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Grammar Exercise #7

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Due to the success of convenience food and ready-made meals, we are failing to pass on adequate culinary skills to the next generation.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Write at least 250 words.

Read the following essay. Choose the best adjective, A, B or C, to fill spaces 1-10 in the answer. Where more than one adjective is possible, choose the less common one. Use a dictionary to check meaning if necessary.

1) A) slaving B) stressful C) unrelaxing
2) A) advanced B) multiplied C) increased
3) A) complicated B) difficult C) problematic
4) A) sympathetic B) intelligible C) understandable
5) A) nutritious B) supportive C) good
6) A) bad B) harmful C) deadly
7) A) alone B) single C) independent
8) A) basic B) top C) main
9) A) improbable B) disorderly C) unconventional
10) A) pure B) fresh C) new

In today’s (1) .................... world, where both parents are usually working full time, the (2) .................... dependence on ready-made meals should come as no surprise. Even people without children show little desire to cook a (3) .................... meal after working all day, which is entirely (4) ..................... If they are earning and can afford to buy convenience food or go out to restaurants, why shouldn’t they? At the same time, it cannot be denied that because of this, we are losing the ability to cook (5) .................... meals at home.

The fact is that ready-made meals are not usually that good for us. They contain high levels of salt and sugar, not to mention (6) .................... preservatives and artificial colorants. A diet that is exclusively made up of such food is bound to be unhealthy.

Moreover, it is extremely important for children to learn how to cook, so that they will be fully (7) .................... when they grow up. Given that schools have no time to devote to cooking on the curriculum, the only place where children can learn (8) .................... culinary skills is in the home. Speaking personally, I have always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen, by cooking slightly (9) .................... meals. Whatever recipe I decide on, I only use (10) .................... seasonal ingredients. Both my mother and father cook at home, and I have learned a lot of useful tips from them. If I have children of my own, I shall make sure that they learn how to cook as soon as they are old enough to enjoy the experience.

In conclusion, although some use of convenience food is natural, no one should rely on it exclusively at the expense of home-cooked food. Not only is this unhealthy but it is also threatening important skills with extinction.

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