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Министерство образования и науки российской федерации
Государственное образовательное учреждение
высшего профессионального образования
Учебные задания
по грамматике
Составители: О. В. Злобина, Е. В. Юдина, М. В. Ястребова
Под общей редакцией старшего преподавателя О. В. Злобиной
Рецензент канд. филол. наук доц. И. И. Громовая
Учебные задания составлены на основе аутентичных материалов публицистических и профессиональных английских
и американских изданий и Интернет-ресурсов и предназначены для студентов 2-3 курса специальности “Социокультурный сервис и туризм” факультета экономики и менеджмента.
Цель – закрепление знаний студентов основных разделов
грамматики английского языка; отработка умения читать и
понимать специальные тексты; овладение лексикой, необходимой для понимания текстов по специальности.
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We use PAST SIMPLE when we talk:
1. about actions which are not connected with the present:
Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity.
2. about a finished time in the past:
I travelled a lot last month.
PRESENT PERFECT is always connected with the present, we
often use it to give new information or announce a recent happening:
Look! John has had a haircut!
Ah! I’ve split my coffee!
We often use the PRESENT PERFECT with ‘just’, ‘already’,
‘yet’, ‘ever’, ‘never’, ‘for’, ‘since’, ‘this morning / this evening / this
week / this month’ etc.
Task 1. Past Simple or Present Perfect?
Read the texts below and fill in the gaps with correct tense forms:
Past Simple or Present Perfect.
TEXT A. The Spanish Tourist Industry
Tourism to Spain goes back to the 1930s, but package tourism really
____ (take off) in Spain during the late 1950s and 1960s.
The post-war economic and population growth plus the increase in
leisure time and disposable income in Northern Europe ____ (coincide)
with Spain’s policy to welcome tourism, offering a reliable climate,
beaches, a different culture and low prices. The favourable exchange
rate and competitive cost of living ____ (be) additional incentives.
Mass tourism ____ (begin) towards the end of the 1970s but the
familiarity with Spain and falling standards ____ (lead) to a poor
image of the country as a holiday destination.
As a result, Spain ____ (face) competition in the late 1980s
from other Mediterranean and long-haul destinations. At that time
competitive airfares across the Atlantic to Florida and the low cost of
living in America ____ (mean) that many people ____ (prefer) to go to
the States rather than holiday in the Iberian peninsula.
Even so, in 1993 Spain ____ (welcome) over 57 million visitors.
The Spanish tourism industry ____ (make) many mistakes in
the early years with the building of high rise hotels and poor town
planning. However, the situation is changing. Over the last few years
the government ____ (restrict) building and is providing grants
for organisations and training in the tourist sector. In addition, it
____ (implement) an investment programme to modernise public
service facilities and infrastructure and to protect the environment.
And with the help of soft loans which the government ____ (make)
available for refurbishments, many hoteliers ____ (improve) the
standard of accommodation provided in order to meet the new stricter
Task 2. Complete the text using the correct forms of the verbs in
During the 1960s in Britain some resorts (a) ___ (lose) their way
and the will to develop. Some, like Brighton and Bournemouth,
(b) ___ (change) direction and (c) ___ (go) for conference business and
English language students. Thousands of small hotels and boarding
houses (d) ___ (become) retirement homes.
However, although at that time the boom in cheap holidays at
Mediterranean resorts (e) ____ (threaten) the future of British seaside
resorts, since then they (f) ___ (adapt) to the new demands for shorter
holidays and for off-peak holidays.
Brighton (g) ___ (invest) in a marina, a conference centre, and a
number of new hotels.
The history of modern mass tourism (h) ___ (begin) relatively
slowly in the 1960s but (i) ___ (accelerate) with the advent of the widebodied jets in 1970, and the substantial growth only (j) ___ (halt) in
1973 with major recession. Until then the market (k) ___ (develop) in
a fairly unsophisticated way and was highly seasonal.
Then (1) ___ (come) a second setback in 1981, but tourism
(m) ___ (remain) remarkably resilient and expansion (n) ___ (follow)
the pause. The new segments emerged, when seasonality (o) ___ (be)
first challenged, and value for money (p) ___ (be) increasingly
Change will accelerate, marketers will need to identify change,
producers and developers will need to respond to it. But standards
(q) ___ (improve), competition (t) ___ (intensify) and the expectations
of the traveller are much higher.
Task 3. Translate from Russian into English using Past Simple or
Present Perfect.
1. Где мой чемодан? Кто-то унёс его!
2. На этой неделе мы ездили посмотреть пирамиды. Мне очень
3. Хеопс (Cheops) приказал построить самую большую пирамиду
в качестве гробницы (tomb).
4. Смотрите, самолёт уже приземлился!
5. Позавчера мы купили билеты на морской круиз.
6. Я потерял билет и не могу его найти. Что мне делать?
7. Когда ты вернулся из поездки?
8. Ты когда-нибудь пробовал какие-нибудь экзотические
Rule 1: We use ‘the’ before the names of museums: the Uffizi; the
Prado; the Louvre; the Victoria and Albert.
Rule 2: We use ‘the’ before rivers and oceans: the Nile; the Thames;
the Atlantic.
Rule 3: We use ‘the’ before island groups: the Seychelles; the West
Indies; the Philippines.
Rule 4: We use ‘the’ before deserts and mountain ranges: the Sahara;
the Alps; the Rockies; the Himalayas.
Rule 5: We use ‘the’ with kingdoms, states and republics: the United
Kingdom; the USA; the Czech Republic.
Rule 6: We do not use ‘the’ before towns and cities, countries and
continents: Switzerland; Europe; Moscow; France.
Rule 7: We do not use ‘the’ before the names of people: Prince
Charles; Margaret Thatcher; Princess Diana.
Rule 8: We do not use ‘the’ before lakes and mountains: Lake
Ontario; Everest; Loch Ness.
Rule 9: We do not use ‘the’ before the names of some tourist
attractions: Madame Tussaud’s; St. Basil’s Cathedral; Lenin’s
Rule 10: We often use ‘the’ when two nouns are linked by ‘of’ (unless
the first is a proper name, e.g. Lawrence of Arabia): the temples of
Bangkok; the Tower of London; the beaches of Goa; the Mayan ruins
of Yucatan.
Task 1. There are some definite articles missing in the text; supply
them whenever necessary.
Seventy per cent of Britons believe visiting London is more
dangerous than going abroad, while in Scotland this rises to 80%.
These findings come despite a number of tourist killings in Florida,
Egypt and elsewhere in Africa, according to Lunn Poly, the travel firm
which polled a random sample (people who were interviewed) of 1,030
adults about their holiday intentions.
Trips to Florida from Britain fell by 20 per cent last summer and
nearly half of people who were polled said they would not go there next
That is bad news for Disney World in Orlando, top American
attraction for British tourists, and bookings are also down to
Disneyland near Paris.
British fear of London is not shared by nine million foreigners
who visited capital last year – London’s attractions, such as changing
of Guard being main reason why Britain was world’s sixth tourist
destination. At least 25 per cent of British families are expected to
holiday abroad next year, and a record nine million are forecast to
book a foreign package holiday.
It looks as if biggest beneficiary will be cheapest country, Spain,
where bookings are up by 50 per cent.
a) We use ‘the’ in superlative expressions:
The biggest influences on tourism have been politics and
b) When the identity of the thing referred to is clear from the
I’ll meet you in the lobby. (It is obvious which lobby.)
c) When the identity is made clear by a following clause:
The price (that you gave) was unreasonable.
d) When a noun or adjective is used to create a category:
The Russians want as many tourists as possible.
The dollar is wanted everywhere.
e) When the noun referred to has been previously mentioned:
She bought a map and a guidebook but took the map back. It wasn’t
detailed enough.
a) Before nationalities, when referring to an individual:
She’s British but her husband is Greek.
b) When referring to an ability to speak a language:
He’s very gifted at languages. He can speak French, German,
Spanish and Arabic.
c) Before nouns used in a general sense:
Ask here for information.
Tourism earns foreign currency.
