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-ing form and infinitive – Homestudy for First MW – 11/3/15

Here are some links to short online activities (with answers) to practise verbs in the -ing and infinitive form.  You don’t have to do all of them at once or even all of them.  Work through them gradually until you think you’ve mastered* this aspect of grammar.  Make a note of any questions you have about any of the exercises and bring them to class next week for us to look at.

*to master something = learn or understand something completely

  1. Add a missing word to each sentence (from Natural English Upper-Intermediate, OUP)
  2. Gerunds (or nouns) after prepositions – choose the correct word (More 4, CUP)
  3. Choose the correct answer (multiple-choice) (from New English File Upper-Intermediate, OUP)
  4. Correct the mistake (from English Result Upper-Intermediate, OUP)
  5. Choose the 6 verbs which can go with both the infinitive and -ing (FCE Result, OUP)
  6. Choose between gerund and infinitive (with and without to) WARNING – this is a rather violent game!

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Collocation Challenge: 19/2/15 – Top 10 places and cities to visit in England (Part 2)

This collocation builds on the challenge from 18/2/15 (Part 1) and continues to explore collocations and text features of the text from The Daily Telegraph:   Top 10:  best places and cities to visit in England.

Part 1 of this post looked at the section on Yorkshire, today’s post focuses on the part of the text about Bath.

1.  Adjective + noun collocations in the section about Bath

Revisit the text and look at the section dedicated to Bath.  Find nouns that collocate with the following adjectives:

  • fascinating
  • easily accessible
  • a major
  • affordable
  • significant

2.  Useful phrases for writing about places 2

The text about Bath includes the following phrases…

Bath is a strong contender for England’s most beautiful small city.

…shopping is also a major draw.

Bath’s Achilles heel used to be a surprising dearth of good, affordable places to eat. But that is no longer the case.

  • The phrase a strong contender for + superlative is a nice way to suggest that something would be close to winning a (imaginary) competition for something without being as strong and direct as just using the superlative (compare:  Bath is England’s most beautiful city).  It is more tentative and speculative.
  • If something is a major draw, it attracts people to a place.
  • An Achilles heel is a weakness.
  • a dearth of + noun = a lack / scarcity (“there is/are not enough”)

Complete the sentences below with your own ideas:  

  • If there was a competition for best restaurant in my town, (…name of restaurant…) …would be a strong contender.
  • (activity / tourist attraction in your town) is a major draw (for tourists).
  • If we could get (name of band / singer) to play at our festival they/she/he would be a major draw. (Help us sell lots of tickets / attract a large audience)
  • There’s a dearth of (…something your town doesn’t have enough of…) …in my hometown.
  • There used to be a dearth of … in my hometown.  But that is no longer the case.
  • My town’s Achilles heel used to be a death of … .  But that is no longer the case.

You can continue working with vocabulary from this text in Part 3 of our series.


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