sâmbătă, 9 noiembrie 2013


Rezolvarea exercitiilor de la UNIT 1 din manualul de limba engleza pentru clasa VIII intitulat UPSTREAM INTERMEDIATE – Student’s Book, Editura Express Publishing, Autori Virginia Evans si Jenny Dooley, Editia 2002

UNIT 1: My Home is my Castle


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Exercise 1

The proverb: “An Englishman’s home is his castle.”

An Englishman takes pride in his home.

Exercise 2 a

five storeys and a house on top: C
a fiberglass shark: D
brick walls: D
a thatched roof: A
a chimney: C
a rock on the roof: B
wooden stairs up to the front door: A
stone walls: B
a tiled roof: D
built underground: (none)
a castle: (none)
built on stilts: A

Exercise 2 b

House A: economical, cramped, impractical, airy
House B: cold, cramped, impractical
House C: impractical, spacious, airy, eccentric
House D: eccentric, comfortable, spacious

Exercise 2 c

five-storey building – Suffolk, England
terraced house – Zimbabwe
hut on stilts – Portugal
rock house – Headington, England

Exercise 2 d

-        The house in picture B is a rock house. It is located in Portugal. It has got stone walls, a rock on the roof and a small door. It is probably quite cold, cramped and impractical.
-        The house in picture C is a five-storey building. It is located in Suffolk, England. It has got a house on top and a big chimney. It is eccentric and impractical, but probably quite spacious and airy.
-        The house in picture D is a terraced house. It is located in Headington, England. It has got brick walls and a fiberglass shark in the roof. It is spacious, but probably quite impractical. It’s also a bit eccentric.

Exercise 2 e

I wouldn’t like to live in the rock house because it looks very cold to me.
I would like to live in the five-storey building because it looks very spacious to me.
I wouldn’t like to live in the terraced house because it looks very eccentric to me.


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Exercise 3 a

The article must be about various types of houses.
This article might be found in a magazine.

Exercise 3 b

1.     B (lines 5-6)
2.   A (lines 17-19)
3.   C (lines 31-32)
4.   D (line 39)
5.    D (lines 57-59)

Exercise 3 c

harsh: severe
spacious: roomy
ordinary: normal
convince: persuade
set up: establish
resist: keep from

Exercise 4 a

brand new, luxurious, impressive appearance, unique, spacious
expensive to build, impractical, cold in winter
quiet, cosy, doesn’t damage the environment, low fuel bills
dark, claustrophobic
airy, secure, comfortable
high off the ground, not suitable for suffers of hay fever

The Mew’s castle has many advantages. Firstly, it is brand new. It is also luxurious, unique and has an impressive appearance. In addition, it is spacious. However, there are certain disadvantages, too. For example, it was expensive to build. It is also impractical and cold in the winter. Nevertheless, I would like to live in a house like this because it is so unique and impressive.

Exercise 4 b

My ideal house would be a castle. It would be made of stone. The rooms would be large and airy. It would have a garden and a pool, where I could spend my time in summer. It would be cool and very comfortable to live in, and very economical.

Vocabulary Practice

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Exercise 5 b

Exercise 5 c

I live in a modern flat in the city. It is centrally located and close to the shops. It is a large 3-bedroomed apartment that is comfortable, well maintained and fully furnished.

Exercise 6 a

A Inside: 3 bedrooms, large lounge/ dining room, fireplace, entrance hall, modern fitted kitchen, attic, central heating, built-in wardrobes
    Outside: garage, driveway, large front garden with shared fence, rear patio, pool
B Inside: 2 bedrooms, fully-furnished, double glazing, air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchen, modern security system
    Outside: large balcony, modern security system

Exercise 7 a

vacuum cleaner – utility room; electric heater – bedroom/ lounge; washing machine – kitchen/ utility room/ bathroom; microwave – kitchen; humidifier – bedroom/ lounge; air conditioner – lounge/ bedroom; hairdryer – bathroom/ bedroom; dishwasher – kitchen; cooker - kitchen

