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Unit 9 -revision

Grammar

  • Complete the sentences with the verbs from the box. Put them in the correct form: to-infinitive or the –ing

be    boast    enjoy    go    have (2x)   lie    live    lock    spend     study    travel     work

  • Jessica enjoys __spending__ her holidays in the countryside with her parents.
  • Freya is a bit absent-minded and she sometimes forgets ________________ the door when she goes to school.
  • Shelly is rather quiet and reserved but her twin sister Sheila is quite the opposite; she loves ________________ the centre of attention.
  • Noah wants ________________ in a big city when he grows up. He’d love ________________ a flat close to the city centre.
  • Josh doesn’t really like group work. He enjoys ________________ on his own.
  • I hope ________________ around the world one day.
  • Oscar’s family has just moved to a smaller house and he has to share his room with his younger brother. He really misses ________________ his own room.
  • Ruby can’t stand ________________ on roller coaster rides. She’s terrified of heights.
  • Liam doesn’t mind ________________ a lot during the week but he’d like ________________ himself more at the weekend.
  • Evie is so annoying. She never stops ________________ about the things her parents buy her.
  • Fill the gaps with the right preposition.
  • Nicky isn’t keen __on__ learning foreign languages.
  • Charlie is very good ______ baking and decorating cupcakes.
  • Daniel is useless ______ dancing.
  • Are you interested ______ making new friends and learning something new?
  • Class 6b is fond ______ singing.
  • Clare’s dad often worries ______ losing his job.
  • Thanks, Sophie, ______ sending me emails every day while I was ill.
  • Andy, I’m really looking forward ______ meeting your sisters.
  • Hurry up, please! I’m fed up ______ waiting for you all the time!
  • I’m so sorry ______ breaking your vase. I’ll buy you a new one.

 

  • Insert the correct active or passive form of the verbs in brackets.

What kind of love stories and poems 1would Shakespeare write (Shakespeare / write) if he 2________________ (live) in our times? We can only guess because a writer’s inspiration 3________________ (depend) on many different things.

William Shakespeare, the greatest English playwright, 4____________ (bear) in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, the third of eight children and the eldest of four sons. He 5________________ (probably / educate) at the local grammar school and it is assumed that he 6________________ (leave) it at the age of fourteen. Practically nothing 7________________ (know) about the following four years of his life. At 18 he 8________________ (marry) Anne Hathaway who was eight years older and pregnant with their first child, Susanna. Perhaps his first sonnets 9________________ (write) during this period. Two years later, Anne 10_______________ (give) birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet. Around 1585, the young father and husband 11________________ (disappear) from his home town. He probably 12________________ (go) to London, but there’s no record of him for the next seven years. Nobody 13________________ (know) whether he 14________________ (return) home for the burial of his only son, who 15________________ (die) at the age of eleven. In London he 16 ________________ (act) and 17________________ (write), but again there are few certain facts about this period of his life. He 18________________ (return) to Stratford a few years before his death in 1616.

He 19________________ (be) quite well-known during his lifetime but he 20________________ (become) world-famous in the 19th century. His 38 plays have been translated into many languages and performed in theatres all over the world.

READING

Read the text and complete the exercises.

Who’s watching?

In the past couple of decades, reality TV shows have become a part of our everyday lives. They surround us at every step. They appear in TV commercials, on magazine covers, large billboards and elsewhere, and everyone from children to grown-ups talk about them. Here are just a few of the most popular shows.

In Big Brother, the competitors live together in an isolated house for three months. They cannot speak to anyone outside of the house. There are cameras in the house and they record every move they make. Each week two competitors are selected and the viewers decide which one has to leave. The last competitor in the house wins a cash prize. The first Big Brother show was broadcast in the Netherlands in 1999 and it soon became very popular.

In Survivor, a group of people are isolated on a tropical island. They are divided into teams, called ‘tribes’. Each ‘tribe’ gets tools to build a shelter but they have to find their own food on the island. The players compete in different challenges. At the end of each episode one of them has to leave. The winner of the show gets one million dollars.

The X Factor is a music competition. The contestants are people who want to become pop singers. The “X Factor” refers to a characteristic that one needs to have to become a star. The prize for the winner is usually a recording contract. The show started in the United Kingdom but is now held in many different countries.

Jamie’s Kitchen is a British documentary television series. It follows celebrity chef Jamie Oliver while he trains a group of fifteen young people. If they complete the course, the contestants get a job at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen. This was a different kind of reality show because it offered young people without a job a chance to create a future for themselves.

 

  • Answer the questions.

 

  • Why are reality shows so popular? (2 reasons)

  • Where do the competitors live during the Big Brother show?

  • Where was the first Big Brother show recorded?

  • How are the competitors in Survivor grouped together?

  • Who gives food to the competitors in Survivor?

  • What kind of competition is The X Factor?

  • What is the prize in The X Factor?

  • What is Jamie Oliver’s job?

  • How many young people does he train?

  • What is the name of Jamie’s restaurant?

 

  • Match the words from the text with their Slovenian translations.
1        curiosity

2        advertisements

3        isolated

4        selected

5        broadcast

6        shelter

7        characteristic

8        contract

9        celebrity

a        pogodba

b        izbran

c         značilnost, lastnost

d        radovednost

e        ločen, izoliran

f          oglasi

g         znana osebnost

h        predvajati

i          zatočišče

 

VOCABULARY

  • Write two reactions to each sentence. Use too or enough and the words in brackets.
  • I didn’t read this novel to the end. (interesting / boring)

It wasn’t interesting enough.                                                                                                                      

It was too boring.                                                                                                                        

  • I can’t wear those trousers. (short / fashionable)

They _________________________________________________________________ .

