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Housing

(intermediate level)

TRUE OR FALSE?

(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)

   1

  • The majority of houses for rent in Britain are owned by housing authorities.
  • The local authority is responsible for maintaining the housing in its area.

     


   2

  • A detached house is usually a house by itself and with a garden.
  • Rates on detached houses in Britain are higher than on rented flats.

     


   3

  • A housing estate is an area of land on which many blocks of flats are built.
  • Houses on a housing estate can also be built by private enterprise.

     


   4

  • There is no chance for contact with the neighbours in a big block of flats.
  • Large blocks of flats on modern housing estates are usually impersonal.

     


   5

  • Rents and rates are higher if you live in a flat than in a detached house.
  • Lots of people feel lonely and cut off from human contact in their flats.

     


   6

  • Young people who like company may prefer living in students' hostels.
  • You can have your own room in a hostel but you share the bathroom with others.

     


   7

  • Terraced houses are two houses with a common wall and a common garden.
  • Semi-detached houses are built in a single row with no gaps between them.

     


   8

  • You have more privacy in a bedsitter than in a hostel.
  • Living in a bedsitter you pay rent to the owner of the house.

     


   9

  • People who don't mind having a landlady around may prefer taking lodgings.
  • The landlady might even cook meals for her lodger.

     


  10

  • 'Living in digs' means the same as 'taking lodgings'.
  • The tenant or lodger in digs can be called 'digger'.

     


  11

  • Letting a room as a bedsitter is prohibited by the government.
  • A bed & breakfast hotel is usually more expensive than renting a house.

     


  12

  • Bed & breakfast hotels provide extra comfort for the well-to-do.
  • Freehold houses and flats can't be owned by the public.

     


  13

  • Freehold houses and flats can also be built with government loans.
  • Council estates can sometimes be authorised by private companies.

     


  14

  • When taking a bedsitter you needn't ask the owner if you can use the telephone.
  • You are not so on your own in a bedsitter as in a hostel.

     


  15

  • There is nobody to look after people who live in lodgings.
  • The landlord mustn't set rules to his tenants about using facilities.

     


  16

  • The expressions 'sitting room' and 'living room' mean the same.
  • The English never have tiled walls in their bathrooms.

     


  17

  • You don't have a built-in wash tub in the kitchen.
  • You don't have a gas fire in the living room.

     


  18

  • Heaters, fires and radiators are used for the same purpose.
  • You don't boil water in an oven.

     


  19

  • You can use a broom for sweeping the floor.
  • A spin-drier uses centrifugal force to dry laundered clothes.

     


  20

  • A sewing-machine is used for cutting wood.
  • You use a drill when you want to bore a hole in a plank.

     


  21

  • A drill is a revolving tool used for making narrow and deep holes.
  • You drive a screw into a plank with a corkscrew.

     


  22

  • A corkscrew is used for pulling a cork out of a bottle.
  • You hoe up the weeds then rake the soil smooth when making a flower-bed.

     


  23

  • A lawnmower is used for planting vegetables and flowers.
  • A lathe is a machine used by turners.

     


  24

  • A dish-washer is the combination of a washing-machine and a spin-drier.
  • The dry cleaner dries out clothes with the help of a vacuum-cleaner.

     


  25

  • The dry cleaner uses chemicals for cleaning clothes.
  • Electric devices will not work unless you disconnect their plugs.

     


  26

  • You can't insert a socket into a plug.
  • 'AC' means 'alternating current' and 'DC' means 'direct current'.

     


  27

  • Plumbers repair electric devices like plugs and electric connections.
  • If your water heater has broken down you must send for a boiler-smith.

     


  28

  • Mechanics don't usually repair washing-machines and spin-driers.
  • You must call a carpenter when you want to have broken floorboards replaced.

     


  29

  • You plane a plank when you want to make it smooth.
  • A chisel is used for sawing timbers into pieces.

     


  30

  • A saw or an axe is used for cutting wood - a chisel is used for carving.
  • You pull out a nail with pincers and you drive in a screw with a screwdriver.

     


  31

  • A hosepipe is good for watering plants in the garden or washing cars.
  • You can't pull a switch - you can only turn it.

     


  32

  • If there is a leak in the kitchen you should send for a glazier.
  • You dig up the ground with a spade and make it smooth with a rake.

     


  33

  • It's better to store wine in the pantry than in the cellar.
  • The attic is always on the ground floor of a detached house.

     


  34

  • The ceiling is the lower part of a cellar.
  • You use a carpet sweeper for dusting the furniture.

     


  35

  • You must call a glazier when the windows are filthy.
  • You can cut materials with a pair of scissors.

     


  36

  • These lamps are too bright because the lights have fused.
  • The fuse blows when there is a short-circuit.

     


  37

  • Gas can be stored in containers or gas-holders.
  • If there's a leak in the kitchen there might be something wrong with the taps.

     


  38

  • If the gas is leaking it can't be caused by the wrong fitting of the container.
  • A plunger is used for pumping gas into the container of the gas cooker.

     


  39

  • When you've hammered a nail into a plank you can't pull it out with pincers.
  • If the knives are blunt you mustn't sharpen them.

     


  40

  • You never cut the grass with a lawnmower because it's used for cutting wood.
  • When the lights have fused you must turn off the taps in the kitchen.

     


  41

  • You mustn't have your own cooker in a bedsitter without permission.
  • Sideboards and bookcases are pieces of furniture.

     


  42

  • A seesaw is usually used for cutting wood.
  • You use a plane or a rasp if you want to make a piece of wood smoother.

     


  43

  • Turning things on a lathe is a special kind of housework.
  • Soap powder is used only when washing with an automatic washing machine.

     


  44

  • A hosepipe never needs oiling.
  • You can't wash a car using a hosepipe.

     


  45

  • You must send for a locksmith or a carpenter when the doors won't open.
  • Repairmen repair what has gone wrong - but they don't care for cars.

     


  46

  • You can't go upstairs to the cellar - nor can you go downstairs to the attic.
  • Leftovers usually mean small thistles left on a carpenter's bench after work.

     


  47

  • You never store spirits in bottles in the cellar.
  • Soap powder and washing powder can be stored in the bathroom.

     


  48

  • You stick the wallpaper to the wall putting some paste on it.
  • When there is a short circuit in the bathroom, you need a plumber.

     


  49

  • 'Do the room' means 'clean the room' when your own room is meant.
  • 'Do the room' means 'clean the room' when you do it for money.

     


  50

  • A bedsitter is a person who goes to houses to look after the baby.
  • A lodger is the tenant of a bedsitter or someone who lives in digs.

     


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