English Vocabulary Exercises for A2 – Gadgets

1. Complete the list of materials using a, e, i, o and u.

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1) wood   2) steel   3) glass   4) stone   5) aluminium

6) cardboard   7) plastic

2. Complete the sentences with the correct materials.

1) Shoes are often made of l____________

2) Expensive rings are often made of g____________

3) Car tyres are made of r____________

4) Cups and plates are often c____________ but sometimes they are made of c____________

5) Books are made of p____________

6) Pavements are often made of c____________

7) Gates and fences are sometimes made of i____________

8) Tents and backpacks are usually made of n____________

9) In the past, coins were often made of c____________

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1) leather   2) gold   3) rubber   4) ceramic   5) paper

6) concrete   7) iron   8) nylon   9) copper

3. Answer the questions with the material words from exercises 1 and 2. Use each word only once.

1) Which of the materials come from trees?

 paper ____________ ____________

2) Which of the materials are metals?

__________________________ ___________

3) Which material is made from part of an animal?

____________

4) Which very hard material do we find in the ground?

____________

5) Which man-made materials do we make from oil?

____________

6) Which materials do we make from other materials which we find in the ground?

________________________

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1) wood   rubber   cardboard

2) iron   copper   gold   aluminium   steel

3) leather

4) stone

5) nylon   plastic

6) glass   ceramic   concrete

4. Match the words below with the diagrams.

circular      curved      rectangular      spherical

square      straight      triangular

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1) _____

2) _____

3) _____

4) _____

5) _____

6) _____

7) _____

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1) rectangular   2) square   3) spherical   4) circular

5) triangular   6) curved   7) straight

5. Listen to the sentences and match the objects to the descriptions. Write the correct letter: A, B or C.

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1) ________

2) ________

3) ________

4) ________

5) ________

6) ________

7) ________

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1) A   2) B   3) A   4) C   5) A   6) B   7) C   8) B

Transcript

1) It’s rectangular. //

2) It’s spherical and it’s made of plastic and metal. //

3) It prevents you from getting lost. //

4) It’s got a metal lid and a metal handle. //

5) It’s mostly made of plastic and it’s rechargeable. //

6) It’s used for making tea. //

7) It’s used for listening to music. //

Extra exercises

1. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.

1) They use aluminiumiron to make aeroplanes because it is light and strong.

2) The floors in their house are made of paperwood that came from older buildings.

3) They live in a 300-year-old house made of stoneplastic .

4) Most lenses in glasses are made of plastic / glass nowadays because it is less likely to break.

5) I prefer shoes made of cardboardleather because they are more comfortable.

6   CopperRubber is used in many electrical appliances because it carries electricity very well.

7) We put all of our things in cementcardboard boxes before we moved to our new house.

8) People have always considered goldceramic valuable, and it was used as money for centuries.

9) The stones on the terrace and held together with nyloncement .

10) Before rubberiron tyres became common, wheels were covered in metal.

11 SteelAluminium is used to construct tall buildings because it is so strong.

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1) aluminium   2) wood   3) stone   4) plastic  5) leather

6) copper   7) cardboard   8) gold   9) cement

10) rubber   11) steel

2. Match the words below with descriptions 1-6.

circular      curved      rectangular      spherical      square      triangular

1) This object has three sides and three corners.

  It’s ____________

2) The room is round – it doesn’t have any corners.

  It’s ____________

3) Our kitchen table has four exactly equal sides.

 It’s ____________

4) The shape of the Earth is this. It’s ____________

5) The path follows the shape of the hills, so it looks a bit like a snake.

  It’s ____________

6) Their meeting room table is long and narrow, with two long sides and two short ones.

      It’s ____________

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1) triangular   2) circular   3) square   4) spherical

5) curved   6) rectangular

3. Match the intentions below with sentences 1-10.

apologise      challenge      complain      encourage      enquire

recommend      tell a story      thank      warn      welcome

1) ‘I’m so sorry I told her your secret! I didn’t mean to do it.’

 ________

2) ‘I’m so tired of parents telling me what to do all the time!’

 ________

3) ‘Don’t give up – I know you’ll do it eventually.’

 ________

4) ‘So then the phone rang, and when I picked up, it was exactly the person I’d been thinking about!’

 ________

5) ‘He’s very good builder, he isn’t expensive and he’s very reliable.’

 ________

6) ‘Be careful, that step is very slippery!’

 ________

7) ‘I’m so grateful for all your help that I don’t know what do say.’

 ________

8) ‘Let play table tennis. I bet you can’t beat me!’

 ________

9) ‘Come in! It’s so nice to finally have you here.’

 ________

10) ‘Do you know if there’s an evening train to Brighton?’

      ________

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1) apologise   2) complain   3) encourage

4) tell a story   5) recommend   6) warn   7 thank

8) challenge   9) welcome   10) enquire

4. Complete the collocations with the verbs below.

browse      come up with      get      lose      prescribe      run on

1) I don’t understand how you ______________ so many original ideas.

2) I think doctors nowadays ______________ too many drugs.

3) If you buy the older model of that phone, you can ______________ a really good deal.

4) When I’m bored, I ______________ the internet to see if there’s anything interesting to read.

5) It’s never easy to ______________ weight, but with diet and exercise it’s possible.

6) All of our farm machines ______________ biofuel, which is cleaner than normal fuel.

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1) come up with   2) prescribe   3) get   4) browse

5) lose   6) run on

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