Unit 8


Complete the sentences. Use a word from the same word family as the word in brackets.

  • The best detective novels always feature headstrong and gifted private investigators (investigate).
  • According to a well-known proverb, _____________ (honest) is the best policy.
  • He always twists the truth to suit his own needs. He’s such a skilled _____________ (lie).
  • Your sister is very popular. Do you know that she’s got two secret _____________ (admire) in our class?
  • It’s no use lying. Just tell the _____________ (true)! It’ll come out sooner or later.
  • Emma has been at our school for a year now but even her best friends don’t know very much about her private life. She’s very _____________ (secret).
  • Have you seen the ‘For _____________ (sell)’ sign on the Mayer’s house? It seems they’re moving but they haven’t said anything about it!
  • For _____________ (safe) reasons hard hats must be worn at all times in this part of the factory.
  • Unfortunately, many acts of _____________ (hero) from different wars, like those of the code talkers, have been forgotten.
  • Our school counsellors organize a series of workshops every autumn to prevent _____________ (violent) among students.
  • Certain verbs and nouns go together to make a short phrase. Put the expressions from the box into the correct column. Some expressions go in more than one column.

a bath       the bed       a cake       dark       an email       friends       good marks       home       homework       money       a nice time       notes       a party       a photo       a rest       a seat       someone a favour       the shopping       time off       the washing-up

make do get have take
a bath a bath      
  • Complete the sentences with expressions from Exercise 2.
  • I love window shopping with my friends but I’m not so keen on helping my parents to do the shopping on Friday afternoons.
  • I share my room with my older sister. She gets mad if I don’t __________________ as soon as I get up.
  • Could you __________________ and call my best friend? It’s urgent and my mobile has just died.
  • Our family is taking a mini-break at the seaside next week. We’re all very tired and we need to __________________.
  • The most depressing thing about winter is that it __________________ early in the afternoon. When it’s cloudy, it seems like there’s no daylight all day long.
  • Evie is such a lovely person, so open and easy-going. She’s very popular and she __________________ easily.
  • If you listen in class, participate in different activities and study hard, you’ll easily __________________.
  • When Chloe __________________ from school, she has to do some household chores and walk the dog.
  • It’s my birthday in three weeks’ time! I’m __________________ at my house. I’m going to invite lots of friends.
  • Students are expected to __________________ during lectures.
  • Match the words 1–12 with the explanations a–l.
1        chain store2        manager

3        shopkeeper

4        customer

5        store detective

6        cashier

7        basket

8        trolley

9        flea market

10    stall

11    craft fair

12    charity shop

a        a person who buys things or servicesb        a large basket on wheels that you can push or pull used for carrying things

c         a person who receives and pays out money in a shop

d        a person responsible for a large shop

e        a shop that sells things given by people to make money for a special cause or organization

f          a special table from which things are sold at markets

g        one of a group of shops owned by the same company

h        a market where you can buy old and used things cheaply

i          a person employed in a shop to make sure customers don’t steal anything

j          a container with handles for carrying things

k         the owner or manager of a small shop

l          an event where people sell objects they made themselves


Read the text and complete the exercise.

 Legendary Private Investigators

There are lots of famous detectives in books. They are probably so popular because they don’t always work in the same way as real-life detectives.

Sherlock Holmes is a very intelligent detective who was created by Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th century. He thinks about every detail and solves even the most complicated cases. In Doyle’s books the famous detective lives at 221b, Baker Street, London. There is a Sherlock Holmes Museum at this address today.

Another very clever character is Hercule Poirot. He appeared in Agatha Christie’s novels from 1920 to 1975. He is always elegantly dressed and he hates dust and disorder. His French surname means ‘like a pear’ and describes his figure nicely. His friend Captain Hastings, his secretary Miss Lemon and Scotland Yard inspector Japp think very highly of him although he is often a little bit annoying.

Miss Marple, another character created by Agatha Christie, is an old lady. She is very good at observing things and is also very bright. She lives in a small village most of the time. But when she travels, there are always murders which she helps to solve. She isn’t married and she has a nephew.

There are two more interesting investigators from the modern times. The first one, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, first appeared in a novel by Caroline Graham in the 1980s. He works with his colleague, Sergeant Troy, who is quite different from Barnaby. The stories take place in an imaginary town in England, called Causton. Seven novels by Caroline Graham served as the basis for the early episodes of the famous Midsomer Murders TV series.

The second one is Mma Ramotswe, a lady from Botswana, Africa. She has appeared in more than ten novels by Alexander McCall Smith. She has an assistant, Mma Makutsi, two adopted children, a gentle husband, who runs a garage, and lots of friends. Mma Ramotswe and her assistant often drink tea and talk in their office but they are very good at solving mysteries.

Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?

