English 2

THE MIND (Vocabulary practice)

1 Collocations with ‘mind’. Study the examples.

  1. Oh, I forgot the key. Never mind! (to be concerned about, be troubled about )
  2. Mind the icy sidewalk! It’s slippery! (to be careful about )
  3. I can’t keep my mind on work. (the focus of thought, attention )
  4. The great minds of the past were Shakespeare and Homer, among many others. (a person considered as an intellectual being)
  5. I liked both dresses but I didn’t buy any of them. I couldn’t make up my mind. (to decide )
  6. The possibility of failure crossed your mind. But I had to go on with it. (occur to you, suggest itself )
  7. ‘Maybe we could celebrate tonight.’ ‘What did you have in mind?’ (propose, plan, think )
  8. Bear in mind that petrol stations are scarce in this area. (do not forget, be mindful )
  9. You must allow me to speak my mind. (say frankly what I think )
  10. Go away and mind your own business! (do not interfere )

2 Fill the gaps with ‘mind’ collocations.

  1. Once he _________ his mind to do something, there was no stopping him.
  2. _________ you don’t burn those sausages! Check them up!
  3. ‘Mike, I’m really sorry.’ – ‘ _________, it happens to me all the time.’
  4. It was a terrible fight. I just couldn’t stay away and _________! I had to phone the police.
  5. It was Helen’s 50th birthday so I wanted to throw a surprise party. Her not coming to the party _________ (not) at all!
  6. Politicians always _________ in debates. That’s why I just don’t like it!
  7. Henry couldn’t _________ the project. The phone was ringing, clients were coming in, he just couldn’t concentrate.
  8. ‘I plan to propose marriage to Tina, in a very unusual way.’ – ‘What do you _________?

3 ‘Study’ vocabulary. Fill the gaps.

learn study teach practice revise

  1. He is _________ Medicine because he wants to become a doctor.
  2. I’m just _________ for my History test tomorrow. I have a lot to cover.
  3. Silvia _________French in an elementary school.
  4. Students need to _________ maths a lot in order to pass the exam.
  5. I have been _________ English since I was 7 years old.

4 Read the statements and match them with the right word given in the box.

classmate examiner learner principal pupil coach graduate
lecturer professor tutor
  1. Someone who teaches at university.
  2. Someone who has a college degree.
  3. The head of a school.
  4. Someone who studies at primary or secondary school.
  5. The most important teacher in a university department.
  6. Someone who teaches one student or a very small class.
  7. Someone in the same class as yourself.
  8. Someone who trains a sports team.
  9. Someone who writes the question papers of an examination.
  10. Someone who drives but has not yet passed a driving test.

5 Underline the most suitable word or phrase.

  1. Jack decided to take a course/lesson in hotel management.
  2. Sheila always got good marks/points in algebra.
  3. After leaving school, Ann studied/trained as a teacher.
  4. Peter decided not to go in/enter for examination.
  5. My sister learned/taught me how to draw.
  6. I can’t come to the cinema. I have to read/study for a test.
  7. In History classes we had to learn a lot of dates by hand/by heart.
  8. I hope your work will improve by the end of the course/term.
  9. If you have any questions, raise/rise your hand.
English 2

Funny ha-ha: Vocabulary practice

I Fill in the blanks using the words given:

common countless gains awareness sitcom founded wipe off reminiscing
  1. I like many TV series, but my favourite __________ is “Man Behaving Badly”.
  2. Having an optimistic attitude towards life brings many positive _________.
  3. Adults don’t have much in _________ with children; kids laugh far more than grown-ups.
  4. BBC _________ many national TV series which later became an intenational success.
  5. Mr Bean has no __________ of his jokes and funny looks, which makes him even funnier.
  6. _______ that silly grin _________ your face, private! This is the army, not a pre-school!
  7. Eddy Murphy brought joy to ____________ people through his comedies.
  8. We used to sit and watch our high-school photos ___________ about the fun we had.

II Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the word in brackets:

Friends – My Favorite TV Show

  • Television today provides the _______ (VIEW) with not only information and ______________ (ENTERTAIN), but also with an important reason to sit down and spend a significant amount of leisure time in front of the TV – FUN. Among the many shows and movies, my favourite one is the US comedy “Friends”. “Friends” is a show about love, young people’s careers, and a period of their life when there is a ___________ (POSSIBLE) that unexpected and _________ (USUAL) things can happen. But most of all, it is about __________ (FRIEND); when you are young and single in the city, your friends are your family. The real story began when the main __________ (CHARACTER) were teenagers while _______ (SLOW) becoming a “family”. They went through ups and downs together and soon realized that _________ (LIVE) would not be the same if they hadn’t done it that way.
  • Between the stupid and _________ (FUN) things they do or say, stands the love, ___________ (INNOCENT) and sincerity of those people. This comedy touches every aspect of a person’s life at the ages of twenty-five to thirty years old; the trouble of building a new career, _________ (FINANCE) problems, the fear of making the wrong __________ (CHOOSE) in life, and the mistakes they all made in the past still trying so hard to correct. This is why I love “Friends”. Every person can find something about their own life when watching it, and can also find __________ (USE) and easy ways to maybe _________ (SOLUTION) their own personal problems.

III Fill in the blanks with a correct PREPOSITION:

  1. Only Fools and Horses is a TV series famous _____ their British humour and the actors are popular ______ audience all over the world.
  2. I’m not keen ______ comedies but I find Naked Gun hilarious.
  3. Alo, alo reminds me _______ some old French movies made somewhere in Provance.
  4. The Simpsons have beaten all TV records and made a contact _______ the viewers of all ages.
  5. I got fed _____ ______ things like Police Academy.
  6. I saw Jim Carrey _____ TV last night and I was impressed _________ his appearance.
  7. I am not quite sure _______ Ashton Kutcher, but I think he is more _____comedies than drama movies.
English 2

Judging by appearances (Reading + Vocabulary)

1 Read the text below and find out:

  1. the number of years Paul has been unemployed
  2. two things that create a good impression with many employers
  3. what Americans think of tall people
  4. what Americans think of physically attractive people
  5. the reason why attractive people do not always get the best jobs
  6. three things that make you look nervous
  7. where you should look at an interviewer in England.

  • Paul Smith is 25. He left university two years ago. He has been to twenty-five interviews and hasn’t found a job. However, he won’t change his appearance to try and get work. ‘This is the way I look. You can take it or leave it. People should look at my qualifications, not my hair,’ he says.
  • Unfortunately for Paul, first impressions are vital. For many employers, neat and tidy hair and smart clothes are as important as qualifications. An interview may last half an hour or more, but the decision to hire or not is usually taken in the first minutes, sometimes even before the interviewee has spoken.
  • So what factors contribute to that vital first impression? It varies a lot according to our culture. For example, in the United States tall people are considered more reliable and serious in business. Physically attractive people are thought of as warmer, kinder, more sociable and even more intelligent although they are not always as lucky as we think – some people think they are irresponsible and immature so they don’t give them the best jobs.
  • We can’t do much about our height or how good-looking we are but we can control our body language. For example, if you hang your head and play with your hair or hold your hand over your mouth you may seem nervous or dishonest.
  • It is also important to look in the right place. In Britain and America it is appropriate to look the interviewer more or less in the eyes. Unfortunately, people from some cultures can find this quite difficult because they do not look directly at strangers.


1 Find the (underlined) words in the text which mean:

  1. friendly, outgoing ______________________
  2. important, necessary, crucial _____________________
  3. insincere, false, untrustworthy ____________________
  4. fashionable, neat, chic ___________________________
  5. act as a factor, give support (money or ideas) ____________________
  6. not fully mentally grown or developed _______________________
  7. dependable, responsible, trustworthy ___________________

2 You have come across the adjectives with negative prefixes (DIShonest, IMmature, IRresponsible) in the text. Make the given adjectives negative by adding prefixes dis-, im-, il-, un-, ir-, in-.

