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Growing up
The best time of your Ufe?
The Wilsun fiuntiy, Glasgow Sandy tUld Owen, - Auna, 11, Eve, 17, Megan, 18, both 40, Ivy, 72. Megan: 'Ihe best time of my life? It's meant lo be now, isn't it? Bul il doesn'l lee] that way. I think t:he late lecns are acuially quite stressful. Voti've got to get a driver's ticencc, sil loads of exams, siarl a degree or gei: a ob. Suddenly, youVc gol lo take 5 responsibiliiy ibr your own fu ture! I'm going to go to unt next year, so by the end of the summer l'll liave moved into my own place. I'm looking forward to that - being independen! can be tricky when you're still living witb your family! I'll miss lhe.ni all though. 10 Sandy: I'm prubably the mostconient l've ever been right now. and Evo appeared on the scene a couple ofyears afierwards. 1 don't regrei a minute of it, of course, bul life back then wasn't always easy! Owen and I worked bard, though, and - vvith lij mum's belp and patiunce - we've managed to make a success I don't think die kids bave lumed out too hadly, either. Well, niost ofthe time! Ivy: l relired al the age oi'GO, and instantly regretled it. Sadly,

GRAMMAR Tenses
Presenttenses
1 C h o o s e the correct alternatives. (Are 1 you]/ Are you b e i n g b u s y at t h e m o m e n t ? Y o u r a u n t s e e m s / is s e e m i n g lovely. D o / Is y o u o f t e n see / seeing h e r ? 2 I h o p e it doesn't / isn't still rain / raining. I'm not w a n t i n g / don't want to g e t w e t o n t h e w a y to m y J o b interview! 3 P l e a s e stop / be s t o p p i n g w a t c h i n g t h e TV. W h y aren't / don't y o u go / g o i n g o u t s i d e i n s t e a d ? 4 'Is / Does s h e t a k i n g / take d r i v i n g l e s s o n s at t h e m o m e n t ? ' ' N o , s h e isn't h a v i n g / doesn't have t i m e . ' 5 I don't think / 'm not t h i n k i n g m y s i s t e r i s s u r e t h a t s h e wants / is w a n t i n g to g e t m a r r i e d y e t . 6 Isn't / Doesn't h e work / working at t h e s h o p a t t h e m o m e n t ? W h y don't / aren't y c u give / giving h i m a cali? 2 C o m p l e t e the d i a l o g u e with the correct form of the verbs. U s e the present s i m p l e , present c o n t i n u o u s , present perfect s i m p l e or present perfect c o n t i n u o u s . 4 2 2 3 4 5 W e have got e n g a g e d in F e b r u a r y W e ' r e t i r e d . W e study all d a y H e don't buy h e r a p r e s e n t y e t T h e y are marrying f o r five y e a r s . '.'.'.!.'tai. LbHd. 3 Look at the bold words a n d correct the m i s t a k e s . H e h a s never h a v i n g a j o b . 1 haeneverhad

S h e m u s t l i k e h i m . S h e ' s talking a b o u t h i m a l l w e e k .

Past tenses
4 Write the correct past s i m p l e or past c o n t i n u o u s f o r m of the verbs. 1 YfMcoay. licence and he J I iV.lik- 3 A s he J1MQ.- a d veri. Why I 5 (not study) at t h e l i b r a r y w h e n (see) y o u last n i g h t ? (finish), t h e (already / start) to r i s e . (ask) t h e g u e s t s to c o m e (come). a p p l y ) for a d r i v e r ' s b o o k ) s o m e lessons. (meet) m y g r l f r i e ^ d w h i i e I (work) at a s u m m e r c a m p . (read) t h e n e w s p a p e r , h e (notice) a r e a d y i n t e r e s t i n g j o b

OWBI'I and I gol married when we were only twenty, and Megan 20 my husband Bill had passed away a few years befo re, and I felt dreadfully lonely. When Sandy suggested that I moved in, 1 Icapi al the chance. Al first, I used to spend lots of time helping witb childcare and bousework, but I don't do so much now. Megan and IZve are all grown up, whiie Anna's getting older - and age brings nevv challenges and rewards. You've got to make the mosl of life as il happens, thal's my philosophy.

ol'our careers and raise a family, which makes me very bappy. 25 so am 1! The best time of my life? don't think I have oue. Each

W h e n the celebrations sun

READING
1 R e a d the whole text quickty. How are M e g a n a n d Ivy retated?

