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TOPIC: BUYING A CAR


VOCABULARY BUILDER:

Test drive = A quick check to test how the car drives

Extended warranty = A warranty that goes beyond the basic one ("factory warranty")

Lemon =
A colloquial (slang) term for a car that's in bad condition, doesn't run well, etc.
Hybrid =
A car that has both a regular engine, and which can (partly) be charged electrically
Pick-up (truck) =
A small truck with an open storage space in the back
Gas mileage =
How many miles (or kilometers) a car gets per gallon (or liter); also referred to as "fuel efficiency"


EXERCISE/VOCABULARY PRACTICE TEST:
Remember to choose the most natural-sounding answer:

1. How many miles/kilometers does the car __________ on it?
  include
  have
  drive

2. Are you the ____________ owner?
  original
  innovative
  primary

3. Can you _____________ the price a little?
  lessen
  weaken
  lower

4. How many miles ______________ gallon does this car get?
  in the
  for a
  to the

5. There seems to be a lot of ______________ on the sides.
  rust
  rusty
  rusting

6. Can I ________________ you know tomorrow? = Can I have until tomorrow to decide?
  let
  make
  get

7. I'd rather buy a new car than a _________________ ( = previously owned) one.
  used
  use
  used up

8. Can you give me the _____________ time that you'll be here?
  exacting
  exact
  exactly

9. Is there a way to increase the water _____________ ( = strength of the water flow) in the shower?
  plunger
  press
  pressure

10. Will you _____________ after you finish?

  clean up
  clean out
  clean off

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THINGS TO LISTEN FOR:

The sticker price is $22,000. = The price suggested by the manufacturer (the company that makes the car) is $22,000.

This is the most economical car in its class. = This is the most affordable (= least expensive) car of its type.

That model was recalled three years ago. = That model had .

I'll throw that in free of charge. = I won't charge you for that additional work/item.

I'll have to shut off the main water supply for about three hours. = You will not have water for about three hours.





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