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Household chores
Household chores
Complete the text with the words below. There are two extra items.

Ok flatmates, this is our new weekend housework schedule. Caroline will make the beds while
Stuart does the ________ in all the rooms. I'll take out the ________ on my way to work and ________ the carpets on Sunday morning, but not too early! We can take it in turns to hang out the ________, in the garden if it's sunny, and do the ________ when it's dry. I know mopping the kitchen ________ is the least favourite chore but someone has to do it. As for meals, Stuart likes cooking so we can all help ________ the table before we eat.
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Summative exercise
Complete the text with the words below. There are two extra items.

________ likes clothes shopping but what about shopping for household ________ like a washing machine? You go into one of those big stores where there are hundreds of white objects and everything looks the same. At least in the past there didn't ________ be so much choice. Actually, a long time ago, women ________ do the washing by hand. It was ________ that took all day and was hard physical work. Anyway, yesterday we ________ for a new machine that both washes and dries. We didn't find one we liked in the town centre so today we ________ to a nearby town. I'll let you know if we find the right one!
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Household appliances
Read the text and say if the sentences are true (T), false (F) or not given (NG).

Appliances are part of our daily routine. Do you remember the arguments in the past about who
was going to do the washing up? Most kitchens now have a dishwasher to solve that problem.
Coffee machines are becoming more common and many shop sell refills. For people like me who
don't like hoovering, shops are now selling robots which take all the effort away, but they are still
very expensive. Your new high-speed blender can make nutritious smoothies while the kettle is
handy for a relaxing herbal tea. When you're rushing to make an evening meal, the microwave is
very useful. And let's not forget the toaster, perfect for a quick snack in the afternoon.
A: People used to argue about the taking out the rubbish.
B: Not many shops sell coffee machine refills.
C: Robot hoovers aren't cheap.
D: Your kettle can make nutritious smoothies.
E: The microwave can make a quick meal in the evening.
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Present and past tenses
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

We ________ running most days but yesterday evening we stayed at home because it ________.

I usually ________ television after dinner but today ________ TV much because I have to study hard for my exams.

My mum ________ my lunch this morning and when I ________ home from school, I ________ it in the microwave to heat it up.
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Past simple and continuous
Complete the sentences with the correct past tense of the verbs in brackets.

I ________ (have) breakfast when the postman ________ (arrive) with a parcel for me.
The examiner ________ (come) into the room and ________ (sit) down at the table.
________ (you / see) that boy in the park? He ________ (chase) the birds.
While Kieran ________ (have) a shower, Jason ________ (make) his breakfast.
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Household objects and gadgets
Complete the descriptions with the words below. There are two extra items.

You find them in the bathroom: we use a ________ for our hair and a ________ when we wash our hands.

Objects with lots of buttons: we need a ________ to change channels and a smartphone to make calls and send messages.

Hi-tech objects: our ________ fits on the wall and my ________ tells the time and makes calls.

Handy in the office: a pair of ________ to cut paper and a ________ if the lights go out.
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Invention of a household object
Listen to the radio programme and match the two parts of the sentences: write the correct
number near the first part of each sentence.

Richard Drew was... ________
First he invented... ________
Painters and decorators needed tape... ________
Drew made an improved tape... ________
Drew's improved tape... ________
Adhesive tape is... ________

1 in 1930.
2 an American engineer.
3 clear and sticky.
4 was called sellotape.
5 to draw a clear separation between two colours.
6 a masking tape used when painting.
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Used to
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

A lot of people ________ to music on their MP3 players now, but our generation ________ CD players.
People ________ all day on household chores, but now everything ________ much less time.
These days people ________ messages from their smartphones, but they ________ letters to their friends who lived far away.
When we ________ younger, we ________ so many appliances in
the kitchen.
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Indefinite pronouns
Choose the correct indefinite pronoun to complete the sentences.

My grandparents used to live ________ in the country.
We got lost in town yesterday and there was ________ to ask for directions.
I can't find my MP3 player ________. Have you seen it?
Chris asked ________ to help him with the shopping.
Would you like ________ else to eat?
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Summative exercise
Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

Yesterday was Saturday, a typical day for doing the household chores. My dad ________ the rubbish while my twin sister was ________ the sitting-room using our new ________ and I was ________ the dishwasher with the breakfast things. My sister and Mum made the beds and a bit later Dad ________ the washing machine. He ________ everything out in the garden when it suddenly started to rain! Then my mum switched the kettle on and made some tea. We ________ biscuits as a mid-morning snack but not anymore as we are all on a diet!
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