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Finding an Apartment (comparative adjectives)

My wife and I need a new place to live. We spent the past week-end looking at apartments. We found two apartments that we like but we can’t decide which one we like better.

 I like the first apartment that we saw. It is closer to work. It is in a newer, cleaner building. The inside is brighter because it has bigger windows. The view is nicer too. Unfortunately, it is more expensive. The rent is too high.

My wife likes the second apartment that we saw. It is in an older building and it is in a more interesting neighbourhood. The apartment has larger rooms. The rent is cheaper. Unfortunately, it is farther from work than the other apartment. It would take both us longer to get to work.

We are going to look at more apartments next week-end. Maybe we will find an apartment that we both like!

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Grammar Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?

1. The older apartment is more expensive. Yes or no?

2. They are going to look at more apartments next week-end. Yes or no?

3. The cheaper apartment has bigger windows. Yes or no?

4. The cheaper apartment has larger rooms. Yes or no?

5. The more expensive apartment is closer to where they work. Yes or no?


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6. They have been looking at _____________________ because they need a new place to live.

7. The like different apartments. His wife likes the apartment in the _________ interesting neighbourhood.

8. One apartment is _____________ because it has bigger windows.

9. The cheaper apartment is ____________ from where they work. It will take __________ to get to work.

10. They can't ____________ which apartment to choose.

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If I Could, I Would (2nd conditional)

Sometimes it is fun to think about things that we know will probably never be true. We can ask ourselves questions that don’t really have answers. If you won a million dollars in the lottery, what would you do? It would be nice to win the lottery but the chances of that happening are very small. If I won a million dollars, I would travel but I would also give some money to charity. And you? What would you do?

If you had a time machine to travel with, would you visit the past or would you visit the future?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Would you like to live in more than one place if you had the chance? It would be interesting to experience different cultures for awhile but it would be difficult to decide which cultures because there is so much diversity in the world. If I could live anywhere I wanted, I might have trouble deciding!

What abilities would you have if you had superhuman powers? Would you want to be very strong? If I had super powers, I would like to be able to fly. Would you like to be able to fly too?

If you could talk to animals, what would you say? If you were an astronaut, where would you like to go? If you had one wish, what would it be? If you could ask me a question, what would you ask?

Vocabulary help:

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Grammar Comprehension Check:

Did you understand the grammer? Are these sentences true?

1. A conditional sentence has two parts, the "if clause" and the "result clause". In the 2nd conditional the verb in the "if clause" is in the past tense. Yes or no?

2. In the 2nd conditional the "result" clause contains the word usually contains the word would, although could or might can also be used. Yes or no?

3. If there was no more hunger in the world, people would be happier. This is an example of a sentence in the 2nd conditional. Yes or no?

4. Sometimes a sentence in the 2nd conditional only has one clause. Yes or no?

5. A clause has to have a verb in it. Yes or no?

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Answers:



Finding an Apartment

1. no, 2. yes, 3. no, 4. yes, 5. yes

6. apartments, 7. more, 8. brighter, 9. farther/longer, 10. decide

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If I Could, I Would

1. yes, 2. yes, 3. yes, 4. no, 5. yes

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