Task 2. Put in definite articles where needed.
Hosted Villa Hotels
Today’s business people travel extensively as part of their job and
stay in expensive hotels. When they go away they want same comfort
as they are used to at home such as en-suite bathrooms, but in a more
simple, informal setting.
Sea Club Hotel in Majorca is a hotel that caters for this type of
client. It is registered with Tourist Board as a one-star hotel – that is
equivalent to a youth hostel. Its low rating is because there are no TVs
or telephones in rooms, but this is probably most expensive one-star
hotel in Spain. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are built around
a luxury swimming pool. Guests can laze around all day, or take a car
to explore island. Then in evening Sea Club comes into its own, with
dinner served at one long table – so everyone mixes and gets to know
each other. This is what makes Sea Club so unique; business people
spend their lives travelling but don’t get to meet locals, yet at Sea Club
there are always local people who come in to dine and meet guests.
(from Leisure and Tourism)
Task 3. Put in definite articles where they are needed.
110-year-old Tourist
Britain’s oldest man made his first visit to London at age of 110
Mr John Evans had never found time or money to make trip from his
home in Swansea. But when British Rail offered him an all-expensespaid birthday treat to capital, he just could not refuse.
He arrived in style at Paddington Station, smartly, turned put in
his best suit, favourite Panama hat and a red rose in his buttonhole.
‘It’s very exciting, there’s no doubt about it,’ he said. He had never
been far from home before, except for one trip to Aberdeen. ‘But I’ve
been on seas to that faraway land called Ilfracombe 21 miles from
home,’ he joked.
Mr Evans, who spent 60 years working as a miner in South Wales,
almost made journey to London once before, at turn of century.
‘There was a trip to White City but it was ten shillings return from
Swansea – too much I thought. All my money went to family then,’
he said. During next two days Mr Evans will be taken on a whistlestop tour of London to see sights. Top of his list is a visit to Houses of
Parliament organised by his MP.
The only arrangement he does not care for is wheelchair provided to
ferry him about if he gets tired.
‘I don’t like chair business – people will think I am getting old,’ he
His ingredients for a long and healthy life have been well publicized
– no alcohol, no tobacco and no cursing.
Before setting off from Swansea with his 76-year-old son, Amwel,
he quipped, ‘I’m glad to see they’ve given me a return ticket.’
Task 4. Check the use of definite articles. Sum up the stories.
Task 5. Give your views on the information you learned from the
In conditional sentences the sequence of tenses is not absolutely
fixed and depends on what you want to say.
Task 1. Which of the following conditional sentences
a) describe a usual state of affairs?
b) talk about the past?
c) make an offer?
d) make a recommendation?
e) make a polite request?
f) describe situations which are unlikely or impossible?
1. If you buy a travel pass, you pay less.
2. If you go to the Natural History Museum, you’ll be able to see the
special exhibition on dinosaurs.
3. If I were you, I’d avoid the crowded areas.
4. If you had a car, you’d be able to visit the safari park.
5. If you’d been here last week, you’d have seen the carnival.
6. If I had known you wanted a theatre ticket, I’d have got one for
7. If you have enough time, you might want to visit the old castle.
8. If you’re looking for something really exciting, you should go to
the Museum of Horror and Torture.
9. Should you have any problems, please let me know.
10. If you’d like me to phone them, I’ll do it for you now.
11. If you’ll just fill in this registration form, I’ll make the booking
for you,
12. If you want a cheaper place to stay, you’d be better off at the
Dolphin Hotel.
13. If you hadn’t made the booking in advance, you’d be without a
bed for the night.
14. If they hadn’t created the proper infrastructure beforehand,
they wouldn’t be hosting the next Olympics.
15. I’d be grateful if you could fill in this questionnaire before you go.
Unless you’ve other plans, you could visit the Museum of Science
and Technology.
You shouldn’t get lost providing/provided (that) you take а map.
Anyone is allowed into the casino on condition that they are over
Task 2. Complete the sentences with suitable words or phrases from
the box below:
1. If you ___ by bus, it’ll only take you a few minutes.
2. In the event of an accident, the alarm ___.
3. If the lift doors refuse to open, please ___ the button.
4. Students are allowed into the museum at reduced rates provided
that they ___.
5. Children are permitted in the bar on ___ that they do not disturb
the other guests.
6. Cheques are not accepted ___ they are accompanied by a cheque
guarantee card.
7. If you become separated from the tour, please ___ your way to
the coach pick-up point.
8. If you have completed the registration form, I ___ the key.
9. You can go to the Savoy for dinner as long as ___ not ___ jeans.
a) will give
f) press
b) go
g) you are not wearing
c) make
h) unless
d) have a valid students’ card
i) condition
e) will sound
Task 3. Make up conditional sentences expressing improbability.
1. If / you / become / managing director of Forte hotels / what do?
2. If / I / lose a guest on an excursion / ring / the hotel.
3. If / you / have / a car / drive across Europe.
4. They / earn / more money / if / work / long hours.
5. The guide / tell / day-trippers about the funfair / if/ know / where it / be.
Task 4. Fill in the gaps the way you think appropriate.
1. If you ___ modern art, you ___.
2. The Old Town Hall ___ if it ___ a tourist attraction.
3. If you need any more advice, ___.
4. If you ___ just come this way, ___ you where it is on the map.
5. If I ___ you, I ___ travelling in the rush hour.
6. I ___ told them that you ___ coming if I ___ beforehand.
7. You won’t be able to hire a car ___ you’ve got a valid driving
8. There shouldn’t be any difficulty getting to Göterborg ___ that
the ferries run to schedule.
9. If you ___ now, you ___ there before the match starts but I doubt
if you ___ time.
10. I you ___ stay for more than a week, you ___ better off getting
a cheap rail pass.
Task 5. Answer the questions and give your reasons.
If you were the mayor of your town/city what would you do to make
the place more attractive to tourists?
If it did become more attractive, how would you control the extra
influx of people?
Read through the following sentences and answer the questions:
a) If there are any seats available, I’ll book you a ticket for the
b) If there were any seats available, I would book you a ticket for
the 21st.
In which sentence is the speaker talking about a real possibility?
In which sentence is the speaker talking about an imaginary situation?
We use the first conditional to talk about future events and their
results when the future event is likely to happen.
For example: If I have to stay late this evening, I will give you a ring.
We use the second conditional to talk about the results of imaginary
present situations or unlikely future events.
For example: If I had a yacht, I would spend the summer in the West
Task 1. Complete the sentences using either the first conditional or
the second conditional.
1. If the economy ___ (not / be) in such a bad state, it ___ (be) much
easier to sell holidays.
2. If I ___ (have) more money I ___ (spend) the summer in the South
of France, but unfortunately I have to stay here.
3. Nobody ___ (mind) if the plane _____ (be) a few minutes late.
4. I am expecting the tickets any time now; I ___ (phone) you if they
___ (come) tomorrow.
5. If I ___ (be) you, I ___ (complain) to the tour operator.
6. It’s a shame we haven’t got anything to spend on promotion. If
we ___ (have) a little spare cash, we ___ (be able) to advertise and get
a lot of customers.
7. It’s a pity I don’t speak Turkish. If I ___ (do), I ___ (apply) for
that job in Istanbul.
8. If you ___ (have) any problems, our local representative ___ (do)
her best to help you and can be contacted at any time.
Task 2. Read the following questions, and write a suitable reply.
Choose the first conditional to talk about the suggestion you support,
and the second conditional to talk about the suggestion you do not
Example: We’re opening a new chain of hotels for business travellers
all over Europe.
Do you think we should promote them by giving out leaflets in the
street or by setting up an Internet web site?
I think a web site would be better – if we set one up we will be able to
reach customers all over the world, but if we just handed out leaflets
we wouldn’t get the right sort of customers.
1. We have a lot of late availability flights to sell. Do you think we
should put an advertisement in the paper or get some posters put up in
the underground?
2. We’re trying to get some publicity for our 18-30 adventure
holidays. Do you think we should sponsor a sports event or take out
advertisements in a theatre programme?
