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UNIT 2 – revision



Complete the sentences with the right form of the verbs in brackets.

Use the present simple or the present continuous.

Beth never has (have) lunch in the cafeteria, she brings her own packed lunch.
It’s such a lovely day today that all our neighbours ________________ (have) breakfast outside.
A: What are you doing?
B: I ________________ (have) a rest.

A: I’ve just baked a new cake. Care to try it?
B: Mmm, it ________________ (taste) really sweet.

A: Have you seen the chef?
B: Yes, he ________________ (taste) desserts in the kitchen.

A: Where’s Mary?
B: She __________ (look) at some photos in her room.

A: What do you think of this dress?
B: Wow! You ________________ (look) fantastic in it.

A: Where’s Mrs Whitby?
B: She ________________ (see) her dentist.

I ________________ (not see) Winston every week, but every other week.
A: Are you planning to buy a new laptop soon?
B: I ________________ (think) about it, but I haven’t decided yet.

A: Do you know if Alison will buy one?

B: Yes, I ________________ (think) she’ll buy a Mac.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Use the present simple or the present continuous.

A: I saw Sam in the local pub the other day. 1Does he work (he / work) there?

B: Yes, he does. But I think he only 2___________________ (work) there twice a week. He 3___________________ (try) to save some money for his trip to Spain. He 4___________________ (go) there in August.

A: What 5___________________ (you / read)? Anything interesting?

B: Just an email from a friend of mine from Australia. She says she 6___________________ (come) to Europe for the summer.

My mum often 7___________________ (cook) for the whole family. There’s a lot of us, so she 8___________________ (buy) a lot of food. When she 9___________________ (make) a stew, for example, she 10___________________ (get) four pounds of meat, two pounds of potatoes and about two pounds of various vegetables. She also 11___________________ (bake) a cake for dessert. The food is delicious and we all 12___________________ (enjoy) the meal.

A: Why 13___________________ (the dog / bark)?

B: I 14___________________ (think) someone 15___________________ (try) to get into the house.

Beth 16___________________ (usually / not do) anything during the holidays. At the moment she 17___________________ (lie) in the sun looking at a magazine.

Complete the sentences with the right question tags.
Danny’s flat is number three, isn’t it?
It’s got a balcony, ________________?
His neighbours are called Winston and Lorina, ________________?
Danny doesn’t usually take the lift, ________________?
There isn’t a stadium behind his block of flats, ________________?
He works for Karim on Saturdays, ________________?
Beth has just bought some socks for Andy, ________________?
The Pringles’ parrot sang in a competition last year, ________________?
Danny read about him in the local newspaper, ________________?
Winston has just come into the shop, ________________?
I’m not too late, ________________?
Let’s listen to some music, ________________?
Please open the window, ________________? It’s rather stuffy in here.


Read the text and do the exercise.

Three cases of incredibly small spaces

In the developed world we usually think bigger homes are better. Why is that? So we can spend years working very hard to pay for them? In many developing countries, living space is so expensive that people spend a lot of money to live in very small places. But, necessity is the mother of invention. Read on to learn about three examples of extremely clever use of space.

She isn’t an architect, but Brazilian Helenita Minho designed one of the narrowest houses in the world. Her home is one meter wide at the front and two metres at its widest end. The building is a real house with 2 living rooms, a kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a veranda. Helenita lives there with a family of six and a dog. At first, city officials were against construction, but agreed to it in the end.

Living spaces in Hong Kong are very small. Gary Chang has transformed his tiny one-room apartment into an eco-friendly home where space is cleverly used. With walls that can move he can transform his apartment in 24 different ways. Mr Chang hopes his innovations can improve domestic life in Hong Kong.

In Beijing, it is almost impossible to find an apartment that doesn’t cost a lot. Dai Haifei, 24, learned this after he got a job in the city. As he couldn’t pay for a flat, he built an egg-shaped mobile house and parked it outside his office. The 2-metre tall egg was made of bamboo, waterproof materials and wood shavings. It even had a window and solar panels to produce electricity. Inside were a bed, a bookcase and a water tank. Living in the egg was easy, because Dai worked until midnight each day and came home only to sleep or relax. He showered at a nearby gym and ate at nearby restaurants. Sadly, on December 1, 2010 the authorities decided that any building without a permit must be removed. Two days later, the egg was taken away while Dai was working. He only said that he would sleep at a friend’s house that night.

