7. Antonyms

7. Antonyms

Barty, Bill and Sam's neighbour, has his house burgled.

Main practice:   antonyms
Revision:             future in the past (was going to) clear up

Match the antonyms, for example Rich-Poor, and fill the gap with the correct word:

* at random - 
chosen without  plan


1. cautious                           

2. cowardly                               

3. professional                   

4. sober                                       

5. specifically                    

6. timid                                  

7. shook up (upset)                   

8. villain  


Conversation

Bill and Sam's neighbour, Barty, woke up to find *burglars in his house. He called the police and scared them away. 

*burglars - people who steal from people's homes.


Sam:     Are you OK?

Barty:  Yes, thanks, Sam. I'm a bit , but I'm OK.

Bill:      What happened?

Barty:   I was asleep and heard something downstairs so I got up and went down.

Sam:      That was very of you.

Barty:   *Nah, not really. I thought it was the cat. Anyway, there were two of them,
                in the living room, about to steal my computer. I shouted at them and
                they laughed, I think they were . I shut the door and locked it
                and told them I was going to call the police.

Bill:        What did they do?

Barty:    They ran out the back window. Same way they got in. I don't know
                 why the alarm didn't go off. I've always been very about
                 home security.

Sam:      You scared them off. You're a , Barty.

Barty:    I think they were and targeted my house
                .

Bill:        Well, it was very bold of you go downstairs and shout at them like that.

Barty:     Didn't really think about it. Just did it.

*Nah = No


Exercise

Complete the sentences.

cowardly  -  shook up / shaken up  -  careless  -  calm  -  professional  -  specifically  -  amateur 

1. Yes, he played football for years but now he's given up his
     job and turned .

2.  We asked for a double room with a bathroom and you've
     given us a single without a bathroom.

3.  He was very . He was cleaning the table when he knocked over
     and smashed the vase.

4.  It was a scary flight. The plane hit a lot of turbulence. I was very
      and promised myself I'd never fly again but
     Jane, my wife, was the opposite, she was the whole time.

5.  Making your assistant * sack that young man was . It was
     your responsibility and you should have done it.

*to sack someone - to tell them they have lost their job.