April 10, 2019
51) Have they finished working yet? I don't think ……… .
52) Somebody stole his wallet so he ……… money from a friend.
a) lent 53) We must go now. Call the waitress and ask
for the ……… .
a) bill 54) He's a friend of ……… .
a) them 55) Have you had ……… to eat?
a) too many 56) I ……… my boyfriend since Christmas.
a) didn't see 57) Who was the woman ……… ?
to you 58) Is ……… than his father?
a) Matt taller 59) She was 29 on her birthday, ……she?
a) didn't 60) ……… is it from here to Berlin?
a) How long way
b) some more
c) to many
b) haven't seen
c) don't see
d) hasn't seen
b) that you were speaking to
c) that you spoke
d) that you were speaked to
b) taller Matt
c) Matt more tall
d) Matt as tall as
b) How long
c) How far
d) How many
53) We must go now. Call the waitress and ask for the ……… .
54) He's a friend of ……… .
55) Have you had ……… to eat?
a) too many
56) I ……… my boyfriend since Christmas.
a) didn't see
57) Who was the woman ……… ?
58) Is ……… than his father?
a) Matt taller
59) She was 29 on her birthday, ……she?
60) ……… is it from here to Berlin?
a) How long way
B. Why do you want to learn English? (a 100-word and 2-week assignment).
C. Read aloud
(Feifei and Finn bump into each other at the supermarket)
Finn: Hello Feifei. I didn't know you shopped at this supermarket too.
Feifei: Hi Finn. Usually I don't. But it's close to the office and I have to rush home to welcome an important guest.
Finn: Who is it? Someone I know?
Feifei: No, it's my landlady. She's coming to collect some of her post and…
want to make her like me because next month, the contract on my flat is due
to be renewed and she might want to increase the rent.
Finn: Yeah, I see what you mean. So you'd better butter her up then!
Feifei: Butter? Oh, yes. But I'm a pretty bad cook. If I baked a cake it would
probably be horrible!
Finn: No. I don't mean butter for a cake. In English, when you say you'll
someone up', you mean you'll be especially nice to them in the hope they'll do
something good for you in return.
Feifei: Oh, I see. So I'll be nice to her and pay her compliments so that she
and keeps the rent low. I'll 'butter her up'! But isn't it a bit insincere?
Finn: Well, it can have a negative connotation, yes. Let's hear some examples of
how to use 'to butter someone up' or 'to butter up someone', which is today's
expression in The English We Speak.
Johnny: I was very impressed with your presentation, Mrs Beany. You are really
intelligent and perceptive and…
Mrs Beany: Don't waste your time buttering me up, Johnny. I'm not raising your
The director was always ready to butter up Angelina Jolie. He knew she was looking for her next role and he wanted her in his movie.
Feifei: Oh, look. It's 6pm already. I'm very late. I might not be on time to
landlady and she'll be angry with me. She's a very busy woman.
Finn: Yeah, well, then you are in a jam!
Finn: In English, when you say someone 'is in a jam', you mean they are in a
difficult situation – but that's a different kind of jam!
Feifei: All these expressions about food!
Finn: I know. We have a huge appetite for food expressions. But let's leave some
for another day. Bye!
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