Use of English Practice

Question 1

In your family, who does these small jobs?

  • Who does the ironing?
  • Who makes the beds?
  • Who lays the table?
  • Who gets the dinner ready?
  • Who sweeps the floor?
  • Who dusts the furniture?
  • Who does the washing?
  • Who does the washing-up?
  • Who hangs the washing out to dry?

My mum does the washing-up because she has more time. My dad sometimes dusts the furniture because my mum does the ironing at the same time.

Question 2

Which of these tasks do your parents enjoy doing or dislike?

My dad doesn’t enjoy doing the washing-up because he thinks this is a woman’s chore. Who should do the housework?

“When most women go out to work, many of them full-time, they still find themselves doing most of the housework. Research shows that mothers spend, on average, three hours a day doing housework and cooking, whereas fathers spend 45 minutes. Men still expect women to do the housework. If/When men do things around the house, they think they are doing a favor.”

Source: Cambridge FCE

Use of English / Part 2

In the FCE exams, one of the tasks in the “Use of English” section is to rewrite sentences using the given capitalized words to keep the meaning the same.

1. She doesn’t enjoy jogging as much as running.

REWRITE: She likes running more than jogging.

2. Caren enjoys watching TV more than any other free-time activity.

REWRITE: Watching TV is the most enjoyable free-time activity for Caren.

3. John thinks reading is more boring than writing.

REWRITE: Reading is not as interesting as writing.

Make sure to study Comparative and Superlative grammar topics for the grammar sections.

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