New York Marathon
1. Reading comprehension. After carefully reading the text, answer the questions below.
Gary Glitter was born in one of the poorer districts of New York. But he knew, even as a child, that he would live in a richer area one day.
When he finished school, he got a good job at a bank and after a few years he got an even better job in a bigger bank. He had to work
very long hours, often until late in the evening, but he earned such a lot of money that he could afford to buy everything he wanted: a car,
an apartment and nice clothes.
But when he was about 30, he started to get ill a lot. He got headaches and pains in his stomach. Sometimes these pains were so bad that
he could not go to work. He went to see his doctor who said, "Your real problem is stress. You work much too hard and you don't do
any sport. If you don't do something about it, it'll soon be too late." Gary followed his doctor's advice.
He stopped working so late and started to go jogging. He soon began to feel much better. He became a member of a sports club.
Two years later he ran in the New York marathon. Gary wrote a book about his new hobby, Running with Gary, which was very popular.
He then left his office job and opened a new sports club in Queens.
He now owns five sports clubs altogether and has started to earn a lot of money again. But he still runs in the New York marathon every year.
(about 260 words)
Questions on the text.
1.1. What did Gary do with the money he earned at the bank? (15 words)
1.2. What happened to him when he was about 30? (20 words)
1.3. What did Gary do after he gave up his office? (20 words)
2. Conditional sentences. Complete the conditional sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets. Use "would", "could" or "might" in the main clauses.
It is a winter day and Megan is at home. She is talking with a friend about her holiday plans for next summer.
Ann: Do you know where you're going on holiday next summer, Megan?
Megan: No, I'm not sure. If it (be) possible, I (like) to go back to Rhyl Park.
What about you?
Ann: I don't know. If I (have) enough money, I (go) abroad.
Megan: That sounds very exciting. Where (you / go)?
Ann: If I (have) the money and (speak) French, I (go) to Paris.
Megan: Well, I (visit) my relatives in America if they (invite) me.
Mrs Thatcher: That sounds very interesting, Megan. But if I you (be), I (ask) your parents for their opinion
3. The passive voice. Rewrite the following sentences. Use the passive voice.
3.1. Peter stole Mabel's purse at school today.
3.2. Our neighbour's daughters have painted horrible pictures on the walls.
3.3. A Chinese businessman paid a million pounds for a Picasso last week.
3.4. This businessman has just sold London Bridge to an American.
3.5. Umberto teaches Italian at our school.
3.6. I hope one day doctors will find a cure for cancer.
3.7. Taxi-drivers drive taxis.
4. The passive voice. Insert the correct forms of the passive voice.
How to make a new record
Do you know how a new record (make)?
Well, first the song (write) and a good pop group (find). Sometimes the singers
(know), but quite often they (know / not). Then the song
(record) without the band. The words alone (put) onto a tape. If the group isn't very good, the
tape (improve) by excellent studio technicians.
Later a professional band (ask) to fill in the music. The music (sometimes / play)
by very good musicians from symphony orchestras. After that all the radio stations (give) a copy of the new record.
They (often / pay) a lot of money to play it. If the record is a success, it (sell) in all the
record shops all over the country.