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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 8) and put the following sentences in the correct order

a. Billy said that he didn’t want to have the omelette

b. Candy put some of the purple liquid on Billy’s food

c. Billy entered the dining hall

d. Candy went to get some fresh chips

e. Billy chose the steak pie

f. A boy said that the food was excellent

g. Candy stirred the purple liquid into Billy’s food

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Quizlet for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Practice the vocabulary in The Cook (Chapter 8) in QUIZLET

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Look at the pictures below and find the words that they refer to in The Cook (Chapter 9)

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 7)

Think about the Cook (Chapter 7) and put these events into the correct order

a. She gave the landlord some money

b. There was a loud noise and smoke rose into the air

c. She went to some nearby shops

d. She found a room that was not far from a train station

e. The liquid in the pot was deep purple

f. She returned from the shops with the ingredients that she needed

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Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 7)

1. The word ‘too’ can be used a number of different ways. One way is to describe a problematic situation. In other words, the situation is not what you expected or wanted. For example, if a classroom has 20 students, but only 19 chairs, then there are too many students (or too few chairs) in the room. Here, ‘too’ is modifying (or changing) a quantifier (such as ‘many’, ‘few’, ‘much’ and ‘little’).

‘Too’ can also be used to modify an adjective. For example, the man usually wears size 43 shoes, but as a gift he was given size 44 so the shoes are too big.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 7) and find an example of ‘too’.

That night, she found a room near Euston train station. It was small and not very clean, but it was cheap and not too far from the school.

3. Complete these sentences using ‘to’ or too’

a. She went ______ the sale at H&M, but she was ______ late ______ get any bargains.

b. The teacher told him ______ do the essay again because he had made ______ many careless mistakes.

c. I have  ______ study for an exam tomorrow, but I don’t want ______. I feel ______ tired.

d. I feel full. In fact, I think I ate ______ much.

e. The dress was ______ small, so she took it back ______ the shop where she bought it four months ago. However, the assistant said she was ______ late and refused ______ exchange it.


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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 7)

According to The Cook (Chapter 7), is the information in the following statements true, false or not given?

1. Candy found a place to stay that was near a train station.

2. The place that Candy found was quite close to the school that she worked in.

3. At night, Candy could hear the noise of the trains.

4. The rent for Candy’s room was only fifty pounds a month.

5. To make the liquid that Candy wanted took hours.

6. The liquid that Candy wanted to make was ready before 6am.

7. The liquid that Candy made was a light colour.

8. The deep purple liquid tasted delicious.

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QUIZLET for The Cook (Chapter 7)

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter seven)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 7) and find the words that these pictures represent

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 6)

According to The Cook (Chapter 6) is the information in these statements is True, False or Not Given.

1. Lunch finished at 2pm

2. The headmistress arrived in her office just minutes before Candy arrived there

3. Candy was uncomfortable in the park last night

4. The headmistress gave Candy exactly 200 pounds

5. The headmistress has purple hair

6. Billy Pugman gets into six or seven fights every week

7. The police come to the school every time there is a fight

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1. Look at this sentence: ‘She is sad about leaving.’ The word ‘about‘ is a preposition here, and the object of this preposition is ‘leaving‘. ‘Leaving‘ here is a kind of noun called a gerund.

Look at this sentence: ‘Don’t talk about my friends!‘ The object of the preposition is the noun phrase, ‘my friends‘.

Often, the object of a preposition is a gerund or a noun phrase.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 6). Find sentences with prepositions (and objects of prepositions):

It was now 2.30pm. Lunch finished an hour ago and she still felt happy about watching all the children eat her food. She took off her apron: now it was time to talk to the headmistress. She said goodbye to the dishwashers and left the kitchen. Soon, she was in the headmistress’s office outside her door. She knocked and went in.

3. Choose a suitable preposition to complete these sentences. What are the objects of the prepositions?

a. Candy slept  ______ a park last night.

b. The boys were arguing  ______ football.

c. The headmistress gave some money ______ Candy.

d. Candy sat ______ an all-night cafe.

e. Everyone stared _____ the knife ______ Candy’s hand.

f. Candy was unhappy ______ where she slept.

Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 6)

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 6)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 6) and find the words that match these pictures

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QUIZLET for The Cook (Chapter 6)

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1. Referents such as ‘he, it, they, one, the other, them, her‘ are important in reading (and writing). These are words that refer to something or someone mentioned previously.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 5) and find the referents. Decide what the referents refer to.

She looked at her own hand. In it was the heavy knife for cutting vegetables. It shone in the sunlight. She looked at the two boys. One had short, blonde hair and a grin on his face. The other was tall with ginger hair and glasses. She watched a trickle of blood run down the tall boy’s nose and drip onto the ground. No one moved or said a word. Then a door slammed and someone came out the staffroom.

