Session 4

Vocabulary: 8 uses of 'with'

Enjoy our version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. There are strange experiments in this story and you'll learn 8 different ways to use the word 'with'.

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Activity 1

The Island of Dr. Moreau - 4 uses of 'with'

You'll be shaking with fear
The English word with has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of the strange story of The Island of Dr. Moreau. You'll see we've found many ways to use the word with in it. 

To do

As you watch part one of the story, listen out for the different uses of the word with – and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong: Doctor Moreau has been experimenting on some of the plants on the island – with terrifying results!

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Hello, I'm Mariam. I've got a science-fiction story for you today about some strange activities on a remote island where some odd-looking creatures live. We'd better get started…

The story is about an upper class man called Prendick who has been shipwrecked. A passing ship rescues him and he is looked after by a doctor called Montgomery, who is travelling with a cargo of animals to an unnamed island. When they get there, an unfriendly man called Doctor Moreau reluctantly allows Prendick to stay.

Prendick is curious about the research Doctor Moreau is doing with the animals on the island. One day he hears a puma, which the doctor is experimenting on, cry with pain. He goes to investigate and he comes across a group of bizarre-looking creatures who look almost like humans – strange! He questions Montgomery about this the next day but he cannot get a straight answer.

Next morning he's even more curious about what he has seen. With bated breath, he goes into one of Doctor Moreau's animal enclosures and discovers a strange half-human, half-beast lying in bandages. It dawns on him that Doctor Moreau has been carrying out scientific experiments on humans – and that he could be the next victim. Shaking with fear, he runs out into the jungle where he meets an ape-man who takes him to a colony of other half-human creatures.

Who are these people and what are they doing on the island? And what's going to happen to poor Prendick? Join me in part two to see if he survives this curious situation. Bye for now.


To do

How was that? The summary was wrong. It seems that Doctor Moreau has been experimenting on animals and humans on the island – that's still pretty scary!

Stop shaking with fear! Have a go at our quiz to check you know the first set of with vocabulary.

The island of Dr Moreau - the story so far...

4 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with with. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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Want to find out what happens next? Mariam tells part two of the story – and finds more uses of the word with.

Session Vocabulary

  • travelling with (A1)
    taking (something) on a journey

    with (B1)
    on; to

    with (B2)
    because of

    with bated breath (C2)
    anxiously; nervously

    with (B2) REPEAT
    because of 


    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced