Is your house full of unwanted objects?
Is your wardrobe full of clothes and shoes you never wear?
If your answer is yes, maybe you should consider getting rid of some stuff.
Check out this TED video and see if you agree.
Then try the gap-fill exercise below. It’s part 2 of the Use of English paper in the First Certificate Exam.
Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.
Excuses for buying things we don’t need.
“I don’t have enough money”.
The simplest solution to almost every money problem is “spend less.” In (1)… , it’s the first step in almost every financial program ever devised.
“There’s just not enough time in the day.”
It is surprising how (2)… extra time we can find in our lives (3)… removing our unnecessary possessions.
Just think (4)… all the time we waste caring for (5)… possessions: shopping, researching, organizing, picking up, cleaning, repairing, replacing – even earning the money to buy (6)… in the first place.
“There’s always so much cleaning to do.”
Want to have a cleaner home? Own less stuff. (7)… works every time.
“My house is too small.”
According to statistics, the (8)… house size in America (9)… doubled since the 1950’s… yet, many of us (10)… think that we need something bigger. You probably don’t.
”I need to buy something new to keep (11)… with the latest fashion.
Advertisements call us to purchase the latest and the greatest. Our natural tendencies cause us to compare our lives with those around (12)… .
4 OF, ABOUT
5 OUR, THESE
8 AVERAGE, TYPICAL