  1. I’ll help you in a minute! Don’t be so ______________ (mature)!
  2. She never learnt to read or write, she was completely ________________ (literate).
  3. You’ve broken my favourite cup! How _____________ (responsible)! I’ll never find another one.
  4. Children tend to be ___________ (obedient) if there’s no one to teach them discipline.
  5. Sorry, Pete. That’s _____________ (correct). Anybody has got a correct answer?
  6. Those clothes are highly _____________ (acceptable) for the prom night. Go and get changed.
  7. I did all the work and she got all the credit for it. That’s so__________ (fair)!
  8. You paid $ 20 for a sandwich?! That’s ______________ (believable)! You must be joking!
  9. It’s ____________ (legal) to possess a gun if you don’t have a license for it.
  10. I wouldn’t say his sister is ______________ (attractive), I would just say that she doesn’t wear clothes that suit her figure.

3 Body idioms. Choose the correct part of the body from the list to fill the gaps in the idioms in italics in the sentence. There are two more words than you need.

arm feet hair legs nose back finger head neck tongue

  1. Her father says ‘Yes’ to everything she asks for. She can twist him round her little _____________.
  2. I wouldn’t get too friendly with John if I were you. He’s quite likely to stab you in the ______________.
  3. I stayed up and watched the late horror film on TV last night. It really was frightening. It made my ___________ stand on end.
  4. By the time children are sixteen or seventeen, they’ve learnt to stand on their own two ____________.
  5. I’d give my right ___________ for a ticket to the Olympic Games.
  6. As usual, I’ve got too much work to do, but I’m just about managing to keep my _____________ above water.
  7. The person sitting behind me was a real pain in the ____________. He talked all the way through the film.
  8. I can’t remember her name – it’s driving me mad – it’s on the tip of my ______________
English 2

Question tags practice

1 Fill the blanks with a suitable tag.

  1. David spends a lot of money on clothes, _________________?
  2. You haven’t done your homework, ___________________?
  3. Let’s go for a walk, ___________________?
  4. The employers were on a meeting yesterday, __________________?
  5. She won’t be here on time, _________________?
  6. You spent the day with your boyfriend, _______________?
  7. They’ll invite us, _________________?
  8. Sam has a new bike, ________________?
  9. I’m fine now, __________________?
  10. All the boys made a mess, _______________?
  11. It wasn’t so cold yesterday, ______________?

English 2

Reported Speech – Paraphrasing Practice +Key

Rewrite the sentences in indirect speech using the verb given! Add prepositions where needed.

  • “Milli Vanilli lip-synched all the time,” the manager said. ADMITTED
  • “I will call you back” she said. OFFERED
  • “You lied to me” he shouted. ACCUSED
  • “You should see that play,” Peter said. RECOMMENDED
  • “We are the best team in the championship,” the player said. BOASTED
  • “Don’t believe him,” my mother said. WARNED
  • “Let’s go swimming,” he said. SUGGESTED
  • “Shall I help you?” the gentleman said. OFFERED
  • “I’m sorry I’m late,” the student said. APOLOGIZED
  • “You let him fall,” she said. BLAMED
  • “Stop talking at once!” the teacher said. ORDERED
  • “Your essay is not good enough.” she said. COMPLAINED/ABOUT
  • “You should try harder” my teacher advised. SUGGESTED
  • “You mustn’t talk during the exam!” the examiner said. FORBADE
  • “Please, don’t play the drums while your sister is sleeping.” my mother said. ASKED
  • “It’s a very delicate case.” the detective said. EXPLAINED
  • “Please, please, don’t kill me.” the hostage said. BEGGED
  • “Stop the car or I’ll start screaming.” she said. THREATENED
  • “I didn’t sell you car.” George said. DENIED
  • “You never listen to me.” Susan said. COMPLAINED
  • “I’ll be more careful next time.” Simon said. PROMISED
  • “You shouldn’t try it once more.” my friend said. DISCOURAGED
  • “No, I won’t tell you the answer.” he said. REFUSED


