A Talk time
Strong and weak pronunciations for auxiliary verbs
The auxiliary verbs like do, does, have, has, were
and was have strong and weak pronunciations.
Things to remember:
When we ask questions or make statements, we usually
stress the main verb and give the auxiliary verb a weak
pronunciation. When we give short answers to questions,
we usually stress the auxiliary verb and give it a strong
— I have got a guitar. Have you got one?
— Yes, I have, but Joe hasn’t.
A1 Listen to these sentences. Circle all the auxiliary
verbs and judge whether they are given a strong or
1 Do you travel a lot?
2 Does he enjoy travelling by plane?
3 — Have you bought a violin?
— yes, I have.
4 She was sick yesterday.
5 — Were the children playing games?
— Yes, they were. 4
A2 Listen to the conversation. Pay attention to
pronunciation of all the auxiliary verbs. Then
practise it in pairs.
LIU MEI Congratulations, Li Jie. You have
won first prize in the English speech
LI JIE Thanks a lot.
LIU MEI Did you practise a lot after class?
LI JIE Yes, I did. I also have the habit of
reading English for half an hour every
LIU MEI Were you nervous before the
LI JIE Yes, I was a bit nervous, but I tried to
believe in myself.
LIU MEI Right, confidence is very important.
B Speak up
Arranging an interview
B1 Tony is now the sports editor. He is arranging to
interview Sandra, the captain of the girls’ table tennis
team. Read their conversation in pairs.
TONY Excuse me. Are you Sandra?
SANDRA Yes, that’s right.
TONY I’m Tony. I’m in Grade Eight. We are
publishing a newspaper this year, and
I’m the sports editor.
SANDRA I see. How can I help you,
TONY Well, I’d like to interview you
the girls’ table tennis team,
SANDRA Yes, all right. When do you
want to meet?
TONY Could me meet today after
SANDRA I’m sorry, but I have a match
today, I’m afraid. What
about tomorrow, during the
TONY Yes, that would be fine. Can you
come to Room 7?
SANDRA All right. I’ll meet you in Room 7 at
about half past twelve.
TONY Right. Thanks a lot, Sandra.
B2 Now practise in pairs. S1 wants to interview S2. S1
must introduce himself or herself, explain the situation,
and suggest a time and place, as in the conversation in
B1. S2 must agree to the interview, but arrange a
different time or place.
1.S1 You are Fiona/Frank. You are the sports
S2 You are Mary/Mark. You are the
captain of the school volleyball team.
2 S1 You are Jill/Jack. You are the
fashion editor. You want to write
an interview about teenage
S2 You are Sarah/Steve. You are in
Grade Eight. You are very
interested in fashion and you
want to study design when
you leave school.
3 S1 You are Betty/Brian. You are the
features editor. You want to
interview a teacher about
his/her life and interests.
S2 You are Jane/James. You are
an English teacher.
Ben’s second report
A few weeks after the school newspaper
started, Ben wrote another report about it to
the head teacher. Part of his report is on page
A Work in pairs. Complete the sentences by
using the correct forms of the words in the
box. You may use some words more than
come finish meet take be start
The members of the newspaper committee
(1)____ once a week in one of the classrooms.
The meetings usually (2)____ at 4 p.m. and
(3)_______ at about 5 p.m. The chief editor
always (4)_____ charge of the meetings and the
secretary always (5)_____ notes.
come finish meet take be start
The committee published the first edition
of the newspaper two months ago. When
it (6)______out, most students (7)_____
pleased with it and most students
(8)_____ quite interested in the articles.
B what are the future plans for the newspaper? Use
the following questions and the words in brackets to
help Ben complete the report.
1.What will the articles in the next
edition of the school newspaper be
about ? (student health)
2. What advice will the articles give to
students? (how to keep fit)
3. What will each article contain for
students to do? (some exercises)
4. What will students do to find the
healthiest students? (answer a
5. What will the winners get? (special prizes)
The next edition will contain some articles
try to, have the habit of, believe in,
be pleased with, keep fit
were pleased with
1. His parents ____________________ his high
scores in the mid-term exams.
2. ___________ yourself. I’m sure you can do
3. Doing sports is a good way to keep fit
4. My grandpa ________________
has the habit of
taking a walk after supper.
1. high, yesterday, clinic, a, Mark, had,
to， the, so, fever, he, went
Yesterday, Mark had a high fever,
so he went to the clinic.
2. pay, of, much, how, I, should,
newspaper, for, a, copy
How much should I pay for a
copy of newspaper?
3. to, meeting, Joyce, of, charge, the,
Joyce agreed to take charge of the
4. about, will, a, decision, a, the, time,
make, week’s, they, activity, in
They will make a decision about
the activity in a week’s time.
Choose the best meaning from those listed below.
A. spoken language.
B. the ability to speak or the act of
A. frightened or worried. B. unhappy
B. the process and art 22 planning and
A. at the moment B. gift
A. people, animals or things belonging
to a certain group.
B. a group of people
A. satisfied B. keen on