring) volleyball to basketball.
19. (Do you know/Are you knowing) what’s happening?
20. We (have/are having) а house near the beach.
Test 7. Present Simple or Present Continuous?
1. The telephone (ring). Can you answer it?
2. Be quiet! I (watch) this film.
3. What he usually (have) for breakfast?
4. My parents (look) for а new country house now, because they (not want) to stay in Moscow in summer.
5. We usually (take) а bus to get to school.
6. ‘Why you (smile)?’ ‘I (have) nо homework today.’
7. Where you (go) on Sundays?
8. I always (wear) nice clothes at school. Today I (wear) а white blouse and а blue skirt.
9. ‘Jane! Where are you? What you (do)?’ ‘I (clean) my shoes.’
10. Nick (live) in Kiev. He often (phone) us when he (not be) busy.
11. ‘Why you (go) to bed? It’s only 10.00.’ ‘I always (go) to bed early.’
12. I can’t use the telephone now. It (not work).
13. It’s late. I (want) to go to sleep.
14. ‘How many languages she (speak)?’ ‘She (speak) six foreign languages.’
15. I (not think) Ann (like) me very much.
16. ‘Who is Richard?’ ‘He (stand) next to Jane.’
Раздел 1. АУДИРОВАНИЕ
Вы услышите 6 высказываний. Установите соответствие между высказываниями каждого говорящего A—F и утверждениями, данными в списке 1—7. Используйте каждое утверждение, обозначенное соответствующей цифрой, только один раз. В задании есть одно лишнее утверждение. Вы услышите запись дважды. Занесите свои ответы в таблицу.
Вы услышите диалог. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений А—G соответствуют содержанию текста (1 — True), какие не соответствуют (2 — False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (3 — Not stated). Занесите номер выбранного вами варианта ответа в таблицу. Вы услышите запись дважды.
A Dana has been very successful recently.
B Ken is going to tell Dana some important information.
C Dana is looking for the job at the moment.
D Dana’s promotion came through quite unexpectedly.
E Dana didn’t get a raise in her salary.
F Ken is getting married in two weeks.
G Dana is surprised to hear that her friend is getting married.
Вы услышите рассказ популярной американской певицы о её карьере. В заданиях 3—9 запишите в поле ответа цифру 1, 2 или 3, соответствующую выбранному Вами варианту ответа. Вы услышите запись дважды.
The narrator says she started to write songs
1) when she was ten.
2) because she could not talk.
3) because it was the best way to express her feelings.
According to the narrator,
1) she could afford to have a recording studio.
2) her family was not well off.
3) she bought Christmas presents for her friends.
The narrator returned to Texas because
1) her apartment burnt down.
2) she had got several college music scholarships.
3) a friend told her about the American Idol audition in Dallas.
Looking back on the show, the narrator says that
1) few people really believed she could win.
2) the members of the crew were not at all supportive.
3) everyone was supporting her.
The narrator thinks that
1) she ought to become thinner.
2) she could serve as a role model for young girls.
3) girls should not live up to their idols.
The narrator dreams of
1) touring the world.
2) having a permanent relationship.
3) staying single.
The narrator considers herself
1) to be a celebrity.
2) practical and sensible.
3) honest and sincere.
Раздел 2. ЧТЕНИЕ
Установите соответствие между заголовками 1—8 и текстами A—G. Занесите свои ответы в таблицу. Используйте каждую цифру только один раз. В задании один заголовок лишний.
1. The Best Way of Learning
2. Key Factor in Learning
3. Linguistic Interference
4. Universal Language
5. Online Learning
6. Language Extinction
7. Learning by Imitation
8. Sign Language
A. Young children have a genetic ability to learn language. They come into the world as eager learning machines, and language acquisition is a major aspect of this learning. How children actually learn language is not entirely clear, however. Most linguists believe that they do it primarily by listening to and trying to communicate with adult speakers. Initially, this means that they copy the way adults use words and grammar.
B. Learning a second or third language is easier in early childhood than later. It is particularly important to learn correct pronunciation as young as possible. At any age, learning by constant contact with native speakers in their own society is the quickest and the most effective method. It is superior to taking foreign language classes because it forces you to concentrate on it all of the time.
C. Learning a second language can be affected by the patterns of the first language. There can be some blending of phonemes. For instance, most Americans who learn French in high school or college pronounce French words with a distinctive American accent. Grammar can also be affected. English speakers who learn both French and Spanish sometimes combine grammatical rules of both when speaking either of them.