  • ADMITTED The manager admitted that Milli Vanilli lip-synched all the time. /The manager admitted (to) Milli Vanilli’s lip-synching all the time
  • OFFERED She offered to call me back.
  • ACCUSED He accused me of lying to him.
  • RECOMMENDED He recommended seeing that play.
  • BOASTED The player boasted about being/playing in the best team in the championship.
  • WARNED My mother warned me not to believe him.
  • SUGGESTED He suggested going swimming./He suggested that we go swimming.
  • OFFERED The gentleman offered to help me.
  • APOLOGIZED The student apologized for being late.
  • BLAMED She blamed him/her for letting him fall.
  • ORDERED The teacher ordered me/us to stop talking at once.
  • COMPLAINED/ABOUT She complained to me about my essay not being good enough.
  • SUGGESTED My teacher suggested my trying harder./ The teacher suggested that I try harder.
  • FORBADE The examiner forbade us to talk during the exam.
  • ASKED My mother asked me not to play the drums while my sister was sleeping.
  • EXPLAINED The detective explained that it was a very delicate case.
  • BEGGED The hostage begged me not to kill him/her.
  • THREATENED She threatened to start screaming if I didn’t stop the car.
  • DENIED George denied selling/having sold my car.
  • COMPLAINED Susan complained that I never listen to her. OR
  • Susan complained to me about my never/not listening to her.
  • PROMISED Simon promised to be more careful next time.
  • DISCOURAGED My friend discouraged me from trying it/that once more/another time.
English 2

Word Formation Practice 1

  1. A: What is the _______ of the Big Ben? (HIGH)
  2. B: I am not sure but perhaps it is more than fifty meters.
  3. My grandparents have great experience and life _______. (WISE)
  4. Don’t go there if you are _______ of mice. There are thousands of mice there. (FEAR)
  5. Don’t be too _______ of her decision. She hates it! (CRITICISE)
  6. My boyfriend is a very _______ person. He will never give up and keep on fighting to win. (PERSIST)
  7. The ______ of all flights was due to the bad weather. (CANCEL)
  8. Joe has great _______ in himself. That is why he never gives up easily. (CONFIDE)
  9. Out of our sheer _______, we started making up silly stories. (BORING)
  10. She is just _______ of mine. I don’t know her well. (ACQUAINT)
  11. It has been snowing all night so there is a great ______ that there all tomorrow’s flights will be cancelled. (LIKE)
  12. You may use this computer and this mobile phone whenever you want. It is at your _______. (DISPOSE)
  13. The negotiations have proven more _______ than any of us expected. (TROUBLE)
  14. Marlene Dietrich was _______ through her roles in films like ‘The Blue Angel’.(MORTAL)
  15. He was _______ in 1965 for attempted murder.(PRISON)
  16. I can’t get the _______car to start! (BLEED)
  17. He stopped at a bar for a little _______.(FRESH)
  18. Although they said nothing, she could sense their _______ of her suggestion. (APPROVE)
  19. I love spending time in a _______ regions. (MOUNTAIN)
  20. It was _______ not to phone and say you’d be late. (THINK)


  • 1.HEIGHT
  • 2.WISDOM
  • 13. immortalized
  • 16. bloody
  • 17. refreshment
  • 18. disapproval
  • 19. mountainous
  • 20. thoughtless

Writing Connectors (introduction)

  • If you want to make your writing easier to read and more eloquent, using the connectors in the correct places is a must. Start using connectors to give your writing more flow and more style. Different types of connectors are used according to the logical relationship they establish between one sentence and another. Also known as conjunctions, these linkers can express contrast, cause, purpose, consequence, addition, and exemplification.


  • Although/ though/ Even though + full sentence +comma / Even so+ comma
  • In spite of/ despite + noun or –ING
  • Despite the fact that…
  • However/ Nevertheless + comma
  • On the one hand/ On the other hand + comma
  • In contrast to/with
  • As opposed to…
  • On the contrary + comma
  • Alternatively + comma
  • Instead of + -ING
  • The former/ the latter (only with 2 components)
  • Conversely+ comma
  • While/ Whereas + full sentence
  • But/Yet + full sentence or –ING Example: The book is short, YET it is interesting / The book is short YET interesting .


