Insert the if necessary.
1 . . .youngest boy has just started going to . . .school; . . .eldest boy is at . . .college.

2 She lives on . . .top floor of an old house. When . . .wind blows, all . . .windows
rattle.

3 . . .darkness doesn’t worry . . .cats; . . .cats can see in . . .dark.

4 My little boys say that they want to be . . .spacemen, but most of them will probably end up in . . .less dramatic jobs.

5 Do you know . . .time? ~
Yes, . . .clock in . . .hall has just struck nine.~
Then it isn’t . . .time to go yet.

6 He was sent to . . .prison for . . .six months for . . .shop-lifting.
When . . .six months are over he’ll be released; . . .difficulty then will be to find . . .
work.~
Do you go to . . .prison to visit him?

7 I went to . . .school to talk to . . . headmistress.I persuaded her to let Ann give up . . . gymnastics and take . . .ballet lessons instead.

8 . . .ballet isn’t much use for . . .girls; it is much better to be able to play . . .piano.
9I am on… night duty. When you go to . . .bed, I go to . . .work.
10Peter’s at . . .office but you could get him on . . .phone. There’s a telephone box just
round . . .corner

11 He got… bronchitis and was taken to . . .hospital.I expectthey’ll send him home
at .. . end of . . .week.~
Have you rung . . .hospital to ask how he is?

12 Ann’s habit of riding a motorcycleup and down . . .road early in . . . morning
annoyed . . .neighbours and in . . .end they took her to . . . court.

13 He first went to . . .sea in a Swedish ship, so as well as learning . . . navigation he had
to learn . . .Swedish.
14 . . .family hotels are . . .hotels which welcome . . .parents and . . . children.
15On . . .Sundays my father stays in . . .bed till ten o’clock, reading . . .Sunday papers.
16 Then he gets up, puts on . . .old clothes, has . . .breakfast and starts . . .work in . . .
garden.
17 My mother goes to . . .church in . . .morning, and in . . .afternoon goes to visit . . .
friends.

18 Like many women, she loves . . .tea parties and . . .gossip.

19 My parents have…cold meat and . . .salad for . . .supper, . . . winter and . . .
summer.

20 During . . .meal he talks about . . .garden and she tells him . . . village gossip.

21 We have a very good train service from here to . . .city centre and most people go to . . .work by train. You can go by . . .bus too, of course, but you can’t get a season ticket on . . .bus.

22 . . .dead no longer need . . .help. We must concern ourselves with . . .living. We
must build . . .houses and . . .schools and . . . playgrounds.
23I’d like to see . . .Mr Smith please. ~
Do you mean . . .Mr Smith who works in . . .box office or . . .other Mr Smith?
24Did you come by . . .air?~
No, I came by . . .sea. I had a lovely voyage on . . .Queen ElizabethII.
25 . . .most of . . .stories that . . .people tell about . . .Irish aren’t true.
26 . . .married couples with . . .children often rent . . .cottages by . . . seaside for . . .
summer holidays.
. . .men hire boats and go for . . .trips along . . .coast; . . .children spend . . .day on . . .
beach and . . .poor mothers spend . . .most of . . .time doing . . .cooking and cleaning.
27It’s usually safe to walk on . . .sand, but here, when . . .tide is coming in, . . .sand
becomes dangerously soft. . . .people have been swallowed up by it.
28When . . .Titanic was crossing . . .Atlantic she struck an iceberg which tore a huge
hole in her bow. . . .captain ordered . . .crew to help . . .passengers into . . .boats.
29Everywhere . . .man has cut down . . .forests in order to cultivate . . .ground, or to use . . .wood as . . .fuel or as . . .building material.
30But . . .interference with . . .nature often brings . . .disaster. . . . tree-felling
sometimes turns . . .fertile land into a dustbowl.
31 . . .people think that . . .lead is . . .heaviest metal, but . . .gold is heavier.
32Our air hostess said, ‘. . .rack is only for . . .light articles. . . . heavy things such as . . .bottles must be put on . . .floor.’
33 . . .windows are supposed to let in . . .light; but . . .windows of this house are so
small that we have to have . . .electric light on all . . . time.
34There’11 always be a conflict between . . .old and . . .young. . . . young people want . . .change but . . .old people want . . .things to stay . . .same.
35 . . .power tends to corrupt and . . .absolute power corrupts absolutely.
36You can fool some of . . .people all . . .time, and all . . .people some of . . .time; but you cannot fool all . . .people all . . .time.


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