D. Until just a few years ago, language study was limited to the classroom or personal tutor, or home study by book. In the last few decades technology has given us a much needed audio option — first vinyl records, then cassettes and CDs. Now technology has given us a new format — the Internet. Options to learn a language by Internet are still limited but the potential is not.
E. What is important when learning a language? If you have the desire and persistence, time is the only factor that you may have to work with. How much time you can devote to learning will play a role in how quickly you can learn the language. Just remember how exciting it will be and how rewarding you will feel at the accomplishment.
F. Rather than have businessmen, diplomats, scientists and tourists from every country learning all the major languages that they want to learn or need to learn, Esperantists would have everyone just learn one second language — Esperanto. Then everyone could communicate with everyone, everywhere. The major ‘national’ languages could keep their special characteristics for anyone who wanted to learn them. This is the essence of the ‘Esperanto Movement’.
G. More than half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to die out by the end of the century, often taking with them irreplaceable knowledge about the natural world. When a species dies out, sometimes fossils can be found, remains uncovered. But when a human language disappears, there’s rarely any key left behind. Each loss becomes a linguistic black hole, where an entire way of knowing the world disappears.
Прочитайте текст и заполните пропуски A—F частями предложений, обозначенными цифрами 1—7. Одна из частей в списке 1—7 лишняя. Занесите цифру, обозначающую соответствующую часть предложения, в таблицу.
A constitution may be defined as the system of fundamental principles according to A ____________. A good example of a written constitution is the Constitution of the United States, formed in 1787.
The Constitution sets up a federal system with a strong central government. Each state preserves its own independence by reserving to itself certain well-defined powers such as education, taxes and finance, internal communications, etc. The powers B ____________ are those dealing with national defence, foreign policy, the control of international trade, etc.
Under the Constitution power is also divided among the three branches of the national government. The First Article provides for the establishment of the legislative body, Congress, and defines its powers. The second does the same for the executive branch, the President, and the Third Article provides for a system of federal courts.
The Constitution itself is rather short, it contains only 7 articles. And it was obvious in 1787 C ____________. So the 5th article lays down the procedure for amendment. A proposal to make a change must be first approved by two-thirds majorities in both Houses of Congress and then ratified by three quarters of the states.
The Constitution was finally ratified and came into force on March 4, 1789. When the Constitution was adopted, Americans were dissatisfied D ____________. It also recognized slavery and did not establish universal suffrage.
Only several years later, Congress was forced to adopt the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, E ____________. They guarantee to Americans such important rights and freedoms as freedom of press, freedom of religion, the right to go to court, have a lawyer, and some others.
Over the past 200 years 26 amendments have been adopted F ____________. It provides the basis for political stability, individual freedom, economic growth and social progress.
- which are given to a Federal government
- because it did not guarantee basic freedoms and individual rights
- but the Constitution itself has not been changed
- so it has to be changed
- which a nation or a state is constituted and governed
- which were called the Bill of Rights
- that there would be a need for altering it
Прочитайте текст и выполните задания 12—18. В каждом задании запишите в поле ответа цифру 1, 2, 3 или 4, соответствующую выбранному Вами варианту ответа.
That summer an army of crickets started a war with my father. They picked a fight the minute they invaded our cellar. Dad didn’t care for bugs much more than Mamma, but he could tolerate a few spiders and assorted creepy crawlers living in the basement. Every farm house had them. A part of rustic living, and something you needed to put up with if you wanted the simple life.
He told Mamma: ‘Now that we’re living out here, you can’t be jerking your head and swallowing your gum over what’s plain natural, Ellen.’ But she was a city girl through and through and had no ears when it came to defending vermin. She said a cricket was just a noisy cockroach, just a dumb horny bug that wouldn’t shut up. No way could she sleep with all that chirping going on! Then to prove her point she wouldn’t go to bed. She drank coffee and smoked my father’s cigarettes and she paced between the couch and the TV. Next morning she threatened to pack up and leave, so Dad drove to the hardware store and hurried back. He squirted poison from a jug with a spray nozzle. He sprayed the basement and all around the foundation of the house. When he had finished, he told us that was the end of it.
But what he should have said was: ‘This is the beginning’. For the next fourteen days Mamma kept finding dead crickets in the clean laundry. She’d shake out a towel or a sheet and a dead black cricket would roll across the linoleum. Sometimes the cat would corner one, and swat it around like he was playing hockey, then carry it away in his mouth. Dad said swallowing a few dead crickets wouldn’t hurt as long as the cat didn’t eat too many.