F i n d words a n d p h r a s e s in the text that m e a n : 1 f e e l s a d a b o u t s o m e b o d y t h a l i s n o l t h e r e {Megan) 6

They

indoors, because a storm 2 e n d e d u p , b e c o m e in t h e e n d (Sandy) 5

C o m p l e t e the s e n t e n c e s . U s e the words a n d expressions in the list.

3 2 R e a d the text again a n d answer the questions. U s e complete sentences. 1 W h y d o e s M e g a n think that the teenage years a r e stressful?
;

d i e d [Ivy)

awoke

got

had been awake have lived were d i s c u s s i n g

had been d i s c u s s n g haven't got lived

had been working

Word-buiding
4 Write the o p p o s i t e s of the following words from the text by a d d i n g a negative prefix. 1 2 ' e s p o n s b l ty ! Megan)
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w a s working

1 2 lan Kayla H i , K a y l a , it's l a n . H o w are (be) y o u ? O h , i n e , f i n e . A c l u a l l y , I ( 1 ) ja a bit busy. I (2) the prom at the moment! lan Kayta The prom? 5 6 7 (be) (get) r e a d y for 4 3

They They He II r e d . Whiie he feel t i r e d . We We They w h e n the phone rang. When we

m a r r i e d yet. married yesterday.

at t h e o f f i c e all day, s o h e w a s

pat e ~ c e (Ivy)

W h a t is M e g a n l o o k i n g f o r w a r d to d o i n g ?

Follow the n s t r u c t i o n s . 1 A d d a p r e f i x to t h e w o r d 'take' (Une 4)\o f o r m a w o r d r r i e a n i n g 'take a g a i n ' .

at t h e o f f i c e , h e s t a r t e d to

W h a t d o w e k n o w a b o u t S a n d y ' s life w h e n s h e w a s i n her twenties? 2

in this h o u s e w h e n I w a s ten. in this h o u s e s i n c e I w a s fifteen. t h e i d e a for half a n h o u r

Y e a h . In A m e r i c a , s c h o o l s ( 3 ) (organize) p r o m d a n c e s f o r s t u d e n t s w h e n t h e y leave high school. I (4) (look)

W r i t e a n o u n w t h t h e s a m e root a s ' c o n t e n ' (Une 10).

W h y is S a n d y h a p p y ?

W r i t e a n o u n w i t h t h e s a m e root a s ' a p p e a r ' (Une 12). lan

f o r w a r d to i l f o r a g e s . R i g h t . . . s o w h a t ( 5 ) .ih (do) a l a p r o m ? p e o p l e do

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the idea, the phone rang.

H e couldn't sleep. B y the time his alarm d o c k went off, h e ....................... .Ji..
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4 5 W h a l m i s t a k e d i d Ivy m a k e ?

A d d a p r e f i x t o t h e w o r d ' h u s b a n d ' (Une 20) l o f o r m a word m e a n i n g 'previous or former husband'. A-x:}[>lti?#G. Kayla

for hours.

10 W e l l , t h e r e ' s d a n c i n g , a n d w e u s u a l l y ( 6 ) ........... (elect) a P r o m K i n g a n d Q u e e n . L i s t e n , l a n , l've g o t t o g o . I ( 7 ) (not finish) .'$)?U M..


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He off.

a s soon a s the alarm d o c k went

W h a t d o e s Ivy t h i n k a b o u t t h e w a y w e s h o u l d l i v e ? .!XJ'!k;J.L...... u. ...........'..i:.:/.,:.::::::...

W r i t e a n o u n w i t h t h e s a m e root a s ' s u g g e s t ' (Une 21).

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getting d r e s s e d yet, a n d m y date (8) (wait) d o w n s t a i r s r i g h t n o w !

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