Lesson one: A day at the beach

This article was last updated on the 25th of September, 2015 by Patrick Carpen.

Last Sunday, at around 3:00 p.m., my friend Jason and I went to the beach. It was crowded. There were many people there. We had a hard time making our way through the crowd. Suddenly, we spotted our friend Tim. We walked in his direction, but at the same time, Jack hailed us from the back. We turned around. Jack offered us two beers. When we turned back, Tim was no longer there. We had a good time at the beach that day.

The words and phrases in bold above may be replaced with another suitable word or phrase, as shown below.

Rewrite the paragraph above, replacing the words or phrases in bold with a suitable word or phrase from the lists below.

Went: headed off, proceeded, started out, drove, made our way, hitched a ride, walked, ran, hurried

Friend: pal, buddy, companion, comrade, colleague, mate, chum, crony, partner, playmate

Crowded: packed, full, packed out, crammed full, jam-packed, teeming, swarming, busy, congested, heaving

Many: loads of, countless, several, various, numerous, scores of, limitless, a myriad of

Hard: difficult, awkward, problematical, tricky, tough, demanding, testing, challenging, grueling, arduous, troublesome

Now read the paragraph below and underline a suitable word or phrase (from the brackets) to replace the word or phrase in bold.

Last Sunday, at around 3:00 p.m., my friend Jason and I went ( headed off, proceeded, started out, drove, made our way, hitched a ride, walked, ran, hurried) to the beach. It was crowded. There were many people there. We had a hard time making our way through the crowd. Suddenly, we spotted our friend Tim. We walked in his direction, but at the same time, Jack hailed us from the back. We turned around. Jack offered us two beers. When we turned back, Tim was no longer there. We had a good time at the beach that day.

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