3. We’re opening a new branch in West Street. Do you think we
should organise a TV campaign or get some leaflets printed to hand
out in the street?
Task 3. Translate from Russian into English.
1. Если вы поедете на эту экскурсию, вы получите большое
2. Если бы ты встал пораньше, ты мог бы полюбоваться
прекрасным рассветом на море.
3. На твоём месте я взял бы отпуск сейчас.
4. Если бы ты заказал путёвку заранее, она обошлась бы тебе
гораздо дешевле.
5. Если бы туристическая индустрия не приносила столько
прибыли, многие страны имели бы проблемы в экономике.
6. – Если бы ты ехал быстрее, мы ещё могли бы успеть.
– Если я поеду быстрее, меня оштрафуют.
7. Если бы мы так не торопились, мы не оставили бы паспорта
Task 4. Use the following constructions to make the groups of words
below into sentences.
The cathedral is
one of the oldest
tourist attraction(s)
the second most popular in the state.
the third
Example: Christ Church / large / college / Oxford.
Christ Church is the largest college in Oxford.
1. St. Petersburg / beautiful / city / Russia.
2. Thomas Cook / one of / famous / travel agencies / world.
3. Chichen Itza / one of / ancient / site / Central America.
4. Birmingham / no. 2 / big / city / England.
5. Kanchenjunga / no. 3 / high / mountain / world.
6. Dhaulagiri / no. 7 / high / peak / Nepal.
Task 5. Using your own ideas, say what you know about the following
places and people.
The Taj Mahal
The Grand Canyon
The Eiffel Tower
The Empire State Building /used to be/
Bill Gates
Task 6. Translate from Russian into English.
1. Гренландия – самый большой остров в мире, второй по
величине – Новая Гвинея, а третий – Борнео (Калимантан).
2. Нептун (Neptune) является самой медленной планетой, он
совершает полный оборот (rotation) вокруг Солнца за 165 земных
3. Самые популярные блюда в Италии – паста и пицца.
4. Второй по величине город в Бразилии и 15-ый крупнейший в
мире – Рио-де-Жанейро (Rio-de-Janeiro).
5. Каспийское море считается 3-им по глубине озером мира, его
глубина составляет 1025 метров.
6. Улан Батор часто называют одной из самых холодных столиц
мира, в январе температура воздуха там редко бывает выше –16
7. Ниагарский водопад – один из самых знаменитых в мире.
Task 1. Match each of the verb forms (on the left) with a description
(a–d) on the right.
1. I’m going to describe a) She is referring to a schedule which is
the itinerary to you.
programmed in advance and possibly difficult to change.
2. You’ll be visiting most b) She is talking about an event that will
of the famous places.
be completed at a given future time.
3. From Beijing we go by c) She is announcing her intention to do
coach to a smaller city in something.
the North
4. The guide will take you d) She is describing arrangements that
on a sightseeing tour.
have been made.
5. We are flying there the
following day.
6. By the end of the tour
hopefully you’ll have
learnt a lot about China.
It is sometimes possible to use more than one future form although
there might be a slight change in emphasis.
What is important to remember is that ‘will’ is not the only way of
referring to the future.
Task 2. Choose an appropriate form of the verb in each sentence.
1. Could you ring the airport and ask what time the first flight to
Brussels shall leave / leaves?
2. We’d better hurry up – it looks as if it’s going to rain / will be
3. The Antarctic will certainly become / will certainly be becoming
an important tourist destination.
4. You haven’t got a car. I’ll give / I’m giving you a lift if you like.
5. It’s not surprising he won’t do / is not to do any work for you –
you don’t pay him!
6. Don’t panic! I’ll have finished / I’ll be finishing the report by
Wednesday afternoon.
7. I won’t have / am not having time to see you. I’ll have finished / I’ll
be finishing the report on Wednesday afternoon.
8. Ricardo says he doesn’t attend / won’t be attending the meeting
– he thinks it will be / is to be a waste of time.
9. The Prince of Wales is to open / will have been opening the new
theme park on April 1st.
10. We will have / are having an office party on Friday after work
for Janet.
11. She will work / will have been working for us for twenty years.
12. I’m fed up with working here. I’m going to try / will try to get a
better job somewhere else.
13. On the second night of the programme everyone will be
going / will have been going to a cabaret show.
a) The Present Simple can be used for a programme or regular
schedule which is unlikely to change.
b) The Present Continuous can be used to refer to arrangements.
c) ‘Will’ can be used to make a deduction, or to make a factual
d) ‘Will’ or ‘’ll’ can also be used to make spontaneous offers.
e) ‘Won’t,’ as well as predicting that something will not happen,
can also be used to indicate a refusal, or lack of willingness.
f) ‘Going to’ can be used to predict future events based on a present
evaluation of circumstances.
g) ‘Going to’ is also used for a personal decision or intention.
h) ‘Is / are to’ refers to events which are of an official nature and
which have been scheduled in advance.
i) The Future Continuous (will be + verb-ing) can be used for
arrangements or events which will be in progress at a particular
moment in the future.
j) The Future Perfect (will have + Past Participle) can be used for
an event that will be completed at a given future time.
k) The Future Perfect Continuous (will have been + verb-ing) can
be used to focus on the continuous nature of an event up to a moment
in the future.
Task 3. Complete this conversation between Dominic and Lesley,
two travel consultants, who are talking about Lesley’s plans for
Christmas. It is 15th December. Put the verbs in brackets into the
correct tenses and make any other necessary alterations.
D. What (a) ___ you___ (do) for Christmas?
L. I’m really lucky, I’ve been chosen to go on trip to Jamaica!
D. Lucky you! How long (b) ___ you ___ (be) away?
L. Ten days in all. I (c) ___ (leave) on 19th December and
(d) ___ (arrive) home in time for the New Year.
D. What kinds of things (e) ___ you ___ (do) while you are there?
L. I (f) ___ (tour) the island. I (g) ___ (stay) in three resorts: Montego
Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
D. Has your itinerary been planned for you or (h) ___ you ___ (be
able) to decide what you (i) ___ (do) when you (j)___ (get) there?
L. A bit of both, I suppose. My plane (k) ___ (leave) from Heathrow
on 19th December for Montego Bay where I (l) ___ (stay) in the
Richmond Hill Hotel. While I (m) ___ (be) there I (n) ___ (have to)
complete the questionnaire on what there is to do in the resort, the
quality of services, the cost of snacks and drinks for the agency. But I
(o) ___ definitely ___ (go) to Chukka Cove while I (p) ___ (be) there to
see the polo.
D. (q) ___ you ___ (be) in time to watch the Jam-Am yacht race?
L. No, unfortunately it (r) ___ (finish) before I (s) ___ (arrive).
D. That’s a shame. But I wish I (t) ___ (go).
Task 4. Check the tense forms and read the dialogue again. Sum up
the information about Lesley’s plans for Christmas.
Look at these pairs of sentences and answer the questions:
1. I work for Exotic Tours.
2. I’m working for Exotic Tours.
– Is this a temporary or a permanent situation?
3. We fly to Dubai on Fridays.
4. We are flying to Dubai on Friday.
– Is this a regular event or a plan?
5. The 4 p.m. shuttle is leaving.
6. The next shuttle leaves at 4 p.m.
– What time is it?
7. She’s been working as a hostess.
8. She’s worked as a hostess.
– Does she still work as a hostess?
9. When you phoned I was speaking to the manager.
10. When you phoned I spoke to the manager.
– Did the phone call interrupt the conversation?
Task 1. Read this extract from an interview and put the verbs in
brackets into the correct tense.
‘I ___ (have) three jobs in my life so far. I ___ (start) as an Overseas
Representative in Tunisia, Greece and Austria, and then I ___ (work)
as an Assistant Resort Manager for two years in Turkey. I ___ (head)
for promotion when I ___ (decide) to leave in order to start a family.
Anyway, now I’m back in work and for the last six months I
___ (work) as a Contracts Executive so usually I ___ (spend) a lot of
time with hotel managers and ___ (negotiate) contracts for hotel rooms
and services. On top of that I ___ (select) new resorts and locations.
