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Animal idioms
Complete the sentences with the animals below. There are two extra items.

My granddad always says: 'You can't teach an old ________ new tricks'. He's usually right about most things.

I think we're going on a wild ________ chase. That's the second time we've been round that roundabout.

You really have an ________ eye. I wouldn't have spotted Jake in the crowd of people.

The character was a ________ in sheep's clothing. You couldn't trust him at all.

My boss always tells me to get my ________ in a row. She wants everything to just right for our marketing strategy.

The children were walking at a ________'s pace. We were never going to get to the cinema on time for the film.
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Summative exercise
Complete the text about a country park with the words below. There are two extra items.

There was a lot of noise in the country park, and not all of it was being made by the animals. A group of children had ________ by their teachers for a day out as it was near the end of term. They were chatting excitedly as they made their way round the animal enclosures. They were a bit scared when they first heard the ________ braying. Sammy said he thought it ________ have been a ship's horn, but they were nowhere near the sea. Michael enjoyed the ________ most, laughing as they jumped from one branch to another. The park wardens ________ have planned the outing better. The youngsters ________ for rides on the tractor and had their picnic lunch in the barn. After lunch they were taken into the bird enclosure where one of the girls must have been scared by the parrot ________ and burst into tears.
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Our Kenyan adventure
Read the online blog about a trip to a wildlife park and say if the sentences are true (T) or false (F).

Do you remember I said my parents had been given a holiday in Kenya for their 25th wedding anniversary? Well, we had the most fantastic holiday. First of all, the colours of the countryside, the sky, the whole way of life. I'd been told by friends how wonderful the people were, but perhaps the best part was visiting the wildlife parks, although in one of them, we had a frightening experience with a tiger. We were being driven slowly through the park and had stopped near a waterhole to photograph the animals drinking. There were giraffes and even a small elephant. It was quite incredible! Suddenly, a strange sound was heard near the car and the huge face of a tiger appeared at my window! We were all told to keep calm. The guide said the worst thing we could do was scream as that would frighten the animal. The tiger circled the car for what seemed like ages and we all held our breath. I was too afraid even to take photos. In the end, the guide was right - the tiger got bored and walked away. We were driven away, still shaking. Stay tuned for more exciting details tomorrow...
A: In one nature reserve the blogger had a frightening incident with a wild animal.
B: The best part was visiting the countryside.
C: The blogger went to visit South Africa with his family.
D: The group felt calmer when they were driven away.
E: The group was told to stay quiet and calm when they saw the tiger.
F: The tiger stayed at the waterhole to drink after they left.
G: They really enjoyed the holiday.
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Passive: all tenses
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

Excellent pictures of insects are easily ________ with the latest smartphones.

Some protected habitats ________ too often by tourists recently.

Keeping animals in small enclosures shouldn't ________.

A fantastic whale watching trip is ________ by a specialist travel agency.

Yesterday's meeting ________ to next Monday.

An introduction to the screening ________ by the film director himself.
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Passive: all tenses
Reorder the parts of the sentences below. Use capital letters where necessary.

have / all trains / cancelled / been / out of Euston station

________.

not / must / calculators / during / tests / be / used

________.

for the competition / were / more / 200 dogs / entered / than

________.

was / be seen / that / it / so hot / could / none of the animals

________.

in class / three times / had been / the students / to keep / quiet / asked

________.
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Animal sounds
Choose the correct animal sound to complete the sentences.


The birds ________ happily in the early morning.

I think we've got mice in the basement. I heard some ________ when I went down there.

The dog ________ every time someone rings the doorbell.

When we went deep into the jungle, we heard the loud ________ of parrots all around.

There's a donkey in the stable that keeps ________, but it doesn't bother me.

Did you hear that noise? Was it the ________ of a tiger or a lion?
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Animal stories
Listen to a woman being interviewed about her book and choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

Isabelle works as a ________.

Her book was about different ways animals have ________.

She was inspired by people's ________.

One girl was looking after ________.

One family was saved when their ________ made a lot of noise.

________ of the stories in the book are invented.
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Past modal verbs: deduction
Choose the correct modal verb of deduction (must, may, might, could) to complete the sentences. Use the contracted form where possible.

I am sorry to hear that you are ill. There's a nasty flu bug going round but if you don't have a high temperature, you ________ have caught it. I'm sure it's just a cold.

The puppy's hiding under the sofa and there's a puddle on the kitchen floor. She ________ have done something naughty again.

He is always so smart and elegant. He can't have arrived at the party in ripped jeans. It ________ have been somebody else.

Maybe Joshua said those things because he was angry with you. You know that he ________ have meant them seriously.

I didn't know you were getting a rescue cat from the kennels. I ________ have come with you to help you choose. What's it like?

I can't find any milk in the fridge. Someone ________ have put it back or they've left it on the table.
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Passive with two objects
Rewrite the sentences using the passive form and the prompts. Use contracted forms where possible.

Newsagents don't sell maps in this shop.
Maps ________.

Stuart asked Kelly a question.
A question ________.

Maisie will ask the zookeeper a question.
A question ________.

Frank has given his girlfriend a present every birthday.
His girlfriend ________.
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Summative exercise
Complete the sentences with a suitable word.

You ________ have finished the test already! We only started in ten minutes ago.

The group were shouted at ________ the park warden because of all the noise they were making.

I'm sure we've got mice in the house. I can hear them ________ at night.

When someone has good eyesight we say they have an ________ eye.

They ________ have seen the news already. They're all talking about it on the bus.

The ceremony started after everyone ________ given a programme.

We enjoyed feeding the noisy ________. They were quacking all the time.
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