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Homework #2 for the Cambridge FIRST course. This part is focused on Reading.

Dear students, before your next lesson read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

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Creative English Teacher

Chewing gum

We still tend (0) …………… think chewing gum is a fairly recent invention, even (1) …………… there is evidence it was used 5,000 years ago in Finland. The Ancient Greeks also chewed gum, as (2) …………… the Aztecs in Mexico during the sixteenth century. As far as we know, however, it wasn’t (3) …………… 1869 that chewing gum became popular in its present form, (4) …………… a New York inventor called Thomas Adams first had the idea of adding flavour to it.

Nowadays, of course, it is chewed around the world, (5) …………… the fact that it continues to be regarded by some (6) …………… an unpleasant habit. Unfortunately, far too many people drop used gum onto the pavement, (7) …………… it remains for some time because it is extremely difficult to remove once it has stuck to the surface. On the other hand, those (8) …………… favour of chewing gum claim it helps them relax, improves their concentration, and helps keep their teeth clean.


  1. You need a word that completes a contrast link.
  2. Find a way to avoid repeating the verb.
  3. Think of a suitable time link.
  4. Which relative pronoun is used for time?
  5. Think of a word that completes a contrast link.
  6. Which preposition often follows ‘regarded’?
  7. Which relative pronoun is used for a place?
  8. Think of a preposition that goes with ‘favour of’.


  • Gaps may have more than one possible answer, but you must only write one.
  • If you can’t answer a particular question, go on to the others and come back to it later when you have completed more of the text.
  • Never write contracted forms like she’s or wouldn’t as they count as two words.

Listening forces automatic learning and leads to general language acquisition.


Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.


Reading is the best way to learn and remember the proper spelling of words.


Speaking provides the ability to engage others in social circles

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