After the Exams

Malcolm: What did you think of the exams, Pete? I reckon they were dead easy.

Pete: Maybe they were easy enough for you but they were much too hard for me.

Malcolm: Oh, come on. You've probably done better than you think.

Pete: No, I'm dead certain I've failed in Latin,and most likely in French and History too. Thank goodness* it's all over though. We can forget about it now- at least until the results come out.

Malcolm: Yes. Now I can get on with reading all the books I've been wanting to read After the Exams for months, but haven't had time for.

Pete: What! ...Well, it's up to you, I suppose, but I've had enough of reading. I'm not going to open another book for months. Don't you think we all deserve a break?

Malcolm: Well, yes... I'll take a day or two off perhaps. And I think I'll come to Bob's sister's party tomorrow night. But if I’m going to university in October. I'll have to get down to some serious work again pretty soon.

Pete: I've got to get through theA level After the Exams exams first. I'll worry about university if and when I ever get there.

Malcolm: That's the trouble with you. You always try to do everything at the last minute.

Pete; And you're too serious; that's your trouble. You never stop swotting.*

Malcolm; Well, I like reading.

Pete: And I can't stand it. I don't know why I decided to try to go to university in the first place. I think I'll run away and join the army or something.

(London Linguaphone Course)


Thank goodness! -Слава богу!

swotting- зубрёжка; to After the Exams swot - зубрить


1. Answer the following questions:

Text A:I. Are all English universities new? 2. What does London University consist of? 3. What does a university usually have? 4. What faculties are there in English universities? 5. What do the departments include? 6. Who is at the head of the university? 7. Who helps professors? 8. Whom do professors and lecturers give lectures to? 9. Do the students have a chance to organize discussions? 10. What do most universities provide for their students? 11. Are there many types of colleges in England? 12. What kind of colleges are to be found in England? 13, How many years is it necessary to study to become After the Exams a teacher?

Text B; 1. What is Oxbridge? 2. Are Oxford and Cambridge universities new or old? 3. Both of them are independent, aren't they? 4. Who are most of the students of Oxford? 5. How long is it necessary to study for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts? 6. How many years does it take to study languages and medicine? 7. Where are the degrees awarded? 8. What are the traditions they keep at Oxford and Cambridge? 9. What do Oxford and Cambridge consist of? 10. What can you say about the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge? 11. What can one find within a college? 12. Was After the Exams Oxford popular with the early kings? 13. How many colleges for men and women are there at Oxford? 14. What are the oldest colleges? 15. When did Cambridge start? 16. How many colleges does Cambridge university consist of? 17. Which of them is the oldest one? 18.What is King's College famous for? 19. When was the first women's college opened? 20. Are the students engaged in extracurricular activities? 21. What sports are popular at Oxford?

2. Choose the right word:

1. Students get a higher (examination, education, graduation) at the universities. 2. Students receive a monthly (profession, scholarship, subject). 3. After the students (graduate, realize, introduce) from the universities they go to After the Exams work in all fields of national economy. 4. He did not enter the University because he (failed, prepared, learned) in maths. 5. Students must (complete, return, attend) lectures on different subjects. 6. When did you (leave, receive, complete) school? 7. When did you (leave, receive, complete) a letter from the University? 8. He is a good student, he can (understand, require, pass) all the examinations well. 9. What foreign (newspapers, language, word) can you speak? 10. Every lecture at the University (begins, lasts, completes) an hour and a half.

3. Match the following proverbs and their meanings:

1. Live and learn. 2. Don't teach a fish After the Exams to swim. 3. Four eyes see more than two. 4. It is never too late to learn. 5. So many men, so many minds. 6. Two heads are better than one. a). Two persons in consultation may find the right answer to a problem. b). As long as you live there will be new things to learn. c). There are as many opinions as there are men. d). Do not tell or show smb how to do smth that he can do perfectly well and probably better than you yourself. e). One must go on learning as long as one lives. f). Two people After the Exams are more observant than one alone.

Grammar: The Passive Voice

§ 1. The formation of the Passive Voice.

The Passive Voice is formed by means of the auxiliary verb to be in the required form and Participle II of the notional verb.

(a) The Present, Past and Future Indefinite Passive are formed by means of the Present, Past and Future Indefinite of the auxiliary verb to be and Participle II of the notional verb.

Present Indefinite Past Indefinite Future Indefinite
Passive Passive Passive
I am invited I was invited I shall/will be invited
He is invited He was invited He will be After the Exams invited
She is invited She was invited She will be invited
We are invited We were invited We shall/will be invited
You are invited You were invited You will be invited
They are invited They were invited They will be invited

(b) The Present, Past and Future Perfect Passive are formed by means of the Present, Past and Future Perfect of the auxiliary verb to be and Participle II of the notional verb.

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