UNIT 9, 9E Word Skills, Verb patterns, page 101
The best thing would be the relaxation and sightseeing.
The worst thing would be the accommodation.
board a plane / flight / a ship / a train, book a cab / taxi / a holiday / a hotel / a room, check in luggage / bags, check into a hotel, hail a cab / taxi, hire a cab / taxi / car, miss a plane / flight / a train, reach a destination, stay at a hotel
infinitive or -ing
1 a I bought a present to see if it would make her less angry.
b I made an attempt to buy a present, but I didn’t have enough money.
2 a I was talking to my friend, but stopped when the film started.
b I began to talk to my friend when I met him.
3 a They were eating popcorn and when the film ended they continued to eat it.
b The film ended and they went to eat pizza.
4 a I remember visiting the Taj Mahal (in the past) and I won’t forget it.
b I will remember to visit the Taj Mahal (in the future) because it is amazing.
1 to spend
3 to stay
7 to become
11 to pay
12 to save
UNIT 9, 9F Reading, Miscalculations, page 102-103
You should be careful before you make a decision that can’t be reversed.
A d – 2 (Too fat to fit!)
B a – 1 (Can’t slow down!)
C c – 3 (Meet you in the middle?)
D b – 4 (Top heavy!)
It matches with 1: ‘ … there is no question of rebuilding them. It will be cheaper to alter the width of the platforms.’
It does not match with 2: ‘The error appears to have happened because RFF, the company that runs the rail network, gave SNCF the wrong measurements. Instead of measuring all the platforms … they only measured platforms that were less than thirty years old. They didn’t realise that the gap between platforms …a bit slimmer.’
1 … RFF had measured all the platforms.
2 … the Mars Climate Orbiter would have gone into orbit around Mars.
3 … the German side wouldn’t have had to be lowered.
4 … the top of the ship hadn’t been too heavy (and if) the ship had not been asymmetrical.
Centimetres, millimetres, metres and kilometres are metric.
1 centimetres. The North Sea is 27 cm higher than the Mediterranean. The Germans added 27 cm instead of subtracting 27 cm.
2 millimetres. One set of engineers working on the Mars Climate Orbiter used millimetres and the other set of engineers used inches.
3 metres. The German side of the bridge was over 0.5 m higher than the Swiss side.
4 kilometres. The spacecraft was only sixty km from the surface of Mars instead of 160 km when the engines fired.
5 and 6 inches and feet. There are 12 inches in a Swedish foot, but 11 inches in an Amsterdam foot.