  • As well as + -ING
  • Apart from this / that + comma
  • Also (at the beginning + comma/ before the main verb)
  • Too (at the end of a sentence)
  • Besides + comma
  • Additionally + comma
  • What is more + comma
  • On top of that + comma
  • Furthermore / Morever (after giving various reasons)
  • In addition to + – ING


  • One such example is …
  • Such as …
  • In other words + comma
  • That is to say …
  • One instance could be …
  • For example / for instance


  • First of all / Firstly + comma
  • To begin with + comma
  • Once /as soon as + full sentence. Ex. Once you have finished studying you can go to the park
  • Secondly + comma
  • Later/ after that / afterwards + comma
  • Then / next + comma
  • Meanwhile/ in the meantime + comma
  • Now that + full sentence. Ex. Now that you have finished studying you can go to the park.
  • All of a sudden / suddenly + comma
  • Eventually/ finally/ in the end + comma


  • To infinitive
  • So that / in order that + full sentence
  • In order to /so as to + infinitive


  • As a result/ consequently/ accordingly/ as a consequence + comma
  • Therefore + comma
  • For this /that reason + comma
  • So / that is why/ because of this/ that + comma
  • With this in mind + comma
  • On account of the fact that + full sentence
  • Bearing this in mind + comma
  • Taking this into account + comma


  • Because of / on account of + full sentence
  • Owing to / due to + -ING / noun
  • In view of/ in the light of + -ING/ full sentence
  • Given that + comma


  • My own view of this is …
  • My personal opinion …
  • Speaking personally + comma
  • It seems to me that…
  • For my part + comma
  • As I see it + comma
  • I feel strongly that …
  • I believe …


  • It is often said / asserted/ claimed that …
  • It is a well-known fact that…
  • For the majority of people …
  • One of the most striking features/ aspects of this issue/ topic…
  • By way of introduction …


  • In summary + comma
  • In brief + comma
  • In short + comma
  • To sum up + comma
  • All in all + comma
  • In conclusion to be brief + comma
  • On the whole + comma
  • Basically + comma


  • That is to say + comma
  • To clarify + comma
  • To rephrase it + comma
  • In other words + comma
  • That is + comma


  • In the same way + comma
  • Likewise + comma
  • Similarly+ comma
  • Compared with + -ING / full sentence
  • In comparison with + -ING/ full sentence


  • Indeed + comma
  • Undoubtedly / without doubt + comma
  • In fact + comma
  • Certainly+comma
  • By all means + comma
  • Surely + comma


  • In particular +comma
  • Particularly + comma
  • Specifically + comma
English 2

E2 Test 1 Practice 2

I.1. Turn the sentences into passive:

  • 1. They can’t speak Italian during the conference.
  • 2. We are introducing a new method of teaching.
  • 3. Do you clean your flat regularly?
  • 4. People will never forget the Second World War.
  • 5. Peter has called her for a drink.
  • 6. I took the wallet from the desk.

I.2. Combine the two sentences to make ONE. Use a relative pronoun:

  • Helen works for a company. It makes furniture.
  • The film is about a young boy. It made a huge success.
  • The police have caught the man. He stole my neighbour’s car.
  • Barbara decided to move to Belgrade. She always wanted to live in the city.
  • James didn’t phone me last night. It is quite strange.
  • My sister lives in Germany. She is a veterinarian.

I.3 Supply the blanks with the appropriate question tag:

  1. He’s doing his best, ___________________?
  2. They don’t have much money, ______________________?
  3. Don’t disturb me till 4, ______________________?
  4. You can see that house, _____________________?
  5. She made a cake, ___________________?
  6. Let’s go for a drink, ______________?

I.4 Choose the correct participle to complete the sentences.

  • worrying/worried
  • confusing/confused
  • interesting/interested
  • surprising/surprised
  • frightening/frightened
  • tiring/tired
  1. I was really _________________ when John appeared at the door with the present for me.
  2. Don’t be so _________________. You’ll certainly pass the exam.
  3. His speech was so _________________. I didn’t understand a word.
  4. Can you think of anything _________________ to say or you’ll keep talking nonsense?
  5. The children are __________________ by wild animals.
  6. I was so _____________ last night, I went straight to bed.

II Vocabulary

II.1. Complete the sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in brackets:

  1. Football ___________ (support) sometimes can be real vandals.
  2. I like all gadgets, but some are totally ___________ (use)! I don’t know what to do with them.
  3. Teachers work hard to _____________ (education) their students.
  4. We were not ______________ (information) on time about the annual meeting.
  5. Sylvia dances _____________ (beauty). I like to see her dance.
  6. I had a serious ____________ (difficult) when I wanted to register online.

