Mrs. Williams lived in a small street in London, and now she had a new neighbour. Her name was Mrs. Briggs, and she talked a lot about her expensive furniture, her beautiful carpets and her new kitchen. ‘Do you know,’ she said to Mrs. Williams one day, ‘I’ve got a new dishwasher. It washes the plates and glasses and knives and forks beautifully.’ ‘Oh?’ Mrs. Williams answered. ‘And does it dry them and put them in the cupboard too?’

Mrs. Briggs was surprised. ‘Well,’ she answered, ‘the things in the machine are dry after an hour, but it doesn’t put them away, of course.’ ‘I’ve had a dishwasher for twelve and a half years, since I got married.’ Mrs. Williams said.

‘Oh?’ Mrs. Briggs answered. ‘And does yours put the things in the cupboard when it has washed them?’ She laughed nastily.‘Yes, he does,’ Mrs. Williams answered. ‘He dries the dishes and puts them


by L.A. Hill

A. Answer these questions

1. Where did Mrs. Briggs live?

2. Why was Mrs. Briggs surprised?

3. Did Mrs. Briggs’s dishwasher dry the plates and other things? 4. Did it put them away?

5. Did Mrs. Williams’s dishwasher put the things in the cupboard?

6. Who was Mrs. Williams’s dishwasher?

B. Write these sentences. Put one of these words in each empty place:

an any no none some

1. Mrs. Briggs was rich, but Mrs. Williams was not. Mrs. Briggs had . . . beautiful carpets, but Mrs. Williams didn’t have _________ .

2. Mrs. Briggs had _________ expensive furniture, but Mrs. Williams had _________ .

3. Mrs. Briggs had _________ expensive dishwasher, but Mrs. Williams did not have _________ machines in her kitchen.

4. Mrs. Briggs had _________ nice roses in her garden, but Mrs. Williams had _________ flowers in hers.

5. Mrs. Briggs had ________ big trees in her garden too, but Mrs. Williams had ... .

C. Write this story. Put one of these words in each empty place:

he him his her it its she

Mrs. Williams had a good baby: ________ never cried, and ________ clothes were always clean. Mrs. Briggs was very surprised and said, ‘When my daughter was small, I gave ________ lots of food, but _______ cried a lot, and _______ clothes were always dirty. Why is your baby so different? How do you do _______ ?’

‘Well,’ answered Mrs. Williams, ‘my first child was a boy. I always gave... a lot of food, _______got very fat, and _______ stomach was always full. He cried a lot and was dirty. Now I give my new baby much less, and _______ is happy and clean.’

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