Unit Twelve A Warning Letter

He really did not know what to make of the letter. It was typed clearly and carefully, but without any address or signature. It advised him to give up his rights to the piece of land between the bank and the offices at 71 High Street West.
It struck him as rather odd that anyone unknown to him should have heard of his claim to the land, let alone that anyone should go to so much trouble to give him advice. Or was it advice? Something very strange was going on. He decided
to ring up the police.


GIVE UP ABC You give up something when you let someone else
have it.
STRIKE AS BC A curious event could strike you as funny, or as
being funny.

HEAR OF AD This is almost always used in a past tense, e.g. 'I
had heard of him before I met him"
GO ON E Something funny is going on."

RING UP ABCE You can ring a person up.


Exercises using verbs from the passage

A Complete these sentences

1 You'd better
and ask when the coach

2 Have you the Bermuda Triangle?


3 Yes, I have, but I don't know what to it.


4 With the advances in communication, it isn't difficult to know what is anywhere in the world.

5 He his inheritance to his brother.


6 I don't know what Steve is doing. Why don't you him ?


7 Doesn't it you odd that Paula hasn't written?

8 King Henry his claim to the throne,


B Answer these questions

1 What is the quickest way to contact a friend abroad?

2 What goes on at the Olympic Games?

3 Have you heard of John Milton?

4 What do you make of the yet?

5 What is going on outside at the moment?

6 When should you give up your seat on a bus?

7 Name something that strikes you as being rather odd..

8 How many Japanese artists have you heard of?

C Use the following pairs of verbs in sentences of your own:

1 go on, strike one as.


2 give up, have heard of

3 strike as, make of.

4 ring up, make of.


A Vb+ prep + NP 8 Vb NP prep CVb+ pron. + prep. D Vb+ prep pron E Intrans