  T F
1        Sherlock Holmes can solve very difficult problems.    
2        Sherlock Holmes lived in a bakery.    
3        Hercule Poirot has got a lot of beautiful clothes.    
4        Hercule Poirot looks like a pear.    
5        Miss Marple lives in London.    
6        Miss Marple has got one child.    
7        Causton isn’t a real town.    
8        Sergeant Troy is like Inspector Barnaby.    
9        Lots of people watch Midsomer Murders.    
10    Mma Ramotswe is African.    


  • Insert the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

Reporter: Here I am with PI Chloe Burke who 1has taken (take) a few minutes of her time to speak to us. Hello Miss Burke. To start with, let me ask you how come you 2_________________   (decide) to become a private investigator?

PI Burke:    Well, I blame my uncle for that, really. It was he who3_________________   (give) me a book by Agatha Christie for my 12thbirthday. It 4_________________   (feature) Hercule Poirot as the main character. As soon as I started reading it, I 5_________________   (become) addicted to detective stories. I 6_________________   (dream) of becoming as famous as Poirot ever since.

Reporter: Are your cases as interesting as Poirot’s?

PI Burke:    I can’t say they’re as interesting as his, but they’re quite exciting. My work never 7_________________   (get) boring. My clients8_________________   (have) all sorts of requests and each case is different. I 9_________________   (admit) it can be quite hard at times, but I have to stay professional and can’t show my feelings although I feel like crying sometimes.

Reporter: 10_________________   (you / remember) your first case?

PI Burke:    Of course I do. You never forget the first one. It was ten years ago. A man 11_________________   (contact) me. He 12_________________  (try) to find his old girlfriend who had moved to another town some years before. He had tried everything to find her. He had even put an ad in the papers but there was no reply. Fortunately, I was luckier and13_________________   (manage) to find her. They got married. They14_________________   (send) me a thank you note every year.

Reporter: But not all cases end so happily, do they?

PI Burke:    No, they don’t. Some 15_________________   (not have) such a happy ending. But you need to learn to live with that.

Reporter: One last question. What 16_________________   (you / recommend) to kids who would like to become private investigators?

PI Burke:    Well, the most important thing is to be very observant and have an inquisitive mind. Always 17_________________   (ask) questions, 18_________________   (not be) satisfied with the answers people give you. And last but not least, trust your intuition.

Reporter: That’s great advice. Thanks for your time and good luck with your work.

  • Insert the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
  • If the weather __is__ (be) nice tomorrow, I __’ll walk__ (walk) to school.
  • Kate never leaves any shoes outside the house. If she ____________ (do), her dog ______________ (chew) them up.
  • I’ve been really tired lately. I ______________ (go) on holiday if I ______________ (have) some free time.
  • We can’t buy a new car. If we ______________ (buy) it, we______________ (use) all our savings.
  • Mother to a child: “If you _______________ (break) any more toys, Santa _______________ (not bring) you any new ones!”
  • Don’t worry. If you ______________ (catch) the 7.15 train, you_____________ (have) plenty of time.
  • I think you spend way too much time on the computer. If you _______________ (study) more, your grades ______________ (be) much better.
  • You look really sick. If I ______________ (be) you, I____________ (go) and see a doctor.
  • Complete the sentences with the correct form of must, have to, should, may or might. The Slovenian verbs in brackets will help you.
  • You spend too much money. You _’ll have to__ (moral boš) save some if you really want to buy an iPad.
  • Doctor says to a patient: You ____________ (ne bi smel) eat so much unhealthy food and you _____________ (moral bi) exercise more.
  • Children ____________ (morajo) obey their parents.
  • Sarah is travelling around Turkey; she ______________ (ni ji treba) have a visa.
  • I really _______________ (moral bi) do more exercise, but I just can’t find the time.
  • It’s really important that you finish this on time. You ______________ (ne smeš) forget.
  • I can stay a little longer. I _________________ (ni mi treba) go yet.
  • She’s ill. She __________________ (morala bo) stay at home.
  • I ______________ (mogoče) go out this evening. I don’t know yet.
  • You really must call your parents. They ____________ (mogoče ne bodo) allow you to stay out so late.
  • Translate the sentences into Slovenian.
  • They’ll move as soon as they find a suitable house.

Preselili se bodo, takoj ko najdejo primerno hišo.________________________________

  • When I finish my homework, I’ll go out to play basketball with my friends.

  • I want to be a cook in a good restaurant when I grow up.

  • What will you study when you finish secondary school?

  • Mr Hill will call you back as soon as he gets the message.


  • Translate the sentences into English.
  • Poklicala te bom, takoj ko pridem domov.

I’ll call you as soon as I get home._____________________________________________

  • Ko se naša rokometna ekipa vrne s prvenstva, bomo pripravili zabavo.

  • Kaj boš delal, ko končaš šolo?

  • Ko bom pomila posodo, bom odnesla še smeti.

  • Ko se bo moja mama upokojila, bo veliko potovala.

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