“ 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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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=CorrectA couple of days a week, she (18) a sampan specially to go to Hong Kong Island. (52%)
You “take” something “to” a place.
“Lamma” is not plural like “United Sates”or “Philippines”, so you don’t need “the”.
C=CorrectAt the kennels, Sally selects the most suitable dogs for adoption and takes them back (19)Lamma. (61%)
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=CorrectThere she keeps as many as 60 dogs in two (20) houses - one for small dogs and the other for big dogs and puppies. (85%)
“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=correctThose she leaves behind at the kennels are destroyed (21) four days. (79%)
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.
Is 200/40,000 a large proportion?
Would it be better if a larger proportion of dogs were saved?
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.
“are abandoned” = present tense
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.
run down = several meanings, including found
Put down = killed humanely
Taken down = put on the ground
Shut down = turned off
B = CorrectSince it is difficult to find new homes for such a large number of dogs, at least 35,000 of them get (25)(22%) down.
will be bought
People buy the dogs – passive voice
“had no experience” = past tense
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%)
This is the negative form of the past tense.
B = CorrectThey simply did not (27) how much of a commitment looking after an animal would be. (95%)
Aspect = feature
Time = occasions
Case = situations
“In many times” is not grammatically correct.
C= CorrectIn many (28) , the pressure to get a pet comes from the children. (91%)
Children want a pet because their friend has a pet.
C=CorrectThe begging and pleading starts the moment your (29) friend gets a pet and ends only when an animal is settled in your home. (70%)
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.
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.
You make a decision to do something.
D=CorrectSPCA's deputy director of welfare, Fiona Woodhouse, says the decision(32) a pet is a big one. (35%)
in terms of
as much as
“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= CorrectAnd with pets comes responsibility(33)time, space and financial commitment. (60%)
This sentence describes a possible situation that could make the responsibility even greater.
D=CorrectThis responsibility becomes even greater (34) your pet becomes sick. (55%)