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SEMANTIC FIELDS

Module 1

I. ARRIVING AT SOME GOAL: reach, accomplish, achieve, attain, gain

1. By the age of twenty, he had already ……… fame and wealth.
2. None of the kids can ……… the top button of the elevator.
3. We have only six months to ……… our task.
4. More women are ……… positions of power in public life.
5. It is important to ……… as much support as possible if we are to succeed.
6. A fire broke out at night and everybody was in terror lest it should ……… the
shop.
7. A glance behind confirmed her fears. Her pursuer was ……… ground on her
rapidly.
8. In the last couple of years the school ……… enough elbow room to try out
new theories and methods of education.
9. Once a journalist has ……… the top of the profession, he or she is socially on
par with other visible personalities.
10. The "green" agenda has ……… prominence in recent times.

II. LOOKING OVER: check, examine, inspect, scrutinise

1. The building is regularly ……… by a fire-safety officer.
2. Imagine some scientific inhabitant of one of the larger fixed stars ……… us
through a magnifying glass as we ……… ants.
3. A police inspector ……… our faces with a suspicious eye.
4. Experts who ……… the painting believe it’s genuine.
5. ……… that the meat is completely cooked before you serve it up.
6. The Government has agreed to data security spot ……… across all State
Departments.
7. I think you ought top have your head ……… .
8. This is an interesting statement of your personal viewpoint but it won’t bear
close ……… .

III. CARING FOR: attend to, look after, tend (to), take care of

1. There are still a lot of things to ……… before we go on vacation.
2. Granddad gets a lot of pleasure from ……… his lawn.
3. She hired a capable woman to ……… the house and joined a ladies’ orchestra
as a pianist at two pounds a week.
4. “Don’t let tomorrow ……… itself. You must consider what would happen to
you and your family if your income was suddenly switched off.” (insurance
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5. All he could see in the distance was a farmer ……… his sheep.

The editor ……… himself particularly fortunate to have been able to cooperate with such distinguished authors. 3. 2 IV. GETTING IN THE WAY: block. 5. The police ……… off the road where the bomb was found. 8. Penguins the size of people ……… South America some 35 million years ago. but it has not proves so strong in this election as was thought. extensive expertise. and He made them ……… in the wilderness forty years. The rescue attempt was ……… by the bad weather. I’ve seen so many photographs of you that I ……… we’re old friends. who have gained. 4. regard. 2. women ……… it as an achievement of women who have successfully combined marriage. This unfortunate incident may ……… the progress of the peace talks. look on 1. impede. never understanding why such intelligent characters would want to expend so much energy to look stupid. 3. “Really. We would ……… it an honour if the minister agreed to see us. 4. hamper. 4. 1. WAYS OF WALKING: roam. etc. and they didn't need ice to survive. family harmony and outside employment. VI. Milfro ……… the painting with interest. They tried to ……… the course of justice by withholding vital information. 6. 2. The road ahead was ……… by a solid line of policemen. hinder. either as a lawyer or as a professor. wander. The old man ……… home through the deep snow. 5. obstruct 1. 6. bar. A stay in an ancient monastery needn't mean old-style ……… rooms and hard beds. . Rather than seeing the veil as a threat to their independence. 3. Although technically brilliant. I ……… through chapter after chapter. 5. Regionalism is certainly a force to be ……… with in Spain. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. The lovers ……… across the fields in complete forgetfulness of the time. V. that’s quite the best thing you have ever done!” 2. SYNONYMOUS PAIRS I. reckon. deem. Most people ……… the government’s promises with complete disbelief. conceive. bare or barren 1. “What will they ……… next? A real keyboard for the iPhone!” 7. trudge. The search was ……… by appalling conditions. plod. think of. CONSIDER: count. until the entire generation of those who had done evil was destroyed.

shade or shadow 1. is a penny earned. and a dry riverbed. In a ………. perhaps. as she lit the gas. distant hills. up. her eyes levelling on him and in that second as her life ………. Broad in his humour. and paths she had taken that led to her being here in this precise moment and place. Beth turned. There is a slight tendency in him to be not precisely risky but. III. him some money. while the ideas in our minds are the realities. a foreign-looking boy asked me if I could ………. 4. There was no need to add the glory details except for the malicious pleasure of watching his audience turn a whiter ………. with a quarter of an hour to ………. The single road stretches across a harsh. of pale. There was a sudden ………. past her. wondered on the strange incongruity of life. 3. rocks. face as men are. of all the twist. 4. ………. Benny Spock was afraid of his own ………. Italians. In these hard times a penny ………. according to which all the things which our senses tell us exist are mere passing ………. When I approached a bar. Women are not so concerned with ………. 3 2. 2. - not to mention girls.. because he had not eaten in two days. her ordeal. countryside of sparse desert shrubs. turns. 4.. Unfortunately the temple cannot be visited from the Thai side as the Cambodians closed the border when this dispute ………. 3. his idea was a cutlet and a glass of claret. 3. cucumbers. They find it easier to say they are sorry or ask for a favour. The discussion proved to be long but ………. His only dream was to ………. save or spare 1. and bananas. Philo’s philosophy was the Platonic. . she realised how superficial her reaction to the book had been. Yet for much of his early life. flare or flash 1. lions. 2. a ………. 5. 6. 4. IV. Gwendolyn leads the kids down a secret passageway in the castle so they can escape and be ………. her from all pain. On entering. 2. their fathers. II. His ……… word is not enough. He must prove that he wasn’t anywhere near the scene at the time. 3.