Unit 10: Crime & Punishment | Vocabulary | B2
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Unit 10: Crime & Punishment | Vocabulary | B2


Match the following to make phrases connected with crime and punishment:

1. To commit A. guilty
2. to make B. a crime
3. to plead C. trial
4. to punish D. an accusation
5. to stand E. a criminal

EXERCISE 2      |      your turn to be judge!

There are several different types of legal punishment. Do you know what the following mean?

a fine  
a prison sentence  
a ban  
capital punishment  
a suspended sentence  

Think about the crimes mentioned on the next page. Decide on a punishment/sentence for each crime. Think about the seriousness of the crime, who the victim is in each case, the degree of suffering involved, etc.

Shoplifting a dress worth £45  
Disturbing the peace (making noise, fighting in the street, etc.)  
Murder of a pensioner  
Not paying tax  
Driving whilst drunk  


Match six pairs of words from the lists below:

1. lawyer A. freed
2. guilty B. injustice
3. justice C. innocent
4. criminal D. client
5. jailed E. victim
6. judge F. jury


Fill the gaps in the following table:

  Drug pusher


Now complete these sentences:

1. Someone who steals money from banks is a bank__________

2. Someone who sells drugs is a_______________ .

3. Someone who steals things from a shop is a______________

4. Someone who steals from your pocket is a_______________

5. Someone who has killed a great number of people is a mass                         .


Match these notorious criminals with their crimes:

a. Jack the Ripper          b.  Ronald Biggs           c. William Bonney
d. Lee Harvey Oswald            e. Robin Hood

1. Took part In the Great Train Robbery _______

2. Assassinated President John F. Kennedy _______

3. Alias Billie the Kid, a 'legendary' villain of the Wild West, who murdered 21 men before he was shot down in 1881 _______

4. A blood-thirsty murderer famous for his activities in Victorian London ______

5. A legendary hero who stole from the rich to give to the poor_________

EXERCISE 7                                    prepositional phrases

The trial of the so-called ‘Martini Murderer’ took place yesterday at London’s Old Bailey. Peter Cocks, a 37-year-old architect from Devon, was found guilty of setting fire to several stately homes, which he himself had designed, all located in the south-west of England. On each occasion, he telephoned the police, telling them the ‘Martini Murderer’ had struck again and police forensic experts found empty bottles of Martini at the scene of each crime.

Complete the rest of the text by choosing the correct preposition/particle from the choices given:

at     at     in    in     of    off     out     to     under

When cross-examined, Cocks said he had been 1.____________ of work for some time and frustration had driven him to drink. Things had got worse and he gradually realised he couldn’t keep his Martini addiction 2._________ control. He was arrested 3._________ the scene 4.___________ his last crime, Osbourne House in Buckinghamshire, where an 5.___________ -duty policeman saw him acting suspiciously and alerted a patrol car. The house 6.___________question was already ablaze but the fire brigade was quickly called 7.___________ the scene. Cocks’ wife was present 8.____________  the trial but declined to comment: she was seen leaving the courtroom 9.___________ tears.

Right or Wrong?

Answer the following with a X:

  Right Wrong
1. The Martini murderer was an alcoholic.    
2. Cocks set fire more than one house.    
3. Cocks was unemployed when he committed arson.    
4. The policeman who arrested him was wearing a uniform.    
5. Cocks’ wife was accused of committing a crime    

EXERCISE 8   |    Affixes

Which prefixes and suffixes can be used in combination with the following words?

prefixes : mis- il- un-

suffixes : -ful -worthy -ify