Exercise 7 b

built-in – wardrobes
central – heating
fitted – kitchen
double – glazing
entrance – hall
private – parking
security – system

Exercise 8 a

1.     if you could
2.   What would you
3.   could you tell me
4.   When do you think
5.    How about

Exercise 8 b

A: Hello!
B: Good morning. I wonder if could you give me some more information about the flat in Golders Green.
A: Of course, what would you like to know?
B: First of all, could you tell me exactly where the flat is situated?
A: Yes, it’s on Riverside Park Drive.
B: And does it have a separate dining room?
A: No, it doesn’t. There is a combined lounge and dining room.
B: I see. Do the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes?
A: Yes, they do.
B: One last question. Does the kitchen have a dishwasher?
A: Oh definitely.
B: It sounds perfect. When do you think I could see it?
A: How about 6 o’clock in the evening?
B: That’s fine – see you then.

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Exercise 9 a

House A has got a pool whereas house B hasn’t got one.
Both houses A and B have got a garden.
Both houses A and B have got an attic.
House A has got a patio although house B hasn’t got one.
House B has got a garden, but it doesn’t have a fence.
Besides having a balcony, house A has got air conditioning.
House B hasn’t got a balcony but it has got air conditioning.
Both houses have got a security system.
House B has got a cellar but it hasn’t got a fireplace.
House A has got a fireplace. However, it hasn’t got a cellar or built-in wardrobes.
Both houses have central heating.
Whereas house A has a fitted kitchen, house B hasn’t got one.
House A has a pool and a garage. Also, it has a garden.
As well as having air conditioning and a security system, house B has also got central heating.
Although house B hasn’t got a fireplace, it has got central heating.

Exercise 9 b

A For Sale London. Large detached house with garden, patio, balcony and pool. Fitted kitchen with central heating and latest security system. Fully air-conditioned with a fireplace. Private driveway and large garage. Attic suitable for conversion. Close to shops and public transport. Contact Bryson Properties: Tel. 020 8253 6149.

B For Rent. Large detached house with central heating, air-conditioning and modern security system. All bedrooms with built-in wardrobes. Large attic with private driveway and large garage. Available for long lease. Full details at AJ Estate Agents. Tel. 020 8942 6851.

Exercise 10 a

wash – the dishes
dust – the furniture
make – the beds
iron – the clothes
vacuum – the carpets
clean – the windows
mop – the floors
mow – the lawn

Exercise 10 b

do the ironing; do the washing up; do the dusting; do the vacuuming; do the cleaning

Dad never does the washing up.
On Mondays it’s my turn to do the dusting.
My sister usually does the vacuuming.
My mum does most of the cleaning.

Exercise 11 a

Exercise 11 b

I would paint a child’s bedroom green because it makes people feel relaxed.
I would paint a play area red because it makes people feel active.
I would paint a living room yellow because it makes people feel happy.
I would paint a classroom blue because it makes people feel confident.

Exercise 12

There is a lamp next to the sofa.
There is a window behind the sofa.
The glass coffee table is opposite the fireplace.
There are some cushions on the sofa.
There is a painting between the fireplace and the window.
There is a plant above the fireplace.
There is a candlestick in the middle of the glass coffee table.

Grammar in use

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Exercise 13

1. b
2. g
3. d
4. e
5. c
6. a
7. f
8. h

Exercise 14

1. is moving
2. has evicted
3. Have you been waiting
4. are converting
5. freezes
6. arrives
7. Are you singing
8. is becoming
9. comes
10. are still searching
11. has signed

Exercise 15

1. Is Jane still thinking; think
2. is tasting; tastes
3. are you smelling; smells

Exercise 16

1. British homes usually have a garden or a yard.
There is often a garage in British homes.
You can sometimes find a cellar or a basement in British homes.
British homes rarely have a swimming pool.
There is never a storm cellar in British homes.

