GE|Adults|Intermediate|Revise and Check 18-23

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs


Put the words in the correct order and complete the sentences

Complete the sentences with a positive or negative adjective or adverb


Complete the sentences

Listen and choose the correct answer

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Man Woman Journalist Footballer John Mary Policeman Gerald Mother Tony Alex

Man: So then I spoke to the manager… Hey, my computer’s not working.
Woman: The electricity’s just gone off. It’ll come back on in a minute.
Man: Oh no. I don’t know if I’ve saved the article I was writing.
Woman: Doesn’t it save automatically?
Man: Yes, but only every half hour. Oh — it’s back on again. Now we’ll see. Yes, thank goodness, it’s all there. If I hadn’t saved it, I would have had to look up all that information again.
Woman: You were lucky. So tell me what the manager said…

Journalist: Why do you always wear that yellow T-shirt when you play?
Footballer: Man It’s my lucky shirt. I put it on under my football shirt.
Journalist: Do you really believe it brings you luck?
Footballer: Well, I suppose it’s just superstition really. But the one time I wasn’t wearing it we lost.
Journalist: Why weren’t you wearing it?
Footballer: Because I’d left it out the night before on my chair, but my wife thought it looked dirty and put it in the washing machine.

John: What are you reading?
Mary: The Minotaur by Barbara Vine.
John: She’s a detective writer, isn’t she?
Mary: Yes, she’s brilliant.
John: You’re always reading detective novels. Don’t you ever read anything else?
Mary: Of course I do. I read lots of classics, and science fiction too. It’s just that when I’m on a train or a bus I need something light. And anything’s better than reading the sports papers like you do. Anyway, shut up now and let me read. I’m just about to find out who the murderer is.

Policeman: OK, now I’m going to ask you a few questions. And just so that you know, this interview will be recorded. This is detective inspector David Hawkins interviewing Gerald Carter on Thursday May the 20th. OK, let’s start with what you were doing last night.
Gerald: I was at home.
Policeman: Any witnesses?
Gerald: My mum. She was there. You can ask her if you like.
Policeman: So you didn’t go out at all.
Gerald: No, I stayed in and watched TV. Wel, I went to the corner shop to get milk, but that was just five minutes.
Policeman: Did you watch anything in particular? On TV?
Gerald: Yeah, the football. England and Denmark. Rubbish match.
Policeman: So you weren’t anywhere near the pub? The Kings Head?
Gerald: The pub? Me? No way.
Policeman: So you’d be surprised to hear that three people saw you there.
Gerald: They’re lying. And I’m not going to answer any more questions without a lawyer.

Mother: Could you turn the TV off, please?
Tony: But Mum, it hasn’t finished yet.
Mother: What hasn’t finished?
Alex: The film. It’s Star Wars. The Return of the Jedi.
Mother: But you’ve seen it before. I know you have.
Tony: Yes, but it’s so good. And it’s nearly finished, I promise. Just five more minutes.
Mother: I don’t care. It’s 10 o’clock and it’s time to go to bed. It’s already half an hour past your normal bedtime.
Alex: But yesterday you said we could watch it if we’d finished our homework.
Mother: Yes, but I didn’t know it was on so late. Bedtime and that’s that.

Listen to Molly talking about her favourite crime novel. Choose the five sentences that are correct

