1 Read the text below. Translate the highlighted words and expressions in the given context.
Dave: I read yesterday in the papers that three new state universities are opening soon.
Brian:Apparently, the government wants to increase the number of young people going to university. What do you think about that?
Dave:Personally, I think it’s a good idea. People should have a chance to go to university.
Brian: Maybe, but it seems to me that we need more people with manual skills, not more academics. And why haven’t we got those people? It’s the government’s fault.
Dave: You think that the government is to blamefor everything. But isn’t it a good idea, in principle, for more young people to have a better education?
Brian: Yes, I think education is an incredibly important issue, but the point is, what kind of education do we want young people to have?
Dave: If you ask me, that’s a wonderful thing. The youngsters will choose what to study based on their interests.
Brian:As far as I’m concerned, the university is not the only place where you can learn things. You can learn a lot without formal education if you know what I mean.
Dave: I believe that having new universities is opening new possibilities for personal improvement, and other ways of education are in the second place.
Word bank apparently – based on what you have heard or read What do you think about…? How do you feel about…? – asking about somebody’s opinion fault – mistake be to blame for – be responsible for in principle – in theory issue – a problem, a subject of discussion the point is – the most important part of what I’m saying If you ask me / As far as I am concerned – I personally believe If you know what I mean – I hope you understand
Rewrite the opinions using the words in brackets. The meaning must be
a) I think it will be difficult. (EASY) I don’t think it will be easy.
b) I think we should do something. (SEEMS)
c) What do you think about that? (FEEL)
d) I think we should help them. (OPINION)
e) It’s my fault. (BLAME)
Complete the sentences using the mentioned phrases.
a) As far as I am _________________, the most important thing is to find the right university.
b) We both agree on that, but the ____________ is, what are we going to do with the unemployed?
c) I think that climate change is one of the most important ______________ of the 21st century.
d) The manager is responsible for the delivery delay, so it is his ______________.
e) ______________, nobody wants to invest in education nowadays.
Give your opinion on the given issues using the mentioned phrases.
a) There will be more wars in future.
b) It is more expensive to live in a village than in the city.
c) Pop music is for kids.
d) CDs are not needed any more – you can download whatever you need.
e) Italian food is tasteless.
Circle the right word or phrase.
a) What do you think of/about my new car?
b) It is not your blame/fault.
c) It looks/seems to me that we need this.
d) Apparently/Personally, they made the wrong choice.
e) It is an important issue/opinion, but some talks are yet to be done.
in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in brackets:
(1) _________ (consist) of two ancient cities which (2) _______ (be)
now joined together. They ______ (be) the City of London, or ‘the
and the City of Westminster. Together they all _______ (make) up a
region known as Greater
______ (be) the biggest city in Britain and in Europe. It ________
(occupy) over 620
_______ (have) a population of 8 million people.
________ (be) over 100 theatres in London and 105 cinemas.
new Wembley Stadium _______ (be) the largest football stadium in the
_______ (take) 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, which ________
(open) about 1,000 times a year.
Ben ______ (have) the 13-ton bell inside the clock.
395 public libraries _________ (stock) 17 million books.
Brits _______ (lose) about 80,000 umbrellas every year on the London
_____ (be) over 30,000 John Smiths in Britain.
which ________ (flow) through London, has over 200 bridges and 20
tunnels. It ________ (be) a combination of four rivers.
_______ (can) hear more than 300 languages in the streets of London.
English _____ (be) tea
an Englishman __________ (drink) more tea than any person of any
other nation (over twenty times more than Americans).
I Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense, Present Simple, Present Continuous, Present Perfect:
Hi, Diane! I (1) ________________ (not see) you lately. What (2)
_______________ (you do) here? Diane: Hello, Tim! Well, I (3) ________________ (do) shopping. Tim: Oh, but you (4) ________________ (not like) shopping. Diane: Yes, that’s true. My brother (5) _______________ (have) a birthday party Tim: I see. (7) _____________ (you, want) me to help you choose the present?
Of course, Tim. That (8) ____________ (be) so nice of you.
Tim: It’s not a problem. I think that he (9) _______________ (like) art books so we can gp to the bookshop. Diane: Good idea! He (10) ______________ (wait) for me in the car, so let’s do it quickly!
II Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense, Past Simple, Past Continuous:
and I (1) ___________ (have) an unusual accident last summer.
(2) ______________ (be) on our honeymoon holiday in Paris. Everything
(3) __________ (be) great but on our way back, our plane (4)
______________ (not, show) up. We (5) ___________________ (wait) in
the airport lounge for some time when the voice
________________ (announce) the plane wasn’t ready to take
passengers. They (7) _________ (tell) us that the problem (8)
_________ (be) with our luggage. While we (9) ________________ (sit)
in the hall we (10) _______________ (think) how our holiday was
perfect except of this.
the verbs in brackets into correct tense expressing Future:
I have gained so much weight this year. I ____________ (go) on diet
is leading the race! He _______________ (win)!
film ____________ (start) at 8 o’ clock sharp. Don’t be late!
people in future ________________ (have) robots to help them around
(you, do) _________________ this weekend? Do you have any plans?
(plan) _______________ a wonderful winter holiday in the Alps.
don’t feel well. I (go) ______________ to bed now.
help) _______________ me with these books, Maria?
I can’t make it to the meeting. I’m sorry. ________________
(you, let) me know about the conclusions?
school year ___________ (start) on the 1st
the verbs in brackets into correct tense:
A: What (all those people, do) ____________________ in the middle of the street? B: They (make) ___________________ a movie. Most of the crowd (be) ___________ local people who (work) _______________ as extras. A: It (sound) _____________ fun. Maybe I (can) _____________ try it. Let’s go and ask!
year, Peter and Ann (want) ______________ to redecorate their
sitting-room themselves so they (choose) ______________ some yellow
paint for the walls.
usually (not, have) _______________ any breakfast but this morning
she (have) ______________ an omelet because she (be) ______________
When (the film, start) ___________________, Mickey?
B: I (be, not) _______________ quite sure. Just a second, Jill. I (check) ______________ it in the newspapers.
house next-door (be) ________________ full of policemen yesterday.
They (look) _________________ for some criminals, but they (not,
find) ________________ anybody suspicious yet. The thief (can)
____________ be anybody!
What (you do) ___________________ tonight? Any plans?
B: Not really. Just sleeping. I (have) ______________ such an awful day at work today.