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I happier times

To his surprise, Paul loved the market. He made lots of friends and enjoyed working out in the open air. After two years, he took over ( = took control of) the stall. Two years later he opened a second stall, and after ten years he had fifteen stalls. Last year Paul retired ( = stopped working completely) at the age of fifty five, a very rich man.

1. Match the verbs on the left with the nouns or phrases on the right. Use each word once only:

earn

overtime

work

meetings

be given

a shop

pay

redundant

go to

clients

advise

$500

run

income

work

part-time

go on

fresh

wanted

the dole

quit

shiftwork

be responsible

for ten employees

do

company

have

a nine-to-five job

go on

a training course

2. Starting with the words you are given, rewrite each of these sentences using active vocabulary. The basic meaning must stay the same.

Example: I'm a banker.

I work in banking.

a) What do you do?

What's ?

  1. I earn $ 5,000 dollars.

My

  1. I get $ 20,000 from my teaching job and another $ 10,000 from writing.

My total

  1. I am a chemist.

I work for

  1. In my job I have to look after and maintain all the computers in the building.

My job involves

  1. I'm responsible for one of the smallest departments.

I'm in

3. This is part of conversation with a teacher about her job. Can you supply missing questions?

A: ?

B: I usually start at nine and finish at four.

A: , ?

B: Yes a bit. On certain courses I work until five o'clock, and that is why I get paid extra.

A: : ?

B: Twelve weeks. That's one of the good things about being a teacher.

A: ?

B: No we don't, I'm afraid. That's one of the disadvantages of being a teacher. I suppose money isn't everything.

  1. Write a single word synonym for each of these words/phrases:

  1. given the sack =

  2. out of work =

  3. left the company =

  4. was given a better position in the company =

  5. future possibilities in a job =

  6. was responsible for =

  7. was on the relief=

h) stopped working forever =

i) handed in an official notice that he was going to leave the company =

j) workers in a company =

5. Find the logical answer on the right for each of the questions on the left.

  1. Why did they sack him?

  2. Why did they promote him?

  3. Why did he apply for the job?

  4. Why did he retire?

  5. Why did he resign?

  6. Why did he go on the course?

Because he was nearly fifty.

Because he was often late for work.

Because he needed more training.

Because he was out for work.

Because he was the best person in the department.

Because he didn’t like his boss.

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