When Torn Howard was seventeen years old he was as tall as his father, so he
began to borrow Mr. Howard’s clothes when he wanted to go out with his
friends in the evening.
Mr. Howard did not like this, and he always got very angry when he found
his son wearing any of his things.
One evening when Tom came downstairs to go out, his father stopped him
in the hall. He looked at Tom’s clothes very carefully.
Then he said angrily, ‘Isn’t that one of my ties, Tom?’
‘Yes, Father, it is,’ answered Tom.
‘And that shirt’s mine too, isn’t it?’ his father continued.
‘Yes, that’s yours too,’ answered Tom.
‘And you’re wearing my belt!’ said Mr. Howard.
‘Yes, I am, Father,’ answered Tom. ‘You don’t want your trousers to fall
down, do you?’
A. Answer these questions.

  1. When did Tom begin to borrow his father’s clothes? When he was seventeen years old
  2. When did he put them on? when he went out with his friends at the evening
  3. What did Tom’s father do when he borrowed his clothes? He didn’t like it and got very angry
  4. Which of his father’s clothes was Tom wearing in this story? His ties, shirt, trousers and his belt.
    B. Opposites. Write these sentences. Put one word in each empty place.
  5. Tom was not a short boy. He was a tall boy.
  6. Mr. Howard was not happy when Tom borrowed his clothes: he was angry.
  7. Mr. Howard did not give his clothes to Tom; but Tom borrowed them.
  8. Tom didn’t borrow his father’s oldest clothes. He borrowed his new ones.
  9. Tom did not want his father’s trousers to fall down: he wanted
    them to . . .
    C. Choose the right sentence for each picture. Write it down.
  10. a. Joe is as tall as his father.
    b. Joe is less tall than his father.
    c. Joe is taller than his father.

b is right

  1. a. Tom is going upstairs.
    b. Tom is coming upstairs.
    c. Tom is coming downstairs.

a is right

  1. a. Tom is wearing a belt.
    b. Tom isn’t wearing a belt.
    c. Tom’s belt has broken

c is right

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