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Activity 4:

A little bit of language

[lo 5.2.1, 6.8, 6.9]

Read this newspaper report TO YOURSELF. Then do the following language exercises:

Rat Lady distraught: pets to be exterminated

CAPE TOWN – A young woman who had an estimated 500 rats running loose around her house, was taken to a city hospital “because she is distraught”.

The rat owner was told that police and health officials had ordered that her pet rats be exterminated by a pest control firm today.

Police first discovered the rats at a house in Parow Valley at 3:30 on New Year’s Day when they assisted the two occupants to enter their house.

After leaving their home without their keys, the occupants contacted the Parow Police Station.

The superintendent who responded to the call said, “I’ve been an officer for 21 years, but I have never seen anything like this in my life! The other officers thought I was joking when I said the house was full of rats. I was really scared!”

“One of our officers opened the door and believe me - I was certainly not prepared for what I saw! There were holes in the floor and just rats everywhere. We thought there was a person under the duvet, but it turned out to be more rats. The rats were even gnawing at the bed!” she said. “It was gross.”

One of the neighbours said, “This new neighbour moved in six months ago. She was very secretive and eccentric. She told my son that she was from a research unit and was going to keep small animals. We thought they would be birds. Then we saw the rats on the curtains.”

Health authorities ruled that the rat-infested house contravened health regulations. Police have not released the name of the rat owner .

Make sure that you answer the following questions clearly, correctly and concisely:

  1. Choose the correct word of the pair given in brackets:

The lady and her friend (was/were) both fond of animals.

The neighbours (was/were) inquisitive about the newcomer.

Rats, as well as mice,(is/are) considered vermin by health authorities.

The entire colony of rats (was/were) exterminated.

Neither the police nor the health officers (was/were) impressed.

  1. Fill in verbs which are idiomatically correct in the following sentences:

e.g. When pests are destroyed, the correct word to use is “ exterminate ”.

The firefighters hoped the rain would help them to e________ the veldfire.

If you want to grow better vegetables, you must e_____________the weeds.

  1. Write down the correct form of the words in brackets in the sentences below. All the words appear in bold print in the newspaper report above.

Everybody would like to live a (health) life.

The (discover) of a house full of pet rats was an unpleasant surprise.

Police blocked the (enter) to the building to keep curious neighbours out.

The superintendent filed an (office) report on the case.

The lady said that she was doing research on a (secret) project.

  1. Rewrite the sentence below filling in the necessary capital letters, full-stops, commas :

officials at melbourne zoo were not amused when rigo the lone gorilla there hurled a brick

at a visitor knocking him unconscious

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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