Grammar exercise

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You stayed with a family in another country while you were studying.
Write a letter to the family. In your letter:

  • thank the family for your stay.
  • say what you enjoyed about your stay.
  • ask the family to stay with you in the future.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Here is a model answer. Look at the words or phrases in capitals. Choose the most appropriate word or phrase.

Dear Luca and Alexandra,

I’m WRITING / WRITTING to thank you for the lovely time I had STAYED / STAYING in your gorgeous house in Patras while I was STUDING / STUDYING Greek LAST / THE LAST Winter.

As you know, I’d BEEN NEVER / NEVER BEEN to Greece when I arrived IN / TO Athens, and I was thrilled to FIND / FINDING so many wonderful PEOPLE / PERSONS and amazing archaeological sites. I really had no idea about Greece’s HERITAGE RICH / RICH HERITAGE. Almost all the stereotypes we HAD / HAVE in London of Greece WAS / WERE soon proven wrong. I met many people WHO’S / WHOSE worldview is pretty much the same as my own. I’ve CERTAINLY TOLD / TOLD CERTAINLY everyone back home about the FASCINATED / FASCINATING and generous community of Patras.

My most memorable experience was CELEBRATE / CELEBRATING the Patras Carnival with you – that incredible Saturday evening PARADE / PERADE and those bonfires, as well as the live music in four LANGUAGE / LANGUAGES. I’m so GRATEFUL / GREATFUL you shared those things with me.

Please ACCEPT / EXCEPT a small token of my gratitude, enclosed, and REMEMBER / REMIND, if you’re ever in London, I’d be delighted TO PUT YOU UP / TO PUT UP YOU and show you around.

Your friend,

David

Answer:

I’m writing to thank you for the lovely time I had stayed in your gorgeous house in Patras while I was studying Greek last Winter.

As you know, I’d never been to Greece when I arrived in Athens, and I was thrilled to find so many wonderful people and amazing archaeological sites. I really had no idea about Greece’s rich heritage. Almost all the stereotypes we have in London of Greece were soon proven wrong. I met many people whose worldview is pretty much the same as my own. I’ve certainly told everyone back home about the fascinating and generous community of Patras.

My most memorable experience was celebrating the Patras Carnival with you – that incredible Saturday evening parade and those bonfires, as well as the live music in four languages. I’m so grateful you shared those things with me.

Please accept a small token of my gratitude, enclosed, and remember, if you’re ever in London, I’d be delighted to put you up and show you around.