At the moment, I’ve got a trainee with me who ___ (do) some
research into...’
Task 2. Translate from Russian into English.
1. – Куда это вы идёте? – Мы идём в консульство Финляндии
получать визу.
2. Я хожу в Эрмитаж примерно дважды в год.
3. Мой друг живёт в Австралии уже 9 лет и очень доволен.
4. Она прожила в этом деревенском доме 10 лет.
5. Приезжаю завтра. Встречай.
6. Ты выглядишь уставшей. Ты долго работала?
7. Он проработал на этом предприятии 15 лет.
8. Когда мы пришли на пляж, наши друзья купались.
9. Когда ты ездил в Лондон?
10. Сколько времени ты путешествовал по Африке?
In formal situations it is more polite to ask questions indirectly,
especially at the beginning of a conversation. For example, when
asking a Customer for information, it can be better to use an indirect
form such as ‘Could you tell me when you were born?’ rather than
‘When were you born?’
Direct questions
Indirect questions
How far is it?
Can you tell me how far it is?
How much does it cost?
Соuld you tell me how much it costs?
How long does the journey Do you know how long the journey
What do you notice about the way indirect questions are formed?
In direct questions, ‘how,’ ‘what,’ ‘which,’ ‘where,’ ‘why’ and
‘who’ are interrogative pronouns.
They can introduce simple questions, e.g. Who is that man? What
do you do?
Or they can introduce an interrogative clause, e.g. Can you please
tell me who that man is?
In indirect questions these words are relative pronouns. The clause
they introduce has the same word order as an affirmative or negative
The question: ‘Could you tell me’ is followed by a statement: ‘how I
get to the station?’
1. A visa is compulsory, isn’t it?
2. You’re not leaving until next month, are you?
3. They haven’t confirmed the booking yet, have they?
4. You won’t forget to fax me the details, will you?
5. Tanya, pass me the brochure, will you?
6. Let’s have a look at the schedule, shall we?
7. You had a single room last year, didn’t you?
The rules to form ‘tag questions’
Tag questions contain an auxiliary followed by a subject pronoun:
A visa is compulsory, isn’t it?
If the statement is in the affirmative the tag is usually in the
You want a room with a bath, don’t you?
If the statement is in the negative the tag is in the affirmative:
You won’t forget to fax me the details, will you?
The Tag uses the same auxiliary as the main statement. If there is
no auxiliary or a form of the verb ‘to be’ in the statement, we use a form
of do or a form of ‘be’ in the tag:
You had a single room last year, didn’t you?
The exceptions are: ‘Let’s’ and ‘shall we.’
Here ‘shall’ is used in the affirmative with ‘let’s.’ It is a suggestion
and the tag is used to check that the listener agrees:
Let’s look at the schedule, shall we?
Pass me the brochure, will you! – is not a question, but a request or
The use of ‘will you’ makes the instruction sound less aggressive.
When ‘nobody’ or ‘nothing’ is used in the main clause, the question
tag is in the affirmative:
Nobody has booked in yet, have they?
Nothing is missing from the room, is it?
Tag questions have two main purposes: the first is to require the
listener to provide confirmation; the second is to request clarification.
Tag questions can be used to express surprise or interest. In this case
both the main verb and the question tag are in the affirmative.
Task 1. The order of the words in the following questions is wrong;
correct them.
For example: Spell you could me for Linares?
Could you spell Linares for me?
1) details if the you I mind do check?
2) sharing mind twin you a would bedroom?
3) me you is can what tell fax your number?
4) for I necessary shall the make arrangements you?
5) you in mind filling would this me form for?
6) want many you how could you me to tell with go people?
7) you like would to me hold put you on?
8) you won’t sharing be twin a bedded room you will?
9) requirements your entry draw the I may attention to?
10) again on they are aren’t strike the traffic controllers air?
11) you me is where can tell the station?
12) to Florida you do any know are there cheap if flights?
13) please this form you in fill could?
14) ask mind do some you if I you questions?
15) a clerk you would mind is free until waiting?
16) you me the brochures are show where winter-sun can?
17) when leaves the train next to know would I like?
18) tell me you spend to could much how you wish?
Task 2. Make these questions more polite as in the model.
Model: How old are you?
Would you mind telling me your age?
1. When do you want to go?
2. How many people are there in the group?
3. How are you paying?
4. Repeat that!
5. I must check the details.
6. Spell that for me.
7. Give me a deposit.
8. Fill this form in.
Task 3. Complete this conversation between a client (C.) and a travel
consultant (T.).
C. I’d like to spend a few days in Rome.
T. Can you ___ when ___?
С. Next month, sometime after the 15th.
T. Fine. And could ___ how long ___?
C. It depends on the price but preferably for four nights.
T. Well, we have some very good offers at the moment. Will ___
С. No, with my partner.
T. Well, if you take this three-night package to the Flora Hotel
it’s only £ 345 per person, for two people sharing a double-room with
shower. Let ___ the brochure.
Task 4. Put the words in the dialogue into the correct order.
A. Good morning. Help you like some would or you are looking
B. Yes, please, if had you any wondering I brochures Italy for was
A. Certainly, where going you considering were? A seaside or
cultural do holiday prefer you?
B. Well, a little of both really. Where can suggest you be somewhere
possible it would to short excursions to take places of interest?
A. With pleasure. Any preference you to the do as area in have
B. Well, we have heard that there are some good beaches near
A. Yes. Well, we have two excellent hotels in Rome which...
Task 1. Read these sentences and decide which are in the active and
which are in the passive. Translate them into Russian.
1. We’ve been approached by Sky Air.
2. Sky Air has approached us.
3. I’m told by the marketing people that we’ll probably be working
on load factors of about 80 per cent.
4. The marketing people tell me that we will probably be working on
load factors of about 80 per cent.
5. The brochures should be sent to the travel agents in October.
6. They should send the brochures to the travel agents in October.
7. All expenses must be authorised in advance.
8. You must get authorisation for all expenses in advance.
9. The managing director was given the information.
10. The information was given to the managing director.
11. He gave the managing director the information.
12. It was stipulated that the agreement would allow for increases
in the cost of aviation fuel.
13. Sky Air stipulated that the agreement would allow for increases
in the cost of aviation fuel.
14. It is said that an influx of tourists will destroy the plant life.
15. Environmentalists say that an influx of tourists will destroy
the plant life.
16. She was paid $2000.
17. The tour operators paid her $2000.
Task 2. Match the following statements about the passive to the
above sentences.
1. Sometimes it is appropriate to say who carried out the action.
2. Modal verbs can be used.
3. Verbs with two objects can be made passive in two ways.
4. Passive constructions beginning with ‘it’ are used to make a
statement more formal or impersonal.
We use the passive when:
a) it is obvious who the doer of the action is:
Your luggage will be sent straight to Athens.
b) we don’t know who the doer is:
My plane was delayed.
c) we are more interested in the action than in who did it:
The managing director was given the information.
d) we wish to disclaim responsibility for the action:
Our room rates have been increased.
e) we are describing processes and agreements:
It was stipulated that fifty rooms would be reserved for clients of
Exotic Destinations.
The passive is formed using the different tenses of ‘to be,’ followed
Task 3. Rewrite the following statements using the passive:
Example: Four reps will meet the flight. The flight will be met by
four reps.
1. They will escort you to your hotels.
2. They spend three days a week meeting arrivals.
3. The hoteliers have created overbooking problems.
4. The fall in the value of the rouble shouldn’t affect the number
of holidays sold.
5. They did not offer us a welcome drink.
6. The police arrest all lager louts.
Task 4. Complete this letter by filling in the gaps with the appropriate
verb forms.
Imagine that you work in the personnel department of Global
Tours Inc. in Tahiti, and Sally is a new rep who is about to join your
Global Tours Inc.
Tahiti Office
Dear Sally,
I would like to welcome you to our team here in Tahiti and to outline
what (a) ___ (happen) during your first week with us.
