Unit 13

Task 1


Correct the errors in these sentences:

1 Pete ought be more polite when dealing with customers.
Pete ought to be more polite when dealing with customers
.
2 You would better make sure you ask for a receipt.
You had better make sure you ask for a receipt.

3 You really must not to tease David like that.
You really must not tease David like that.

4 You should to change your money to Euros before we leave the city.
You should change your money to Euros before we leave the city.

5 Why not you surprise your secretary by taking her out to lunch?
Why don’t you surprise your secretary by taking her out to lunch?

6 I'm advise you to make a police report about this.
I advise you to make a police report about this.

7 I recommend you to have surgery to remove the cyst.
I recommend that you have surgery to remove the cyst.

8 Try soak the beans in water overnight. That should soften them.
Try soaking the beans in water overnight. That should soften them.

9 What we should do to post the information on our site.
What we should do is (to) post the information on our site.

10 If I were you, I will invest my bonus in the stock market.
If I were you, I would invest my bonus in the stock market.



Listening Task 1

1 _____ The writer of the first letter works in a busy office.
FALSE

2 _____ Many people have issues with noisy coworkers.
TRUE

3 _____ It is good to approach a problem head-on.
TRUE

4 _____The writer of the second letter was unsuccessful at school.
FALSE

5 _____ You need different skills to get ahead at school and at work.
TRUE

6 _____ The writer of the third letter seems lazy.
FALSE


Unit 14

Idioms

Examine the following idioms. What do you think each one means? Try to guess from the context:

1 You can get a coffee there after midnight. In fact, it’s open 24/7.
All the time.

2 We’ve done all we can for now. Let’s call it a day.
Stop work for today

3 The new Samsung phone has generated a lot of buzz; everyone’s talking about it.
Created a lot of excitement

4 I don’t think I can help you right now. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment.
I’m busy

5 This is a team effort, so everybody is expected to pull their weight.
Do a proportional amount of work

6 If you think anyone would pay $1000 for this, then you need a reality check!
To be more realistic

7 Since we dropped the price, sales have gone through the roof.
Increased a lot

8 If the boss sees this mistake, he’s liable to blow his top.
Get angry

9 The company doesn’t seem to care if it has a bad reputation as long as the bottom line is solid.
The profit

10 If you’re going to join our project team, we need to know what you can bring to the table.
What skills can you offer us?

11 Verbal confirmation is not enough. We need to get it in black and white.
In writing

12 It’s costly to invest in a new stadium, but, in the long run, it’ll be worth it for the club.
In the long term


Unit 15

Error Correction Task

Which of the following sentences are correct? Cross out the ones that are not:

1 In order for get a new laptop, you need to contact the Purchasing Department.
In order to get a new laptop, you need to contact the Purchasing Department.

2 Attending meetings is a major part of my job.
Correct

3 Checking these records, I noticed several accounting errors.
Correct

4 Researching new technology and coming up with new products.
Sentence fragment

5 Looking after new clients, I work in the Customer Service Department
The two parts of the sentence do not match

6 Hiring good new recruits is a time-consuming process.
Correct

7 Marketing new products, that’s what I do.
Incorrect, but sometimes used in spoken English

8 To get to the top of the corporate ladder is never an easy task.
Correct


Unit 16

Listening


1 ______ You’ll have more job security working for a large company.

TRUE

2 ______ Smaller companies have more cash flow problems.
TRUE

3 ______ Cats are friendly and loyal.
FALSE

4 ______ Cats are better than dogs for children.
FALSE

5 ______ A tablet can do anything that a laptop can do.
FALSE

6 ______ A laptop is a better work device than a tablet.
TRUE

7 ______ Working from home can be lonely.
TRUE

8 ______ People who telecommute are more motivated.
FALSE

9 ______ Most people prefer Japanese food to Italian food.
FALSE

10 _____ The Colosseum is a place in Italy.

TRUE

Sentence connectors - error correction

1 The CEO’s office is much more bigger than mine!
The CEO’s office is much bigger than mine!

2 I didn’t expect the presentation to be good nevertheless it was quite informative.
I didn’t expect the presentation to be good; nevertheless, it was quite informative.

3 Neither England or Scotland has the death penalty.
Neither England nor Scotland has the death penalty.

4 It’s not humid here as it is near the coast.
It’s not as humid here as it is near the coast.

5 My car doesn’t have a GPS receiver and my wife doesn’t either.
My car doesn’t have a GPS receiver and my wife’s doesn’t either.

6 Compare to the original, the sequel was pretty poor.
Compared to the original, the sequel was pretty poor.

7 I don’t work long hours, as oppose to Lina, who sometimes works all night.
I don’t work long hours, as opposed to Lina, who sometimes works all night.

8 Our products are built to last. On contrast, our competitors use cheaper materials and produce shoddy goods.
Our products are built to last. In contrast, our competitors use cheaper materials and produce shoddy goods.

9 Both of my partners don’t eat meat.
Neither of my partners eat meat.

10 I’m not keen to sell this piece. In the other hand, if the offer is generous enough, I will certainly think about it.
I’m not keen to sell this piece. On the other hand, if the offer is generous enough, I will certainly think about it.