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