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The British Stiff Upper Lip.

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When in Britain, you must never complain. Complaining is very un-British. If you are (1) Login for this exercise _________ [ made kept stayed held ] waiting half an hour in a shop, if a bus (2) Login for this exercise _________ [ conductor attendant assistant steward ] is rude to you, if a waiter brings your food ice-cold - you keep your mouth shut. The (3) Login for this exercise _________ [ hard inflexible firm stiff ] upper lip is the British way. Other nationalities might make a (4) Login for this exercise _________ [ discussion argument quarrel fuss ] , protest loudly or call for the manager, but not the British.


Remember also that British ears are (5) Login for this exercise _________ [ simply easily utterly modestly ] not tuned to hear complaints. A friend of mine was a regular (6) Login for this exercise _________ [ supporter purchaser customer guest ] at a famous and expensive London restaurant. Every day at 2:00pm and 9pm the (7) Login for this exercise _________ [ mature elderly outdated vintage ] manager would come out (as he had been doing for the last 37 years), go from table to table and (8) Login for this exercise _________ [ inquire query request probe ] "Did you enjoy your meal?" For 37 years, hundreds of thousands of properly (9) Login for this exercise _________ [ raised grown educated brought ] up English people had replied to him. "Very much indeed." The man would smile, say "Thank you very much'. and (10) Login for this exercise _________ [ motion progress stride shift ] to the next table.

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One day however, the lunch was so (11) Login for this exercise _________ [ offensive painful abominable harrowing ] that my friend (Dutch mother , Albanian father) decided to tell him the naked truth. So, when the antiquated manager (12) Login for this exercise _________ [ appeared surfaced descended joined ] at his table as usual and asked, 'Did you enjoy your meal, sir?' my friend replied: ' (13) Login for this exercise _________ [ Sincerely largely bluntly frankly ] , not at all. It was appalling.' To which the manager gave his (14) Login for this exercise _________ [ customary average commonplace daily ] , obsequious smile, said: "Thank you very much , sir', and moved on , quite (15) Login for this exercise _________ [ convinced fulfilled satisfied complete ]
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Complete each of these sentences with one of the words in the box below.

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  1. He listened Login for this exercise _________ as she told her long and rather boring story.
  2. He Login for this exercise _________ regretted all the unpleasant things he had said to her.
  3. She knew Login for this exercise _________ that there was something wrong.
  4. She's changed Login for this exercise _________ since she's left home. She's a new person.
  5. He always dresses very Login for this exercise _________ but without much style.
  6. He behaved Login for this exercise _________ at the party.
  7. He was rude to several of my friends. He's terribly funny. We were all laughing Login for this exercise _________ for ages.
  8. I wouldn't say I know him Login for this exercise _________ We're just work colleagues.
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