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Unit 8 What if ... ?

  • Reading

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar
    Unit 8 Grammar. Conditionals. The verbs tell, talk, say and speak
  • Writing
  • Grammar

    7 Conditionals

    Read this radio interview with a young pop star, Geri Sanders. Complete gaps 1-15 with the correct form of the words in brackets.

    Presenter If you 1 asked (ask) any teenager about their dream job, many 2 ___________(want) to be a pop star. Today in the studio we have Geri Sanders who has just left the girlband G Team. Geri, do you have any regrets?

    Geri Not really. If I was still in the band, I 3 __________ (not be) happy. There were lots of arguments and a lot of pressure.

    Presenter What type of pressure?

    Geri Well, we all worked very hard. If we 4 __________ (not be) on tour, we 5 ___________ (be) in a recording studio.

    Presenter Were there any other problems?

    Geri Yes, there were. We had to do a lot of TV interviews. I 6 ___________ (find) it difficult to say everything was great if it wasn't true.

    Presenter And what are you going to do now?

    Geri I wish I 7 ___________ (know)! But if I was offered another record contract, I 8 ____________ (not sign) it.

    Presenter But won't you miss having fans and being famous?

    Geri I don't think so. Sometimes I wish I 9 __________ (not be) famous. If people 10 __________ (not recognise) me, I 11 __________ (can) go shopping without a bodyguard.

    Presenter Is there anything else you wish you 12 ___________ (can) do?

    Geri I just wish I was a normal person again.

    Presenter And if I 13 __________ (be) a new star, what advice would you give me?

    Geri Well, if I 14 __________ (be) you, I 15 __________ (think) very carefully about how fame will affect your life.

    Presenter If you asked any teenager about their dream job, many would want to be a pop star. Today in the studio we have Geri Sanders who has just left the girlband G Team. Geri, do you have any regrets?

    Geri Not really. If I was still in the band, I would not be happy. There were lots of arguments and a lot of pressure.

    Presenter What type of pressure?

    Geri Well, we all worked very hard. If we were not on tour, we were in a recording studio.

    Presenter Were there any other problems?

    Geri Yes, there were. We had to do a lot of TV interviews. I found it difficult to say everything was great if it wasn't true.

    Presenter And what are you going to do now?

    Geri I wish I knew! But if I was offered another record contract, I wouldn't sign it.

    Presenter But won't you miss having fans and being famous?

    Geri I don't think so. Sometimes I wish I wouldn't be famous. If people didn't recognise me, I couldgo shopping without a bodyguard.

    Presenter Is there anything else you wish you could do?

    Geri I just wish I was a normal person again.

    Presenter And if I was a new star, what advice would you give me?

    Geri Well, if I were you, I would think very carefully about how fame will affect your life.

    8 Word order
    Put these sentences into the correct order. Add punctuation where necessary.

    1 a different life / wishes / had / Geri / she
    2 I / if / so much television / you / watch / wouldn't / I / were
    3 enjoy it / would / if / the party /John / went to / he
    4 had / a ticket / I / the pop concert / I / for / wish
    5 I / a / would / be / famous pop star / sing / could / I / if
    6 go / wishes / Tim / to Florida / he / on holiday / could
    7 saw / you / would / ask for / their autograph / you / if / a film star
    8 rich and famous / you / I / would / marry me / were / if

    1 She wishes Geri had a different life.
    2 If I were you, I wouldn't watch so much television.
    3 If John went to the party, he would enjoy it.
    4 I wish I had a ticket for the pop concert.
    5 If I could sing I would be a famous pop star.
    6 Tim wishes he could go to Florida on holiday.
    7 If you saw a film star, would you ask for their autograph?
    8 Would you marry me if I were rich and famous?

    9 Language patterns: tell, talk, say, speak

    The article says: Both songs and poems tell a story or talk about feelings... The verbs tell, talk, say and speak have similar meanings but they are used differently.

    A Choose the correct form of say, tell, speak or talk to complete these sentences.

    1 Brian is very good at saying /telling ghost stories.
    2 Whenever Paul tells / speaks a joke nobody laughs.
    3 'Did you say / tell something?' 'No, I'm just saying / talking to myself.'
    4 'Pass me the salt.' 'Only if you speak / say "please".'
    5 It would be impossible to communicate if we didn't speak / say the same language.
    6 'Lisa wants to buy a car.' 'Don't talk / speak nonsense. She doesn't know how to drive.'

    1 Brian is very good at telling ghost stories.
    2 Whenever Paul tells a joke nobody laughs.
    3 'Did you say something?' 'No, I'm just talking to myself.'
    4 'Pass me the salt.' 'Only if you say "please".'
    5 It would be impossible to communicate if we didn't speak the same language.
    6 'Lisa wants to buy a car.' 'Don't talk nonsense. She doesn't know how to drive.'

    B Use tell, talk, say, or speak in the correct form to complete the sentences below.

    1 Aren't you going to tell me your secret?
    2 What did Ben say to make you so angry?
    3 Please tell me what you want me to do.
    4 Don't believe everything Sean tells you. He sometimes talks rubbish.
    5 Amy is very confident. She always speaks her mind.
    6 Don't tell anything about the robbery.