On arrival at the airport you (b) ___ (meet) by John Grand, our
area manager, and (c) ___ (drive) to the Pacific Hotel where you
(d) ___ (live) during the season.
There (e) ___ (follow) a five-day training programme where you
(f) ___ (introduce) to your colleagues and (g) ___ (brief). Then you
(h) ___ (show) how to check in plane-loads of holidaymakers, make
short presentations and deal with complaints.
Also you (i) ___ (take) around the island to visit the places you
(j) ___ (take) our guests. There (k) ___ (be) a short test to complete the
programme, after which you (l) ___ (give) a certificate.
Here we (m) ___ all ___ (look forward) to meeting you on May, 1st
and working with you over the summer season.
Yours sincerely...
Read the letter and answer these questions.
1. Why is it necessary to do a special training programme?
2. What do you think of the programme?
3. Does the job seem attractive to you? Why (not)?
Task 5. Simple Past active or passive. Read the following passage
about the Panama Canal. Put the verbs into the simple past active or
The Panama Canal is one of the most significant engineering
achievements of the twentieth century, but it was a project that took
over 500 years to finally complete.
The first proposal to build a canal (a) ___ (put) forward in 1523.
Charles V of Spain (b) ___ (order) a survey of the area but no action
(c) ___ (take). More than three centuries (d) ___ (pass) before a new
attempt (e) ___ (make).
A French company, under the leadership of Ferdinand de Lesseps,
who (f) ___ (build) the Suez Canal, (g) ___ (work) on the project for
twenty years. They (h) ___ (begin) in 1880, but (i) ____ (defeat) by
disease and financial problems.
In 1906, President Roosevelt (j) ___ (order) the US Army Corps
of Engineers to begin construction, and the project (k) ___ (control)
by Colonel Goethals. During the project, about 143 million cubic
metres of earth (1) ___ (remove), and the entire area, which
(m) ___ (infest) with malaria-carrying mosquitoes, had to be sanitised.
It (n) ___ (estimate) that the project would take ten years, but in fact
the work (o) ___ (complete) in the summer of 1914 at a cost of about $
336 million.
The canal, which links the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, is just over
sixty kilometres long. The minimum depth is 12.5 m, and the minimum
width is 91.5 m.
Read the story again and retell it.
The passive voice is commonly used in more formal written
information, such as in the brochures.
Look at these examples from the brochure extract. All of them are
in the passive voice.
1. An embarkation notice will be sent with your tickets.
2. Excursions can only be booked on board.
3. Worldwide traveller’s checks may be exchanged.
4. This account is normally settled on the last evening.
5. Euro checks are not accepted on board.
6. A service charge is added to all accounts.
If the information is in spoken form, it is more common to use
the active voice – the passive voice is only used in formal or official
Task 1. Complete these sentences using either the active or passive
form of the verbs in brackets. They are all in Present Simple tense.
1. Breakfast ___ (include) in the price.
2. Cabaret ___ (take place) every evening in the cocktail lounge.
3. Bed linen ___ (change) twice a week.
4. Passengers ___ (receive) a welcome basket of fruit in their
5. Cocktails ___ (serve) before dinner.
6. English ___ (speak) by all crew members.
7. The duty-free shop ___ (accept) credit cards.
8. The sofa ___ (convert into) bunk beds at night.
Task 2. You have been asked to write the ‘welcome aboard’ notice for
passengers at the beginning of a cruise on the Ramada Diamond.
Complete the paragraphs below using the notes and tenses
a) Present Perfect (active or passive)
Ship / completely modernise.
The restaurants / extensively redecorate.
Fitness centre / open / Deck C.
We / also / build / new pool / upper deck.
b) Simple Present (active or passive)
Breakfast / serve daily / from 7–11.
The main restaurants / open / at midday / close / 12.30.
We / offer / 24-hour room service.
Please note / small charge / make / for this.
c) ‘will’ Future (active or passive)
You / have me chance / go ashore / shopping or sightseeing.
Passengers / take / to the port / by speedboat.
You / collect / 6.30 p.m.
We / set sail again at 9.00 p.m.
d) Simple Past (active or passive)
One of the passengers / get / hold up / during a shore visit.
As a result / he / leave behind.
We/have to / set sail / without him.
Fortunately / he / pick up / next port of call.
Task 3. Use the paragraphs you have written above to complete the
text of the ‘Welcome Aboard’ notice.
Welcome Aboard
1. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard the ‘Ramada Diamond’
and to our cruise of the Caribbean. If you have sailed with us before,
you will notice that the ship has been completely modernised.
2. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the gourmet food we provide
and would like to remind you of mealtimes in the main restaurants...
3. Our first port of call will be St. Lucia on Wednesday.
4. Please note: may we remind you of the importance of pickup times, as there was an unfortunate incident on one of our recent
We trust that this will not happen to you and hope you have an
enjoyable cruise.
Task 4. A tour operator is talking to a colleague about a disastrous
cruise. Read what he says and write the information using the passive
in the appropriate tense.
‘It’s been terrible. Apparently, yesterday at the start of the cruise
they were still redecorating the ship – and have only opened one of
the restaurants. Everyone is furious with the company, but you can’t
blame them – they couldn’t delay the start of the cruise because the
contractors hadn’t told them about the problems. I think our clients
will be OK because they usually compensate passengers for this sort of
thing, but they’ll definitely fine the company.’
Model: The ship / redecorate.
The ship was still being redecorated.
1. The cabins / still / paint.
2. Only one of the restaurants / open.
3. The start of the cruise / not delay.
4. They / tell / about the problems.
5. Passengers / compensate / this sort of thing.
6. The company / definitely / fine.
Task 5. Translate from Russian into English.
1. Обратите внимание на это здание. Оно было построено в 16
2. Стоимость экскурсий включена в путёвку.
3. Автобус сейчас как раз заправляют, и скоро мы сможем
двигаться дальше.
4. В номере уже прибрались, когда мы вернулись с завтрака.
5. Билеты будут заказаны через Интернет.
6. Стол к ужину только что сервировали, добро пожаловать!
7. Когда я вышел на палубу, дайверов инструктировали.
8. Было достигнуто соглашение (to agree), что нам зарезервируют
номера в отеле.
9. Путёвки должны быть оплачены в течение недели.
Task 1. Read this extract from the study concerning the construction
of a new hotel in London. Note the way in which the underlined words
are used.
In recent years, hotel development in central London has been
hindered by restrictive planning policies, lack of suitable sites and
high building costs.
However, there is now growing pressure from hotel chains wishing
to develop, and several sites have been earmarked for consideration.
Furthermore, the British Tourist Authority has forecast a shortfall in
hotel accommodation by the end of the decade.
As a result, it is our opinion that the time is ripe to invest in the
construction of a 300-bedroom, three-star hotel to meet what is
forecast to be a significant shortage of bed space.
However introduces a contrasting point of view (1).
As a result shows a consequence (2).
Furthermore introduces a new piece of information (3).
Now group the following words into the above three categories
despite this
in addition
on the other hand
what is more
Task 2. Which conjunction would you use to link these pairs of
sentences? Choose from the ones in brackets.
a) The hotel benefits from high annual occupancy rates throughout
the year.
There was a sudden drop in occupancy rates during January.
(although, besides, in addition)
b) Earlier research had determined that the clientele were mainly
women aged between 20 and 45.
A campaign was devised to encourage this sector of the market to
come in greater numbers.
(therefore, despite, because)
c) Many attractions appeal to visitors because they are very old and
Theme parks are a comparatively new type of attraction.
(consequently, despite, whereas)
d) Theme parks stretch over vast areas of land, often the size of
small towns.
Most are situated in the countryside.
(although, thus, yet)
e) Theme parks attract large numbers of visitors.
They are expensive to build.
