Complete the sentences with the prepositions in the box.


Complete the sentences with the prepositions in the box.

  at, in, on, for, from, of, about, to  


  1. He graduated___ Manchester University in 1994.
  2. ___ the age of 80 he still leads a very busy and interesting life.
  3. When are you moving___ your new house?
  4. In her early years her family moved ___ one town ___ another.
  5. Jim is very good ___ mathematics but his interests include the theatre, American literature and cricket.
  6. We’re not particularly interested ___ sport.
  7. She seems very keen ___ learning to drive.
  8. We’re proud ___ our country and we don’t like people insulting it.
  9. ___ arrival in London report to the Ministry of Education.
  10. When he was at school he didn’t show much interest ___ girls.
  11. When you have a problem, who do you turn to ___ advice?
  12. Parents who are worried ___ their child’s education often find it hard to follow teacher’s advice.
  13. What makes San Francisco so interesting is its architecture, which is completely different ___ that of other American cities.
  14. Spartans were famous ___ being brave, but not for being clever.
  15. His attitude ___ his new job seemed to be very negative.
  16. I’ve lost all interest ___ my job and I feel constantly tired.

Match the sentence beginnings (a-g) with their endings (1-7).

a) Mr Grimshaw got up from behind his desk ... b) I called Steve’s name but ... c) I admire her – ... d) Andrew learned to speak Japanese in six months –... e) She chose that house ... f) Meeting Professor Kearney was an event ... g) The way a man behaves towards his mother ... h) Our doctor is very experienced in these matters; ... 1 she’sverygood at her job. 2 which changed my life. 3 to greet me and offer me a chair. 4 there was no response. 5 now that’s something to be proud of. 6 you should follow his advice. 7 because she liked the garden. 8 can be a good indicator of how he will behave towards his wife.


13. Put in am/am not/is/isn’t/are/aren’t.

  1. I ___ from Russia.
  2. Debbie and Mark ___ British. They ___ German.
  3. My friends ___ interested in computers.
  4. His parents ___ around 40.
  5. How old ___ you? I ___ 18.
  6. London ___ situated on the river Evans. It ___ situated on the river Thames.
  7. I ___ keen on sports. But I ___ rather good at basketball.
  8. Her name ___ Jane. It ___ Helen.

14. Give short answers (Yes, I am/No, he isn’t, etc.).

  1. Are you from Russia?
  2. Are all your school friends students now?
  3. Is English difficult?
  4. Is your home town small?
  5. Are you interested in music?
  6. Is your friend good at languages?

Make general questions with these words. Give short answers.

1.your mother/at work?

2.her children/at home?

3.he/from Italy?

4.I/good at English? in books?


7.this subject/difficult?

16. Complete the sentences. Use is, are, was, were, do, does, did.

  1. When and where ___ you born?
  2. Where ___ you go to school?
  3. When ___ you move to Chelyabinsk? — When I ___ a teenager.
  4. How large ___ your family?
  5. What languages ___ you speak?
  6. What city ___ she from?
  7. What ___ she like?
  8. What ___ she look like?
  9. ___ he married?
  10. What sort of person ___ he?
  11. What ___ you think of me?
  12. ___ you know what time it ___?
  13. What time ___ the next train leave?
  14. What ___ the weather like today?

Complete the following tag questions.


You learn English, don’t you?

Your sister doesn’t go to university, does she?

You enjoyed the concert, didn’t you?

You are 20 years old, aren’t you?

She isn’t a journalist, is she?

  1. You are a first year student, ___?
  2. You aren’t married, ___?
  3. You read a lot, ___?
  4. He is interested in music, ___?
  5. They do sports, ___?
  6. Your brother studies medicine, ___?
  7. She doesn’t speak French, ___?
  8. He is going to apply to university, ___?
  9. Your sister is a college graduate, ___?
  10. Her parents come from Scotland, ___?
  11. You are going to be an architect, ___?
  12. You look like your father, ___?

Work with a partner. Complete the tag questions; act out the following dialogue.

Applying for a job


Interviewer: Come in. Please, sit down. It’s Mr Robbins, ___?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, that’s right. Good afternoon.
Interviewer: Good afternoon. Well, I’ve got your application form here. I just want to check the information. Is that all right?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, of course.
Interviewer: Now, you are 21, ___?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, I am.
Interviewer: And you are not married, ___?
Mr. Robbins: No, I’m not ___, not yet.
Interviewer: You went to secondary school and technical college, ___?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, I did.
Interviewer: But you didn’t go to university, ___?
Mr. Robbins: No, I didn’t. I started work after finishing school.
Interviewer: I see. You can speak French and Russian, ___?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, I can, but not fluently. I can speak French better than Russian.
Interviewer: But you can’t speak Spanish, ___?
Mr. Robbins: No, I’m afraid I can’t,
Interviewer: And your hobby is travelling, ___?
Mr. Robbins: Yes, it is. And I also like doing a lot of other things.
Interviewer: Well, thank you very much.

Work with your partner. Imagine you are going to get a new job and you are being interviewed by a hiring manager (HM). Complete the conversation.

HM: Please, come in. Sit down.
HM: Now, what’s your name?
HM: Ah, yes. Now, when did you finish school?
HM: Fine. And where did you go to school?
HM: What were your best subjects?
HM: I see. And what subjects didn’t you like studying?
HM: Why?
HM: And hobbies... What do you like doing in your leisure time?
HM: What sort of job do you want to do?
HM: Why do you think you’d like doing that?
HM: Well, thank you very much.

20. Complete the sentences. Use in, with, at, about, on.

  1. What sports are you good ___?
  2. What kind of music are you interested ___?
  3. Who do you live ___?
  4. What sort of things do you worry ___?
  5. What do you spend the most money ___?

Write questions that match the answers.

  1. I’m interested in lots of different things.
  1. I’m good at playing the guitar.
  1. I’m keen on table tennis.
  1. I belong to a sports club.
What clubs or groups _________________?
  1. I applied to SUSU.
Which university ____________________?
  1. I live with my parents.
  1. I worry about finding a job and about money.
Whatkind of things___________________?
  1. I spend my money on education.

Write the words in order to complete the questions. Then answer the questions.

  1. your – What – name – is – full ?
  2. old – you – How – are ?
  3. you – born – When – were ?
  4. come – you – do – from – Where?
  5. Where – you – now – do – live ?
  6. arrive – you – When – here – did ?
  7. finish – you – did – school – When ?
  8. good – subjects – were – What – at – you ?
  9. you – English – at – good – Were ?
  10. now – do – What – you – do ?
  11. you – to – university – apply – Which – did ?
  12. are – graduation – going – upon – to be – you – What ?
  13. sort – you – What – of – are – person ?
  14. What – in – you – interested – are ?
  15. favourite – are – activities – What – your – leisure ?



Read the text and do the tasks below.

Hello. My name is Paul Simon. I am British. I am from Bristol, which is situated on the river Avon, in the South–West of England. I’m a language student at Christ Church College in Oxford. Christ Church College is quite famous and I’m proud to be a student of it. I’m twenty. I’m not married yet, I’m single. My new friends are from various countries – Spain, Italy, France, Ger­many, Holland and Japan, too. We are very friendly but it isn’t quite easy to understand each other. You see, our accents are so different! Sabine is French. Her home town is Bordeaux. She is in her late teens. Sabine is very smart and her English is rather good. She is keen on clas­sical music and art. Mr Lewis, our language teacher is from Manchester. He is intelligent, experienced and always ready to help. My favourite subjects are Litera­ture and History. I’m also interested in Natural Sciences and I’m good at sports. My hobbies are table tennis and computer games.

Am I happy here? Yes, sure. The only trouble is my parents are far away and I feel a bit lonely sometimes.

Are the following sentences true or false? If false, say why.

  1. Paul is British.
  2. He is a History student.
  3. His friends are from Britain and Holland.
  4. Mr Lewis is a young and inexperienced teacher.
  5. Sabine is from France.
  6. It’s not easy to understand Sabine because of her French accent.
  7. Paul is interested in History and Litera­ture.
  8. He is keen on music and art.
  9. Paul is proud to be a student at Christ Church College.


Here are the answers to some questions about the text. Ask the questions.

1 ____________________? — Paul.
2 ____________________? — Simon.
3 ____________________? — From Bristol.
4 ____________________? — In Oxford.
5 ____________________? — 20.
6 ____________________? — He’s single.
7 ____________________? — From various countries.
8 ____________________? — She isn’t German. She is French.
9 ____________________? — She’s in her late teens.
10 ____________________? — Classical music.
11 ____________________? — A language teacher.
12 ____________________? — Clever and experienced.



Breaking the ice” is an idiom that means getting to know someone. An atmosphere that was cold becomes warm. Now we will break the ice by introducing ourselves.

Activity 1. Introducing yourself

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