1 Expressions with prepositions
Use these prepositions in the sentences:
into in (x3) on up to (x2)
- Over the last ten years, the village has greatly increased ____________ size. In fact, the population has almost doubled.
- The wood needs to be cut ____________ size before it is nailed into place.
- The eggs of this bird vary ____________ size from 5 to 10 cms.
- In the factory, the fruit is sorted____________ different sizes by machine.
- A college principal can earn anywhere between £35,000 and £100,000 a year, depending ____________ the size of the college.
- Radiotherapy has managed to shrink the tumour ____________ the size of a pea.
- People come ____________ all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you don’t believe me, come to my exercise class!
- I think the next time I buy trousers, I’ll need to go ____________ a size. I’ve put on some weight.
2 Common adjective collocations
Cross out the wrong adjective in the following:
- The sheer / big size of the country makes it difficult to govern.
- Despite its minimal / small size, the car is surprisingly comfortable.
- This bag is a handy / right size for carrying my sports equipment.
- These plants grow to a maximum / full size of 50 cms in two years.
- When I was stung by a bee, my foot swelled up to twice its average / normal size.
- There was a life-size model of Napoleon at the exhibition which showed the actual / normal size of the man. I never realised how small he was.
- The bathroom is a bit small, but the kitchen is a good / bad size.
- Our house is quite a workable / manageable size. Some people think it’s too big.
- Paper comes in standard / common sizes.
- The very / great size of the Palace is what makes it so impressive.
3 Common situations
Complete the situations with these words:
your my several collar
French take up to half
- What’s your ____________ size? => My shirts are usually 15s.
- This is a lovely flat. Mine is only ____________ the size!
- Did you find a new skirt? => No, I couldn’t find one in ____________ size that I liked.
- I’m sorry I don’t have any in____________ size in stock at the moment.
- This pullover isn’t just too big. It’s ____________sizes too big. I don’t know why you bought it!
- Have you got a size 16? => I’m sorry, this style only goes ____________ size 12.
- What size of battery does it ____________ ? => I think it takes those double As.
- If it’s a____________ 85, that means it’s a UK size 32.
1. Note the following expressions:
The towns are similar in size, but different in character.
2. Note the following verb collocations:
In my opinion, reducing the size of classes would improve educational standards.
The company has had a successful year and has decided to increase the size of its workforce.
3. Note the following comparisons:
Their house is about the same size as ours.
The wheels are different in size / different sizes.
The planet Venus is roughly the same size as the Earth.
Ex 1: l.in 2. to 3. in 4. into 5. on 6. to 7. in 8. up
- sheer 2. small 3. handy 4. maximum 5. normal
6 actual 7. good 8. manageable 9. standard 10. great
- collar 2. half 3. my 4.your 5. several 6. up to 7. take 8. French