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Last updated at 16:35 BST, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

An end to traffic jams?

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Is it a car? Is it a plane? No, it's a gyrocopter!

This Dutch vehicle can be driven on land or flown in the air. All it needs is a strip of tarmac.

If the idea catches on, it could put an end to traffic jams. Motorists would just unfold the wings and off they go.

Several test flights have been conducted and the company is looking for investors.

tarmac

black material used to coat roads

catches on

becomes popular and fashionable

unfold

spread till they reach their full size

conducted

performed

investors

people who give money to a project expecting a profit

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

tarmac / catches on / unfold / conducted / investors


1.
"When a local gentleman pulled out a tatty bit of paper from the pocket of his wax jacket, I was rather surprised he thought it was something special. When I ________ the paper, I realised that the signatures were written in black ink on the back of the gentleman's birth certificate."

2.
As Spain and Italy's finances have looked more precarious, _______ have been worried about whether the eurozone's firewall could cope with more bailouts.

3.
There is very little to like about motorway journeys. Endless black ________, blurry white lines and fuzzy green trees.

4.
Outside America the trend was beginning to _______ too. Many of the GIs stationed in Europe and Japan during the war were working-class boys from the Western states. While off duty they wore their jeans proudly as a symbol of home.

5.
The tests were ________ at the request of the European Union to see whether travel disruption could be alleviated.

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How did you do?

1

unfolded

2

investors

3

tarmac

4

catch on

5

conducted