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Tick the sentences where modifiers are correctly used.

A: Evelyn likes going shopping on her own, but she rather goes out with her best friend.
B: She was completely broke. She had spent every single penny she had.
C: Migrants thought that their life would change a bit abroad.
D: Going West meant looking for a quite better life somewhere else.
E: When she set off for the US, she knew that she would have a totally different life out there.
F: Clothes are slightly less expensive in shopping malls.
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Choose the correct verb.


1. My washing machine needs servicing. I'll phone the retailer to ________ somebody look at it.
2. She is just so bossy; she ________ everybody do exactly what she wants.
3. Even if he has to type out his work properly, his parents won't ________ him to use their pc.
4. John is such a comedian! He ________ me laugh with his funny jokes.
5. What a terrible cough! You must ________ a doctor see you as soon as possible.
6. I was really touched by her kind words. They ________ me cry.
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Complete each sentence with the correct word. There are more words than you may need.

purchases, packaging, compulsive, brand-name, bargain, bill, label, bankrupt

1. Despite the big sale, ________ items didn't come cheap.
2. We went round the shop picking up things to try on, choosing accessories, but when we got the final ________ we realized we didn't have enough money to pay for all the items we wanted to buy. Another day of shopping and we will go ________.
3. Can the cover of a book be considered its ________?
4. When any habit becomes a sort of obsession we define it as ________.
5. Before washing a jumper have a look at the ________ to check what temperature it should be washed at.
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Choose the correct word.



I was told by the ________ that I could ________ the trousers home and decide later whether to keep them or not. That's what I did. But when I ________ them back the following day saying that they didn't really ________ and that I would like a bigger ________, they told me that they couldn't possibly change the item as it had been bought in a ________. I was furious and asked to get a ________. No way, I had to keep my too tight trousers. Time to go on a diet!
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Listen and choose the best option to complete each sentence.

1. Bissinger is
a. a wealthy journalist.
b. a bestseller.
c. a successful writer.
d. a reporter from GQ magazine.

2. When he finally confessed to being a shopaholic
a. he decided to write about it to help other people.
b. he wanted to share his anguish.
c. he felt people shouldn't laugh.
d. he thought it was the only way to get healed .

3. The writer's addiction
a. is quite recent and involves a small amount of money.
b. involves a lot of money and several different companies.
c. lasted more than two years and involved a considerable sum of money.
d. has already lasted five years and a lot of money.

4. A shopping addiction is a serious matter which
a. relates only to women.
b. is typical of wealthy people.
c. should be contrasted.
d. is getting worse since the Internet has made shopping on line possible.

5. The main problem for the protagonist of this story
a. was financial.
b. was not financial.
c. was because he dealt with a foreign company.
d. was because he ran out of money.

1 ________
2 ________
3 ________
4 ________
5 ________
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Think of the word which best fits each gap.


Sometimes a product may not be ________ you expect it to be. Therefore, if you want to ________ it to the store where you have bought it, make sure you have your ________. You should return the item undamaged and in its original ________ within 14 days of the date of ________. Depending on the store's returns policy, you might have it exchanged or be offered a ________ of the purchase price, or you might receive a credit note.
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Complete the text with a word that fits the gap, using the word given in capitals.



James Cooper was a ________ and determined man. (CARE)
He knew ________ (EXACT) what he was going to do and had planned his future in detail. By 2012 he would have saved 130,000 euros, bought a little apartment in his home town, and got married.
That's what he did. ________ (FORTUNE), his wife, who felt sad and ________ (LONE) at home, started to go shopping to reduce her feelings of anxiety and ________  (ISOLATE). She bought countless pairs of shoes.
She just went mad about footwear, and she would have let ________ (SHOP) ruin her life and her husband's if she hadn't understood that she needed psychological support.
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Complete the second sentence with two to five words so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given.

1. The story was so moving that I couldn't help crying. (MADE)
It was such a moving story that it ________.

2. He is very careful with money and manages to save some for a time when he will need it. (RAINY)
He is very careful with money which he saves ________.

3. When her grandfather died she inherited a huge sum of money. (INTO)
When her grandfather died she ________ sum of money.

4. I'd better withdraw some money from the cash machine as I can't use my credit card in that shop. (PAY)
I'd better withdraw some money from the cash machine as I have ________ in that shop.

5. They can go out in the evening but their parents don't allow them to stay out late. (LET)
They can go out in the evening but their parents ________ stay out late.

6. Shopaholics, who are compulsive shoppers, are mainly women feeling anxious and lonely. (WHO)
Shopaholics, who are compulsive shoppers, are mainly women ________.
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Change the words in bold by using a suitable participle.



The greatest wave of immigration in American history was between 1880 and 1920, when more than 25 million foreigners arrived on American soil, and transformed the country.
The 'New Immigrants',  who were perceived to be quite different from earlier immigrants, didn't mean to settle down.  Italians, Poles and Jews, who arrived in large numbers, also departed in large numbers. When they reached their promised land, they thought they didn't want to stay; these immigrants, who hoped to make a fortune during a temporary stay in America, aimed to increase their standard of living before they returned to their homeland.

The greatest wave of immigration in American history was between 1880 and 1920, when more than 25 million foreigners arrived on American soil, ________ the country.
The 'New Immigrants',________ to be quite different from earlier immigrants, didn't mean to settle down. Italians, Poles and Jews,________ in large numbers, also departed in large numbers. ________ their promised land, they thought they didn't want to stay; these immigrants,________ to make a fortune during a temporary stay in America, aimed to increase their standard of living before ________ to their homeland.
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In the following letter decide which sentences are in the wrong register.

A: Hi Madam,
B: I wish to resign from my post of secretary in your firm with effect from the end of next month.
C: I'm getting married soon and I can't go on working.
D: During the three years that I have been employed by you I have gained a lot of experience,
E: for which I am really truly happy
F: and I trust you have been satisfied with my services.
G: I think I'll pop in later in the month to get my pay.
H: All the best,
Kate Black
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