Read the text below and
decide which answer A, B, C or D best
fits each space.
Trouble at work
I used to work at the local supermarket
every Saturday. But one day I was called into the manager’s office.
‘I have received a serious (1) …… about your
behaviour. Your colleague, Sara, has (2) …… me that she saw you
take money from the till,’ he began.
‘I can’t understand why she would (3) ...... this kind of
accusation,’ I replied.
‘I don’t want to discuss this matter. I
(4) ...... that you leave
the shop at once’ was all he said.
I began to (5) ...... but Mr Bradshaw
refused to listen. As I left the shop I saw someone running across the car park
opposite. It was Sara – she was the (6) ......of my troubles and now was my chance to
find the (7) ...... why she had
lied. I ran (8) ...... her and soon (9) ...... up with her.
‘Why on earth did you lie to Bradshaw?’
I almost screamed at her.
‘I owe you an (10) ...... . I’m in trouble
– I had to get that money but I knew they were going to catch me, so I pretended
it was you. I (11)
...... I’ll make it up to you.’
She was scared, and although I was
having (12) ...... understanding
her (13) ......, something in her eyes made her story
sound (14) ...... . But why should
I get the (15) ...... for something I
1 Acomplaint B objection C blame D protest
2 Asaid B told C explained D stated
3 Ahave B give C make D put
4 Ainsist B confirm C make D force
5 Adeny B demand C protest D criticise
6 Acause B force C effect D origin
7 Ameaning B purpose C answer D reason
8 Ainto B after C with D over
9 Amade B took C went D caught
10 A apology B admission C argument D offering
11 A mean B promise C say D decide
12 A problem B doubt C harm D trouble
13 A decision B explanation
C truth D answers
14 A realistic B promising C convincing D positive