Key word: moment
1 Verb + moment
Use the correct form of these verbs:
have dread last pause for
spare take wait choose
- Could you look through my report when you ________ a moment or two?
- As I boarded the plane, I began to panic, but thankfully, the feeling only________ a moment.
- Don’t worry. You won’t feel a thing. This won’t ________ a moment.
- I’m terribly busy. I can only________ a few moments, I’m afraid. Now, what was it about?
- Could you________ a moment, please. I’ll be with you as soon as I can.
- It was now my turn to make a speech. This was the moment I had been________ all day.
- The headmaster is in a terrible mood today. If you want to speak to him, you should________ your moment very carefully!
- The lecturer________ a moment and asked if there were any questions.
2 Common adjective collocations
Choose the more natural collocation from the pairs below:
- Sorry, have I caught you at a________ moment? Would it be better if I called back later? (bad / terrible)
- Her finest moment came when she won a gold medal at the Olympics. She said it was the________ moment of her life. (luckiest / proudest)
- My most________ moment was when I was out with my wife shopping and we bumped into one of my ex-girlfriends. (embarrassing / embarrassed)
- For one________ moment, we thought the climber was going to fall. (dreadful / bad)
- The new exhibition in the National Museum covers the________ moments of Sweden’s history. (best / key)
- I’ve been so busy today — I’m still waiting for a________ moment when I can grab a sandwich. (calm / quiet)
- There were a few________ moments as the plane came in to land in last night’s storm. (anxious / worried)
- There was a________ moment of calm and we were able to take off. (short / brief)
- Why do you always leave things to the ________ moment? (final / last)
- At the________ moment Dave said ‘I do’, who do you think walked into the church? Celia, his ex-wife! (precise / crucial)
3 Word grammar
Match the two halves of these sentences:
- I’m waiting for the right moment
- Gaining independence was a great moment
- A tourist managed to capture
- There’s no news, but I’ll call you
- I spent a few moments
- The team jumped up and down,
a the awful moment on film.
b the moment I hear anything.
c savouring their moment of victory.
d to break the bad news that he’s failed.
e in the country’s history.
f thinking about what I was going to say.
4 Preposition + moment
Use a suitable preposition in the sentences:
- I loved you________ the very first moment I saw you.
- I’m just going to the canteen. I’ll be back a________ moment.
- Why do you always leave it________ the last possible moment before packing your bags?
- Doctor Ferguson is busy________ the moment. Can I take a message?
- Would you mind looking after my bag________ a moment while I buy a ticket?
- Peter left the room quietly. We followed him ________ a few moments.
1. Note the following expressions:
At this moment in time, we don’t know the outcome.
You have to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
2. If you do something ‘on the spur of the moment’, you do it without planning:
I decided to go with them on the spur of the moment.
l have 2. lasted 3. take 4. spare 5. wait
6 dreading 7. choose 8. paused for
l bad 2. proudest 3. embarrassing 4. dreadful 5. key
6 quiet 7. anxious 8. brief 9. last 10. precise
l-d 2-e 3-a 4-b 5-f 6-c
- from 2. in 3. to 4. at 5. for 6. after
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