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Unit 5 Fame and fortune


Grammar

Exam training

Missing words

In the exam you may have a gapped text with multiple choice options, which tests your grammar and vocabulary. Follow this approach:

1 Read through the text for general understanding ignoring the gaps.

2 Read the text around each gap carefully. If the word is a vocabulary word, check to see which option goes with the words around the gap. If the word is a grammatical word, should it refer to the past, present or future?

3 When you have finished, read the text again to check that it makes sense.

7 Modals

A Read the article and choose the best answer: a, b or с to complete each sentence.

Roger Robar came to Britain in 1989 from the French West Indies looking for work, so it 1............... have been a welcome surprise when he won the lottery in 1996. Now, £5.5 million richer, he's leaving for France, driven away by letters asking for money. Since he won the lottery, Roger has 2............... out that he has given away more than £1.5 million to good causes. At first, he didn't mind when complete strangers approached him for money but now he can't 3...............with the 25 or so letters he receives each week. Roger, a self-taught chef, owns a restaurant, but he is not sure what he will do in Paris. He 4...............not work but he hasn't decided yet. 'Winning the lottery has a great 5...............on your life but it is so stressful,' says Roger. 'People 6 ............... to occupy their lives with other things, too. My money 7 ............... eventually run out. You 8............... never tell! But, I like to look 9............... the bright side, so if it does, I would like nothing better than, to go back to working in a restaurant,' he says 10 ............. .
The Observer

1 a can't    b must    c needn't   
2 a turned    b put    c worked
3 a stand    b cope    c put
4 a must    b ought    c might   
5 a impact    b invasion    c direction   
6 a need    b should    c must
7 a ought    b can    c could
8 a can    b may    с might   
9 a on    b at    с in
10 a swiftly    b cheerfully    c incredibly

В Complete this interview with a teenage soap opera star by choosing the correct modal in 1-14.

Presenter You've been a star in the soap opera Love hurts for two years now. But when did you start acting?

Amy I started performing when I was very young. By the time I was nine I 1 could / can dance and sing, and had my first job singing in a TV commercial.

Presenter That 2 must be / must have been very exciting for you.

Amy Yes, it was, although I was very nervous. At one point 3 couldn't / mustn't remember the words to the song!

Presenter Was it difficult to get the role in Love hurts?

Amy Well, my parents 4 ought to / had to take me to a lot of auditions. I 5 didn't need to / needn't to sing for this part, just act!

Presenter Did you feel confident?

Amy Not really. After the final audition I thought I 6 might have / can't have got it', but then I was offered the part I 7 mightn't / couldn't believe my luck.

Presenter Do you have any advice for other young actors or actresses?

Amy Well, they 8 may be / must be very determined and have a lot of patience. You 9 can't / mustn't expect to get work immediately, and you 10 shouldn't / mightn't feel depressed if you don't pass your first audition. Acting is a very competitive business. You need talent, but you also 11 must / have to have a bit of luck.

Presenter Finally, what are your plans for next year?

Amy I'm still acting in Love hurts, but I 12 may / can also spend some time in Hollywood. I 13 must / might have a part in the next Steven Spielberg movie. It's a small part, but it's a start, and I 14 could / ought get to meet Leonardo DiCaprio!

Presenter You've been a star in the soap opera Love hurts for two years now. But when did you start acting?

Amy I started performing when I was very young. By the time I was nine I could dance and sing, and had my first job singing in a TV commercial.

Presenter That must have been very exciting for you.

Amy Yes, it was, although I was very nervous. At one point couldn't remember the words to the song!

Presenter Was it difficult to get the role in Love hurts?

Amy Well, my parents had to take me to a lot of auditions. I didn't need to sing for this part, just act!

Presenter Did you feel confident?

Amy Not really. After the final audition I thought can't have got it', but then I was offered the part I couldn't believe my luck.

Presenter Do you have any advice for other young actors or actresses?

Amy Well, they must be very determined and have a lot of patience. You can't expect to get work immediately, and you shouldn't feel depressed if you don't pass your first audition. Acting is a very competitive business. You need talent, but you also have to have a bit of luck.

Presenter Finally, what are your plans for next year?

Amy I'm still acting in Love hurts, but I may also spend some time in Hollywood. I might have a part in the next Steven Spielberg movie. It's a small part, but it's a start, and I could get to meet Leonardo DiCaprio!

Language patterns: verb + noun/pronoun + infinitive with to

We can use this verb pattern to say that we want or would like someone to do something for us, for example

My parents want me to go out more. I want (you) to (do something for me). The teacher would like us to do a project on fame. I would like (you) to (do something for me).

Rewrite sentences 1-7 using the verb pattern.

Exam training

Rewriting Rewritten sentences should mean the same as the original sentence. You need to think carefully what the original sentence means.

Example

It would be great if Danny could come to the party.
I.........................................................................

Does the speaker want / Would the speaker like Danny to come to the party or not?

You need to check that your sentence is grammatically correct after you have made any changes.

It would be great becomes I would like / want and could come becomes to come.

Answer: I would like / want Danny to come to the party.

1 It would be good if you won the lottery.
I want you to win the lottery.

2 Please tell me which numbers to choose.
I want you to tell me which numbers to choose.

3 I can lend you some money. Is that what you want? Do you want me to lend you some money?

4 It's important that you go to the audition.
I want you to go to the audition.

5 The producer says that you should meet her at the TV studio.
The producer would like you to meet her at the TV studio.

6 It would be great if you get the part.
I want you to get the part.

7 'You must learn your lines,' the director always tells me.
The director wants me to learn my lines .


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