Teens|Grammar activating|El|5. The place where you live

Find the differences

Look at the two pictures and circle 8 differences

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Answer the questions

  1. What kind of room have you got?
  2. How many windows have you got in your room?
  3. What is your favourite place in your flat?
  4. What is your favourite place in the city where you live?

In the room

Match the words from the box to the objects in the picture. Then click on the hotspots to check yourself

Words: a picture / a wardrobe / a desk / a carpet / a bed / a shelf / a chair / a computer / a drawer / a pillow / a lamp

Read the sentences and correct the mistakes

True or False?

Remember the picture of the room from the previous exercise and choose if the sentences are true or false

Read the rule

When we want to say about an object in some place, we say

  • there is/’s when we mean one thing;
  • there are when we speak about several things.

    Here are full and short forms:

Affirmative (+)

Negative (-)




Singular There is a desk. There‘s a desk. There is not a carpet. There isn’t / is not a carpet.
Plural There are some chairs. There are

 not any books.

There aren’t any books.

There are some chairs

Listen to the recording and do the task

There are some chairs.

  1. There’s a table.
  2. There isn’t a bag.
  3. There aren’t any children.
  4. There’s a lamp.
  5. There are two windows.
  6. There aren’t any shoes.
  7. There’s a cupboard.
  8. There isn’t a computer.


Choose the sentence you hear

  • There are some chairs.
  • There aren’t any chairs.

Read the rule

When we speak about several things but don’t say how many, we use some in affirmative sentences and any in negative sentences.


There are some books on the shelf.
There aren’t any toys in the room.

A bit of practice

Read the sentences and do the task

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Read the description and complete the gaps with one word

In the city

Match the words from the box with the pictures

Listen to the dialogue and remember the places the people would like to find


John | Ravi | Anna

John: Excuse me, is there a cafe near here?

Ravi: Yes, there’s a good one in the park over there.

Anna: Thanks!


Henry | Ravi

Henry: Is there a cinema in Tunbridge Wells?

Ravi: No, there isn’t. Well, there is one in the town centre. The old cinema is closed now.

Henry: OK. Thanks!


Hannah | Ravi

Hannah: Are there two theatres in Tunbridge Wells?

Ravi: Yes, there are — The Assembly Hall and The Trinity. The Trinity is over there in Church Road.

Hannah: Thank you!

History: towns and cities

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Read the text and choose the things which are mentioned

Think about your town or city (or a big town near you if you live in a village). Why is it there?

Is it near a river? Towns are often near rivers or lakes, because water is very important. We need it for drinking and for washing. You can travel by boat on water, too. A lot of big cities, such as Budapest, London, Paris are near a river.

But a river can be a problem if you cannot cross it. A lot of towns are in places where there is a bridge (or a ford), so that you can cross the river. You can see this in the names of a lot of British towns, such as Cambridge (a bridge over the river Cam), Oxford (a place where you can cross the river with your cows). Are there similar names in your country?

A lot of towns are on small hills. Why? A hill is a good place to be because it’s safe from floods. And it isn’t easy for people to attack you, because you can see them. This isn’t important today, but a lot of old towns are on the hills. These towns often have a castle.

A lot of old towns are at a crossroads — a place where two roads cross. This is important, because people can come to your town from other places to buy and sell things. These towns often have a big square in the town centre for a market.

The things which are mentioned:

a) Farms

b) Hills

c) Bridges

d) Factories

e) Crossroads

f) Rivers

g) The sea

h) Stations

Answers: b, c, e, f

What city?

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Choose a button and play a guessing game

  1. Think of a country.
  2. Your partner asks you 10 yes/no questions and tries to guess the country.
  3. Swap parts.


— Is it big?
— Yes.
— Are there many people?
— Yes, there are.

Is/Are there

many people?
lots of cities?
famous people?

Is it

near the ocean?

  1. Think of a city.
  2. Your partner asks you 10 yes/no questions and tries to guess the city.
  3. Swap parts.


— Is it big?
— Yes.
— Are there many people?
— Yes, there are.

Is/Are there

many people?
beautiful buildings?
lots of shopping centres?
any famous places?

Is it

near the ocean?

  1. Think of a place in the city.
  2. Your partner asks you 10 yes/no questions and tries to guess the city.
  3. Swap parts.


— Is it big?
— Yes.
— Are there many people?
— Yes, there are.

Is/Are there

many people?
beautiful buildings?
lots of trees?
a swimming pool?

Is it

in the city centre?
in every city?
interesting for teenagers?

This is where you live

Put the words into the right columns

Write about your room, your flat and the city where you live


My town isn’t very big.

There aren’t many interesting places.

There is a cinema, a park.

My house is in a quiet street.

There are three rooms in my flat.

Useful language

  1. There is …
  2. There are some …
  3. There aren’t any …
  4. I’ve got …
  5. It has got …

What I can do


The things you have learnt today:

  • talk about my room, my flat and the city using there is / there are;
  • describe the place where somebody lives using there is / there are.

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Useful language

  • a shower cabin

Homework | Домашнее задание

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Choose the correct option | Выбери правильный вариант


(It’s/There’s) a pen on the desk.

An English town | Английский город

Read the text and choose if the statements after it are True or False | Прочитай текст и выбери, являются ли утверждения после него правдивыми или ложными

Tunbridge Wells is south-east England, about sixty kilometers from London. It isn’t a very old town. It’s about 350 years old. So it hasn’t got a castle or anything like that. It’s famous for its water. People think it’s good for you.

This is the old part of the town. It’s called the Pantiles. There are lots of cafes and restaurants here. There’s a market on Saturdays, too. A lot of visitors come to see the Pantiles.

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This is the modern part of the town. People call it the Precinct. The shopping centre and the post office are here. The Town Hall, the police station and the library are here, too. There are also two theatres, a small museum and a sports centre in this part of the town.

There’s a station in Tunbridge Wells. Trains from here go to London and to Hastings on the coast. A lot of people in Tunbridge Wells take the train to London every day. They work in the banks, offices and shops there. Opposite the station there’s a big park. It’s called Calvary Grounds. You can play tennis, football and some other sports there. And there’s a nice cafe, too. In the winter, there is a skating rink and you can go skating.

Write about… | Напиши о…

Write about the place where you live | Напиши о месте, где ты живешь

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Useful language

  • There is a …
  • There isn’t a …
  • There are lots of …
  • There aren’t any …
  • There are some …