II.2. Fill in using ONE word only:

  1. Scientists say that cars are guilty of the air ____________ and all bad things about it.
  2. We all have busy business _____________ and sometimes forget to laugh.
  3. We have some premonitions about bad things, but we can never find ____________ for that.
  4. If you want to meet some _______________, you must be very persistent. As all popular people, they usually hide from the public eye.
  5. David Thomas _____________ all his maths exams and left school without qualifications.
  6. All students learn by doing ______________ tasks, although theory is important too.

II.3. Give the synonymous words or the expressions for the given words/expressions:

  1. random
  2. humble
  3. contagious
  4. chance
  5. afford
  6. sitcom

II.4. Circle the word which best fits the blank space:

  • 1. If you want to memorize things, try to ___________ them to some familiar people or places.
  • A) link B) think C) put D) remember
  • 2. Oh, you are so disturbing. Go away and ___________ your own business!
  • A) mind B) see C) watch D) look
  • 3. We must say that some good inventions still have many ________________.
  • A) disadvantages B)unpopularity C) opinions D) results
  • 4. My husband is __________ with gadgets of all kinds. He loves them!
  • A) full B) hooked C) obsessed D) adoring
  • 5. A smile helps you to exercise your facial _____________.
  • A) muscles B) frowns C) lips D) parts
  • 6. What football club do you _____________?
  • A) defend B) support C) encourage D) yell for
English 2

E2 Test 1 Practice

I Grammar

I.1. Turn the given sentences into passive:

  • 1. He can wash the car tomorrow.
  • 2. The worker is repairing the bridge.
  • 3. You broke the vase unexpectedly.
  • 4. The students make projects once in a semester.
  • 5. Have you locked the door before I went out?

I.2. Combine the two sentences to make ONE. Use a relative pronoun:

  • 1. It is a novel. It takes place in Atlanta.
  • 2. That is the magazine. It arrived yesterday morning.
  • 3. My younger sister is interested in art history. She will enrol at the Faculty of Philosophy.
  • 4. London is a great city. Many famous people live there.

I.3. Supply the blanks with the appropriate question tag:

  1. They’ll invite us, _________________?
  2. Sam has a new bike, ________________?
  3. I’m fine now, __________________?
  4. All the boys made a mess, _______________?
  5. It wasn’t so cold yesterday, ______________?

I.4. Choose the correct participle to complete the sentences.

  • Charming/charmed disappointed/disappointing interested/interesting broken/breaking excited/exciting
  1. You must pay for the _______________________________window.
  2. My little sister was very ­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________. It was her first time to visit the Zoo.
  3. Carroll is a ______________girl. Everybody likes her.
  4. We have heard very ________________news. The whole family was in shock.
  5. If anybody is ___________________in documentary films, please ask for further information.

II Vocabulary

II.1. Complete the sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in brackets:

  1. You need to _______________________with money. You will not always be so fortunate. (ECONOMY)
  2. _____________________ between people should always be decent.(COMMUNICATE)
  3. We must _________________our teachers to the prom. Students always do that. (INVITATION)
  4. The film was full of ____________________crime scenes. (VIOLENCE)
  5. If you want to feel ________________ in your own home, play some music and draw the curtains. (PLEASE)
  6. His _____________________to apply for the job was unexpected. (DECIDE)

II.2. Fill in using ONE word only:

  1. Even if Smith’s next film is a flop, he is ___________________.
  2. For a good tennis match, you just need a racket and some balls. Take your best friend to the right place – tennis __________ and have some fun!
  3. The average pre-schooler laughs 400 times a day. That number ________ to only 15 times a day by the time people reach 35.
  4. The internal combustion ________, which the car cannot do without, is rated as one of the worst inventions of all time.
  5. The possibility of a failure ___________ my mind for a second, but I moved on and didn’t think on bad things.
  6. Many sportsmen are very ___________ so they do funny things such as touching the ground or making silly movements to bring good luck.