3. Choose suitable referents for these sentences where the word is underlined

i. Candy slept on a bench in a park. Candy wasn’t very comfortable, but Candy slept for a little while.

ii. Candy tried to open the kitchen door, but the kitchen door was closed.

iii. Candy asked the cleaning staff to let her in, and the cleaning staff unlocked the door.

iv. Candy went to see the headmistress in her office, but the headmistress wasn’t in her office.

v. Candy gave Collins a handkerchief. Collins used a handkerchief to wipe Collins’s face.

Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 5)

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 5)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 5) and put the following sentences into the correct order

a. Candy went to an all-night cafe

b. Candy looked at her hand and saw a knife in it

c. Mr Tomkin came rushing out of the staff room

d. The owner of the cafe told Candy to buy something or leave

e. Candy slept on a bench

f. Candy gave her handkerchief to Collins

g. A fight began in the playground

h. The headmistress was not in her office

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 5)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 5). According to the text, is the information in the following sentences True, False or Not Given?

1. Candy arrived at the school before the sun rose.

2. Candy spent the whole night in a cafe.

3. When Candy arrived at the headmistress’s office, she spoke to the secretary there.

4. When Candy heard shouting, she was standing at the kitchen window.

5. The dishwashers wanted Candy to stop the fight.

6. There was a crowd of 30 students around the two boys who were fighting.

7. By accident, Candy took a knife into the playground with her.

8. The two boys continued to fight after Candy shouted ‘Stop!’

9. Mr Tomkin was reading a newspaper before he came out of the staffroom.

10. Billy Pugman had ginger hair.

11. The boy with ginger hair went to see the nurse.

12. Billy Pugman used Candy’s handkerchief to clean his face.

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1. There are a number of ways that ‘ing‘ is used in English. Sometimes ‘ing‘ is used to form a gerund. A gerund has an ‘ing‘ ending and it acts like a noun. Gerunds can be the subject or object of sentences. For example, in the sentence ‘I enjoy swimming‘, the object is ‘swimming‘ and it is a gerund. The ‘ing‘ ending is also used to form the present continuous. For example, the sentence ‘I am writing‘ describes an action that I might be doing now or around now.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 5) and find the ‘ing‘ structures. Decide if they are gerunds or part of the present continuous

Suddenly, shouting filled the air. She looked out the kitchen window: a fight. ‘No!’ she called, ‘Stop!’

The two dishwashers turned and stared at her.

‘They’re fighting,’ she said and pointed to two boys in the playground. The dishwashers continued to drink their tea. One said, ‘It happens all the time, dear. Don’t worry about it.’ She looked out the window again. Now there was a crowd around the two boys. ‘Don’t go out there,’ said the other dishwasher, ‘it’s not safe.’

 3. Look at these sentences and decide if the underlined words are gerunds or part of the present progressive

a. Driving a car and talking on a phone at the same time is illegal in many countries.

b. Look at him: he’s driving and talking on his phone at the same time.

c. Talking and chewing food at the same time is rude!

d. Looking at someone’s answers in an exam is cheating.

e. Look! He’s doing it again – he’s copying her answers!



Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 5)

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QUIZLET for The Cook (Chapter 5)

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 5)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 5) and find the words or phrases represented by the pictures below

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Grammar and comprehension The Cook (Chapter 4)

1. To make a statement in the past tense negative, we often use ‘did’. The main verb in the statement also changes: it becomes the bare infinitive.

For example, ‘Candy didn’t take a bus to the school; instead, she walked there.

2. Look at these sentences about The Cook (Chapter 4) and fill in the gaps using the example above to help you.

a. Candy ______ ______ the plates of food out of the kitchen nervously; instead, she brought them out ______.

b. Mrs Duffy ______ ______ that the food smelled horrible; instead, she ______ it smelled ______.

c. Mr Tomkin ______ ______ much; instead, he kept quiet and just ______ his head.

d. The headmistress ______ ______  time ; instead, she ______ Candy the job immediately.

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Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 4)

1. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 4). The ‘When‘ question’s main verb is in the simple present tense. The auxillary or helping verb is ‘do‘. It isn’t ‘does‘ because it must agree with ‘you‘ – and it isn’t ‘did‘ because the question isn’t about the past.

The headmistress stood up and offered her hand. ‘Congratulations, Ms Pickles. You are our new school cook. When do you want to start?’

2. If the subject of a simple present tense question is he/she/it, the auxillary verb changes to ‘does‘. NOTE: the main verb remains unchanged (in other words, we DON’T add ‘s‘ to it). For example, ‘Where does he work?‘. In this question, the subject is ‘he‘, the main verb is ‘work‘ and the auxillary verb is ‘does‘.

3. Complete these questions

a. “Where ______ you ______ to ______?”   “Let’s go to McDonalds!”

b. ‘When ______ he ______ work?”   “He started at 8, so he’ll finish at 4”

c. “Where ______ Robert and Eva ______?”   “In Abu Dhabi. They moved there last year.”

d. “When ______ Tommy ______ school?”   “Next year, when he is five years old”

e. “Why ______ she ______ living there?”   “She says she likes British food!”

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