Exercise 17

A: What do you usually do in your free time?
B: Well, I usually go to the cinema. Sometimes, I surf the net. What about you?
A: I don’t like the cinema so I usually watch TV or play board games.
B: What are you doing this weekend?
A: I’m visiting my aunt. She lives in the countryside. How about you?
B: I’m going to a party.
A: That’s nice.

Exercise 18

I’m a lot taller.
I’ve put on weight.
I’ve dyed my hair.

Exercise 19

A: … been in a tree house?
B: No, I haven’t. Have you ever stayed at a campsite?
A: No, I haven’t. Have you ever redecorated your own bedroom?
B: Yes, I have.
A: Really? When was that?
B: Last summer. Have you ever stayed in a house with its own swimming pool?
A: No, I haven’t. Have you ever had a p power cut at your home?
B: Yes, I have.

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Exercise 20

A: You look tired. What have you been doing?
B: I’ve been doing my homework.
A: What have you done?
B: Well, I’ve finished my Maths and written a composition, but I haven’t studied for the test yet.

A: You look excited. What have you been doing?
B: I’ve been organizing a party.
A: What have you done?
B: Well, I’ve sent out the invitations and booked the caterers, but I haven’t booked the band yet.

Exercise 21

I haven’t done the shopping yet.
I am still working on my science project.
I have already read this morning’s paper.
I haven’t seen my cousin John for 3 years.
I haven’t seen my friend Mary since March.
I am doing my homework at the moment.
I wake up early everyday.
I am sitting at my desk now.
I am seeing Jeff next Saturday.

Exercise 22

2. He has been sitting in the sun all morning.
3. I have been watching TV for hours.
4. He has studied hard.
5. He has been on a diet.
6. She has bought a new house.

Exercise 23

1. B
2. D
3. A
4. B
5. A

Exercise 24

1. from
2. to
3. of
4. on
5. to; for
6. to; for
7. of
8. for
9. in
10. with

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Exercise 25

1. out of
2. from
3. in
4. from
5. in
6. to
7. in
8. of
9. to
10. of
11. of
12. for
13. from
14. of

Exercise 26 a

1.     broken down
2.   brought up
3.   break up
4.   brought up
5.    broke in
6.   broke out
7.    brings back
8.   broke off

Exercise 27

1.     annually
2.   protection
3.   security
4.   installation
5.    unable
6.   preventive
7.    neighbourhood
8.   effective
9.   burglaries
10.                      valuable

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Exercise 28

1.     he
3.   of
5.    it
6.   to
7.    the
9.   even
11. so
12.     to
14.   that

Exercise 29

1.     tiniest house I have ever
2.   hasn’t visited us for
3.   has been working here for
4.   will be brought out
5.    broke into Sally’s flat

Exercise 30

1.     blue: once in a blue moon = rarely
2.   black, blue: black and blue = bruised
3.   green: green fingers = good at gardening
4.   green: is a bit green = inexperienced
5.    white: a little white lie = fib
6.   black, white: in black and white = clear and simple

Exercise 31

1.     about
2.   clear
3.   thin
4.   take
5.    refused
6.   hard

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Exercise 32

1.     D
2.   F
3.   A
4.   E
5.    C

Exercise 33

Both pictures show dwellings.
Picture A shows a cottage but picture B shows a block of flats.
The house in picture A is in the countryside, perhaps in a village.
Picture B, on the other hand, is in a city or large town and perhaps on a busy main road.

-        I would like to live in the cottage in picture A because I like the countryside.
-        My house is quite different from the ones in the pictures because it is: a two-storey house on a quiet street in a small town. It is similar to picture A because it has a garden. It is also similar to picture B because it is made of brick.
-        House A may have problems with the heating in winter. It may be a bit isolated and quite far from the local shops and water facilities.

