Підручник Англійська мова 9 клас (5-й рік навчання) - М.О. Кучма - Богдан 2017 рік


Lesson 48 Big Ben

As … as is used to say that people or things are equal in some way.

e.g. Is it as tasty as you expected?

So … as can be used after not instead of as … as.

He’s not so/as successful as his father.

1. Make up and write down the sentences with (not) as + adjective + as.

Model: A: London is the most beautiful city I know.

B: (Paris) Well, it isn’t as beautiful as Paris!

1. A: That is the nicest cardigan I’ve seen.

B: (yours)

2. A: The location and size of my school is the most advantageous.

B: (hers)

3. A: Jane is the most conceited and reserved girl I know.

B: (Peter)

4. A: Our school uniform is really expensive.

B: (theirs)

5. A: Riding is a really attractive and dynamic sport.

B: (boxing)

6. A: Pizza and fries are really unhealthy foods.

B: (hot dogs and burgers)

2. Think of two towns you know. Compare them using (not) as + adjective + as.

3. Listen, read and remember the words.

4. Read about Big Ben.


Big Ben is one of London’s best-known landmarks. It looks most spectacular at night when the clock faces are illuminated. You always know when Parliament is in session, because the light shines above the clock face. Big Ben is an excellent timekeeper that has rarely stopped. The name Big Ben actually refers not to the clock-tower itself, but to the thirteen ton bell hung within. The bell was named after Sir Benjamin Hall. This bell was originally from the old Palace of Westminster. It was given to the Dean of St. Paul’s by William III.

5. Answer the questions.

1. What is London’s best-known landmark?

2. When does Big Ben look most spectacular? Why?

3. How can you know when Parliament is in session?

4. Why is Big Ben an excellent timekeeper?

5. The name Big Ben refers to the clock tower itself, doesn’t it?

6. After whom was the bell named?

7. Who gave this bell to the Dean of St. Paul’s?

6. Prepare a report about Big Ben.

7. Read the joke and dramatize it.

During the rush hours a group of women got on a London bus, but every seat was already occupied. The conductor noticed a man who seemed to be asleep. «He’ll miss his stop», he thought, and coming up to the man he said, «Wake up».

The man opened his eyes and looked at the conductor in surprise.

«I wasn’t asleep», he said.

«Not asleep? But you had your eyes closed».

«I know. I just hate to see ladies standing up in a crowded bus», answered the man.

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