Consult the dictionary of synonyms to differentiate the meaning of the pairs of synonyms. Choose the more suitable variant to fill in the branks.
meekly – bashfully
The daughter _____________ followed her mother.
religious – pious
The head of the family was a thrifty and __________ man.
desire – wish
Soon people in the hall began to express their _______ to be entertained.
to agree – to consent
She listened carefully to Mr Fitzpatrick and then _____________.
to abandon – to desert
In the course of the evening Mrs Kearney learned that the Friday concert was to be ____________.
energetic – ebullient
He covered his nervous jealousy with an __________ friendliness.
faded – withered
The women followed with keen eyes the __________ blue dress of Miss Healy.
luxury – opulence
They brought a breath of _________ among the company.
6. a) Study the meanings of the verb “to treat”
1. behave towards smb / smth – to behave towards someone or something in a particular way;
2. deal with smth – to deal with, regard, or consider something in a particular way;
3. illness / injury – to try to cure an illness or injury by using drugs, hospital care, operations etc;
4. buy smth for smb – to buy or do something special for someone that you know they will enjoy: treat smb to smth;
5. protect / clean – to put a special substance on something or use a chemical process in order to protect, clean or preserve it.
B) Comment on the sentences from the text and paraphrase them.
1. Mrs Kearmey said that the Committee treated her scandalously.
2. They wouldn’t have dared to have treated her like that if she had been a man.
3. She appealed to the second tenor, who said he thought she had not been well treated.
4. I never thought you would treat us this way.
5. And what way did you treat me.
7. a) Pay attention to the meaning of the phrasal verb “to draw up”:
1. draw smth up – to prepare a written document, such as a list or contract.
2. if a vehicle draws up, it arrives somewhere and stops.
3. draw up a chair – to move a chair closer to someone or something.
4. draw yourself up (to your full height)– to stand up very straight because you are angry or determined about something.
5. draw your knees up– to bring your legs closer to your body.
b) Find sentences with the phrasal verb in the story. In what meaning is the phrasal verb used?
8. a) Study the following expressions with the word “tongue” and their meanings
– to loosen your tongue – (inf.) talk a lot;
– to bite your tongue – to stop yourself saying smth because you know it would not be sensible to say;
– to trip / roll off the tongue (inf.) – it is easy or pleasant to say;
– to find your tongue – to say smth after you have been silent because you were afraid or shy;
– to speak with forked tongue – to say things that are not true.
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