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“ A friend fur life”. MC Cloze RLS 2006. Sally lives on an outlying island in Hong Kong and has been rescuing dogs (17) the past 19 years . (39%). “In the past 19 years” does not include the present and future. We need a specific date rather than a period of time when we use “since”

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A friend fur life

“ A friend fur life”

MC Cloze

RLS 2006


Sally lives on an outlying island in hong kong and has been rescuing dogs 17 the past 19 years 39

Sally lives on an outlying island in Hong Kong and has been rescuing dogs (17) the past 19 years. (39%)

  • “In the past 19 years” does not include the present and future.

  • We need a specific date rather than a period of time when we use “since”

  • “At the past 19 years” – Not possible

  • “For the past 19 years” implies that she will continue to this.

  • Which should you use with the present perfect continuous tense?

  • D=Correct

17.

  • in

  • since

  • at

  • for


A couple of days a week she 18 a sampan specially to go to hong kong island 52

18.

sails

takes

travels

drives

For “A” to be correct, she’d have to sail the sampan herself.

“B” implies that this is the mode of transportation she uses.

For “C” to be correct, you’d have to say “travels by sampan”.

You can “drive” a car but not a sampan.

B=Correct

A couple of days a week, she (18) a sampan specially to go to Hong Kong Island. (52%)


At the kennels sally selects the most suitable dogs for adoption and takes them back 19 lamma 61

19.

in

in the

to

to the

You “take” something “to” a place.

“Lamma” is not plural like “United Sates”or “Philippines”, so you don’t need “the”.

C=Correct

At the kennels, Sally selects the most suitable dogs for adoption and takes them back (19)Lamma. (61%)


A friend fur life

20.

near

next

neighbouring

close to

We need a reference point when we use “near”. E.g. The school is near the MTR station.

Next = follows the present one; Next to = beside

“neighbouring houses” = houses that are next to each other.

“close to” = near

C=Correct

There she keeps as many as 60 dogs in two (20) houses - one for small dogs and the other for big dogs and puppies. (85%)


Those she leaves behind at the kennels are destroyed 21 four days 79

21.

for

until

during

within

“For four days” = the destruction lasts for four days.

We need a specific time, not a period of time when we use “until”.

“during four days”

“within” = not beyond a period of time

D=correct

Those she leaves behind at the kennels are destroyed (21) four days. (79%)


A friend fur life

22.

hundred

hundreds

a hundred

two hundreds

Because of “over”, we need a specific number.

C = Correct

In the past years, Sally has saved over(22)(45%) dogs, but (23) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24) year.


A friend fur life

23.

sadly

incidentally

fortunately

additionally

Is 200/40,000 a large proportion?

Would it be better if a larger proportion of dogs were saved?

A=Correct

In the past years, Sally has saved over (22) dogs, but (23)(84%) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24) year.


A friend fur life

24.

every

last

next

all

“are abandoned” = present tense

A= Correct

In the past years, Sally has saved over (22) dogs, but (23) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24)(85%) year.


A friend fur life

25.

run

put

taken

shut

run down = several meanings, including found

Put down = killed humanely

Taken down = put on the ground

Shut down = turned off

B = Correct

Since it is difficult to find new homes for such a large number of dogs, at least 35,000 of them get (25)(22%) down.


A friend fur life

26.

bought

had bought

will be bought

were bought

People buy the dogs – passive voice

“had no experience” = past tense

D=correct

The fact is that many of the abandoned animals (26) in good faith by caring families who like dogs but who had no experience of keeping any as a pet. (77%)


They simply did not 27 how much of a commitment looking after an animal would be 95

27.

knew

know

knowing

known

This is the negative form of the past tense.

B = Correct

They simply did not (27) how much of a commitment looking after an animal would be. (95%)


In many 28 the pressure to get a pet comes from the children 91

28.

aspects

times

cases

problems

Aspect = feature

Time = occasions

Case = situations

“In many times” is not grammatically correct.

C= Correct

In many (28) , the pressure to get a pet comes from the children. (91%)


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29.

children

childish

child’s

childhood

Children want a pet because their friend has a pet.

C=Correct

The begging and pleading starts the moment your (29) friend gets a pet and ends only when an animal is settled in your home. (70%)


30 56 parents do not always stop 31 the responsibility a pet brings

30.

Similarly

Unfortunately

By the way

On the other hand

We know the sentence is introducing a negative idea.

B= Correct

(30)(56%), parents do not always stop (31) the responsibility a pet brings.


30 parents do not always stop 31 44 the responsibility a pet brings

31.

to consider

considering

and considered

for considering

We should stop hunting animals. = We should not hunt animals.

We should stop to hunt animals. = We should stop and take the time to go hunt animals.

A=Correct

(30) , parents do not always stop(31)(44%) the responsibility a pet brings.


Spca s deputy director of welfare fiona woodhouse says the decision 32 a pet is a big one 35

32.

getting

for getting

get

to get

You make a decision to do something.

D=Correct

SPCA's deputy director of welfare, Fiona Woodhouse, says the decision(32) a pet is a big one. (35%)


And with pets comes responsibility 33 time space and financial commitment 60

33.

in terms of

as much as

regards

concerned

“In terms of” is used to describe which particular area of a subject you are discussing.

Regard and concern can mean “about”, but you’d have to use the “ing” form in this context.

A= Correct

And with pets comes responsibility(33)time, space and financial commitment. (60%)


This responsibility becomes even greater 34 your pet becomes sick 55

34.

even

while

then

if

This sentence describes a possible situation that could make the responsibility even greater.

D=Correct

This responsibility becomes even greater (34) your pet becomes sick. (55%)


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