6. 12. Talking about things. Check the meaning of these words and put them into the correct place.
carpet cloth cupboard drawer nail plaster plug scissors screw driver shelf sink string tap
1. A: Ouch!
B: What’s up?
A: I’ve just cut my finger on this _______________.
B: Let’s have a look. That’s quite nasty.
A: I’d better run it under the _______________.
B: Have you got a __________? I’ll go and get you one.
A: Yes, I think there are some on the ___________ in the bathroom.
A: I can’t see any. Are you sure they’re here?
B: Do you see the _______________? Have a look in there. I think there are some in the top ______________.
2. A: Oh no! Have you got any______________?
I’ve just spilt wine all over your _______________.
B: Yes, there’s one in the kitchen by the ___________.
3. A: Have you got any _____________? I just need to cut this bit of _______________.
B: Yes, there’s a pair on the table in the living room.
4. A: Have you got a ______________? I just need to open this __________up to see if the fuse is OK.
B: Yes, there’s one in the box in the garage.
6. 13. Comparing. Read these two short texts.
We decorated this room when we got married. Most of the things were wedding presents, so we didn’t choose them ourselves. We’ve been married for thirty years, and we haven’t changed very much. We aren’t planning to change anything either. Actually, I don’t like the furniture. And the carpet’s a horrible colour. I’ve never liked it, but it hasn’t worn out yet. I hate throwing good things away. The newest thing in the room is the television. We bought that ten years ago. We’ve looked after everything. I would like a new sofa one day, but I’ll keep this one until it has worn out.
I really must have the latest gadgets. I love buying new things. I’ve had my phone since last January, and I’ll probably keep it until next January. Then I’ll get a newer model. I don’t keep things for long. It’s a throwaway society. I’ve had loads of computers. I usually change them once a year. You know, the next one will be twice as powerful and half the price! I bought this flat in 2004. It’s great, but I’m planning to move soon. I’d like a bigger place.
Compare two stories. How are these people different? Who do you tend to be like? Tell about the newest and oldest things in your house. Do you agree that it is “a throwaway society”? Are there any things you want to get rid of?
6.14. What would you like to have? Why?
artist’s studio garage library balcony garden private cinema ballroom greenhouse recording studio field gym roof garden games room Jacuzzi sauna study tower swimming pool tennis court tree-house workshop
6.15. What home appliances do you have? Which are the most useful?