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The British Stiff Upper Lip.

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Read the text through quickly to see what it is about. Then read again and choose the word that collocates best with the rest of the sentence.
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Choose the best collocation - 1

When in Britain, you must never complain. Complaining is very un-British. If you are (1)
X
waiting half an hour in a shop, if a bus (2)
X
is rude to you, if a waiter brings your food ice-cold - you keep your mouth shut. The (3)
X
upper lip is the British way. Other nationalities might make a (4)
X
, protest loudly or call for the manager, but not the British.
Remember also that British ears are (5)
X
not tuned to hear complaints. A friend of mine was a regular (6)
X
at a famous and expensive London restaurant. Every day at 2:00pm and 9pm the (7)
X
manager would come out (as he had been doing for the last 37 years), go from table to table and (8)
X
"Did you enjoy your meal?" For 37 years, hundreds of thousands of properly (9)
X
up English people had replied to him. "Very much indeed." The man would smile, say "Thank you very much'. and (10)
X
to the next table.
One day however, the lunch was so (11)
X
that my friend (Dutch mother , Albanian father) decided to tell him the naked truth. So, when the antiquated manager (12)
X
at his table as usual and asked, 'Did you enjoy your meal, sir?' my friend replied: ' (13)
X
not at all. It was appalling.' To which the manager gave his (14)
X
, obsequious smile, said: "Thank you very much , sir', and moved on , quite (15)
X

Listen and check - 2

Find a suitable adverb - 3

Complete each of these sentences with one of the words in the box below.

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  1. He listened
    X
    as she told her long and rather boring story.
  2. He
    X
    regretted all the unpleasant things he had said to her.
  3. She knew
    X
    that there was something wrong.
  4. She's changed
    X
    since she's left home. She's a new person.
  5. He always dresses very
    X
    but without much style.
  6. He behaved
    X
    at the party.
  7. He was rude to several of my friends. He's terribly funny. We were all laughing
    X
    for ages.
  8. I wouldn't say I know him
    X
    We're just work colleagues.

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