Curso First Certificate Exam



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Time expressions (I)

ACTIVITY 218: Read the following news story. To complete the story choose the best alternative from the menus. Use each expression only once. Then check the answers.


Chernobyl's Nuclear Reactor No. 4 blew up at 1.24 am on April 26, 1986.   that night none of the local villagers had dreamt there was any danger from the power plant, and even    the explosion they did not realise how serious the situation was. 'We decided to carry on as normal', says Petr Remezenko. '  we regretted that decision'.

  a cloud of radioactive dust was spreading over Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe, the Remezenko family were digging potatoes in their garden, almost in the shadow of the blazing reactor.

However, the authorities    started to evacuate the entire area within a radius of 30 km of the plant. Families were asked to take in evacuees    permanent accommodation could be found for them.    urgent plans were made to build replacement homes.

The number of people who died as a result of the accident was    very small, but who knows what the long-term effects on present and future generations will be?


Time expressions (II)

ACTIVITY 219: Complete these sentences with the best alternative (AT, IN, ON or nothing at all) from the menus.  stands for 'nothing at all'. Then check the answers.


The volcano Vesuvius erupted    one day    79 AD, burying the town of Pompeii.


Many fires happen    night when people are asleep.    1666 the Great Fire of London began in a baker's shop    2 September, early    the morning.


  every winter    the 1980s careless skiers caused avalanches in the Alps.


We will review emergency procedures    our annual meeting    the autumn.    this year the meeting will be    October,    the first or second Tuesday of the month,    10 o'clock.


There were heavy storms    the weekend.    lunchtime    Saturday a tree in my garden was blown down. Then    last night my roof started leaking !!


  wartime, there is often an armistice    Christmas and    other religious holidays.


Ambulance drivers should get a pay rise    the beginning of May    next year.


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