Topics Workbook TOEFL

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Unit 5 Fame and fortune


4 Prepositions

Complete sentences 1-7 with the correct prepositions.

    into at with for about (x2) of
1 Some lottery winners are unable to cope with their good fortune.

2 Michael gave up his job. He didn't care about work any more.

3 One of the disadvantages of being famous is the lack of privacy.

4 Tina paid for her CD player by working at the weekends.

5 Peter was so good at tennis that he started playing professionally.

6 Not every parent wants to turn their child into a superstar.

7 Zoe worried about spending too much money on the lottery.

5 Word building

Complete sentences 1-6 with the correct form of the words in brackets.

1 Brad often dreamed about being rich and................ and living in Hollywood. (fame)

2 The young athlete was very................He wanted to be the best in the world. (ambition)

3 Karen has had as a ballet dancer. (success)

4 Luxury goods like designer clothes and Rolex watches are very................ .(desire)

5 Tanya was shocked by Mark's................She hadn't seen him for three years. (appear)

6 Greg made a bad...............and lost a lot of money. (invest)

fame - famous
ambition - ambitious
success - successful
desire - desirable
appear - appearance
invest - investment

6 Money

A Group these adjectives into words which describe people and words which describe things. Check your answers in a dictionary.

    generous well-off valuable expensive economical priceless mean broke precious worthless
People Things
generous valuable
well-off expensive
mean priceless
broke economical

Now complete these sentences. Choose from the adjectives in A.

1 John hates spending his money on other people. He's very mean.

2 Kate's designer jeans were quite expensive. They cost over £100.

3 After living a life of luxury for two years, Helen realised she was broke.

4 Rachel discovered a valuable Monet painting in her parents' attic.

5 'Paul's just bought a new Porsche.' 'He must be well-off !'

6 It's more economical to travel by train than by plane.

Complete sentences 1-6 with the correct form of these verbs.

    earn lose lend borrow afford owe
1 Luke worked for a charity, so he didn't earn a lot of money.

2 If you gamble, you'll probably lose your money.

3 Paul borrowed £5,000, so he could buy a car. 4 'I've forgotten my wallet. Can you lend me some money?'

5 I can't afford to buy those trainers. I've only got £20, and they cost £35.

6 Amy wasn't able to pay off her debts. She owed the bank £10,000.

Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Reading. In the mind's eye.
Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Vocabulary. Phrasal verbs with more than one meaning.
Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Grammar. Modals. Remember + ing or to-inf.
Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing descriptions. Travel and sightseeing.

Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Reading. A sense of identity.
Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Vocabulary. Crime. Match the people with the definitions.
Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Grammar. Present simple, present continuous and present perfect.
Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words describing appearance.

Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Reading. BRINGING the past to life.

Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Vocabulary. TV programmes.
Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Grammar. Regular and Irregular Verbs.
Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing a Talk. The Millenium Dome.

Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Reading. The man who really founded New York.
Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Vocabulary. Nouns, verbs, adjectives.
Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Grammar. The Future. Will.
Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing a letter of complaint.

Unit 5. FAME AND FORTUNE. Reading. A dream come true? How winning a lottery can affect your life?
Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Vocabulary. Prepositions. Money.
Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Grammar. Modals. Language patterns: verb + noun/pronoun + infinitive with to.
Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing a composition. The Lottery.

Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Vocabulary. Phrasal verbs with take.
Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Grammar. Relative pronoun. Who, whom, which or that Quiz. Purpose and result. Language patterns: verb + direct object + (to) do.
Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing a biography.

Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Reading. Getting your Message Across.
Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Vocabulary. Adjectives ending in -ed an -ing. Feelings. Body language.
Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Grammar. Present perfect and past simple; present perfect simple and continuous; the passive.

Unit 8. WHAT IF ... ? Reading. Poets and pop stars.
Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Vocabulary. Words to do with poetry and music.
Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Grammar. Conditionals. The verbs tell, talk, say and speak.
Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Writing a discursive composition. An ideal job.

Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Reading. A trip to America.
Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Vocabulary. Describing a journey.
Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Grammar. Past simple, past continuous or past perfect? Reflexive verbs.
Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday nightmare.

Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Reading. DANGER: woman at work.
Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Vocabulary. Negative prefixes. Phrasal verbs give up • get on • turn down • take on • fit in
Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Grammar. Reported Speech. Direct and indirect objects.
Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Writing a job application.