(thus, however, in spite of)
Task 3. Complete the text using the words in the box.
as a result
on the contrary
first of all
What enables budget hotels to offer extremely competitive tariffs
and (a) ___ make a profit? There are a number of answers. (b) ___, such
hotels, all built on the same prefabricated model, can make savings in
construction costs, (c) ___, by keeping staffing to a minimum, using
automatic check-in and providing self-service breakfasts, there are
economies to be made in operating costs, (d) ___, budget hotels have
standardised furniture and fittings which can be bought cheaply in
(e) ___, the market for budget hotels includes many people with
limited financial means such as low-income families, retired people or
sports teams.
The growth of budget hotels has been the cause of some concerns in
the hotel market as many traditional one-and two-star establishments
are unable to compete. (f) ___, this concern is probably unjustified.
Budget hotels have an educational role to play in introducing new
sections of the population to the habit of staying in a hotel. And
(g) ___ budget hotels will continue to influence the market place and
possibly take some custom away, quality hotels offering a high level of
service should not see these ‘competitors’ as a threat but, (h) ___ as an
opportunity to expand the hotel-staying public.
Task 4. Complete this passage about a theme park near London using
suitable conjunctions and linking adverbials.
Lego builds on England investment
‘It’s nice to see England come out on top – we looked at places all
over the world, (a) ___ the truth is that England offered everything we
wanted,’ according to Clive Nicholls, Managing Director of Lego UK.
Lego began looking at building a second site in the autumn of 1990
and considered ‘hundreds of sites’ before narrowing the field down
to a shortlist of six – including three sites in the USA. (b) ___ it was
the unique character of the 142 acre Windsor Safari Park Site that
persuaded the company to invest in England.
‘For Lego there were four determining factors in our choice: (c) ___,
the site itself was just too beautiful to miss; (d) ___, its size also made
the park the ideal venue to buy.
‘These two factors coupled with its access to the motorway network
and the large catchment area that surrounds Windsor made the site
perfect for use.
‘(e) ___, Windsor is a truly international destination, which means
we should be able to attract many visitors from outside the UK.’
(from Tourism Enterprise)
Sum up the reasons for a new development in England.
Task 5. Translate from Russian into English using however, yet,
consequently, in spite of, first of all, moreover, therefore, on the one
hand (on the other hand), besides.
1. В городе были пробки, однако мы успели на поезд.
2. Несмотря на туман, самолёт приземлился в аэропорту Дели,
а не был отправлен в Мумбай.
3. Мы пришлём машину, более того, я лично встречу вас на
4. Мы приехали быстро, тем не менее, на таможне мы пробыли
около часа, так как была очередь.
5. С одной стороны, я боюсь летать самолётом, с другой стороны,
иногда это единственный вариант.
6. Кроме того, путеводитель очень красочно описывает
достопримечательности этого города.
7. Вы покупаете несколько изделий одновременно, таким
образом вы получаете скидку.
8. Мыслю, следовательно, существую.
9. Прежде всего, вам нужно обратиться в консульство.
10. Температура в Бангкоке достигает 50 градусов, однако
входить в королевский дворец можно только в одежде, закрывающей
руки и ноги.
There are many ways of indicating how sure we feel about an
For example, we use modals to make predictions of varying degrees
of certainty.
Read these sentences and match them with the descriptions: a
possibility; a certainty; an expectation
a) He’ll have got there by now.
b) He must have got there by now.
c) He should have got there by now.
d) He could have got there by now.
e) He might have got there by now.
f) He can’t have got there by now.
g) He won’t have got there by now.
Task 1. Complete the sentences using the words in the box.
1. We ___ have full occupancy on the 15th June.
2. The conference organiser promised to ring us around 2 p.m. this
afternoon. That ___ be him now.
3. Where’s Pierre? He ___ have returned from the station by now!
It’s only a five-minute walk and he left at three! (now it’s four-thirty)
4. I’m afraid that Mr Dunn, the manager, ___ be back on duty till
8 p.m.
5. The delegates only left an hour ago. I suppose they ___ have
arrived by now.
6. If the weather holds, they ___ decide to host the presentation on
the terrace. It all depends on which general manager is on duty.
7. The delegates left an hour ago. Surely, they ___ have arrived by
8. The guest speaker ___ bring his wife to the conference.
9. We ___ break-even by the end of the year.
10. The hotel ___ re-open till the New Year
Task 2. We also use phrases to express degrees of probability and
certainty. Most of the sentences contain ‘will’ but the degree of
certainty is determined by the underlined words. How certain do
you think these statements are? Give each sentence a % score. 0% =
Impossible; 100% = certain.
1. The results of the inquiry are a foregone conclusion. They’ll
refuse all planning permission. 100%
2. There’s no way they’ll agree to build a new airport so near to the
3. I doubt very much whether the company will pay the supplement
for Concorde.
4. In all likelihood, you’ll get an upgrade if you book through a
business travel agent.
5. It’s just possible that we’ll make a profit next year.
6. It’s a safe bet that they’ll try to force us out of the market.
7. The chances are that you’ll be able to get a better seat provided
that you’re smartly dressed.
8. In all probability, share prices will continue to rise.
9. There’s a slight chance that the project will attract more foreign
10. There’s a distinct possibility that the air traffic controllers’
dispute will be settled soon.
11. There’s little likelihood of their allowing us to hire extra
12. They’re bound to increase their prices next year to allow for
inflation at the very least.
Task 3. For each of the sentences below, write two sentences keeping
the original meaning. Use the words in brackets in each sentence.
Model In all probability we’ll be able to catch the 1.15 train.
(chances) The chances are we’ll be able to catch the 10.15 train.
(should) We should be able to catch the 10.15 train.
1. I hardly think she’ll want to hang around for a stand-by flight.
2. I’m sure they’ve left by now otherwise they’d have answered the
3. It’s impossible for them to have arrived – they only left an hour
ago and it takes at least two hours, if there’s no traffic!
4. If we’re lucky, we may be able to charter an aircraft for an early
morning flight.
Task 4. Rewrite these sentences using the words in brackets.
1. The price of business hotel accommodation in sure to rise.
2. I doubt if they will hold the convention in Alaska. (likelihood)
3. It’s safe bet they’ll ask for a gala dinner in the last night.
4. The chances are the businesswomen will require rooms near to
the lifts. (certain)
5. There’s little likelihood of finding a guest speaker at such short
notice. (hardly)
6. It is impossible to provide a full table d’hôte dinner at that price.
(no way)
7. If we’re lucky we’ll make a profit on our catering this week.
8. I’m sure there’ll be 300 delegates at the convention. (bound)
Examples: I wish to claim compensation.
I suggest writing to the manager.
Verb + Infinitive
Verb + Gerund
Some verbs can take both the infinitive and the gerund but with a
change of meaning.
a) They stopped to take extra passengers on board. = The reason for
stopping was to take on extra passengers on board.
They stopped taking extra passengers on board. = Here stopped
means ‘ceased.’ They decided not to take any more extra passengers.
b) You must remember to write to them. = You must not forget to
write to them.
You must remember writing to them. You must remember you have
done that already.
c) I’ll try to phone her when the meeting finishes: implies some kind
of difficulty. It may, for example, be difficult to find the time to make
the call.
I’ll try phoning her when the meeting finishes.
try + verb + ing means to experiment, to do smth. to see what will
happen. There will be no difficulty in phoning her but the result of the
phone call is not known.
d) If you want any compensation it will mean taking them to court.
Here ‘means’ is a synonym of ‘involves.’
Sorry, I didn’t mean to take your seat. Here ‘mean’ is a synonym of
e) He went on complaining about his holiday for at least half an
He complained without interruption for half an hour.
After describing the terrible journey he went on to complain about
the state of accommodation.
Here ‘went on’ introduces a subsequent event. First, he described
the journey, then he complained about the accommodation.
Task 1. Rewrite the following sentences without changing their
For example: She hasn’t got enough money to travel first class.
She can’t afford to travel first class.
