Level 2 Group 2 – class notes – 5th November 2015


  1. British Holidays – Guy Fawkes Day

2. Remembrance Sunday – why do people wear poppies?

3. Used to + would – for completed actions in the past review

4. Writing about your grandparents – used to & would

5. Hamid’s presentation on vitamins (continued!)

6. Opinion essay/presentation – using linking words

7. Discussion roles – disagreeing, being controversial, initiating and changing your opinion

today’s words:

moderate adjective

UK   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/  US   /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/

moderate adjective (MEDIUM-SIZED)

C1 neither ​smallnorlarge in ​size, ​amount, ​degree, or ​strength:The ​cabin is of moderate ​size – just ​right for a ​smallfamily.moderate ​growth/​inflationHe’s a moderate ​drinker.Imposing ​sanctions is a moderate ​action when you ​consider that the ​alternative is ​military intervention.There has been a moderate ​improvement in her ​health since she ​began the ​treatment.We have had moderate ​success in ​changing people’s ​attitudes.

More examples

moderate adjective (OPINIONS)

Moderate ​opinions, ​especiallypoliticalones, are not ​extremeand are ​thereforeacceptable to a ​largenumber of ​people:The ​partyincludes both ​extremelyconservative and moderate ​members.

adverb UK   US   /-li/

C2There’s very little moderately ​pricedhousing in this ​area.The ​companyremains moderately ​profitable, but it is not making as much ​money as it should.

moderate noun [C]

UK   /ˈmɒd.ər.ət/  US   /ˈmɑː.dɚ-/

a ​person whose ​opinions, ​especiallytheirpoliticalones, are not ​extreme and are ​thereforeacceptable to a ​largenumber of ​people:He is well-known as a moderate in the ​party.

excess noun

UK   US   /ɪkˈses/ /ˈek.ses/

excess noun (TOO MUCH)

C1 [S or U] an ​amount that is more than ​acceptable, ​expected, or ​reasonable:An excess ofenthusiasm is not always a good thing.They both ​eat to excess (= too much).There will be an ​increase in ​tax for those ​earning in excess of (= more than)twice the ​nationalaveragewage.excesses [plural] actionsfar past the ​limit of what is ​acceptable:For many ​yearspeople were ​trying to ​escape the excesses (= ​cruelactions) of the ​junta.As for ​shoes, her excesses (= the ​largenumber she ​owned) were well ​known.

would & used to for repeated past activities:

Would you read under the covers in bed every night when you were a kid?

Would you visit your grandparents regularly when you were young?

5 years ago I would play the guitar all the time, but now I don’t have time.

We would walk the streets of New York all the time when I lived there as a kid.

Or I used to walk around the streets all the time when I was a kid in New York.

10 years ago I would spend most of my time working. I had a very difficult job.

future – would:

1 Would you like to come with me?

2 I would like chips and veggieburger, please.

3I would have been on time if the traffic hadn’t been so busy.

4 I would be very pleased if you would give me a cup of tea.


  • When you were a child which programme (WOULD YOU WATCH EVERYDAY?)did you use  to watch?Which was your favourite place that (YOU WOULD GO ON HOLIDAY?)you used to go to on holiday?Did you use to like the smell of your mother’s cooking?

    What music (WOULD YOU LISTEN TO…?)did you use to listen to in your childhood?

    Do you remember the first mobile phone you (WOULD USE?)used to use?

    (WOULD YOU HAVE…)Did you use to have arguments with your children?

    (WOULD YOU FALL OUT…) Did you use to fall out with your teacher when you were a kid?

    Do you remember an item of clothing which you (USED TO WEAR) would wear at Christmas time?

    (DID YOU USE TO GO…) Would you go to your special place with your friends when you were 8 years old?

    (DID YOU USE TO GET…) Would you get a surprise gift from your husband every week when you first got married?

    What (WOULD YOU DO…) did you use to do when you felt sad?

    Do you remember the first bike you (WOULD RIDE?) used to ride?

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