29 room-cleaning

Patsy used the spare bedroom in her parents’ house as a study, and, by the end of the college term, it was looking very untidy. She decided that she would give it a good clean before she went on holiday. Then she went to collect dusters and other cleaning materials before starting to work. When she entered the room, there seemed to be papers and books everywhere. Patsy really did not know why she had hoarded up so much stuff. A great deal of it was completely worthless. She had too few bookshelves for the books, which she needed for college and for her own collection of leisure books. Because of this, she had asked her father to fit one of the cupboards up with shelves as soon as he could. Before he could do that, however, she had to empty out the cupboard. This proved to be a very boring task and consisted mainly of filling up several large rubbish bags. Having done this, she turned out the other cupboard, which contained bookshelves. Since many of the books were very dusty, she dusted them all down and put them back on the shelves, before turning her attention to the papers, which were cluttering up both the desk and floor. Patsy, unlike her mother, was not one of those people who derive satisfaction from cleaning. Indeed, she disliked the task very much. Therefore, she was very glad when she finally filed away the last set of papers.

 

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29 room-cleaning

Patsy used the spare bedroom in her parents’ house as a study, and, by the end of the college term, it was looking very untidy. She decided that she would give it a good clean before she went on holiday. Then she went to collect dusters and other cleaning materials before starting to work. When she entered the room, there seemed to be papers and books everywhere. Patsy really did not know why she had …….    ..   so much stuff. A great deal of it was completely worthless. She had too few bookshelves for the books, which she needed for college and for her own collection of leisure books. Because of this, she had asked her father to …    one of the cupboards ..    ….   shelves as soon as he could. Before he could do that, however, she had to …..    …   the cupboard. This proved to be a very boring task and consisted mainly of …….   ..   several large rubbish bags. Having done this, she ……     …   the other cupboard, which contained bookshelves. Since many of the books were very dusty, she ……    them all ….    and …    them ….    on the shelves, before turning her attention to the papers, which were ……….     ..   both the desk and floor. Patsy, unlike her mother, was not one of those people who ……   satisfaction ….    cleaning. Indeed, she disliked the task very much. Therefore, she was very glad when she finally …..     ….    the last set of papers.

Conversation Questions

 

What kind of people hoard up a lot of stuff?

What kind of things is your kitchen fitted up with?

Where are people asked to empty out their pockets?

How many people could fill up this room comfortably without being crammed?

Talk about an instance when turning out a room/cupboard didn´t turn out well.

How often does your house need dusting down?

Do you always put back things where they are supposed to be in your house?

Is there anything cluttering up your desk/room/office/kitchen?

Which other languages are derived from Latin? How is their relationship with each other?

Where do you file away your documents in your house?

 

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