Fred Molly

Fred: You like crime novels, don’t you Molly? Which one do you think is your favourite?
Molly: Mmm. I used to read Agatha Christie a lot — I think my favourite is probably still Murder on the Orient Express.
Fred: I’ve never read it. Why do you like it so much?
Molly: I love the setting, which is on a train in Yugoslavia in the 1930s. It’s very exotic. Also, it has a fascinating mix of characters including a Russian princess, an English colonel, and an American actress.
Fred: So, what’s the plot?
Molly: Well, there’s a snowstorm in the middle of the night, which stops the train, and one of the passengers is found murdered. Poirot, the detective, who happens to be a passenger, realizes the murderer must be on the train because there are no footprints in the snow, so all twelve passengers and the train conductor become suspects.
Fred: Uh-huh.
Molly: Poirot finds several pieces of evidence in the victim’s cabin, for example, a handkerchief, a button, pieces of a letter, which seem to suggest the murderer has just been careless. But he can’t prove who did it because at first one person seems guilty and then another until it looks as if it could have been any one of the thirteen.
Fred: It’s quite complicated, isn’t it?
Molly: Yes, and we keep finding out more information. For example, Poirot realizes that everything happened an hour earlier than he’d thought because they’d entered a new time zone. So his first theory is that the crime could have been carried out by someone who had left the train before the snow started. But… it doesn’t explain all the facts, does it?
Fred: Er …
Molly: But I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. You could just watch the film — it’s perfect for a cold winter’s evening.
Fred: Good idea.

Read the article and choose the correct option


30 days on the minimum wage

Could you change your life in just 30 days? That’s the question documentary maker Morgan Spurlock asked when he filmed his new Channel 4 TV series, 30 Days. Martin Grady reviews the first programme of the series, 30 Days on the Minimum Wage .

Spurlock, who is most famous for Supersize Me, his film about the dangers of eating junk food, became frustrated that few people know about poverty in America. He and his fiancée Alex decided to film an experiment – they’d give up their jobs for a month and try to live on the minimum wage. The resulting documentary, which was filmed reality-show-style using a handheld camera, contains a powerful, social message about the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the USA.

The couple travel to Columbus, Ohio, one of the poorest cities in the USA. The only apartment that they can afford to rent is filthy, in a dangerous area, and has no heating or furniture. Alex begins working as a dishwasher, whilst Morgan does building work with no safety equipment. Neither of them earns more than the minimum wage.

It’s difficult to watch Morgan and Alex struggling in such terrible conditions. A charity gives them some furniture for free, but they have to live without heating, TV and telephone. They’re exhausted and freezing all the time and begin to argue about money. The couple interview people in the same situation and listen to their stories. It’s difficult to imagine, but these people have lived on the minimum wage for decades and many have children.

When Alex becomes ill and Morgan badly injures his wrist, they go to a free clinic for the poor, but can’t see a doctor because of long queues. People there say that without free medical care they’d die.

After thirty days, the experiment has failed. They have spent over $1,000 more than they have earned. The couple are shocked – they can go back to their comfortable life in New York, but what if they couldn’t? How would they continue to survive?

Complete the sentences with the words from the list

🔗Writing criteria

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Read the instructions and choose what you are going to write about

1. Write an article called «Has modern technology improved our lifestyles?»

Begin the article with this introduction:

Example: These days we use a lot of modern technology that makes our lives easier, but has this technology really improved our lives? In my opinion, there are advantages and disadvantages.

Paragraph 2 Write advantages

Paragraph 3 Write disadvantages

Paragraph 4 Conclusion – write your opinion

2. Agree or disagree with the following quotation and explain your point of view

«The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.»

— Douglas MacArthur


  1. Read the topic and the questions carefully.
  2. Plan what you are going to write about.
  3. Write the text according to your plan.
  4. Check your writing before sending it for assessment.
  5. Learn the rules and look at the sample answer 🔗here.
  6. Please use 🔗Grammarly to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes.

«My choice»

Make a 2-minute speech answering the questions to each topic

🔗Speaking criteria



  1. What do you think of this quote: «People are either born lucky or unlucky»?
  2. Do you consider yourself lucky? Why?

Murder mysteries

  1. What famous serial killers do you know?
  2. What was the last movie you watched about a serial killer?


  1. Could you tell me what your favourite programme is?
  2. What are the advantages of not having a TV?

Allow your browser the access to the microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Grammar challenge
  • Vocabulary chase
  • Listen and choose
  • Reading comprehension
  • Can you write?
  • Speak your mind
  • Homework