1. If you don’t pay the invoice there may be a 10 % penalty charge.
If you delay paying the invoice there may be a 10 per cent penalty
2. I think it would be a good idea to write to the tour operator. I
3. Would it be convenient for you to wait a little longer? Would you
4. OK, yes, I made a mistake about the time but not the date. I
5. I’ll do my best to have an answer within a week. I promise...
6. If I were you, I would make a strongly-worded complaint. I
7. The guide said she certainly did not turn up late. The guide
8. It would require us to make a change in the schedule. It would
Task 2. Read the article and fill in the gaps using either the infinitive
or the gerund of the verbs in brackets.
Holidaymakers Deserve Better Service
Although tourism earns a fortune from (a) ___ (make) people’s
fantasies come true, the industry has a great deal (b) ___ (learn) about
customer relations.
The peak season has not yet begun and already reports of long delays
and passenger frustration are starting (c) ___ (appear).
Last month, holiday makers in Milan complained about (d) ___ (wait)
for hours for their baggage, while in Spain a reputable carrier decided
(e) ___ (bus) British passengers into France so they wouldn’t be forced
(f) ___ (lose) an important time slot.
Over the years, the general public has become tired of (g) ___ (listen)
to excuses. What is achieved by (h) ___ (blame) delays on (i) ___ (need)
spare parts or by not (j) ___ (bother) (k) ___ (reply) when passengers
Instead of (l) ___ (blame) circumstances beyond their control or
(m) ___ (accuse) passengers of (n) ___ (not care) how the industry
works, operators, airlines and seat brokers must realise that the fault
lies with those who are proud of (o) ___ (increase) passenger number
each year, yet obtain these increases by (p) ___ (urge) customers
(q) ___ (take) holidays at ridiculously low prices.
Of course, it is very tempting (r) ___ (ask) how customers can
expect a high standard of service when they have only paid $199 for
two weeks in Turkey.
However, this summer’s problems are already threatening
(s) ___ (spoil) the image created by the majority of the industry.
It is time the responsible operators and airlines joined forces
(t) ___ (protest) for the good of the industry as a whole.
Unless they do so, the package holiday industry is likely (u) ___ (remain)
the poor relation. However cheap their ticket, holiday makers do not
deserve (v) ___ (be treated) in the way some frequently are.
Task 3. Translate from Russian into English using infinitive or
gerund after stop, remember, mean, like and go on.
1. Путешественники остановились, чтобы попить из колодца.
2. Она перестала смотреть на своё отражение и отправилась
3. Не забудь включить сигнализацию!
4. Я же помню, что брал с собой паспорт!
5. Извините, я не хотел (= не имел в виду) Вас обидеть.
6. Экстремальный туризм означает, что вам придётся рисковать
( to take a risk).
7. Мне нравится пить кофе с молоком.
8. Нам нравится купаться ночью.
9. Он с интересом продолжал рассматривать экспонаты музея.
10. После того как он закончил осматривать музей, он перешёл
к фотографированию.
Use the word in brackets in the correct degree of comparison.
Each of the continents of the world is extraordinary in some way.
For instance, Asia has ___ (large) land mass of 16,988,000 square
miles. It also has ___ (high) mountain range – the Himalayas, where
Mount Everest stands 29,028 feet high, Africa has ___ (long) river,
the Nile, measuring 4,145 miles long. North America lies between the
two ___ (large) oceans. The Pacific holds 23.9% of the world’s water,
while the Atlantic has 46% of the world’s water. North America also
has the Mississippi, the third ___ (long) river. South America has
___ (dry) spot in the world, the Atacama Desert. It’s even ___ (dry)
than the Sahara in Africa. In addition, South America has the world’s
second ___ (long) river, the Amazon. Eastern Europe has ___ (large)
lake. Although it is called a sea because it is so ___ (large) (143,550
square miles), the Caspian Sea is really a lake. Vostok, Antarctica, is
___ (cold) spot on earth, with a recorded temperature of -127 degrees
Fahrenheit in 1960. Australia is said to have ___ (few) people (0.3%
of the world’s population), even though Antarctica has even ___ (few)
because, comparatively speaking, it is not populated at all!
A Forgetful Tourist
Use the verb in brackets in the correct tense.
Once a tourist ___ (arrive) in London. When he ___ (get off) the
train, he ___ (ask) the porter to show him the way to the nearest
post-office. He ___ (send) a telegram to his wife, informing her
that he ___ (arrive) safely and giving her the address of the hotel he
___ (intend) to stay.
Then he ___ (go) to the hotel, ___ (leave) the luggage there and
___ (go) for a walk. As it ___ (be) his first visit to the English capital,
he ___ (be) very much interested to see the museums and the sights of
this beautiful city.
He ___ (stroll) about a bit, ___ (have) dinner at a small restaurant
and ___ (look) at the shops. When he ___ (feel) tired and ___ (want)
to turn his steps back to the hotel, he suddenly ___ (realise) that he
didn’t remember its name or even what street it was in.
Suddenly he ___ (remember) the telegram which he ___ (send) to his
wife on his arrival. She ___ (know) his address and could help him.
So at a late hour his wife ___ (receive) this extraordinary telegram:
‘Please ___ (send) me my address at once.’
Texts with tests
Health Tips for Travellers
Read the text and choose the correct answer.
Travel is fun. Travel is exciting. But it’s not fun or exciting if you
get ill. You may think, ‘Not me. I won’t fall ill on my holiday!’ But, for
many people, that is what happens.
Of course you do not want to spend your holiday ill in bed. If you
have heart trouble, you don’t want to make it worse. So what can you
do to stay in good health? There are three things you should remember
when you travel: relax, sleep and eat well.
A holiday is supposed to be a time for relaxing. But to our regret
very often it is not. Think about what you do when you are a tourist.
There are so many places to visit: museums, shops, parks and churches.
You may spend most days walking around these places. This can be
very tiring. Your feet may hurt. You’ve got a terrible headache after a
few hours. If this is the way you feel, you should take a rest. Do not ask
your body to do too much. A tired body means a weak body. And a weak
body gets ill easily. So sit down for a few hours in a nice spot. In good
weather, look for a quiet park bench. Or you can stop at a café. You can
learn a lot by watching people while you rest.
You should not forget about sleep. If you want to stay healthy
you need to get a good night’s rest. You may have trouble sleeping at
night when you travel. Your hotel room may be noisy or the bed may
be uncomfortable. If this is true, don’t hesitate to change rooms or
hotels. Or, you may not get enough sleep for another reason. In many
cities the nightlife can be very exciting. You may want to stay out late
at night. In this case you should plan to sleep for an hour during the
day. That extra hour can make a big difference.
Finally, if you want to stay in good shape, you must eat well. That
means eating the right kinds of food. Your body needs fresh fruit and
vegetables, and some meat, milk or cheese. No doubt when you are in a
new country, you will wish to try new food. But you need to be careful
about how much you eat. Try to avoid eating lots of rich food.
So, remember this: if you want to enjoy your holiday, take good
care of yourself. Give your body some rest. Get enough sleep and eat
good, healthy food.
1. This passage is about
(A) what to eat when you travel.
(B) relaxing when you travel.
(C) how exciting travel is.
(D) how to stay healthy when you travel.
2. A holiday is not fun if you
(A) are reluctant to go.
(B) are suddenly fallen ill.
(C) spend most days doing the sights.
(D) have trouble sleeping at night.
3. Sightseeing is the best way
(A) to relax.
(B) never any fun.
(C) very tiring.
(D) unhealthy.
4. It’s a good idea
(A) not to take very long holidays.
(B) to keep your first-aid kit handy when you are on holiday.
(C) to spend holidays in other countries.
(D) to get some rest every day.
5. You can fall ill more easily if
(A) you are sleepy.
(B) you sleep an extra hour during the day.
(C) you are tired.
(D) you stay out late at night.
6. Your body needs
(A) sleep to enjoy the nightlife.
(B) to keep fit.
(C) not to spoil your appetite.
(D) to be strong enough to go sightseeing.
7. When you travel you should eat
(A) something different.
(B) more frequently.
(C) fresh fruit and vegetables.
(D) lots of rich food.
8. For good health you need
(A) to travel much.
(B) to lead an active life.
(C) to get enough sleep.
(D) to eat a lot of rich food.
