Key Word: hope
1 Verb + hope
Use the correct form of these verbs:
abandon cling to
hold out offer
pin( hope) on have
- My strong belief in God ___________ me hope during those difficult times and helped me to remain positive.
- Rescuers have given up hope of finding any survivors. They have all hope of finding anybody alive inside the collapsed building.
- You shouldn’t ___________ all your hopes ___________ getting this job. Apply for other positions as well.
- With so many people wanting to see the concert, I don’t ___________ much hope of getting a ticket at this late stage.
- Without work, most of these young people ___________ no hope for the future.
- The new information which has come in from tribesmen in the north of the country___________ hope that the hostages are still alive.
- This new treatment for cancer ___________ hope to thousands of patients worldwide. It’s not a wonder-cure, but it is a step in the right direction.
- My sister still ___________ the hope that one day her long-lost son will walk through the door – even though she hasn’t heard from him for over 20 years.
2 Destroying hopes
Match the two halves of these sentences:
- Hopes of an economic recovery
- I failed a vital exam so all my hopes of
- A knee injury
- Hopes of finding the missing child
- Our hopes of holding the birthday party outside
- Last night’s defeat by Liverpool
a becoming a doctor were quashed.
b are fading fast.
c have been dashed by the sharp rise in the price of oil.
d ended Arsenal’s hopes of playing in Europe next season.
e ruined my hopes of success in the tournament.
f were defeated by the weather.
3 Common adjective collocations
Use these adjectives to complete the sentences:
faint false high
new only best
- She has__________ hopes for her children – one is planning to be a lawyer and the other a doctor.
- All our hopes rest with you. Nobody else can help us. You’re our __________ hope.
- Scientists have developed a revolutionary drug which may give __________ hope to the millions of people who suffer from hay-fever.
- Power-sharing between the two warring factions offers the country its __________ hope for a peaceful outcome.
- Don’t lose hope. There is still a __________ hope that he may recover from his injuries.
- I don’t want to raise any __________ hopes, but I do still believe your son is alive and well.
1. ‘In the hope of’ is a useful expression:
I moved to London in the hope of finding work.
2. Note how we tell somebody to be realistic:
Don’t get your hopes up. There are 50 people after the same job!
3. ‘Live in hope’ means we are optimistic:
Pete’s 37 and not married yet, but we live in hope!
4. Note these expressions:
There is little hope of any improvement.
Our only hope was to get Lee to a hospital fast
5. ‘A glimmer of hope’ is a small amount of hope:
A liver transplant offers him a new glimmer of hope.
6. If something is ‘beyond all hope’, it won’t improve:
The political situation is now beyond all hope.
- gave 2. abandoned 3. pin… on
4 hold out 5. have 6. raises 7. offers 8. clings to
Ex 2: 1 -c 2-a 3-e 4-b 5-f 6-d
Ex 3: 1. high 2. only 3. new 4. best 5. faint 6. false
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