1. Complete the sentences with the verbs below. Remember to use the correct form of the verb.
browse come up with get lose prescribe run
1 He …………………….. 10 kg during his trip to Antarctica.
2 Yesterday, my friend …………………….. a great idea for how to raise money for our club.
3 My mum’s got a new car and it …………………….. on biofuel.
4 If you’ve got a smartphone, you can …………………….. the internet wherever you are.
5 My sister always …………………….. a good deal when she goes shopping for clothes.
6 Last month, a doctor …………………….. some medicine for my headaches.
1 lost 2 came up with 3 runs 4 browse 5 gets
2. Complete the definitions using the verbs below.
apologise challenge comfort complain
encourage enquire entertain inform
persuade recommend warn welcome
1 If you …………………….. somebody (about something), you tell them about a danger.
2 If you …………………….. to somebody (about something), you tell them why you are unhappy about it.
3 If you …………………….. (for something), you say that you are sorry.
4 If you …………………….. about something, you ask questions about it.
5 If you …………………….. something (to somebody), you say why it is good.
6 If you …………………….. somebody (to do something), you make them feel more confident about it.
7 If you …………………….. somebody or something, you say you are happy about their arrival.
8 If you …………………….. somebody (about something), you tell them facts about it.
9 If you …………………….. somebody, you invite them to compete with you.
10 If you …………………….. somebody, you try to make them feel better when they’re sad.
11 If you …………………….. somebody (to do something), you say things which make them want to do it.
12 If you …………………….. somebody, you keep them amused and interested.
1 warn 2 complain 3 apologise 4 enquire
5 recommend 6 encourage 7 welcome 8 inform
9 challenge 10 comfort 11 persuade 12 entertain
You will sometimes have to identify the intentions of the speaker (e.g. to persuade, to warn, to inform, etc.). Listen for phrases such as I think you should, be careful to, I’m going to tell you about … that give you a clue to the speaker’s intentions.
3. Read the Listening Strategy. Then listen to six speakers. What are their intentions? Complete the sentences with the -ing form of verbs from exercise 2.
1 Speaker 1 is ………………………….. a group of tourists.
2 Speaker 2 is ………………………….. to a friend.
3 Speaker 3 is ………………………….. about a museum.
4 Speaker 4 is ………………………….. a friend.
5 Speaker 5 is ………………………….. a friend.
6 Speaker 6 is ………………………….. in a hotel.
1 warning 2 apologising 3 enquiring
4 comforting 5 encouraging 6 complaining
1 As you go walking in the mountains today, be very careful. The weather forecast isn’t good and if you don’t know this area well, it’s very easy to get lost . You must complete your walk before it gets dark. It’s really dangerous to be in the mountains at night.
2 I know … I know. It’s 8 o’clock, I said I’d be here at 7. I’m so sorry – I left home late, and then the bus was full and I had to wait for the next one. And I couldn’t call you because I’d left my phone at home! I’m really sorry.
3 Oh hello. I was just wondering – I don’t know if you can help me – but do you know what time the museum closes? I mean the museum of modern art, in the city centre? Only this is our last day here and I don’t want to miss it. Is it open in the evening?
4 I heard about your accident. You poor thing. It must hurt a lot. I broke my ankle once and it was so painful! And it means you can’t go skiing next week. Oh, how annoying! Look, if there’s anything I can do, tell me. I could come over and keep you company, if you want – we could watch a DVD together or something.
5 Don’t be nervous about the final. You’re a great tennis player. Just play your natural game and you’ll be fine. And remember to enjoy it too. We’re already proud of you, win or lose. So just relax and I’m sure you’ll do really well.
6 No, I’m afraid everything is not OK. For a start, I ordered chicken – this isn’t chicken. I’m not sure what it is, but it isn’t chicken. Also, this water tastes funny. Or maybe the glass isn’t clean. Anyway, I can’t drink it. For a five-star hotel restaurant, this really isn’t good enough.
4. Read the questions below. Then listen to the speakers and circle the correct answers.
1 The speaker’s main aim is to
a welcome people to a special event.
b complain about problems with a new car.
c enquire about a new model of car.
2 The speaker’s main aim is to
a inform somebody about a new laptop.
b recommend buying a new laptop.
c apologise for damaging somebody’s laptop.
