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Comprehension Practice


Exercise 1.

Comment on the following statements based on the conversations you have read. While doing the task, you should, first, say which of the statements are true, which are partly true and which are false, and then elaborate on them.


Making a Shopping List


1. Vera and Mark came from abroad to pay a visit to their friends Ruth and Gary.

2. Vera and Mark did not want their plans to interfere with those of Ruth and Gary.

3. Ruth and Gary had a large supply of food at home.

4. Ruth suggested making a shopping list.

5. Gary and Mark volunteered to do their share in buying foods.

6. Included in the shopping list were vegetables, fruit and meat.

7. While making the shopping list, Ruth did not consult their guests about their preferences.

8. Vera did not express any food preferences.

9. Ruth knew very well what foodstuffs they needed, so she did not look in any cupboards.

10. Mark preferred his whisky straight.

11. Gary preferred brandy.

12. Vera did not drink wine.

13. When Ruth looked in the cupboards, she added some more things to the shopping list.


At the Supermarket


1. Ruth preferred going to the supermarket to doing the shopping in small local shops.

2. Vera also preferred to do her shopping at the supermarket rather than buy food in small local shops.

3. While in the supermarket, Ruth and Vera went from one rack to another together.

4. Ruth and Vera arranged to meet at the checkout.

5. There was no queue at the checkout.

6. Ruth and Vera jumped the queue.

7. Ruth said that they never had any food shortages in the country.

8. The total amounted to a small sum.

9. Ruth did not ask the cashier for a plastic carrier bag.


At the Department Store


At the Womenís Clothing Department


1. The four of them went to the department store by bus.

2. The four of them did the shopping together.

3. They thought that it would take them two hours to get through with their shopping.

4. Vera wanted to buy a dress.

5. Vera needed a one-colour dress.

6. Vera took size 10 in dresses.

7. The first dress Vera tried on suited her.

8. The first dress Vera tried on fitted her perfectly.

9. Vera went to fetch a dress in a larger size herself.

10. The second dress Vera tried on was a beautiful fit.

11. The shop assistant offered to have the dress altered, in necessary.

12. Vera paid cash for the purchase.

At the Suit Department


1. Gary liked to go shopping with women.

2. Mark agreed with Gary on the point.

3. Mark needed only a suit.

4. Mark wanted to get a suit in the latest style.

5. Mark chose a two-piece single-breasted suit with patch pockets.

6. Mark wanted a stripy pattern.

7. Mark wore size 100.

8. Gary and Mark knew which British size continental size 100 corresponded to.

9. The first suit Mark tried on was a perfect fit.

10. Gary and Mark disagreed as to what was wrong with the jacket.

11. The second suit Mark tried on was a nice snug fit.

12. The trousers did not require any alterations.


At the Entrance to the Department Store


1. Vera bought a dress with a hat and gloves to match.

2. The shoes Vera bought were a bit stiff.

3. Mark bought only a suit.


At Ruth and Garyís Place


1. Mark preferred tailor-made clothes.

2. Gary agreed with Markís point of view without reservation(s).

3. Gary said that hire purchase was popular in Britain.

4. In the USA the proportion of families buying goods on hire purchase is higher than in Britain.

5. Gary explained to Mark the procedure for buying goods on hire purchase.

6. Ruth pointed out some advantages of hire purchase.

7. Gary also spelt out one of the advantages of hire purchase.

8. Gary and Ruth did not point out any disadvantages of this system of buying goods.

9. The price of an article bought on hire purchase is the same as the price that would be paid for cash.

10. Ruth and Gary had not bought anything on hire purchase by that time.

11. Gary told his guests that shops in Britain widely accepted major credit and charge cards.



Exercise 2.

Answer the following questions about the conversations.


Making a Shopping List.


