Think about these questions before you read the following text.
· What’s your opinion on
· If you like them, is there any part of your body on which you would
refuse to have a tattoo?
· Would you have a tattoo to advertise a company if they paid you a lot
Read the text ("MAN SELLS ADVERTISING SPACE ON NECK")
and answer these questions. (Ignore the gaps in the text).
1. On what part of his body is Mark
going to get a tattoo?
2. What’s Mark’s job?
3. Where is the auction taking place?
4. Is Mark’s wife against the idea of a tattoo?
5. How much money is being offered for Mark’s tattoo at the
6. Why does the kebab shop owner think that the tattoo will be
good for business?
7. Why is Mark going to do a radio interview?
Check your answers.
Now read the text and put the verbs in brackets in the most suitable
tense. Follow the example.
MAN SELLS ADVERTISING SPACE ON NECK
Mark Hutson, A 32-year-old man from Hainault, Essex,
(auction) the back of his neck as advertising space. The winning
company will be able to put a permanent tattoo advertisement on the back
of Mark's neck.
Mark (work) as an
electrical sub-contractor and (run) crazy auctions and selling unusual products on the
popular internet site eBay since 2003. He says this is the first time he
has thought of selling advertising space on his body. Last year Mark
(make) $7,000 on
eBay and he (hope)
to make internet auctions his full-time job.
His wife Sarah is totally supportive of his idea. “I think
(be) quite sexy
when it’s done” she said “especially if Mark
(get) a lot of
money from it.” When asked if it matters that the company name will be
on his skin for life, Sarah replied “Only if it’s something silly like a
sausage company or a brand of condom. Anyway, after a few months I’m
sure we (get used to)
have another 19 days to bid for the ad space, after which Mark
(already/have) a lot of interesting offers since we opened the
bidding.” said Mark. How much is the current price? “I
(not/say) at the
moment” replied Mark. “If people are interested, they’ll have to go
online to find out, but I’m hoping that the price
(double) by the
time the offer closes in 19 days.
The first offer came from a local Kebab shop. “As soon as we heard that
Mark (offer) ad
space we wanted part of the action.” said owner Rajid Khan. “Just
imagine the exposure our kebabs will receive when Mark goes to a
football match and drinks in the pub at weekends.” he said.
Mark Hutson’s auction can (find) on the world famous auction site eBay his user ID is
madmarkhuttie and you can also search for this auction by the auction ID
which is 5657013788.
On the web site, Mark
(state) that a local radio station, Sounds FM,
(do) a live
interview with him two days before the auction closes. During that
interview he will tell the listeners who the highest bidder is and the
name of the company.
neck - cuello
to auction - subastar
to bid - pujar
Check your answers.
What do the following numbers in the text refer to? Follow the example.
1. 2003 2. 7,000 3. 19 4. 5657013788 5. 2
Check your answers.
When referring to the numeral 0,
British people would normally use "nought", "oh", or "zero",
although "nil" is common in sports scores. Americans use the term "zero"
most frequently; "oh" is also often used (though never when the
quantity in question is nothing). Phrases such as the team won four–zip
or the team leads the series four–nothing are heard when reporting
In mathematics, science, and technical
· British English: Say "nought" or "zero".
· American English: Say "zero".
· British English: Say "zero" to refer to freezing point (0° Celsius
or -32° Fahrenheit).
· American English: Say "zero" to refer to 0° Fahrenheit.
In sports, for scores of 0:
· British English: Say "nil".
· American English: Say "zero" or "nothing".
When reading numbers in a sequence,
such as a telephone or serial number, British people will usually
use the terms double followed by the repeated number. Hence 007 is
double oh seven.