What is the future of our cities? Level 2 Group 1 class notes 18th January 2016


  1. Exam practice

  2. Intensifying adverbs

  3. “Being alone”

  4. “Why should we ever leave the house nowadays?”

  5. What is the future of our city centres?

New words:


conduct verb (ORGANIZE)

B2 [T] to ​organize and ​perform a ​particularactivity:We are conducting a ​survey to ​find out what ​ourcustomersthink of ​theirlocalbusservice.The ​experiments were conducted by ​scientists in New York.

greatly adverb

UK   US   /ˈɡreɪt.li/

B2 very much, used ​especially to show how much you ​feel or ​experience something:I greatly ​regret not having told the ​truth.Her ​pianoplaying has greatly ​improved/has ​improved greatly.

thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)

B2 completely, very much:I thoroughly ​enjoyed the ​performance.

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thoroughly adverb (CAREFULLY)

B2 in a ​detailed and ​careful way:We went through the ​report thoroughly but couldn’t ​find the ​informationanywhere.

freely adverb (NOT LIMITED)

B2 without being ​controlled or ​limited:For the first ​time in ​months she could ​move freely.Exotic ​foods are freely ​available in ​supermarkets.She freely (= ​willingly) admits that she’s not as ​fast a ​runner as she used to be.We ​encourage the ​victims to ​talk freely (= ​talk a lot and ​honestly) about ​theirexperiences.

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freely adverb (ABLE TO MOVE EASILY)

in a way that is not ​fixed or ​joined to anything, so ​able to ​moveeasily:Remember to ​apply plenty of ​oil so that the ​wheel can ​rotate freely.

alienation noun [U] (SEPARATION)

the ​feeling that you have no ​connection with the ​people around you:Depressed ​peoplefrequentlyfeel a ​sense of alienation from those around them.

alienation noun [U] (LOSS OF SUPPORT)

the ​act of making someone ​stopsupporting and ​agreeing with you:This ​short-sighted alienation of ​their own ​supporters may ​lose them the ​election.

entirely adverb

B2 completely:I ​admit it was entirely my ​fault.The ​company is ​runalmost entirely by ​middle-aged men.

sincerely adverb

honestly and without ​pretending or ​lying:I’m sincerely ​grateful.(yours) sincerely B1 (US also Sincerely yours) used to end a ​formalletter that is ​sent to a ​particularperson

wall-to-wall adjective [usually before noun]

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