Unit 9: The Senses | Vocabulary | B2
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Unit 9: The Senses | Vocabulary | B2

The huge amount of vocabulary associated with the senses reflects the complex nature of human feeling.


EXERCISE 2      |        States of mind

Sort the following into 'good' and 'bad' states of mind (moods).

Depressed       cheerful          delighted         calm    upset   miserable        relaxed                        angry              self-confident                    tense                good-humoured         frustrated       irritable          furious            pleased            down   bad-tempered                        satisfied          good-tempered



There are many words we can use to convey attitude or feeling in the way someone looks at something/somebody. For example:
The headmaster scowled at the two young deviants.
‘Scowl’ is a way of looking which registers anger and disapproval.

Use the following words in the correct tense to fill the gaps in the sentences which follow:

Gaze                peer         glance          stare                 scan

1. Don't read every word of the report;                     it quickly and note the most important points.

2. We had a competition in the Scouts to find out who could                     at someone else the longest.

3. I                     at my reflection in the window and walked on.

4. The old man was                     into the darkness of the hole in the ground.

5. He                            at her dreamily from across the crowded room.

EXERCISE 4       |     Ways of speaking

The following verbs match the way the sentences below were uttered. Write the verb next to the appropriate sentence.

announce      exclaim      demand      apologise      accuse       threaten      refuse       boast      promise      explain

1. "I can't believe it! I've won the lottery!"                     

2. "The evidence may be purely circumstantial but I’m convinced you killed your mother."                     

3. "Give me back my money - now!"                     

4. "I can only say I'm very sorry and it won't happen again."                     

5. "You do that and you' II suffer the consequences."                     

6. "You see, I've never really had time for a social life."                     

7. "The results of the contest will be published shortly."                     

8. "I scored the highest mark in the exam, as usual."                     

9. "No thanks. I never drink on an empty stomach."                     

10. "I won't forget; I give you my word."                     

EXERCISE 5     |     Ways of touching/holding

Match the verbs with the definitions below:

grip    massage    scratch    stroke    push

1. To use force in order to move something away from you                             

2. To scrape or rub, especially the skin, if itchy                             

3. To rub and press the body with the hands, usually to relieve stiffness in the muscles                            

4. To hold something firmly                             

5. To pass the hand gently across something, e.g. hair or fur                            


Sort the following words into two groups and place them in the appropriate box below:

clever       silly      brainy      dull      smart      stupid       bright      a genius      foolish      thick      an idiot      brilliant
Intelligent unintelligent


Look at the words below and match the words on the left with the words on the right which mean almost the SAME thing:

1. drunk A. weird
2. dizzy B. intoxicated
3. mad C. giddy
4. strange D. rational
5. sensible E. insane