Conversational practice

Exercise 50 a) While talking we use a lot of idiomatic expressions. Match a line in A with a line in B.

Model: -Hurry up, we’re late!

-Hang on a sec. I’m going to the loo.


a Sorry I’m late. I got held up in the traffic.

b Bye, Mum! I’m off to school now.

c Have you heard that Jenny’s going out with Pete Boyd?

d How long did it take you to do the homework?

e I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with this weather.

f Who was that I saw you with last night?

g I’m tired. I’m having next week off.

h Right! Let’s go for a ten-mile jog in the park!

i Let me buy you a drink.

j Shall we meet this afternoon at 3.00?

k What a fantastic coat! Was it expensive?


1. No, no. It’s my round. What would you like?

2. That’s a good idea. The break will do you good.

3. Me, too. I’m just longing for some sunshine.

4. Never mind. You’re here now. Come and sit down.

5. Ages. What about you?

6. It cost an absolute fortune!

7. Really? I don’t know what she sees in him.

8. Sorry. I can’t make it then. What about a bit later?

9. Take care, my love. Have a nice day!

10. You must be joking!

11. Mind your own business!

B) In pairs practice these flashes of conversations in your own dialogues.


Prefixes:trans-, inter-, re-, under-, sub -

Adjective suffixes: - ary, -ar, -ish

Noun suffixes: - dom, -hood

Exercise 51 Translate the words, paying attention to prefixes.

under - underline, undervalue, underdeveloped, undercharge, underpay, underground, underproduction, underestimate, understatement;

trans - transcontinental, transformation, trans-Siberian, trans-Atlantic, transplantation, transplant;

inter - international, interdepartmental, intermix, interact, interrelate, interdepend, Internet, interface, intercity, interplanetary;

re - rearrange, refurnish, remake, recopy, reread, resell, recover, refill, reappear, reorganize, re-examine, re-elect, re-unite.

sub - subtitle, subagent, suburban, submental, subsystem, subnormal, subsensible, subdivision, subordinate.


Exercise 52 Translate the adjectives.

a) Legend ary, revolution ary, moment ary, element ary, reaction ary, solit ary, milit ary, supplement ary, prim ary, prelimin ary, ordin ary, liter ary, disciplin ary.

b) Black ish, fatt ish, sweet ish tea, baby ish, Swed ish, Brit ish, fool ish, Dan ish, Scott ish, Engl ish, water ish eyes, book ish words, Anglo-Ir ish.


Exercise 53 Translate the nouns paying attention to suffixesdom andhood.

Kingdom, freedom, childhood, manhood, wisdom, officialdom, neighbourhood, parenthood, fairyhood, motherhood, brotherhood, girlhood.


Exercise 54 a) Give nouns of the same root.

Own, pay, exhibit, enter, admire, attract, mean, exclaim, discuss, build, found, silent, possible, different.

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