Soon live crickets started showing up in the kitchen and bathroom. Mamma freaked because she thought they were the dead crickets come back to haunt, but Dad said they were definitely a new batch, probably coming up on the pipes. He fetched his jug of poison and sprayed beneath the sink and behind the toilet and all along the baseboard until the whole house smelled of poison, and then he sprayed the cellar again, and then he went outside and sprayed all around the foundation leaving a foot-wide moat of poison.
For a couple of weeks we went back to finding dead crickets in the laundry. Dad told us to keep a sharp look out. He suggested that we’d all be better off to hide as many as we could from Mamma. I fed a few dozen to the cat who I didn’t like because he scratched and bit for no reason. I hoped the poison might kill him so we could get a puppy. Once in a while we found a dead cricket in the bathroom or beneath the kitchen sink. A couple of weeks later, when both live and dead crickets kept turning up, Dad emptied the cellar of junk. He borrowed Uncle Burt’s pickup and hauled a load to the dump. Then he burned a lot of bundled newspapers and magazines which he said the crickets had turned into nests.
He stood over that fire with a rake in one hand and a garden hose in the other. He wouldn’t leave it even when Mamma sent me out to fetch him for supper. He wouldn’t leave the fire, and she wouldn’t put supper on the table. Both my brothers were crying. Finally she went out and got him herself. And while we ate, the wind lifted some embers onto the wood pile. The only gasoline was in the lawn mower fuel tank but that was enough to create an explosion big enough to reach the house. Once the roof caught, there wasn’t much anyone could do.
After the fire trucks left, I made the mistake of volunteering to stay behind while Mamma took the others to Aunt Gail’s. I helped Dad and Uncle Burt and two men I’d never seen before carry things out of the house and stack them by the road. In the morning we’d come back in Burt’s truck and haul everything away. We worked into the night and we didn’t talk much, hardly a word about anything that mattered, and Dad didn’t offer any plan that he might have for us now. Uncle Burt passed a bottle around, but I shook my head when it came to me. I kicked and picked through the mess, dumb struck at how little there was to salvage, while all around the roar of crickets magnified our silence.
(Adapted from ‘The Cricket War’ by Bob Thurber)
A cricket is
1) a small animal.
2) a spider.
3) an insect.
4) a game.
Mamma threatened to pack up and leave because
1) she had smoked all cigarettes.
2) she had not got used to rustic living.
3) she could not put up with crickets.
4) she was a city girl through and through.
After Dad had sprayed the basement and all around the foundation of the house,
1) the family were constantly coming across dead crickets.
2) the family kept seeing live crickets everywhere.
3) the dead crickets came back to haunt.
4) all crickets disappeared.
The narrator fed the cat with crickets because
1) the cat was hungry.
2) he would like to have another pet.
3) he wanted to hide crickets from Mamma.
4) Dad told him to do it.
Dad borrowed Uncle Burt’s pickup
1) to fight with crickets.
2) to bring new furniture to the cellar.
3) to throw away newspapers and magazines.
4) to get rid of rubbish.
The house caught fire because
1) Dad left a garden hose near the fire.
2) the wind lifted some papers onto the wood pile.
3) the fuel tank had gone off.
4) there wasn’t much anyone could do.
The narrator was surprised
1) that Dad didn’t offer any plan.
2) when the bottle came to him.
3) that crickets were all around.
4) that there was not much to save from the fire.
Раздел 3. ГРАММАТИКА И ЛЕКСИКА
Прочитайте приведённый ниже текст. Преобразуйте, если необходимо, слова, напечатанные заглавными буквами в конце строк, обозначенных номерами 19—25, так, чтобы они грамматически соответствовали содержанию текстов. Заполните пропуски полученными словами. Каждый пропуск соответствует отдельному заданию из группы 19—25.
Обратите внимание, что по правилам ЕГЭ ответы нужно писать без пробелов и других знаков, например, правильный ответ ‘have done’ нужно будет записать как ‘havedone’, иначе ваш ответ не засчитается.
September Mood in England
It’s Monday morning and Miss Williams walks into her office. Her holiday is over and she (just) to work.
She looks brown, relaxed and than usual.
The other girls stand round her. ‘Where (you)?’ one of the girls asks.
‘Italy, not far from Naples. I enjoyed it very much.’ she answers, happily.
Her boss, Mr. Wetridge comes in ten minutes later. He looks a bit worried because he about the winter.
Central heating in his house five years ago and now it’s time to have it repaired.
