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Visit to a national park

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This is an informal e-mail about my midsummer visit to a national park. Fill in the gaps with the right words. The hints after each paragraph will help you if you do not have any ideas first.

Hi, Girls –

We 1  just come home 2  an evening out at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I didn’t really want to go, 3  I’ve got 4  lot of work to do. But now I 5  really glad that I went.

1st paragraph
1 just is a typical time word that goes with Present Perfect (have + V3). Make the auxiliary (have) agree with we.
2 Think of a preposition (on, in, at, from, etc.) that would go with come home. The right question is Where have you come home …?
3 Find the right link word for the two parts of the sentences: and / or / but / because / so. Why didn’t I want to go?
4 How much work did I have to do? How lot of work can be made complete?
5 I am really happy now, in other words, I’m really glad. Make the auxiliary (be) agree with I.

We got there 6  8.30 pm, 30 minutes 7 it opened. The queue was quite long, 8  not too bad.

2nd paragraph
6 Think of a preposition that would work with time phrases like 9.45 am. What time did they get there?
7 When does the park open for the walks? 9.00 or 8 pm? Is before or after?
8 The second part of the sentence says just the opposite you would expect. Think of a link word.

have been some changes 10  we went together this spring. Do you remember the Snowdrop walk? Well now there is a new walk called ’Firefly walk’, 11  is totally amazing. However, you have to be careful if you take the kids. My little girl 12  loves evening walks, was really scared of the dark first. I had to hold 13  hand!

3rd paragraph
9 This is the first time I speak about changes. A special structure is used for that, which is not really used in Hungarian.
10 In the first part of the sentence you see Present Perfect. You need a time link word. Since when have there been some changes?
11 The missing link word refers to a new walk called ’Firefly Walk’. Which English word would you use for amelyik, ami – who, that or which?
12 The missing link word refers to the usual attitude of my little girl. How often does she love evening walks?
13 Choose the right possessive adjective: my, your, his, her, our, their. Whose hand did I have to hold?

The guide at the gate was the same one that we 14  this spring.

4th paragraph
14 This spring here is a typical word for simple past (V2 in postive sentences). What did we do this spring? We .. the guide.

While we were walking, everyone was 15  at all the fireflies in the park. A father behind even 16  one of them, 17  was not the best thing for his daughter, she didn’t want to touch it. It was much 18  buglike and scary for her and 19  was afraid of being bitten as well, although fireflies don’ bite at all.

5th paragraph
15 Find the verb that would go with at. What was everyone doing in the park?
16 Think of the verb that would mean the right thing with one of them [a firefly]. What did the father even do for his daughter?
17 The missing link word refers to all the first part of the sentence. What was not the best thing for the daughter? If you see a comma, would you choose what or which?
18 Why didn’t she like it after all? Find how buglike and scary it was for her.
19 Who was afraid of being bitten? Father or daughter? Use the right subject pronoun: he or she.

As soon 20  we arrived back to the gate, I went a little back 21  the forest path. Others enjoyed 22  on a bench 23  watching all the different 24  of firefly that were flying around. We were there for over forty-five 25 !

6th paragraph
20 Think of the time phrase as soon … (possible). Which is the missing word?
21 People usually go … a place. What is the preposition missing? Where did I go …?
22 Benches are in parks and people do something on them. What is a bench? What people usually do on public benches?
23 Other visitors were doing two things at the same time: sitting on the bench … watching fireflies. What is the link word?
24 Visitors were watching all the different kinds of fireflies. Can you find a synonym for kinds in the text?
25 How much time were we in the park for? Think about how you measure time: seconds, minutes, hours, days.

They opened the park for these evenings 26  15th July. Guess 27  long for? Two weeks! The part I liked the 28  was the visual effects these glow worms offer, like in Kenneth Branagh’s movie, Midsummer Night. You 29  go on it, girls!

7th paragraph
26 When did they open the park for the walks?
27 What is the question word for a period of time?
28 This is my absolute favourite. What else you can think of instead of I liked the visual effects (the) most?
29 I want to suggest you strongly that you should go. Think of a modal auxiliary instead of should.

Anyway, I 30  see you at work 31  Monday.

Take care,

8th paragraph
30 I talked about past and has just given advice to the girls. That was the weekend, but next week is work. What auxiliary you can use for future with see?
31 Which time preposition goes with days?

Hope you’ll find it easier every day in every way.

Writing for the next class

Please write an informal e-mail to your friend / teacher. In your e-mail use the frame on p. 52. that I used in my e-mail with the necessary changes. Tell about your last
- national park visit
- amusement park visit
- aqua park visit
- open-air swimming pool / lido visit
- museum visit(s)
- other