1. Who suggested making a shopping list?

2. Why did Ruth suggest making a shopping list?

3. What foodstuffs did they include in the shopping list?

4. Did they decide to buy only food?

5. What else did they want to buy?

6. What drinks did they decide to buy?


At the Supermarket


1. Did Ruth ever go to small local shops?

2. Why didnít she like to do her shopping in shops of that kind?

3. And what were Veraís preferences?

4. Why did she prefer doing her shopping in specialized shops?

5. Did they get the food together?

6. Where did they meet after they had got what they were supposed to?

7. Did it take them long to pay for their purchases?


At the Department Store


1. What departments did Ruth and Vera want to go to?

2. What departments did Gary and Mark decide to drop into?

3. Did the womenís clothing department have a good choice of clothes?

4. What did Vera need?

5. What size did Vera take?

6. Did Vera find the dress that suited and fitted her right away?

7. How did she pay for her purchase?

8. Why didnít Gary like to go shopping with women?

9. And how did Mark feel about it?

10. What kind of suit did Mark want to get?

11. Why did the salesman have to measure Mark?

12. Did the first suit Mark tried on feel right? What was wrong with it?

13. Did the second suit Mark tried on fit like a glove?

14. What alterations were necessary to the suit?

15. What did Vera buy for herself in the end?

16. What did Mark get for himself?


At Ruth and Garyís Place


1. What did Ruth, Gary, Vera and Mark talk about after they had come back from the department store?

2. Why did Mark prefer ready-made clothes?

3. What were Garyís preferences?

4. What did Gary tell Vera and Mark about hire purchase in Britain and the USA?

5. What is the procedure for buying goods on hire purchase?

6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying goods on hire purchase?

7. Did Gary and Ruth buy anything on hire purchase?

8. How do customers pay for their purchase in Britain?


Exercise 3.

Find the following words and phrases in the dialogues, supply their contexts and paraphrase the sentences in which they are used.


Making a Shopping List


1. to fit oneís arrangements in with sb. elseís

2. to run out of sth.

3. a large supply of food

4. to give out

5. to see to sth.

6. to make a shopping list

7. to be particular about sth.

8. lean meat

9. to be short of sth.

10. hard/soft drinks

11. Scotch on the rocks/straight whisky


At the Supermarket


1. to go shopping

2. to do the shopping

3. to get in touch with sb.

4. to get down to sth.

5. a trolley

6. a shopping basket

7. to be at a loss to know

8. to direct sb. somewhere

9. a checkout

10. a queue

11. to ring sth.up

12. a cash register

13. food shortages

14. a receipt

15. change

16. a plastic carrier bag


At the Department Store


1. a wide choice of sth./a fine selection of sth.

2. summer wear

3. to go well with sth.

4. A check/stripy/ herringbone pattern

5. to suit sb.

6. to fit sb.

7. to take a size in sth.

8. to fasten/do/button/zip sth. up

9. to sit on sb.

10. a snug/beautiful/perfect fit

11. a misfit

12. an alteration

13. to alter sth.

14. to take sth. in

to let sth. out

15. to let sth. down

16. to pay by chegue

17. to shop around

18. to feel ill at ease

19. threadbare

20. frayed

21. to match

22. in the height of fashion

23. a single-breasted/double-breasted suit

24. a two-piece/three-piece suit

25. fabric/cloth

26. crease-resisting

27. to correspond to sth.

28. to measure sb./to take sb.ís measurements

29. an ill-fitting jacket

30. to feel loose

31. a perfect match

32. stiff

33. to break sth. in

34. to collect sth.

35. a spot of lunch


At Ruth and Garyís Place


1. ready-made/ready-to-wear/off-the-peg clothes

2. tailor-made clothes/clothes made to measure/order

3. hire purchase

4. a large proportion of sth.

5. the procedure for doing sth.

6. a down payment

7. weekly or monthly installments

8. to spread over

9. to keep up payments

10. to budget

11. a demand

12. to plunge into debt

13. an increase in sth.

14. to pay down the whole cost

15. a charge for sth.

16. to display sth.


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