Musterlösung: Aussagesätze 1
Form sentences out of the given sections.
- often / than / less money / earn / expect / you
- long – more / stay / London / like / the city / I
- not much money / although / I / want / buy / bike
- had better / work / hard / he
- to be worth / visit / London
- You often earn less money than you expect.
- The longer I stayed in London, the more I liked the city.
- Although I don’t have much money, I want to buy a bike.
- He had better work harder.
- London is worth visiting.
Highlight the marked words by forming new sentences using stylistic devices.
- Grandma bought me my new dress, not my mum.
- What did you tell your teacher to upset him so much?
- Be quiet, please! The baby has just fallen asleep.
- You talk about my twin sister, not about me!
- Mary copied Peter’s homework, not Sarah.
- Of course she’ll accept his excuse, he showed enough sorrow.
- It was grandma who bought me my new dress, not my mum.
- What on earth did you tell your teacher to upset him so much?
- Do be quiet, please! The baby has just fallen asleep.
- It is my twin sister whom you talk about, not me!
- It was Mary who copied Peter’s homework, not Sarah.
- Of course she’ll accept his excuse, he did show enough sorrow.
Place the negative or limiting adverbial in front position of the sentences, and use the inversion.
- She has never seen anything quite so beautiful before.
- New York is not only one of the biggest cities in the world, it is also one of the most exciting cities.
- We rarely go to the cinema.
- Never before has she seen anything quite so beautiful.
- Not only is New York one of the biggest cities in the world, it is also one of the most exciting cities.
- Rarely do we go to the cinema.
Listen to the following track.
Now answer the following questions.
- What is the information on David Copperfield’s birth?
- Are there any predictions in relation to his birth?
- Describe David Copperfield’s own attitude towards his birth and the related predictions.
- Explain the expression “posthumous child”.
- Retell David Copperfield’s reflection upon never having known his father.
- The text gives a weekday and a time of David Copperfield’s birth: a Friday, twelve o’clock at night. However, it doesn’t give an exact date and year. Also, the circumstances of David Copperfield’s birth are mentioned: he is the son of a widowed woman, and some predictions about his future had been made even before his birth.
- The two predictions – stated by some sage women – are: that David Copperfield is said to be destined to be unlucky in life and that he would be able to see ghosts and spirits.
- David Copperfield tries to stay neutral: he reflects upon the two predictions and says that the reader himself should judge whether his life was lucky or not, and secondly, that he is not keen on being able to see ghosts and spirits. He adds that if anybody else has this ability, they can keep it.
- A posthumous child is a child who is born after his or her father’s death. In David Copperfield’s case, his father died six months before he was born.
- Having never known his father, David Copperfield remembers his visits to the churchyard and the big white gravestone, where he spends many nights lying closeby.
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