21 A Car Accident

Polly was wondering where her brother, Simon, was. She and some of her friends had arranged to meet up with him at a country hotel, but he was not there. He should have arrived first because Polly and her friends had lagged behind from the start of the journey. She was a slow driver and had left later than her brother had. Then she discovered that a car accident had snarled up the traffic on the motorway and had decided to go by a different, longer route. Just as Polly was getting really anxious, the hotel receptionist told her that there was a phone call for her. It was from her father, and, as she listened to what he had to say, she looked even more worried. He told her that Simon had smashed up his car, having rammed into the car in front, which had stopped suddenly without warning. Fortunately, Simon did not seem to be hurt, but he had been taken to a local hospital for a check-up, just in case. The car was too badly damaged to be driven and Simon had had to leave the car behind at the scene of the accident. The police said that they would tow it away. Polly was glad that her brother was unhurt, but she knew that he had ploughed a lot of money into the car and that he had not yet paid off the bank loan for it.

 

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21 A Car Accident

Polly was wondering where her brother, Simon, was. She and some of her friends had arranged to ….     ..    ….    him at a country hotel, but he was not there. He should have arrived first because Polly and her friends had ……    ……   from the start of the journey. She was a slow driver and had left later than her brother had. Then she discovered that a car accident had …….    ..    the traffic on the motorway and had decided to go by a different, longer route. Just as Polly was getting really anxious, the hotel receptionist told her that there was a phone call for her. It was from her father, and, as she ……..    ..   what he had to say, she looked even more worried. He told her that Simon had …….     ..   his car, having ……    ….   the car in front, which had stopped suddenly without warning. Fortunately, Simon did not seem to be hurt, but he had been taken to a local hospital for a check-up, just in case. The car was too badly damaged to be driven and Simon had had to …..     the car ……    at the scene of the accident. The police said that they would …    it ….    . Polly was glad that her brother was unhurt, but she knew that he had ……..     a lot of money ….    the car and that he had not yet ….    …   the bank loan for it.

 

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

When was the last time you arranged to meet up with your friends from your high school/university/previous job?

How well do teachers deal with the students who are lagging behind in class?

When does the traffic snarl up in Bilbao?

What are the consequences of not listening to your parents?

Have you ever seen things smashed up due to vandalism in your city?

If rhino and hippo rammed into each other, which one of them do you think would give?

If you were to move to another house, what would you leave behind?

Is it expensive to have your car towed away?

Which industry is the government ploughing into more than any other?

Have you ever seen two rivals plough into each other like mad?

How long does it take to pay off your mortgage on average?

How easy is it to pay off government officials in your country?

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