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The Middle (Season 01 Episode 01 Pilot)

I. The family is made up of 5 members, namely:

– Pilot) I. The family is made up of 5 members, namely: a) ) Frankie (the

a) ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sam (daughter), and Brick (son).

b) ) Frankie (the mother), Peter (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Brick (son).

c) ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Woody (son).

d) ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Brick (son).

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II. In her new driver’s license, the mother looks:

a) (

) Unhappy

b) (

) Depressed

c) (

) Worn out

d) (

) Shiny

( ) Depressed c) ( ) Worn out d) ( ) Shiny III. The teacher describes

III. The teacher describes Brick as being “quirky”, which means:

a) ) Impolite, rude, aggressive;

b) ) Unusual, unpredictable, strange;

c) ) Disruptive, restless, loud.

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IV. What is the argument the mother uses to say there is something wrong with her paycheck?

a) ) The money doesn’t pay for the food her family needs.

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b) ) The money doesn’t pay for all the troubles she faces during the day.

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c) ) The money doesn’t pay for the fuel she needs to get to work.

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Phrasal verbs

V. Match the phrasal verbs to their meaning:

( Phrasal verbs V. Match the phrasal verbs to their meaning: a) Give up ( )

a) Give up

(

) To become exhausted or tired

b) Put off

(

) To stop making an effort

c) Put up with

(

) To educate, raise

d) Bring up

(

) To tolerate

e) Pick up

(

) To postpone

f) Wear out

(

) To get (someone at school)

VI. Now, complete the sentences with a phrasal verb from the box. Observe the correct form of the verb:

put off / give up / put up with / bring up / pick up / wear out

a) Although Sue was clumsy, she didn’t

trying new things. This time she wanted to

participate in the show choir.

b) The parents can’t

c) It is very difficult for them

d) Frankie always

e) Frankie looks horrible in the new driver’s license picture! She looks

Axl’s attitude anymore. They think he needs to be punished.

her working responsibilities to help her kids.

their children and focus on their career at the same time.

because

f)

having three children and being a working mother is really hard.

Brick

Frankie has to

while she is with a customer on a test drive.

Grammar: Gerund and Infinitive

VII. Complete the sentences with gerund or infinitive form of the verbs:

a)

The parents are thinking of

Axl for his attitude problems at school. (punish)

b)

Sue decided

in the school choir. (participate)

 

c)

The customer says she feels like

into the car and

away. (get / drive)

d)

Frankie keeps

Axl

only in his underwear around the house. (tell /

not walk)

e)

Frankie agrees

a costume to participate in Brick’s show and tell project. (wear)

f)

Frankie can’t help

when the customer tells her she understands why she is stressed

out, since she also has three kids

(cry / raise)

g)

Frankie works selling second hand cars

support her family. (help)

h)

It is not easy

your children if you work full time. (bring up)

i)

of her three children and

a working mom have been really

hard for Frankie. (take care / be)

Writing VIII. What happens at the end of the episode? Write a short paragraph about it.

Answers:

I. The family is made up of 5 members, namely:

a) ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sam (daughter), and Brick (son).

b) ) Frankie (the mother), Peter (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Brick (son).

c) ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Woody (son).

d) ( X ) Frankie (the mother), Mike (the father), Axl (son), Sue (daughter), and Brick (son).

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II. In her new driver’s license, the mother looks:

e) (

) Unhappy

f) (

) Depressed

g) ( X ) Worn out

h)

(

) Shiny

III. The teacher describes Brick as being “quirky”, which means:

a) (

b) ( X ) Unusual, unpredictable, strange;

c) (

) Impolite, rude, aggressive;

) Disruptive, restless, loud.

IV. What is the argument the mother uses to say there is something wrong with her paycheck?

a) ) The money doesn’t pay for the food her family needs.

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b) ) The money doesn’t pay for all the troubles she faces during the day.

c) (X) The money doesn’t pay for the fuel she needs to get to work.

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Phrasal verbs

V. Match the phrasal verbs to their meaning.

a) Give up

(

F ) To become exhausted or tired

b) Put off

(

A ) To stop making an effort

c) Put up with

(

D ) To educate, raise

d) Bring up

(

C ) To tolerate

e) Pick up

(B

) To postpone

f) Wear out

(E

) To get (someone at school)

VI. Now, complete the sentences with a phrasal verb from the box. Observe the correct form of the verb.

put off / give up / put up with / bring up / pick up / wear out

g) Although Sue was clumsy, she didn’t

participate in the show choir.

give up

trying new things. This time she wanted to

h) The parents can’t

i) It is very difficult for them

j) Frankie always

k) Frankie looks horrible in the new driver’s license picture! She looks children and being a working mother is really hard.

l)

put up with

Axl’s attitude anymore. They think he needs to be punished.

to bring up

their children and focus on their career at the same time.

puts off her working responsibilities to help her kids.

worn out

because having three

Frankie has to

pick

Brick _ up

while she is with a customer on a test drive.

Grammar: Gerund and Infinitive

VII. Complete the sentences with gerund or infinitive form of the verbs.

a) The parents are thinking of

b)

Sue decided

to participate

punishing

Axl for his attitude problems at school. (punish)

in the school choir. (participate)

c) The customer says she feels like

getting

into the car and _ driving

away. (get / drive)

d) Frankie keeps

telling

Axl

not

to walk

only in his underwear around the house. (tell / not

walk)

e) Frankie agrees

to

wear

a costume to participate in Brick’s show and tell project. (wear)

f) Frankie can’t help

crying

when the customer tells her she understands why she is stressed out, since

she also has three kids

to raise

(cry / raise)

g) Frankie works selling second hand cars

to help

support her family. (help)

h)

i)

It is not easy

Taking care

to bring up

your children if you work full time. (bring up)

of her three children and

being

a working mom have been really hard for

Frankie. (take care / be)