They _________________________________________________________________ .

  • You aren’t allowed to watch this film. (young / old)

You __________________________________________________________________ .

You __________________________________________________________________ .

  • I don’t understand this exercise. (clear / complicated)

The instructions ________________________________________________________ .

The instructions ________________________________________________________ .

  • Could you help me get the blue book from the top shelf, please? (short / tall).

I _____________________________________________________________________ .

I _____________________________________________________________________ .

  • When we went to Stratford-upon-Avon the coach couldn’t take us to the city centre. (wide / narrow).

The streets ____________________________________________________________ .

The streets ____________________________________________________________ .

  • He isn’t happy with his laptop. (slow / memory)

It ____________________________________________________________________ .

It ____________________________________________________________________ .

  • You can’t dive in this part of the lake. (deep / muddy)

The water _____________________________________________________________ .

The water _____________________________________________________________ .

  • Could you open the windows, please? (hot / air)

It ____________________________________________________________________ .

There _________________________________________________________________ .

  • We can’t go on holidays this year. (busy/ money)

We ___________________________________________________________________ .

We ___________________________________________________________________ .

  • Complete the sentences. Use a word from the same word family as the word in brackets.                                                                
  • There was only one __survivor__ (survive) in yesterday’s terrible car crash on the motorway.
  • I want to go on holiday to a ___________________ (tropic) island.
  • Larry was chosen as the ___________________ (lead) of the negotiation team.
  • It was a difficult ___________________ (decide) to move to another country.
  • I felt a sudden ___________________ (weak) in my legs and grabbed a nearby chair to stop me from falling.
  • He was the main witness in the trial and was given police ___________________ (protect).
  • If you were a ___________________ (wealth) man, what would you do with all the money?
  • A lot of people believe that money doesn’t bring you ___________________ (happy).
  • Encyclopaedias are a great source of ___________________ (use) information.
  • I had a very close ______________ (relate) with my grandma.

 

  • Animal idioms. Match the idioms 1–10 with their explanations a–j.

 

1        a dark horse a        a person who likes to be alone
2        a lone wolf b        leave things as they are
3        go to the dogs c         tell a secret by mistake
4        let the cat out of the bag d        do things in the wrong order
5        donkey’s years e        suspect that something is wrong
6        get on one’s high horse f          a person who doesn’t talk about their interests and ideas, especially someone who has a surprising skill or quality
7        put the cart before the horse g         behave as if you’re better than others
8        rain cats and dogs h        rain heavily
9        smell a rat i          be destroyed, ruined
10    let sleeping dogs lie j          a very long time

 

1 f 2 _____ 3 _____ 4 _____ 5 _____ 6 _____ 7 _____ 8 _____ 9 _____ 10 _____

 

  • Write a meaningful sentence using each idiom in Exercise 3. Use a dictionary if necessary.
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Unit 8 – revision

Vocabulary

  • 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 store

2        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 services

b        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

 

Reading

Read the text and complete the exercise. 

Legendary Private Investigators

There are many novels and films about private investigators. Their methods of working are often very different from the ones used in real life and that is probably the reason why they are so popular.

Sherlock Holmes is an extremely intelligent and eccentric character created by Arthur Conan Doyle. He loves drawing conclusions from available facts. 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. At the end of the 19th century, when the stories were written, there were far fewer numbers in the real Baker Street. In the 1930s, number 221 appeared and at once people from all over the world started sending letters addressed to Sherlock Holmes. The house has become a museum to Holmes.

Hercule Poirot appeared in Agatha Christie’s novels written between 1920 and 1975. His most famous phrase is that one just has to use one’s little grey cells to solve a problem. He is very concerned with his appearance and is always elegantly dressed. His French surname means ‘like a pear’ and his figure matches it perfectly. His friend Captain Hastings, his secretary Miss Lemon and Scotland Yard inspector Japp appreciate his genius even if it is often a little bit annoying.

Miss Marple, another character created by Agatha Christie, may seem a harmless old lady, but she is as sharp as any other detective. Nothing in her home village escapes her notice. Even when she travels, she always gets involved in murder mysteries and she always finds out the truth. She isn’t married and she has a loving nephew.

Among the more modern PIs is Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, who first came to life in a novel by Caroline Graham in the 1980s. He works very hard and persists until he is absolutely sure who is guilty. His colleague, Sergeant Troy, is in many ways his opposite, but the pair work together well. The stories take place in the fictional town of Causton, England. Seven novels by Caroline Graham served as the basis for the early episodes of the famous Midsomer Murders TV series.

Another modern PI is Mma Ramotswe from No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, Africa. This traditionally-built lady has featured in over 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 while solving cases but there are also times for action which lead to great results.

Are the sentences true (T), false (F) or the information is not given in the text (NG)?

  T F NG
1        Sherlock Holmes isn’t a very successful detective.      
2        Lots of mail was sent to Sherlock Holmes in the past.      
3        Hercule Poirot likes pears.      
4        Miss Marple doesn’t live in a city.      
5        Miss Marple is in her sixties.      
6        Causton is a real English town.      
7        DCI Barnaby and sergeant Troy are very much alike.      
8        There is one story about Mma Ramotswe’s Detective Agency.      
9        Mma Makutsi helps Mma Ramotswe.      
10    Mma Ramotswe isn’t single.      

 

GRAMMAR

  • 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 who 3_________________   (give) me a book by Agatha Christie for my 12th birthday. 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 clients 8_________________   (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 and 13_________________   (manage) to find her. They got married. They 14_________________   (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.