GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|19. I told her: my house is your house. So she sold it
1.1 Answer the questions.
1. Are you sociable person?
2. Do you have a good relationship with your friends / family / neighbours?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living with parents?
- I think it would be better to…because…
- I really think it’s best to…because…
- To be honest, I…
Reading and Listening
1.1 Look at this picture. What do you think is going on there?
1.2 Think of two pieces of advice for somebody who is going to meet his partner’s parents.
GLOSSARY (turn flashcard to see the meaning of the term)
pretty protective, completely happy — are the adjective modifiers that strengthen their meaning.
2.1 Now, read the article and look if it’s your advice there. Then complete the gaps with the verbs from the chart.
to meet / to talk / to sleep / to talk / to remove / to make
2.2 Listen to the dialogue and answer the questions:
— What did Mike do wrong?
— What did he do right?
2.3 Do you think the advice from the article would be useful for Mike? Why? Do you think Summer’s parents will welcome their relationship?
The base form of the verb is infinitive. It can be positive e.g. to go and negative not to go and it is often used with to.
You need to use the infinitive
— after question words, e.g. where, when, how, etc.
— after adjectives
— to say why you do something, e.g. I came here to get answers.
— after some verbs, e.g. decide, forget, hope, learn, plan, remember, pretend, try, want, promise, start, decide.
1.1 Match sentences with the rules.
1.2 Complete the sentences with the infinitive.
1.3 Match the sentences’ halves.
The infinitive is represented in English in two forms:
1. go (without to) is a dictionary form, it is also usual for present simple negatives and questions, e.g. Do you go? I don’t go, and after a modal verb can.
2. to go is used after some verbs, e.g. I would like to go; or the infinitive of purpose (to express a reason) in order not to or so as not to.
1.1 Without looking back at the article try to remember the missing verbs.
1.2 Complete the sentences with the verbs from the table.
|to turn off||to make||to turn||to tell||to listen||to build||to ask|
|to like||to ask||to make||to be||to correct||to change||to bake|
Pronunciation and Speaking
1.1 Listen to the sentences and decide where to is pronounced in its weak form. Learn how to pronounce it.
Tell him to go.
Will you go to school?
When two words, one of which ends with a consonant and another one begins with the same consonant, are pronounced together the consonant sound blends in one, and the words get linked, e.g. last time / lɑːstaɪm/ or magic car / ˈmædʒ.ɪk ɑːr /. As you see, they became linked to make pronunciation easier.
1.2 Listen to the sentences and try to hear the difference.
1.3 Listen and write down the sentences. Repeat them.
2.1 Answer the questions, give as much information as you can.
-Do you think it is difficult to have the first meeting with the parents of your partner? Why? Did you have such experience?
-What is the most important thing for you on the first date? What can spoil the date?
2.2 Read the text and say if you agree/disagree with the tips. Why/why not?
Do something scary. If you’re afraid for your life, the last thing you’ll be worrying about is whether your hair looks okay. You don’t need to put your life in danger on a date. But doing an adventurous, challenging, and slightly scary activity together can distract you both from your nerves and help you to focus more on each other.
Ask unexpected and unplanned questions. If you want to get to know someone, asking a lot of questions is an obvious solution, but it also matters what you ask and why. Ask unexpected or funny questions.
Be honest if you aren’t enjoying yourself. There’s no need to suffer through an unpleasant date. Just be honest and get out of there. You’ll do both of you a favor if you cut the night short and go your separate ways as soon as you know it’s not working out.
adapted from Juliana Breines, Ph.D.
To cut the night — to end a personal or professional relationship with someone, to make a date unexpectedly shorter.
1.1 Write a “How to…” article with at least four tips. Choose one of the titles or make your own.
-get through a job interview successfully
-learn English faster?
1.1 Match the sentences with the rules.
1.2 Complete the text with the verbs from the list. Use past tense.
start/ offer/ not want/ pretend/ need/ plan/ forget (x2)/ try/ learn
1.3 Complete the sentences with the infinitives.
to drive/ to find/ to get married /to want/ to go/ to rain/ to see/ to turn off/ to find/ to buy
1.4 Use to where it is necessary or put ‘—’.
2.1 Read an article and choose the best answer.
Carrie Bickmore: The truth about mothers-in-law
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about becoming a mother-in-law.
A little weird, I know, given my eldest is only 10! But all the movies I have ever watched make mothers-in-law out to be awful creatures who don’t want to share their son with another woman. And at the same time I am sure there are elements of truth to these stereotyped plots.
I’ve fallen in love with men who had incredible mothers, but I am still aware that my arrival probably changed their relationship in some way.
Take my partner Chris. He works hard, is hands-on with the kids, isn’t scared to cook and will happily do the washing.
But when his mum is around, she does EVERYTHING. When we first met, she would come to his house, take his dirty clothes home and bring them back washed, ironed (even his underwear) and hung up. When I asked, “Why do you need your mum doing your laundry?” he would reply, “I don’t NEED her to, she just likes doing it!”
I thought it was strange — and unfair on her — and I put a stop to it. But fast forward a few years and his mum is my hero. She pops round with mountains of meals, will hang up the washing and looks after the kids. I can’t imagine what I would do without her.
So, what changed? I changed.
I stopped thinking her desire to help was a reflection of my capabilities and realised that she just wants to help make her child’s life easier.
Sure there are times I shy when watching her hanging out my teeny G-strings but, hey, if it makes her happy.
adopted from CARRIE BICKMORE, Stellar Magazine
- Reading and Listening
- Pronunciation and Speaking
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|1. Where are you from?
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|2. Describing people
- GE|Adults| Pre-Intermediate|3. Things you wear. Prepositions of place. Clothes
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|4. How did you spend your holidays?
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|5. Historical events
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|6. How to tell a good story?
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|7. What are you going to do?
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|8. Old friends
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|9. Can you explain it in English? Words-helpers
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|10. Annoying habits
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|11. Going shopping
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|12. Good weekend vs bad weekend. At the weekend
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|13. Life in metropolises
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|14. Describing a town (city)
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|15. Are you a healthy person?
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|16. Pessimist vs Optimist. Choose your side
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|17. Speak low, if you speak 'Love'
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|18. Every great dream begins with a dreamer
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|19. I told her: my house is your house. So she sold it
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|20. To do what you like is freedom...
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|21. You don't have to be great to start...
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 1: Check into the hotel
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 2: Going to a restaurant
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 3: In the shopping centre
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Practical English 4: At the pharmacy
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 1-4
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 5-8
- GE|Adults|Pre-Intermediate|Revise and Check 9-13