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Unit 1
Unit 1
Read the text.
2 Complete the text with sentences A–F. There is
one sentence you do not need.
A Less than two hours later the enormous boat
is alongside you, having altered course to
come to your rescue.
B This happens from time to time when small
boats run into difficulties in heavy weather.
C But there is a twist to this tale.
D He was stunned by the coincidence.
E The cruise liner that came to his assistance
was the Crown Princess.
F Finally you admit defeat and put out an SOS call.
Picture this: You’re in a boat, a small one, easily 4,000
miles away from home. You’re being tossed from one
wave to another in appalling conditions. Your mast
has been damaged in a fierce storm and you haven’t
eaten for two days whilst trying to fix your craft and
remain afloat. [ 1 ] You wait, hoping beyond
hope that someone has heard you and can reach you
before conditions worsen still further.
You’re lucky. The message gets relayed to a cruise
liner that is carrying thousands of passengers on the
holiday of a lifetime and just happens to be in your
vicinity. [ 2 ] You are very grateful. You are
taken on board where you’re given food and medical
assistance and start to feel human again. You travel
with the liner safely to land. Your small boat has
unfortunately had to be abandoned in the ocean but
you are safe thanks to the cruise liner.
So far, a straightforward sea rescue. [ 3 ]
It’s certainly not unheard of for large vessels to come
to the aid of smaller ones, particularly in
the big oceans where you can drift for days without
seeing another boat. [ 4 ] The yachtsman
whose boat got into trouble was John Fielder, a thirty-
two-year-old man from a tiny village on the south
coast of England called Warsash. Last year John was
sailing a trimaran called (appropriately) ‘Dangerous
When Wet’ from the Caribbean island Antigua to
Rhode Island, north of New York, when he got into
trouble. [ 5 ] She was the latest addition
to the fleet of the US based Princess Cruises and
it was captained by Captain Clark. Captain Clark
and John Fielder had never met before, which is not
surprising. What is surprising is that it turned out
the two men live round the corner from each other in
that tiny village of Warsash on the south coast! In all
probability they buy their newspapers from the same
shop but didn’t meet until their paths crossed 4,000
miles away in the middle of the ocean!
An amazing coincidence! If you can beat that write
in to ‘What a coincidence!, People Today Magazines ,
Bristol. We’re waiting for your story.
3 Complete the sentences with the words in the box.
argumentative grumpy tolerant naive
reserved flexible stubborn hot-headed
courteous level-headed
1 I was very when I went to
university but I’m much more experienced
2 The staff at the airport were all very
to us. It was a pleasant
3 My cousin is quite
doesn’t say much.
4 In today’s society people need to be
and listen to others’ points
of view.
5 My dad was very when he
was young and got into a lot of trouble.
6 Don’t be so ! You can
always find something to smile about.
7 My sister is so you’ll never
persuade her to apologise to him.
8 You’re being very today!
You’ve disagreed with everything I’ve said!
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9 We’re lucky to have Jill as an employee. She’s
and can change her hours
7 Katy and I (know)
each other since we were at primary school
8 What
if we need her to.
10 I don’t think winning a lot of money will
change Sam. He’s very
(you do) to your
hair? It looks great!
4 Choose the correct answers.
1 Jake phoned me just after he was leaving /
had left the party.
2 Did you see Jan at the concert? She wore /
was wearing a red coat.
3 Peter wouldn’t lend me his dictionary because
he didn’t finish / hadn’t finished his
homework yet.
4 I saw your sister in town yesterday. She
talked / was talking to a couple of friends.
5 While I was walking to the shops, it suddenly
started / was starting to get very windy.
6 They had waited / had been waiting for half
an hour by the time David arrived.
7 When I got to the classroom, the teacher already
started / had already started the lesson.
8 When the exam results came through we all
were celebrating / celebrated!
6 Rewrite the sentences beginning with the words
in bold.
1 We not only went out for a meal but we went
dancing too.
2 I had never before seen such a beautiful sunset.
3 There has rarely been such a high wind.
4 They had no sooner started the exercise than
the lesson bell rang.
5 Complete the sentences with the present perfect
simple or continuous form of the verbs in brackets.
7 4.01 Listen to the people talking about
being lucky. Complete the sentences with the
correct speakers A–E.
1 Where
(you stay)
for the last few days?
2 I (have) this cold
since I went swimming last Friday.
3 How often
(you be)
1 Speaker didn’t expect to achieve what
he/she did so quickly.
2 Speaker
doesn’t plan ahead.
to the USA?
4 I (often wonder) if
learning another language would be difficult.
5 How long
3 Speaker
was successful because he/she
was relaxed.
4 Speaker
saved some money.
5 Speaker
had a surprising exam result.
go out) with Freddy?
6 What (you eat)?
There are red marks on your shirt.
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8 Imagine you witness a large fire and see fire-
fighters save a young child from the building.
Write the story of the rescue for a magazine. Use
the writing guide to help you.
Paragraph 1: Say what you were doing when the
ire started.
Paragraph 2: Say what happened and describe
the scene.
Paragraph 3: Describe how the ire-ighters
saved the child.
Paragraph 4: Comment on the bravery of the ire-
ighters and what happened to the other people
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