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Robot security guard

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Meet Bob, the metal minder.

He's on patrol in the offices of the security company G4S.

Bob does a 3D scan of each room to check if anything's missing.

This technology is just one of many new developments in the UK's robotics sector.

And while he's no substitute for a human security guard, Bob has already learned some basic office etiquette.

Bob:
"Thank you, I will be on my way."

minder

someone who protects another person

on patrol

moving around an area to check for danger or trouble

sector

a part of a country's economy or business

substitute

replacement; something that is used instead of something else

etiquette

set of rules for how to behave in social situations

Exercise

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

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

minder / on patrol / sector / substitute / etiquette

1.
An Italian hotel boss has filmed a TV advert apparently giving _________ tips to Russian tourists, in a bid to improve relations with the locals, it's been reported.

2.
A daily 'tomato pill' is not a _________ for other treatments, but may provide added benefits when taken alongside other medication.

3.
During his boxing career he took time out to act as _________ to various stars, including Sammy Davis Jnr, as well as continuing in films.

4.
Analysts noted a slowdown in sales growth and there are also concerns about fierce price competition in the grocery _________.

5.
Additional officers are _________ in the area to reassure the community, he added.

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etiquette

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substitute

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minder

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sector

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on patrol

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