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Reading comprehension for Sweet tooth (Ch4)

1. Look again at Sweet tooth (Ch4) and decide if the following statements are true or false

a. The dentist’s surgery was on the ground floor.

b. The dentist had an assistant.

c. Wendy was asked for her telephone number.

d. Wendy had to wait for a long time before she saw the dentist.

e. Wendy was feeling anxious about seeing the dentist.

f. Wendy changed her mind and ran out of the surgery.



Sweet tooth (Ch4) Noun clauses


1. A noun clause is a part of a sentence that acts like a noun.

Look at this sentence: “I know that he is angry“. Often noun clauses begin with ‘that‘ or ‘what, who, why, when and how‘. The example sentence could be re-written as ‘I know it.’

2. There is an example of a noun clause in this extract from Sweet tooth (Ch4). Can you find it?

Puzzled, Wendy turned and met the woman’s stare. ‘A raven!’ thought Wendy. ‘That’s what she looks like – a raven.’

(The correct answer is ‘….what she looks like’)

3. Here are some more sentences. Can you find the noun clauses in them?

a. I can’t remember where I left my phone.

b. I know who knows the answer.

c. I understand what you are saying but I don’t agree.

d. I forgot when we planned to meet.

e. I don’t know why you don’t like Manchester United.

f. We discussed who the best person for the job was.

g. What you said was correct.

h. I don’t understand how you got that answer.

4. Try to make some noun clauses of your own by completing these stems

a. I know what…

b. I don’t know where…

c. I can’t remember when…

d. I understand that…


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Quizlet for Sweet tooth (Ch4)

Use this QUIZLET to practise some of the vocabulary from Sweet tooth (Ch4)


Picture activity for Sweet tooth (Ch4)

Look at the words from Sweet tooth (Ch4) below and match them with the pictures


a raven

broken glass

a wooden chair

a uniform

a heart


Reading comprehension for Sweet tooth (Ch1, 2 and 3)

Look at Sweet tooth (Ch1, 2 and 3). Can you complete the sentences using the words below to help you? 

 red    gold    good    work    co-worker    train    easy    hated

1. Wendy ______ going to the dentist

2. Tracey was Wendy’s ______ and also an old school friend.

3. Jobs weren’t ______ to find in the town that Wendy and Tracey lived in.

4. Mrs Wilson told Tracey that the new dentist was very ______.

5. Wendy made an appointment to see the new dentist after she finished her ______.

6. Wendy watched the ______ in the toy shop’s window.

7. The name of the new dentist was written in ______ letters.

8. A ______ arrow pointed upstairs.


Subject / Verb agreement


1.Subject/verb agreement

This simply means that the verb (or auxiliary verb) must pay attention to whether the subject is singular or plural. Look at this sentence: ‘The teacher was standing at the window’. In this sentence, the subject is ‘the teacher’. There is just one teacher, so the subject is singular. Because the subject is singular, the verb must ‘match’ it. Therefore, the correct (auxiliary) verb form is ‘was’ (and not ‘were‘).

2. Look at this paragraph from Sweet tooth (ch3). Look at the subjects of each sentence and how the verbs or auxiliary verbs agree.

The time was just after 5.20. She was walking slowly down the main street of Narbury, one hand on the side of her face. Behind her, Supersave was shutting. Most of the other shops were already closed. Everywhere, people were hurrying home, returning to their families. But not Wendy. She had phoned the dentist, Cedric Links, during her lunch break and now she had an emergency appointment for 5.30.

3. Choose the correct form of the verb in these sentences

a. Tracey and Wendy [was/were] old friends.

b. Tracey [wasn’t/weren’t] afraid to go to the dentist but Wendy [were/was].

c. A little train [was/were] going round a track in the toy shop window.

d. The lane that Wendy went into [was/were] very dark.

e. When Wendy looked at Mrs Morton’s face, she saw that the old woman [was/were] missing her front tooth.

f. Tracey thought that the new dentist [was/were] really good.

4. Sentences that start with ‘There’. Although ‘There’ is in the subject position, the ‘true’ subject is somewhere else! Try to find the subject, decide if it is singular or plural and choose the correct answer.

a. There [was/were] a toy shop amongst the many shops in Narbury.

b. There [was/were] a staircase with many stairs that led to the new dentist’s office.

c. There [was/were] a lot of people on the street at 5pm.