Complete the sentences.

In the developed world we like ________________ houses and flats.
In the developing countries even small houses and flats can be very ________________.
Helenita Minho lives in a very ________________ house.
Her house has got ________________ rooms and a ________________.
Gary Chang is an ________________ from ________________.
He has got a very ________________ flat.
Dai Haifei built his egg-shaped house because he didn’t have enough ________________ to pay for a flat.
He used ________________ and some other materials to build the egg.
He came home at ________________ every day.
He couldn’t live in the egg any more because he didn’t have a ________________.


Read the descriptions and complete the crossword.

5 A place where lots of fruit trees grow

7 A piece of equipment that you use to do the washing-up

8 A piece of equipment which running water comes out of

9 An underground room for storing things like vegetables, wine etc.

10 The room where you cook


1 The room where you sleep

2 A wooden, metal or wire structure that marks the borders of a property, for example it goes around a house

3 A piece of equipment that you use to bake meat, cakes or biscuits

4 A piece of equipment that you use to wash dirty plates, pots and cutlery

6 A storage space located under the roof

Use an English dictionary to explain these words in English.
a cottage – ____________________________________________________________
a detached house – ______________________________________________________
a semi-detached house – _________________________________________________
a terraced house – ______________________________________________________
a block of flats – ________________________________________________________
a tower block – ________________________________________________________

Describing people. Complete the table. Look at the example.
Adjective Description Noun
1 friendly describes a person who is pleasant, nice and kind friendliness
2 creative
3 intelligent
4 helpful
5 sincere
6 reliable
7 loyal
8 modest
9 strong
10 insecure
11 arrogant

Write the adjectives that best describe these people. Look at the example.
a person who is happy and cheers other people up cheerful
a person who loves adventure _____________
a person who is always full of energy and never tired _____________
a person who is often lost in his thoughts and isn’t very down-to-earth _____________
a person who has a rich imagination and original ideas _____________
a person who talks a lot _____________
a person who makes difficult decisions very quickly and doesn’t hesitate _____________
an adult person who behaves like a child _____________
a person who has a lot of ambitions _____________
a person who respects other people _____________
a person who always knocks things over or breaks them _____________

UNIT 1 – revision


Make questions to ask about the underlined words.

  1. I’m looking for my keys. Have you seen them?         What are you looking for?
  2. Parents and children often argue about school work.

3 Sven usually talks to his mum in Swedish.

4 Evelyn waited for Luke for over an hour.

5 He insists on carrying her bags.

6 That book belongs to him.

7 The boys are looking at that brand new car that’s parked in front of the school.

8 Liz often dreams about becoming a famous rock star.

9 We must all agree with our chairman.

10 My great-grandfather came from Russia.

2 Insert the correct form – a, an, the or ø (zero article).
Liverpool is 1___a___ town in 2________ northwest of England. It lies on 3________ River Mersey. It is 4________ UNESCO World Heritage Site, like 5________ Great Wall of China and 6________ Pyramids of Giza in 7________ Egypt. As you may know, Liverpool is famous for two things: 8________ amazing pop group, The Beatles, and its football clubs. 9________ Liverpool is also 10________ important port. In 2008, the city was 11________ European Capital of Culture.

3 Insert the correct form – a, an, the or ø (zero article).

1 Our neighbour is a gardener. If you have a question about flowers, he’d be happy to help you out.
2 There was _______ knock on _______ door. I opened it and found ________ small strange-looking man in _______ blue overcoat and _______ woollen cap.
3 Have you ever been to ________ Philippines?
4 ________ sky is getting dark. I hope there isn’t going to be _______ storm.
5 Are John and Mary _______ cousins?
6 Is _______ Pacific _______ largest ocean?
7 Ankara is _______ capital of _______ Turkey.
8 A: What did you have for _______ breakfast?
B: Just _______ apple.
9 A: How do you go to _______ school?
B: On _______ school bus. And you?
A: Oh, I go on _______ foot. I don’t live very far.
10 Mont Blanc is _______ highest peak in ________ Alps.
11 Do ________ lemons contain a lot of ________ vitamin C?


