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Unit 1: Transport
 
Read  1: Comparing travel options
 
The Heathrow Express
 
 
There are many ways to travel from Heathrow Airport into the centre of town, by Tube, Airbus, taxi or the Heathrow Express.
 
Instructions for exercise
 
Click on the link below to open the exercise document in a new window. You will need to keep refering to this document to answer the questions below, so it would be useful to print it out.
 
 Read the exercise document
 
Answer the questions
 
1.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'The Airbus is quicker than the Tube.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

2.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'A taxi is the most expensive.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

3.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'The Airbus is more expensive than the Tube.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

4.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'The Airbus leaves more frequently than the Heathrow Express.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

5.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'The Airbus is the most comfortable option.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

6.  Is the following statement 'true', 'false' or 'impossible to say'? 'The Airbus is the cheapest.'

True
False
Impossible to say

 

 
Language tips - vocabulary
 
cabby - taxi driver
road works - repairs to the roads
minicab - a type of taxi, different from a black cab, usually cheaper
delay - something which makes your journey longer
fare - the money you pay for transport
guaranteed - you are sure of something
double-decker bus - a bus with 2 levels
it is not allowed - you must not do it
discount - a reduction in price

 
Language tips - grammar
 
When we have 2 things to compare

The Tube is quicker than the Airbus - quick is a short adjective (adjective + er + than).
The Airbus is more expensive than the Tube - expensive is a long adjective (more + adjective + than).
The Tube is not as quick as the Heathrow Express (not as + adjective + as). This is the same as saying 'The Heathrow Express is quicker than the Tube'.

When we have 3 things to compare

The Tube is the cheapest (the + adjective + est). Remember, cheap is a short adjective.
A taxi is the most expensive (the + most + adjective). Remember, expensive is a long adjective.


 
 
  Units
 
 
Unit 1: Transport
 
 
 
Listen 1: Choosing transport from Heathrow into town
 
 
 
Listen 2: At the ticket office
 
 
 
Listen 3: In the train station
 
 
 
Read 1: Comparing travel options
 
 
 
Speak 1: Comparisons and the 'schwa' sound
 
 
 
Unit 2: Hotel
 
Unit 3: Cinema
 
Unit 4: Shopping
 
Unit 5: Work
 
Unit 6: Eating Out
 
  Useful links
 
 
BBC London travel news