Unit 13: Flat pack skyscrapers
Comparatives and superlatives
Select a unit
- 1 Pop-ups
- 2 Hidden talents
- 3 Can't buy me love
- 4 Travellers' tales
- 5 The colleague from hell
- 6 Jurassic mystery: unpacking the past
- 7 Career changes
- 8 Art
- 9 Project management
- 10 The dog ate my homework!
- 11 The diary of a double agent
- 12 Fashion forward
- 13 Flat pack skyscrapers
- 14 Extreme sports
- 15 Food fads
- 16 Me, my selfie and I
- 17 Endangered animals
- 18 A nip and a tuck: cosmetic surgery
- 19 I'm really sorry...
- 20 Telling stories
- 21 Fakes and phrasals
- 22 Looking to the future
- 23 Becoming familiar with things
- 24 From rags to riches
- 25 Against the odds
- 26 Our future on Mars?
- 27 Where is it illegal to get a fish drunk?
- 28 Dodgy dating
- 29 Annoying advice
- 30 I'll have been studying English for thirty weeks
6 Minute Vocabulary
Someone, anyone, no one, everyone mean the same as somebody, anybody, nobody, everybody. They all mean one person, no person or all people:
- Is there someone at the door? No, there’s no one.
Something, anything, nothing and everything mean one thing, no thing and all things:
- Is there anything I can do to help?
Somewhere, anywhere, nowhere and everywhere mean one place, no place and all places:
- I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find it.
The word else is often used after these words to mean other:
- Do you want to invite anyone else?
- There’s nowhere else to go.
Anyone, anything and anywhere sometimes have a different meaning:
- Ask anyone. (any person, it doesn’t matter who)
- She’ll eat anything. (any thing, it doesn’t matter what)
Notice that only no one is two words. And no one, nobody and nothing always have a positive verb:
- No one answered the phone.
- Nothing has happened since you left.
All these words take a singular verb:
- Everyone is watching TV.
We use they, their and them with everyone:
- Is everyone happy with their seats?
All these words are often used before adjectives and infinitives:
- Is there anything interesting on TV?
- It’s raining and there’s nothing to do.
a technique where a video is made by speeding up a series of still images
making people notice (something)
(here) grew very quickly
made something by putting pieces together
lines of workers and machines in a factory
connected pieces by putting them into slots (long holes)
able to move and bend without breaking
project that someone does because it makes them look good
the bigger they are, the harder they fall
when an important person or thing fails, it is very difficult for them
pie in the sky
something that you hope will happen, but is not likely to happen in reality
the sky's the limit
there is no limit
speak to someone you don't know to try to make them interested in you
broke the ice
(here) said something casual to start a conversation
not very impressive; a bit silly
Session 5: Drama - The Importance of being Earnest: Part 3
money someone gets from work or from investments
(here) old-fashioned word meaning 'men from higher classes of society'
a county in the south of England
parts attached to a bag or other object so that you can hold it
place in a theatre, restaurant and previously in railway stations, where you can leave coats, bags and other small items.
to make certain that something happens
(phrasal verb) to become a member of a family or group by marrying someone who already belongs to it. (Here Wilde is comparing the cloakroom with a family)
form an alliance
put up with
(phrasal verb) to continue to accept a person or situation that is unpleasant
a very sad event or situation
a county in the south of England, near to London