Work with a partner. Explain what each expression means.
/From Academic encounters: reading, study skills, and writing. Kristine Brown, Susan Hood/
5. Work in small groups and discuss these questions:
1. Do you favour or oppose the legalization of drugs?
2. Do you think people arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana should be put in jail, or just have to pay a fine but without serving any time in jail?
3. Which factors determine whether a teenager tries illegal drugs or not?
4. How would you describe the problem of drug abuse across Russia? Would you say it is a crisis, a serious problem, a minor problem, or not a problem at all?
5. What actions could the government take to control the use of drugs?
Write an essay discussing the arguments for and against legalizing drugs.
Grammar Spot Verb patterns
Basic verb patterns
Match a line in A with a line in B.
a I enjoy
b I look forward
c You need
d I finished
e My dad promised
f I hope
g Anna chose
h What do you feel like
i I can't afford
j I can't stand
k Beth helped me
l What would you like
waiting in queues. It really annoys me.
to buy anything. I'm broke.
to do tonight?
to see you again soon.
to seeing you again soon.
do the washing-up.
to wear her black suede skirt for the party.
cooking. I find it very creative.
painting the bathroom last night.
to buy me a stereo if I passed my exams.
to book if you want to eat at Guido's.
Using a dictionary
Look at the dictionary extract. It shows which verb patterns are possible. Some of the verb patterns in the sentences are right, and some are wrong. Tick (n) those that are right, and correct those that are wrong.
a They were completely lost so they stopped asking for directions.
b I stopped working when I had a baby.
c I stopped play tennis when I twisted my ankle.
d The rain was so heavy that there was nothing we could do to stop the kitchen against flooding.
e The policeman stopped me from asking why I was driving at over 100 miles an hour.
f We went home when the sun stopped to shine.
g You can't stop me telling everyone what I know about you.
h He couldn't stop his son from go to the all-night party.
2) Use your dictionary to decide if the -ing form or infinitive is used correctly in these sentences. If there is a mistake, correct it.
[X] They denied to steal the money.
a □ I avoid to travel in the rush-hour if I can.
b □ Have you considered to work abroad?
c □ We expected him arriving yesterday.
d □ We agreed to meet outside the cinema.
e □ I've arranged collecting Kate from school at four o’clock.
f □ Karen decided not to go to the party. She was too tired.
g □ I can't help to love him, even though he is selfish and inconsiderate.
h □ I offered give David a lift but he said he'd rather walk.
i □ I can't get used to seeing my daughter driving a car.
j □ He admitted attempting to smuggle diamonds into the country.