Besides, his wife wants him to put in double glazing. But she that to double-glaze all the windows will cost quite a lot of money.
Прочитайте приведённый ниже текст. Образуйте от слов, напечатанных заглавными буквами в конце строк, обозначенных номерами 26—31, однокоренные слова так, чтобы они грамматически и лексически соответствовали содержанию текста. Заполните пропуски полученными словами. Каждый пропуск соответствует отдельному заданию из группы 26—31.
In today’s world, many people are looking for a quick snack, meal or boost of energy. They choose processed food bars, thinking that they’re a healthy choice.
However, most bars contain processed foods which are called ‘junk foods’.
They give you a false sense of energy and .
One problem with junk foods is that they’re low in satiation value. Another problem is that junk food tends to other, more nutritious foods.
It’s the 21st century now and ‘junk food’ has gone . We see it everywhere: in grocery and convenience stores, in fast-food
restaurants and on television.
Although junk food is now all over the world, people should be aware of its disadvantages and choose healthier alternatives.
Прочитайте текст с пропусками, обозначенными номерами 32—38. Эти номера соответствуют заданиям 32—38, в которых представлены возможные варианты ответов. Запишите в поле ответа цифру 1, 2, 3 или 4, соответствующую выбранному Вами варианту ответа.
The Changing World of Computers
Computers are rapidly changing the way we do things. For a technology that is still relatively new, their 32____ on the business and consumer sector has been incomprehensible. As if it was not sufficient to own one computer, many people nowadays have a few of them. We think we need a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and a bunch of little computers in our phones and music players, even 33____ they actually do the same thing. Now that everybody has their desktops and laptops, and we are all able to 34____ the Internet anytime we want to, our world has turned into a virtual playground. We can now connect with our foreign neighbours in a matter of seconds, 35____ of how far away they are from us. It’s as if we no longer have borders in this highly digital world of ours.
Desktops have always been a great option, but the problem with them is that they are not mobile. They have all the 36____ of other computers, but it can be annoying at times to have to sit in the same spot while working. For businesses and personal offices, desktop computers are still the favoured option because of their power. But when people have to be connected while travelling, the need for laptops really becomes apparent. The main advantage of laptops is the ability to communicate with people no 37____ where you are. Our society has been converted into one that has to have all the latest gadgets. Some people even 38____ down on others if they still have last year’s model of some gadget. Those people will always be behind the curve just because of how fast technology is advancing now.
3) in spite
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Раздел 4. ПИСЬМО
Для ответов на задания 39 и 40 используйте бланк ответов № 2. Черновые пометки можно делать прямо на листе с заданиями, или можно использовать отдельный черновик. При выполнении заданий 39 и 40 особое внимание обратите на то, что Ваши ответы будут оцениваться только по записям, сделанным в БЛАНКЕ ОТВЕТОВ № 2. Никакие записи черновика не будут учитываться экспертом. Обратите внимание также на необходимость соблюдения указанного объёма текста. Тексты недостаточного объёма, а также часть текста, превышающая требуемый объём, не оцениваются. Запишите сначала номер задания (39, 40), а затем ответ на него. Если одной стороны бланка недостаточно, Вы можете использовать другую его сторону.
You have received a letter from your English-speaking pen friend John who writes:
… It’s difficult for me to get on well with my parents. They think that I spend too much time hanging around with my friends so we often argue about it. And what do you do when you disagree with your parents about how you spend your free time? Do you often meet your friends? What do you usually do together?
Oh, I’ve got to go now as I have to meet my sister from her music class. Drop me a line when you can.
Write a letter to John.
In your letter
— answer his questions
— ask 3 questions about his relations with his sister
Write 100 — 140 words.
Remember the rules of letter writing.
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Comment on the following statement.
Some people enjoy living in big cities whereas others find such a lifestyle really harmful.
Write 200 — 250 words.
— make an introduction (state the problem)
— express your personal opinion and give 2—3 reasons for your opinion
— express an opposing opinion and give 1—2 reasons for this opposing opinion
— explain why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion
— make a conclusion restating your position
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Раздел 5. ГОВОРЕНИЕ
— За 1,5 минуты нужно подготовиться и в следующие 1,5 минуты выразительно прочитать текст вслух — 1 балл.
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— 3 фотографии. Нужно выбрать 1 и описать ее по предложенному тут же в задании плану за 3,5 минуты — 7 баллов.
— 2 картинки. Нужно сравнить их, описать сходства и различия, объяснить, почему выбранная тематика близка выпускнику, за 3,5 минуты — 7 баллов.