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TASK 23. Use the correct conjunction or preposition. Choose from the box below and repeat as many times as you need.
that to with at of on for in by


  1. I am relieved _____ see that they are pleased ______ their accommodation. It seems entirely compatible ______ their wishes.

  2. I am almost embarrassed ______ admit that I feel extremely ashamed ______ my fellow-countrymen on occasions such as this, particularly when they seem utterly devoid ______ any manners at all.

  3. I'm afraid ______ speak to her about this because I'm frightened ______ upsetting her.

  4. It is probable ______ he will prove to be the most likely person ______ the job and the one most likely ______ do it properly.

  5. I am aware ______ your deficiencies and the areas you are lacking practice ______ just as I am aware ______ you share these weaknesses with many others.

  6. I know he's very sure ______ himself and is intent ______ proving he can pass, but we are not convinced ______ his success can be taken _____ granted.

  7. I was interested ______ read that many fans had expressed amazement ______ the result. Isn't it amazing ______ so many people take an interest ______ such obscure sports?

  8. I know I should be ashamed ______ admit that I am saddened ______ young Paula's being written out of my favourite soap. It's a pretty awful thing ______ have to admit, but I really am upset ______ she's leaving.


***TASK 24. Use the best suitable word in each gap.


  1. I went to the conference but for most of the time I felt __________ (1) a fish out of water. I knew nobody there and everyone else behaved __________ (2) if they had all known each other for years. I left just __________ (3) soon as I could and arrived home __________ (4) than planned.

  2. I've always preferred classical music __________ (1) pop music. I'd much __________ (2) listen to a forty-five-minute symphony __________ (3) a three-minute song. Pop songs seem so __________ (4) less interesting, harmonically and melodically, and the insistent, repetitive drumming is about __________ (5) much fun __________. (6) banging your head against a wall.

  3. My father was a jack of all trades in those days, as __________ (1) all village school headmasters: digging holes for swimming pools __________ (2) a full-time labourer, marking out athletics tracks in the manner __________ (3) a professional, teaching arithmetic to the top class in __________ (4) time as he had free. The __________ (5) he did, the more was expected of him by the village community, as if he should __________ (6) every waking hour to the well-being of his pupils. And he did. Nowadays one hears people talk of headmasters as if they __________ (7) accountants, balancing their __________ (8) as efficiently __________ (9) they can. I think I'd __________ (10) have been a headmaster in the old days.


****TASK 25. Revision: adjectives and adverbs. Use the best suitable word in each gap.
Whether or not we are __________ (1) in the universe is a question that has vexed humankind for centuries. But we are __________ (2) to live in an era when the technology exists to allow us to come __________ (3) to giving an answer. Up to now, __________ (4) only was a belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life often __________ (5) on personal rather than religious conviction, __________ (6) was perhaps __________ (7) much based on faith. But scientifically the possibility cannot be discounted and, perhaps more __________ (8) at any other time in history, the subject is no longer liable __________ (9) be dismissed as a crank's discipline. For example, can we estimate the number of civilisations within our own Milky Way galaxy? These days scientists believe that in some __________ (10) they now have a not __________ (11) knowledge of the factors involved in producing such civilisations. The rate of formation of suitable stars – that is, ones __________ (12) Earth which are hot __________ (13) to sustain life and live long enough to allow life to evolve – is a __________ (14) starting point. Astronomers are confident __________ (15) they can assess this rate of formation at .......... (16) one star per year. However, these stars also need to have habitable planets. __________ (17) in the last five years have scientists found evidence that at least some stars (other than our own star, the sun) have planetary systems. Broadly __________ (18), perhaps one in ten stars have planets orbiting them. But we also require that these planets are warm enough to have liquid water, a basic component integral __________ (19) life on Earth and presumably life elsewhere, and are not lacking __________ (20) an atmosphere that can both provide protection and sustenance to developing life.
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