3 The speaker’s main aim is to
a persuade people to invest money.
b challenge people to invent a better product.
c thank people for helping to develop a fantastic product.
4 The speaker’s main aim is to
a describe a machine to her students.
b warn her students to be careful.
c challenge her students to do better than her.
5 The speaker’s main aim is to
a recommend that viewers buy a new type of TV.
b inform the viewers about a new type of TV.
c warn views not to buy a new type of TV.
1 a 2 b 3 a 4 c 5 b
1 Good evening everybody and thank you for coming to our special event at this amazing castle. It’s wonderful to see so many people here for the launch of our new car, the Model TX3. Later, we’ll give you lots of information about the vehicle and you’ll have the chance to speak to our engineers and ask questions. But for now, just relax, get a drink and enjoy this spectacular venue for a while!
2 I’ve had a look at your laptop, but I’m afraid it’s bad news. If I you look here, you can see where the water has damaged the inside of the laptop. You can’t repair damage like that, I’m afraid. You can replace all of these parts, but that will cost a lot of money. My advice would be that you just buy a new laptop. I’m sorry, but there’s nothing else I can suggest.
3 This new type of battery is going to make it far quicker and cheaper for people to recharge their smartphones. The technology works, and it was discovered right here in our laboratories. All we need to do is find enough funding to develop our product. And that’s where you come in! You can help us raise the $5 million we need to turn this brilliant idea into reality. We believe we’re offering you a fantastic opportunity because these new batteries really are an improvement on what is available today.
4 So, this is a little machine I made at home. As you can see, it’s got wheels, like a little car. And it is powered by one small battery. I tested it three times and my best distance was eight metres and twenty centimetres. Now, this is what you have to do. In your teams, you have to design and build a machine that is powered by the same type of battery as my machine. How far can it travel? Can it beat my distance of eight metres twenty? That’s your mission. Good luck!
5 This is the new 3D television with ultra high definition and surround sound. It’s a smart TV – which means it has internet access, so you can stream films and TV programmes straight from the web. You can also use it for browsing the internet, although personally, I find it much more difficult to use than a normal computer or even a smart phone. But for watching films and TV, it really is amazing. I’m not a fan of 3D myself, but the ultra high definition is spectacular. And considering it’s the most advanced TV on the market, the remote control is amazingly simple to use.
If you do not know the answer to a question, leave it and go on to the next one. You will be given the chance to listen again.
5. Read the Strategy. Then listen to the dialogue and choose the correct answer (A-C).
1 What’s the prize for the design competition this year?
A A money prize of £50.
B A visit to a fashion show.
C Some new clothes.
2 What is Sally’s problem?
A She doesn’t think her design is very fashionable.
B She can’t think of any new ideas for her design.
C She has sold all of her new designs to friends.
3 When does Sally need to enter the competition?
A Next week.
B In a few days.
C In July.
4 Sally has looked for some ideas
B at school.
C at a fashion show.
5 Sally likes Jake’s suggestion of designing
A a dress.
B a jacket.
C some sports shoes.
1 True 2 False 3 True 4 False 5 False
Jake Have you entered the design competition at school? I heard that the first prize is a trip to a fashion show during London fashion week. What did you win last year?
Sally Oh, the first prize was £50 to spend on clothes. This year’s prize is much better, but I haven’t entered the competition yet.
J Why not? You’re brilliant. Nobody’s better than you!
S But I can’t think of anything this time.
J Really? You’ve got lots of designs. What about those T-shirts you sold online last summer? They were amazing. All the girls at school loved them. My sister bought three!
S Well, yes, I know. I want to try to design something for this year, but I need to think of something new. All my designs are old now.
J When’s the competition deadline?
S It’s 8 July.
J So you’ve still got a few weeks.
S Yes, but I told you, I haven’t got any ideas! I spent yesterday looking at fashion magazines and websites, trying to think of something. And I spent last weekend in town looking at all the best fashion stores. I just couldn’t think of anything. I certainly didn’t want to wear anything from them myself!
J Right … So … Are you looking at women’s clothes?
S Yeah. I’d like to design an evening dress, or something like that.
J Well that’s OK, but why don’t you do something different? How about designing something for men?
S Such as?
J I don’t know … jackets maybe, or how about trainers?
S Hmm … that’s a good idea. I’ve never designed shoes before. OK, I’ll take a look at some websites.
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