English in Use Level 2: Global Pre-Intermediate Unit 8 Part 5: Home and
Away (Pages 98 to101)
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The focus of the last section of this unit is on speaking on the telephone.
The following useful sentences are introduced:
‘Hello, Greenway holidays’
‘Hello, This is Pablo Alonso’
‘Can I speak to Mrs. Knight?’
‘Just a moment please’
‘I’m calling about the English learning holiday’
‘Can I take a message?’
‘I’ll put your through’ and
‘I’ll call back’
Try to practice using these sentences when your fellow students call you.
The grammatical focus is on adverbs of degree, or what are sometimes called
The following are introduced:
‘a bit’; ‘extremely’; ‘fairly’; ‘quite’; ‘slightly’ and ‘very’. These are what are called premodifiers because they come before the adjective they modify.
For example ‘a bit hungry’; ‘extremely tired’; fairly excited’; ‘quite happy’; slightly
overweight’ and ‘very bored’.
In the last part, which is the writing section, you are encouraged to provide extra
information about a place by using the relative pronoun ‘where’.
Here are some examples:
‘I live in a house where my father used to live’
‘I went to a university where I could study Law’
‘I am going to try to find a shop where I can buy a new frying pan’
In each of these relative clauses you will notice that after the pronoun ‘where’ there
is both a subject (‘I’) and a verb which describes an action: ’live, study and buy’.
This is a feature of a ‘where’ clause.
If you want to describe a place you do not use ‘where’. In these cases you use ‘which’
For example,
‘I live in a house which is very small’
‘I study at a university which is very famous’
‘I work in an office which is very busy’
In the clause that follows ‘which’, there is usually no subject.
There is also a discussion of the use of ‘It’ and ‘There’ when they are used at the
beginning of a sentence that describes a place.
Here are some examples:
‘It’s a small town’
‘It’s quite interesting’
‘It’s in the north of the country’
‘It’s on the coast’
‘There are lots of nice shops’
‘There’s a big castle’
‘There’s nothing to do there’
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about and practice these skills.
Keep practicing!
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