Thursday, 14 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 45. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 6A
It refers to the era being described.

Ex 6B
1 I could hardly believe it when the policeman told me what had happened.

2 It has been reported that a number of people in the area were affected.

3 It’s no use! I’ve looked everywhere for my wallet but I can’t find it anywhere.

4 We would appreciate it if you didn’t tell anyone about this.

5 It’s surprising how quickly I was able to master the skill.

6 It’s no wonder you couldn’t find your bag. You left it in the café.

A: ‘How much further is it?’
B: ‘It’s not far now.’

8 It’s a pity that you won’t be able to make it to the lunch.

9 It was a warm day for the time of year.

10 It appears that someone has made a mistake.

Ex 7
a) It was the best of times, It was the age of foolishness, etc, It was a warm day …, How much further is it?, It’s not far now

b) It’s no use …, It’s surprising …, It’s no wonder …, It’s a pity

c) It appears that someone …

d) It has been reported …

e) I could hardly believe it when …; I can’t find it anywhere; We would appreciate it if …; You left it in the café.

f ) you won’t be able to make it.

p 135
Ex 1
1 I can’t stand it when all it does is rain for days on end.

2 I’d appreciate it if you could give me a little more notice next time.

3 It’s no use just standing there. You’d better get on with it.

4 I find it hard to believe that the summer is here already.

5 It appears that the police have video footage of the incident.

6 It’s pointless arguing with her when she’s in that kind of state.

7 I’ll leave it to the others to decide what time we should meet.

8 I’ve always made it clear that my family has to take priority over my work.

Ex 2
1 It’s pointless crying about the situation now.

2 It’s essential to be trustworthy in this profession.

3 It seems (that) he has misplaced his keys.

4 We owe it to them to be hospitable as they were welcoming to us.

5 It’s no wonder she wasn’t very enthusiastic when she had heard the talk before.

6 I find it easy to keep abreast of the latest news online.
keep abreast of something: to make sure that you know all the most recent facts about a subject. E.g. It is almost impossible to keep abreast of all the latest developments in computing.

Ex 8A
1 It’s difficult to believe he would have left all the money here. 

2 It’s no wonder you were scared. That car nearly hit you. 

3 It’s not my fault we didn’t finish on time. We started late. 

4 I can’t help it if I keep making mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. 

5 It’s important that we clear up any misunderstandings 

6 It was a shame that we didn’t see the beginning. 

7 It appears to have been a mistake.

8 It’s funny how things always turn out OK in the end. 

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