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Sweet tooth (Ch3) Quizlet

Practise some of the words from Sweet tooth (Ch3) with this QUIZLET


Picture activity for Sweet tooth (Ch3)

Match these words from Sweet tooth (Ch3) with the pictures:

a staircase

a lane

a butcher’s shop

a train station

a flag



Sweet tooth (Ch2) reading comprehension

1. Look again at Sweet tooth (Ch2) and decide if the following statements are true or false.

a.Wendy knew a lady called Mrs Wilson

b. Mrs Wilson told Wendy about the new dentist.

c. The new dentist took out three of Mrs Wilson’s teeth.

d. Tracey has been to see the new dentist.

e. Tracey told Wendy that she was going to see the new dentist before she went there.

f. Wendy was happy with the treatment that she got from the new dentist.

g. Wendy could see that Mrs Morton was missing a back tooth.


Grammar for Sweet tooth (Ch2) – The Genitive (‘s)


1. The genitive’s form is identical to the form of two contractions

To show that something belongs to someone or something, we often use the genitive. The genitive = ‘s. For example, “The man’s car wouldn’t start because it had run out of petrol.” Here, ‘s means the car belongs to the man.

The contraction (shortening) of ‘is’ and ‘has’ produces a form that is identical to the genitive. In other words, all of them = ‘s

EXAMPLES: “He has gone to see a movie’ = “He’s gone to see a movie” and “He is in the cinema” = “He’s in the cinema”

2. Look again at this extract from Sweet tooth (Ch2). Can you find two examples of the genitive and one of a contraction? Is it the contraction for ‘has or the contraction for ‘is’?

The dentist’s name is Cedric Links. She couldn’t stop talking about him…’

‘Did Mrs. Wilson get a tooth out?’

‘Not just one,’ Tracey replied, counting out the customer’s change. ‘Two.’

‘TWO!’ Wendy cried.

‘See you later. Bye,’ Tracey said to the customer and turned to Wendy again. ‘I went along and got a check-up too.’

‘You didn’t tell me.’

Tracey shrugged. ‘It’s no big deal. Anyway, he was great.

3. Decide if the ‘s in these sentences are examples of the genitive, a contraction of ‘is’, or a contraction of ‘has’.

a. The book that he’s reading was written by his father’s best friend.

b. What’s the name of the company that repaired your car’s windscreen?

c. My iPad’s screen was badly damaged when I dropped it, so now I have to use my wife’s.

d. The website’s been visited by over ten thousand people since its beginning and the number’s growing.


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Quizlet for Sweet tooth (Ch2)

Practice some of the words from Sweet tooth (Ch2) using this QUIZLET.


Picture activity for Sweet tooth (Ch2)

Look again at Sweet tooth (Ch2) and match the pictures with the words from that chapter:

a till



a conveyor belt



Vocabulary practice for Sweet tooth (Ch1)

Use this QUIZLET to practice some of the words in Sweet tooth (Ch1)



Reading comprehension for Sweet tooth (Ch1)

Read Sweet tooth (Ch1) again. Without looking at it, decide if the following statements are true or false

1. Wendy hates going to see a dentist.

2. Wendy works in SuperSave.

3. SuperSave is a supermarket.

4. Tracey and Wendy have been working together for three years.

5. Tracey attended the same school as Wendy.

6. Tracy and Wendy normally work four days a week.

7. The closest dentist to Wendy and Tracey is in Eastfields.

8. Tracy doesn’t recommend the new dentist that she has found.




Picture activity for Sweet tooth (Ch1)

Match these words from Sweet tooth (Ch1) to the pictures:




chewing gum




Grammar for Sweet tooth (Ch1)


1. Look at this sentence from Sweet tooth (Ch1):

Jobs were hard to find

In this sentence, the basic structure looks like this: Subject + to be + adjective + infinitive

2. Complete the following sentences using the correct adjective + infinitive 

simple to use/difficult to change/difficult to answer/easy to read/difficult to understand

a. Their accents were ______, so I asked them to repeat what they said.

b. The book was ______, so I finished it in just three days.

c. One of the exam questions was ______, so I went back to it later and tried again.

d. The tire was ______, but luckily there was a garage nearby.

e. The iPhone 5 is ______, but it is quite expensive.

For more practice with infinitives, try this site: http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/infinitive4.html


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