Acid Rains
Read the text and choose the correct answer.
Every year more and more plants and animals disappear never to be
seen again. Strangely, it is the most intelligent but most thoughtless
animal that is causing most of the problems – man. Nature is very
carefully balanced and if this balance is disturbed, animals can
disappear alarmingly fast. Every day, thousands of species of animals
draw closer to extinction. There are species which may become extinct
before they are even discovered.
In many lakes the fish are dying. Fishermen are worried because
every year there are fewer fish and some lakes have no fish at all.
Scientists are beginning to get worried too. What is killing the fish?
The problem is acid rain. Acid rain is a kind of air pollution. It is
caused by factories that burn coal or oil or gas. These factories send
smoke high into the air. The wind often carries the smoke far from
the factories. Some of the harmful substances in the smoke may come
down with the rain hundreds of miles away.
The rain in many places isn’t natural and clean any more. It’s full
of acid chemicals. When it falls in lakes, it changes them too. The
lakes become more acidic. Acid water is like vinegar or lemon juice. It
hurts when it gets in your eyes. It also kills the plants and animals that
usually live in lake water. That is why the fish are dying in lakes.
But dead fish may be just the beginning of the problem. Scientists
are finding other effects of acid rain. In some large areas trees are
dying. Not just one tree here and there, but whole forests. At first
scientists couldn’t understand why. There were no bugs or diseases in
these trees. The weather was not dry. But now they think that the rain
was the cause. Acid rain is making the earth more acidic in these areas.
Some kinds of trees cannot live in the soil that is very acidic.
Now scientists are also beginning to study the effects of acid rain
on larger animals. For example, they believe that some deer in Poland
are less healthy because of acid rain. If deer are hurt by the rain, what
about people? This is the question many people are beginning to ask.
No one knows the answer yet. But it is an important question for us
1. This passage is about
(A) fishing.
(B) acid rain.
(C) air pollution.
(D) destructive human activity.
2. Every year thousands of species of animals
(A) are hunted for their meat and skins.
(B) migrate to other places.
(C) starve to death.
(D) die out.
3. Acid rain is caused
(A) by natural gas.
(B) the ozone layer depletion.
(C) acidic lake water.
(D) emissions of industrial enterprises.
4. Which of the following is true?
(A) Dead fish in lakes is the only problem caused by acid rains.
(B) Scientists are sure that acid rains are not harmful for
(C) If we don’t make an attempt to stop acid rains we may never
see some animals again.
(D) There’s no reason to worry about several trees that died of some
unknown disease.
5. What was not mentioned in the text?
(A) Acid rain is capable of dissolving some rocks and stones.
(B) Fish are unable to live in the water containing acidic
(C) Coal, oil or gas form dangerous combinations after being
(D) Scientists reckon that if some larger animals can be affected by
acid rains, people may be in great danger.
6. Factory smoke
(A) stays over the factories.
(B) is usually clean now.
(C) turns into air.
(D) can travel hundreds of miles.
7. Scientists think acid rain
(A) is killing people.
(B) helps kill bugs.
(C) fertilises the soil.
(D) is killing trees.
8. The word ‘bug’ in this context means
(A) an infectious disease.
(B) a small insect.
(C) a dangerous bird.
(D) a small animal.
What Happened to the Dinosaurs?
Read the text and choose the correct answer.
Science may never answer the most puzzling question. What killed
these mighty creatures?
One of the most popular theories about the death of the dinosaurs
is that the world just grew too cold for them. Indeed, for large, coldblooded creatures, even a few nights of cold could spell death.
Not everyone agrees that a change in weather would have been
enough to kill the dinosaurs.
The latest development in the debate amongst scientists about what
killed the prehistoric dinosaurs is the suggestion that acid rain was
the cause. Some geologists suggest that a large meteor hitting the
earth at 65 kilometres per second would have led to strongly acidic
rain falling all over the world. These geologists calculated that if an
ice-rich meteor weighing 12.5 million billion kilograms, hit the Earth,
it would shock-heat the atmosphere enough to produce huge amounts
of nitrogen oxides. This would result, they say, in strongly acid rain
around the world. If the meteor were travelling more slowly, or if
it were more rock-like in structure, this strongly acid rain would be
limited to a small area so that the effect would be much less important.
However, other groups of researchers have suggested that volcanoes,
rather than meteors, could have produced these heavy doses of acid
rain, but over a much longer period – over 10,000 years.
The idea of a great asteroid or comet crash is fascinating. But it
would mean the dinosaurs would all have been killed within a very
short time – perhaps over a few months or year. What if the dinosaurs
did not die out so quickly? Many scientists think that the dinosaurs
had started to die off millions of years before the end of the Cretaceous
Period. And even more amazing, fossils have been found in the United
States and southern China that might show dinosaurs lived long after
they were supposed to have disappeared!
Could the death of the dinosaurs have been caused by their moving
into new areas? Illness and disease can be carried by travelling animals.
Is it possible that dinosaurs and other creatures died of terrible diseases
caught from other animals?
If this was what ended the dinosaurs, does this mean there was no
asteroid or comet crash? Some scientists think the dinosaurs might
have been affected by such an object from outer space, but only when
they were already in trouble. Ill and dying the dinosaurs might have
looked up to see a fiery ball falling from the sky.
If so, it might just have sealed the dinosaurs’ fate.
1. Which of the following sentences best describes the main idea
contained in the passage?
(A) Scientists know for sure that a sudden and unexpected event
killed all the dinosaurs on the earth.
(B) There are several theories about the dinosaurs’ death, but none
of them can explain why they disappeared so suddenly from the earth’s
(C) Some of the theories about the dinosaurs’ death are more
fascinating than others, but none is certain.
(D) The dinosaurs’ death can be explained if we combine two theories
2. What do some geologists think would happen if a large piece of
ice-rich meteor hit the earth at great speed?
(A) A huge volcano would be formed.
(B) 12.5 million billion kg of nitrogen oxide would be produced.
(C) Strongly acidic rain would result all over the world.
(D) The heat would kill all living things in the area.
3. The geologists think that if a rocky meteor Hit the earth it
(A) have little effect on things living nearby.
(B) have very long-lasting effect.
(C) take a long time to have any effect.
(D) not have any important world-wide effects.
4. Which of the following is true?
(A) Volcanoes couldn’t produce heavy doses of acid rain for a long
(B) The idea of a meteor would mean that the dinosaurs were killed
within a few months or years.
(C) The dinosaurs had started to die off millions of years before the
end of the Jurassic Period.
(D) The dinosaurs were cold-blooded that’s why they liked cold
5. The speed of the meteor that might have hit the earth was about
(A) 12.5 million kilometres per second.
(B) 85 kilometres per second.
(C) 65 hundred kilometres per second.
(D) 65 kilometres per second.
6. Which of the following was not mentioned in the text?
(A) A large meteor could produce a strong acid rain.
(B) A volcano could produce a strong acid rain.
(C) Fossils have been found in southern Korea and some states.
(D) A comet might have hit the earth when the dinosaurs were in
UNIT I. PAST SIMPLE AND PRESENT PERFECT.................... UNIT II. ARTICLES............................................................................ UNIT III. CONDITIONALS............................................................... UNIT IV. FIRST AND SECOND CONDITIONALS...................... UNIT V. TENSES FOR FUTURE EVENTS................................... UNIT VI. SIMPLE / CONTINUOUS VERB FORMS.................... UNIT VII. QUESTIONS...................................................................... UNIT VIII. THE PASSIVES.............................................................. UNIT IX. THE PASSIVE VOICE FOR GIVING
INFORMATION................................................................................... UNIT X. CONJUNCTIONS AND LINKING ADVERBS............. UNIT XI. POSSIBILITY AND CERTAINTY................................. UNIT XII. INFINITIVE AND GERUND........................................ TESTS..................................................................................................... Extremes.......................................................................................... A Forgetful Tourist....................................................................... Texts with tests......................................................................... Health Tips for Travellers............................................................ Acid Rains........................................................................................ What Happened to the Dinosaurs?............................................. 3
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