Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
The economy runs on the principle of (what the public wants/needs) and (what can be provided).

The place at the exit of a supermarket where you pay for you groceries is called the -.

Verbs used to mean ‘to try to persuade someone to sell you something at a lower price’ are to with someone, and to over the price.

A sound principle in dealing with money is not to buy anything you cannot (are able to pay with the money you have).

You can say ‘How much is a service?’ or ‘How much do you for a service?’

An expression used to mean ‘to sell very well’ is to sell like .

Three collective words meaning ‘the articles you can buy in a shop’ are , and .

The person who is responsible for decorating shop windows is called a .

If you are dissatisfied with an article you have just bought, you can return it to the shop provided you still have the (proof of payment). You may wish to exchange or the article for something else, or, if they are unable to offer you a suitable replacement, you can ask for a (your money back).

The purpose of a business is to make a (more money than you spent), not a .

The apparatus used to calculate what you owe the shop is called the cash register or cash .

Other ways of saying expensive are dear and pricey. An adjective often used with ‘price’ is , which means excessively high. The word used to mean acceptably priced is .

The plan you make on how to spend the money you have available is called your .

To means to exchange goods for goods.

The financial contribution people make to the state is called . In Britain, the money is usually deducted from a person’s wage or salary on a monthly basis - the so-called PAYE system, which stands for .

The expression used to mean ‘pay an article off over a period of time’ is known as . The conditions or of the agreement stipulate how much and how long a person has to pay. Buying in such a way may require that the person puts down a deposit or makes a on the article. Thereafter they pay the article off in monthly (payments). To say that a payment is at a specific time means that it needs to be paid then. If someone has not yet paid an amount owing to someone, we say the person or payment is in , or the payment is . The letter one receives from a company saying that the payment is overdue is called a .

A concentration of shops in an area is expressed in a number of ways. Among the names used are shopping (a traffic-free street or covered area with rows of shops), a shopping (a group of shops in an area), a shopping (a covered passage or area usually with an arched roof and shops on either side.)

To means to walk about in a leisurely fashion viewing the articles for sale; to for something means to look in different shops until you find the best value, service etc.; to go - means to look at the merchandise in the shop windows.

The company that provides the shops with goods is called the ; the place where a company stores its goods is called a ; a is a company which generally sells to shops; a is a shop which sells directly to the public.

Companies advertise their wares, services, and sales on (GB) and (US) (large boards used for displaying advertisements), on (paper signs) and (cardboard signs), and on (boards which someone carries around).

Words used to mean ‘spend less’ are and .

In order to protect themselves from excessive cost caused by misfortune, people (arrange to have) various insurances. The agreement they sign is called a , which stipulates how much insurance (protection) they have. The payments made on insurances are called . Common types of insurance include insurance (covering accidents at home), - insurance (health costs), and car insurance. is normally associated with the insurance that pays out a sum on someone’s death.

The opposite of income is .

Two types of bank accounts people often have are accounts (accounts from which they can take money at will), and accounts (accounts they use to put money aside). The verb used to mean ‘remove money from an account’ is ; the verb used to mean ‘place money into an account is . If someone is permitted to remove more money than he has on his account, we say they have an .