II.3. Give the synonymous words or the expressions for the given words/expressions:

  1. witty ___________________________
  2. bizzare _________________________
  3. scar ____________________________
  4. recall ___________________________
  5. athlete __________________________

II.4. Circle the word which best fits the blank space:

  • You need a great level of ______________________ in order to be successful.
  • A) commitment B) know C) money D) laziness
  • Sportsmen who get caught cheating are usually __________ from further competitions.
  • A) banned B) removed C) quit D) defeat
  • The __________ murderer was arrested and taken to prison to wait for the trial.
  • A) home-made B) king-sized C) cold-blooded D) fat-free
  • At the end of a tiring journey, John was ___________ starving since he didn’t have time to eat.
  • A) very B) absolutely C) rather D) really
  • When I saw the girl I was in loved with, I ________ with embarrassment and ran away.
  • A) nodded B) fainted C) blushed D) trembled

III Comprehension

III. 1 Read the text and find the answers to the questions:


Urban legends or modern legends are stories or gossips, which seem to be true and are either published in the media, the Internet or told among people. They are usually very exciting and their fascinating subject matter provokes the listeners to retell it further. They can be local, but usually aren’t – they concern well-known people and common things, that’s why they can spread among the whole country or even abroad. They can have many different variants.

Usually anonymous and seemingly very probable, urban legends concern everyday life and important matters such as food or security. Many people still believe that a famous drink, Coca-cola contains cocaine, or that a microwave, if not used properly, can explode.

A belief that shaving and cutting hair makes it grow thicker and darker is also a misconception.

Some more familiar legends try to convince us that there is a monster in the Loch Ness Lake in the UK, and every now and then people say that they have seen or taken photos of the famous monster. It is good for tourism, of course, but no one proved the legend true. Another legend concerning animals is that there are alligators beneath the streets of New York which live completely hidden from the human eyes.

Although many people believe in these stories, all of them have a rational explanation which makes urban legends just nice, unusual myths.

  1. Urban legends make people…
    1. worry too much about their security.
    2. tell them further on.
    3. provoke them to investigate on the Internet.
    4. invest in tourism.
  1. The authors of urban legends are…
    1. unknown people.
    2. celebrities.
    3. people who work in the media.
    4. writers.
  1. Some people think that Coca-cola …
    1. contains drugs.
    2. can explode in a microwave.
    3. makes your hair thicker.
    4. is made in New York.
  1. The Loch Ness Monster …
    1. lives beneath the streets of New York.
    2. can take photos.
    3. is, in fact, an alligator.
    4. attracts new visitors.
  1. All urban legends…
    1. can be logically explained.
    2. are bizarre myths.
    3. are hidden from the human eyes.
    4. refer to urban areas only.
English 2

Practice 1 (Vocab/grammar)

I Vocabulary. Use the right word:

  • 1. What is your favourite ___________?
  • A) meal B) dish C) lunch D) diet
  • 2. Before cooking, you must _________ the potato.
  • A) peel B) stock C) mash D) roast
  • 3. Women speak more and they are very ___________ in speech.
  • A) fluent B) fluently C) talkative D) gossiping
  • 4. All men should do their share of the _____________.
  • A) housework B) business C) ironing D) cleaning
  • 5. Telling a lie, and especially being caught out, seems to make a very strong ________ on us.
  • A) impression B) deceive C) cheat D) aggression
  • 6. If you are well-educated you have a good chance to get __________ with your lies.
  • A) along B) gone C) over D) away
  • 7. I can’t remember her name it’s on the tip of my ________.
  • A) feet B) arm C) language D) tongue
  • 8. Attractive people are sometimes considered ________.
  • A) illiterate B) dismature C) uncorrect D) irresponsible

II Express wishes for the given statements:

  1. I’m too tall for my age.
  2. It’s a shame we don’t have a DVD.
  3. Oh, it’s raining again!
  4. Don’t shout all the time, it’s annoying!
  5. I broke my favourite vase.
  6. She was late for the film last night.

III Turn the given sentences into indirect speech:

  1. “I am grateful to you for your kind words.”
  1. “Have you ever been to Japan before?”
  1. “Don’t just stand there!”
  1. “She speaks Italian a little and some good French, too.”
  1. “Sit here, please.”
  1. “Where does Tom Barnes live?”
  1. “Sam always wanted to build a treehouse and he will do that once.”
  1. “I can’t do that, I am very busy.”
  1. “Where is the post office?”
  1. “I know you are lying to me about the project.”