Ex. 7. Insert prepositions or adverbs where necessary

1. He has never been late before. I wonder whats happened him. 2. Its in human nature to hope the best. 3. We reached Boston late at night. 4. I applied my first job five years ago. 5. The young man just walked the general office of the company and asked a job. 6. On his way the room he shut the door him silently not to wake the sleeping child. 7. My earnestness made him look me sharply. 8. the end of the week the Colonel sent me and placed me charge the uptown rink. 9. Our employer always keeps an eye us. 10. I answered as quickly as I could get the words my mouth. 11. He has never been wrong. I have never doubted his conclusions. 12. Shall we go to the country some later train tonight? Its all the same me. 13. Id like to discuss the arrangements the party you. 14. The money will last them the end of November. 15. He met his friend the way home. 16. Everybody was excited the news. 17. He finished his drink, paid it and got up from his seat ready to go. 18. The girl threw the ball the dog and it brought it . 19. The train arrived on time and we got Victoria Station half past nine. 20. If you look a drop water in a microscope, you will see how full life it is.


Ex. 8. Explain the difference in meaning in these pairs of sentences.

1. I dont think you are very interested.

I dont think you are very interesting.

2. The problem with you is that youre bored.

The problem with you is that youre boring.

3. You arent very amusing.

You arent very amused.


Repeat the sentences that people do not like to hear about themselves. Then describe a situation or situations in which you might say the other sentences.

Model: I dont think youre very interested. (Perhaps I would say this if

I told someone a story and I could see that he or she wasnt


Ex. 9. Fill in the blanks with surprised or surprising.


1. When we came in she gave us a look. She didnt expect us back so early. 2. The story had a most .. end. 3. If his assistant was . at the question, he never showed it. 4. It is how quickly he learns things.

5. To tell you the truth, we were a bit to hear him say that he couldnt do without any help. 6. Theres really nothing about the incident; its what everybody expected to happen.


Ex. 10. Read the text and the words in capital letters below it. Change the form of the word so that it fits the numbered space. An example is given (0).

I saw a film last week that was not very (0) interesting. It was a comedy but it was not very (1) . But perhaps the real problem was not that the film was bad but that I was (2).. . The weather was very (3).. that day too. To add to my problems, I was (4) because I had just had some very (5). news. I had been hoping to get a very (6).. job that someone else got instead. In fact, I was very (7).. I didnt get it because I was (8).. that I had all the right qualifications. However, (9)things like this happen all the time, dont they? So why was I (10)?





Ex. 11. In groups or pairs, say one or two sentences about each of the following things.

1. Some news that you would find surprising.

2. What you do when you are bored.

3. Something which you have found boring.


Ex. 12. Recast the following sentences, using verbs instead of nouns. Make all the necessary changes.

1. Did you hear her say anything about the time of her return? 2. When I asked him for help I never expected to hear a refusal. 3. We had a feelingthat something unexpected might happen. 4. You gave me a surprisewhen you said that you had never heard the name of this writer before. 5 They quickly came to an agreement on all the questions. 6. He got excellent for his first exam; that was a good start. 7. I am afraid I dont exactly understand the meaning of your words. 8. If hes made a promise, you can be sure he will keep it. 9. After his explanation the grammar rule became quite clear to me. 10. Have you taken any decisionyet? 11. I cant give you a very good description of the place as I have been there only once. 12. I dont like your choice, the colour is too bright.


Ex. 13. Complete the following, using words and phrases opposite in meaning.


1. He never did anything to help. Thats where you are wrong, he . . 2. Can he keep a promise? Ive never known him one. 3. You may be sure that he istelling you the truth, he has never .. in his life. 4. Ive found the umbrella which I thought I . . It was behind the door all the time. 5. I am eager to buy at least one of his pictures, if he agrees . of course.



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