Jamie Oliver: A Culinary Icon

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Verb Tenses

Present Continuous vs. Present Simple

1. I'm angry with William. I am not talking / don't talk to him.

2. Listen! My sister is singing / sings in the shower.

3. This cheese tastes / is tasting strange.

4. Are you thinking / Do you think Ann is pretty?

5. Laura is walking / walks to school every day.

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

1. The sun SETS (set) in the west.

2. Please don't disturb me. I AM STUDYING (study).

3. I still DON’T KNOW (not know) the answer.

4. DO YOU ALWAYS GO (you / always /go) to the cinema on Friday nights?

5. We HAVE (have) a picnic next Sunday.

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

6. How much DOES THIS PARCEL WEIGH (this parcel / weigh)?

7. Ms Rivers is busy at the moment. She IS TEACHING (teach).

8. Now I REMEMBER (remember) him! We met him at Emily's.

9. What time ARE YOU LEAVING(you /leave) tonight?

10. DOES MR HALL USUALLY GIVE (Mr Hall / usually /give) lots of homework?

11. We've got paper, so we DON’T NEED (not need) to buy any.

12. Hi, Justin. WHAT ARE YOU DOING (you / do) here?

13. Ben IS NOT STUDYING (not study) geography this year.

14. Kath PLAYS (play) basketball twice a week.


School Events

1. Don't forget! Our school PARTICIPATES (participate) in the annual Community Action Day on 23rd September. Sign up now to volunteer!

2. Mark your calendar: The Film Club MEETS (meet) every Monday at 8 pm. Next week, they (show) ARESHOWING Up in the Air. It ___ (star) George Clooney.

3. DO YOU WANT (you / want) to learn how to cook? Next Friday afternoon, the chef from Angie's Restaurant IS OFFERING (offer) a free basic cookery lesson to all interested students. Contact Mona in the office for details.

Grammar Exercises

1. your brother / watch TV / when / you / get home / ? → WAS YOUR BROTHER WATCHING WHEN YOU GOT HOME?

2. you / finish / the / English homework / yesterday / ? → DID YOU FINISH THE ENGLISH HOMEWORK YESTERDAY?

3. I / not eat sushi / when / I / be / in Japan / last year / . → I DIDN’T EAT SUSHI WHEN I WAS IN JAPAN LAST YEAR.

4. last year / Susie / work / in a shop / while / study / → LAST YEAR SUSIE WAS WORKING IN A SHOP WHILE I WAS STUDY.

Letter Writing

Dear Rob,

You're lucky that you missed the 80s tribute bands concert last night. It BEGAN (begin) badly. The organisers REFUSED (refuse) to open the doors to the arena early, even though it WAS SNOWING (snow) heavily. Then, when they finally let LET (let) people in, nearly everyone WENT (go) to the coffee kiosks to buy a hot drink, but guess what? The espresso machines DIDN’T WORK (not work). Things DIDN’T GET (not get) better during the concert. All of the bands WERE SOUNDING (sound) terrible because there was something wrong with the sound system. And while the last band WAS PLAYING (play), the lights suddenly WENT OUT (go out).

Past Perfect vs. Past Simple

1. Susan went to school after she was eating / had eaten breakfast.

2. What was Thomas wearing / had Thomas worn when you saw him?

3. John looked so silly that we laughed / were laughing when he came in.

4. Did you speak / Had you spoken to the neighbours last night?

5. I told him the news because he hadn't heard / didn't hear it.

6. The storm began while we were driving / drove home.

7. By the time I arrived at the party, everyone left / had left.

8. Could you repeat that? I wasn't listening / hadn't listened.

Present Perfect vs. Past Simple

1. Sherry doesn't know how to ride a bicycle. (never) - SHERRY HAS NEVER KNOWN HOW TO RIDE A BICYCLE.

2. I didn't know Dan until three years ago. (for) - I HAVE KNOWN DAN FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

3. Jane finished her work. Then she went to the cinema. (after) - JANE WENT TO THE CINEMA, AFTER SHE HAD FINISHED HER WORK.

4. I met Rob's new girlfriend for the first time last night. (before) - I HAVE NEVER MET ROB’S NEW GIRLFRIEND BEFORE LAST TIME.

5. I didn't see Anne at the school picnic. She left before I arrived. (by the time) - JANE LEFT THE SCHOOL PICNIC BEFORE I HAVE ARRIVED.

Everyday Conversations

Asking Questions

1. Is this your first time in San Francisco? (before) Have you ever been in San Francisco before?

2. When did you move into this flat? (how long) How long have you been living in this flat?

3. I watched a film during the flight. (while) I watched a film while I was flying.

4. Those are my sunglasses. (belong) Those sunglasses belong to me

5. What is that delicious smell? (smells) What smells so deliciously?

6.He finished the report on Thursday night and handed it in on Friday. (the night before) On Friday hehanded the report he had finished the night before.When Jamie Oliver 1. caught (catch) the public's attention in 1999 with his first television series TheNaked Chef, he was only 23 years old. By that time, despite his young age, he already had (already /have) ten years of cooking experience. Since the series ended (end) in 2001, Oliver has built (build) animpressive business empire that 5 employs.(employ) over 2,000 people and includes a cookware brandand several restaurants. And, of course, Oliver has already written (already / write) ten cookerybooks, and will probably write (probably / write) more in the coming years. But more importantly,Oliver 8 has used (use) his fame and fortune to help others and to encourage healthy eating.In 2002, he 9 established (establish) the Fifteen Foundation, which trains and employs young people inrestaurant work. Among the foundation's "graduates" are former drug addicts and youth who were (be)once in trouble with the law. Oliver's 2005 television series about the poor quality of Britain's schoollunch programme eventually LED (lead) to the government providing millions of pounds to improve it,

and his 2008 series Jamie’s Ministry of Food used a reality-show format to show how to prepare healthymeals easily and cheaply.Millions of fans 12 can’t wait - are waiting (wait) to see what he'll do next - but
with his history, there's little doubt that it will be both entertaining and educational.
University students 1. always carried / have always carried bags full of heavy books. However,
some experts predict that computers 2. will soon make / are soon going to make textbooks a
thing of the past. Northwest Missouri State University 3. already began / has already begun to
make this rediction a reality. Last year, they 4. gave / have given their students electronic
readers containing the textbook material. During the coming year, students 5. will be using /
will have used these e-readers" to read, take notes and even do interactive quizzes.
Some students 6. have criticised / criticised the move, saying they 7. aren't going to stop / won't be
stopping using textbooks, which are better for studying large amounts of material. However, the
president of Northwest says that within five years, e-books and e-readers 8. are going to replace / will
have replaced textbooks completely - at Northwest and in universities around the world.

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