Exercise 34 b

1.     T
2.   F
3.   T
4.   F

Exercise 36

1.     detached
2.   £400,000
3.   garage
4.   four (4)
5.    two (2)
6.   (swimming) pool

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Exercise 38 a

In a house of rent.

Exercise 38 b

1.     like
2.   small
3.   fully
4.   attic
5.    interested

Exercise 39 a

1.     b
2.   d
3.   a
4.   e
5.    c

Exercise 40 a

1.     having a car accident
2.   getting locked out
3.   sb being evicted

Exercise 40 b

1.     How awful
2.   That’s too bad
3.   I’m sorry to hear that

Exercise 40 c

A: There’s a fire in the basement!
B: How terrible!

A: My aunt is in hospital. She fell down the stairs.
B: You must be very worried.

A: I didn’t get the flat I wanted.
B: That’s a shame!

A: My friend’s daughter burnt her hand on the cooker.
B: That’s too bad!

The Charming Past

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Exercise 42 a

The title relates to the picture because they show castles that were built in the past. These castles are charming, interesting and attractive.

Exercise 42 b

Most of the castle is in ruins.
The view from the top of the battlements is amazing.
Visitors can enjoy a walk through the beautiful, well-kept grounds.
Blarney Castle is a very interesting, historical site.

There are steep cliffs on three sides.
Dunnottar has a long and exciting past.
The Scottish Crown Jewels were kept in the castle.
Dunnottar was one of the strongest fortresses in the UK.
There are lodgings for guests in the castle.
He took the horse to the stables.

Exercise 43 b

1.     B
2.   A
3.   B
4.   A
5.    B

Exercise 43 d

payment: reward
endure: remain
merit: worth
situated: located
deserted: abandoned
modern: recent

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Exercise 47 a

2. It’s in a really nice location.
3. The house is really charming outside.
4. Inside, the house is nice and comfortable.

Exercise 47 b

Para 3: exterior: charming; old brick farm building; holiday cottage; patio; beautiful garden
Para 4: interior: nice and comfortable; two floors; cosy living room; kitchen with modern equipment; dining room; WC; two small bedrooms; bathroom; fully furnished

Exercise 47 c

-      abbreviations: Hope everything’s OK; I’m writing; I’ve found; It’s in; It’s an; It’s got; I’ll see you; I’ll tell you
-        simple linking words: but; so; and; as well as; Also
-        shorter sentences: How are you?; Hope everything’s OK; It has two floors.
-        personal tone: I’m writing to let you know; I’ve found the perfect summer cottage for you; with all the modern equipment you would expect; you don’t need to worry about that; if you like the sound of it; I hope I’ll see you; I’ll tell you all of my news then.
-        everyday expressions: Hope everything’s OK; the best thing about it is; you don’t need to worry; Let me know.

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Exercise 47 d

Laura’s opening remarks: How are you? Hope everything’s OK.
Laura’s closing remarks: Let me know if you like the sound of it. I can talk to the owner, Mr Smith, for you. I hope I’ll see you here soon. I’ll tell you all my news then.
d and e can be used instead
b and f cannot be used because the language is too formal

Exercise 49 a

Your friend; move to your area; looking for a house to rent; asked you to help; Write a letter; describing a house; giving further details.

Exercise 49 b

1.     32
2.   garden
3.   bathroom
4.   fireplace
5.    800

Exercise 50

Dear Peter,
       How are you? I think I’ve found the perfect house for you.
       It’s in a really nice location. It’s in the suburbs and convenient for public transport. Also, the rent is £800 a month, quite reasonable I think.
         Outside, the house is very attar active. It is a big wooden house with a front garden and a garage.
        Inside, the house is cosy. It is fully furnished. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. Downstairs, there is a bathroom, a huge living room with an old fireplace and a dining room. There is also a modern fitted kitchen.
        Tell me if it sounds good to you. If you want, you can talk to the owner, Mr. Jones, about it. See you soon.

Exercise 51

-        You don’t need to travel because you will find everything you need at home.
-        You will learn beauty at home.

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