Read the text and complete the exercise.
The Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk is the last of the three original Hard Rock Cafes in Los Angeles which is still open. And it is spectacular. It is also the biggest and there’s a big guitar outside the cafe.
The cafe is a big, open, round room. There’s a round bar at the centre of the room and a gold ‘57 Cadillac is placed over it. The cafe has two levels, full of things that once belonged to rock ‘n’ roll stars. The high walls are covered with black leather jackets, records, posters, electric guitars and clothes worn by rock/pop stars.
A huge electric guitar decorates the ceiling of the second level. And if you look closely, there are even more valuable objects in glass cases and elsewhere around the room. You can see the famous white sunglasses of Nirvana’s dead lead singer, Kurt Cobain, a karate outfit from Elvis, a black leather jacket worn by Elton John in his youth, the round glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon, the drum set Ringo Starr used just before he joined the Beatles, and a saxophone played by President Bill Clinton.
There is rock/pop music playing in the background all the time, as well as music videos playing on many TV monitors around the room. Service is excellent and prices are not too high, but the food is quite ordinary.
Adapted from:

Match the beginnings 1–10 with the endings a–j to make sentences.
1 The Hard Rock Cafe
2 The bar and the room
3 There are a lot of
4 There are also objects
5 You can see Kurt Cobain’s
6 You can see Elvis’s
7 The drums were
8 The saxophone is
9 You can listen
10 The food isn’t a karate outfit.
b in glass cases.
c very special.
d used by Ringo Starr.
e President Clinton’s.
f things on the walls.
g is very big.
h are round.
i white sunglasses.
j to music all the time.


1 Complete the sentences with the words from the box. You can use the words more than once.
anyone                      anything                       anywhere                            no one        nothing                   nowhere
1 I don’t want to talk to anyone right now.
2 He’s cleaning the house all by himself. There’s ____________ at home to help him today.
3 A: Are you going ____________ during the holidays?
B: No, I’ll just stay at home and take it easy.
4 How strange! There isn’t ____________ in these boxes. They’re all empty.
5 I’m new here. I don’t know ____________. I hope I’ll make new friends soon.
6 A: Can you tell me ____________ about our new teacher Mr Wight?
B: There’s ____________ to tell. I don’t really know him.
7 Life in this village is so boring. There’s ____________ to do and ____________ to go.
8 There was ____________ here to welcome us when we arrived yesterday.
2 Film and cinema vocabulary. Complete the sentences using the words from the box.
credits      director          dubbed         hit        low budget film       nominated for      reviews        screenwriter       subtitles       trailer

1 In Italy almost all English speaking films are dubbed, which means that we don’t hear the actors speaking English, but Italian.
2 Peter Jackson is the __________________ of The Lord of the Rings.
3 A __________________ is a person who writes film stories.
4 The critics gave The King’s Speech great __________________. They thought it was a wonderful film.
5 The lines of text at the bottom of the screen are called __________________.
6 If a film is very good, it may be __________________ different awards.
7 If a film is very successful, it is called a box-office __________________.
8 You can see the names of all the people involved in the making of a film in the __________________ at the end of the film.
9 In a __________________, the total production doesn’t cost a lot of money.
10 A __________________ is a preview that shows what the film is about.

3 Film and cinema vocabulary. Underline the correct word.
1 The Lord of the Rings films were filmed on place / location / site in New Zealand.
2 Natalie Portman took / won / had an Oscar for her appearance / performance / play in Black Swan.
3 I really dislike dubbed films. I prefer films with titles / subtitles / lines.
4 The Harry Potter films acted / appeared / starred Daniel Radcliffe.
5 The special effects / actors / make-up in this film are amazing. It’s just incredible what computer graphics can do nowadays.
6 They will act / play / shoot this scene in London at night.

4 Complete the sentences. Use a word from the same word family as the word in brackets.
1 I know the name of this painting (paint) is Nighthawks: Boulevard of Broken Dreams. But I can’t remember the name of the painter (paint).
2 Marilyn Monroe was an American _________________ (act). Her most ________________ (fame) film was Some Like it Hot.
3 People from Liverpool are _________________ (friend) and they are very _________________ (pride) of their city.
4 I believe that there’s a _________________ (possible) for all people to live _________________ (peace).
5 Liverpool was a port of great _________________ (important) in the 19th century.
6 Humphrey Bogart wasn’t ________________ (succeed) when he was acting in the theatre. His ________________ (succeed) came when he appeared in the movies. At the age of 40 he finally became a star.
7 Liverpool is called the UK Capital of Pop because a lot of _________________ (music) from this city have had number one hits.