reading and writing

Gap-fill exercise

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1. The outer part of a book is called the . This can either be in (made of stiff cardboard) or (made of flexible cardboard). The removable covering which protects the book is called a , on which a promotional description of the book - known as the - is given.
2. Among the people one may associate with books and writing are (writers of books), (people or companies that print and distribute books), (people who examine and perhaps change a piece of writing), (people who write reviews of books, films etc), (people who write articles for newspapers), (reporters who work in foreign countries), (people who work in libraries), (people who print books) and (people who put a piece of writing into another language).
3. Well, I've (checked) your homework and everything is in order, except that you've written the names of languages with small letters at the beginning, rather than with letters.
4. Could I have your name, please? - Yes, it's Cvjetko Simeunovic. - Ah, yes. Eh, could you that, please?
5. Other ways of saying 'to write down briefly' are down and down. To means to write quickly and unclearly.
6. Among the various reference books we use are (books which explains the meanings of words), a (book in which you look up telephone numbers), (books which give geographical information), (books of general knowledge), (books which draw together words with similar meanings), (books which describe the grammatical facts of a language) and (books of instructions and information about, for instance, a car).
7. To keep the exclusive rights to copy his or her book, a writer needs to take out a on it. In Britain, this right usually expires 50 years after the death of the author.
8. A collective word for the materials used in office work is . Such materials include: writing instruments like (implements which use ink), (implements which use graphite), (implements which use coloured wax, charcoal or clay) and (implements made of a soft, white or coloured substance, and which are used for writing on blackboards); correction materials like (rubbery materials used to rub out pencil marks) and (a white fluid used to mark typing print); and measuring instruments like the (an instrument used to measure or draw straight lines).
9. Other words used to mean 'to read' are (reading to find certain information), reading to get a general impression of the content of a text), (read through briefly) and (to read carefully).
10. After you've finished writing a letter, you put it into an , stick a stamp on it and post it.
11. In talking about a person's handwriting, we might say a person writes (clearly) or (in such a way that you can't read it - like doctors). Methods of writing include writing in (i.e. writing one letter after the other), using (connecting the letters to each other) and using (a method of writing rapidly, using symbols).
12. The word can be used as a collective term to mean 'valued pieces of writing' (e.g. famous books, poems etc.) or it can be used to mean 'written information on any particular subject' (e.g. computers, holidays etc.).
13. The amount of money authors receive from publishers for the sale of their books is called the .
14. Books are generally divided into two main categories: (books describing imaginary events) and (books which give factual information). Examples of books in the first category are and (the types of books written by people like Graham Greene and Stefan Zweig) and, in the second category, (books about people's lives) and encyclopaedias.
15. Another way of saying 'the name of a book' is to say the of a book.
16. On the first pages of a book you might expect to find a (an introductory explanation in which the author states his aims), a (an introduction to the book, usually written by a person other than the author), and a (information on how the book is laid out).
On the final pages of the book you might find an (an alphabetical arrangement of the contents of the book). Books, like novels for instance, are generally divided up into different (parts).
17. The word is used to mean the form in which a book is published (e.g. paperback), or the number of copies of a book, newspaper etc. given out at one time (e.g. fifth e..., evening e..., etc.)
18. People in offices usually keep a number of (cardboard folders) available to store information they use often.
19. Another way of saying 'to write a letter' is to say 'to a letter'. The word is used to mean 'to write a rough, preliminary version of a letter, speech etc.
20. A writer can write in either (normal writing) or (a form of writing arranged in lines, often with a regular rhythm or rhyme.