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add up to exp
to total; to be the total
a bill n
a piece of paper that tells you how
much you must pay for something
a receipt n
a piece of paper that has
information about something you
a purse n
an object women use to carry their
a wallet n
an object men use to carry their
a ring n
a round piece of jewellery you put
around a finger
an earring n
a piece of jewellery that people
wear in their ears
a hectic lifestyle n
if someone has a“hectic lifestyle”,
they do many things and have no
time to relax
a spouse n
your“spouse”is your wife/husband/
to belong vb
the place where something
“belongs”is the place where it
the state of not being tidy: not
putting things back in the place
where they normally go
if someone is suffering from“absent-
mindedness”, they often forget
things or can’t remember them
a self-help guru n
an expert on how to be successful /
happy / rich / organised, etc.
to label vb
if you“label”an object, you
put a piece of paper on it with
information about it
to designate vb
if you“designate”a place for an
object, you choose that place for
that object and say it must go there
The results of a survey on the things we can’t stop losing!
hen was the last time you lost something?What
was it? According to a recent survey, we spend
about ten minutes a day looking for lost things.
Over an average lifetime, this addsupto an incredible 3,680
hours (or 153 days). Is there anything we can do about it?
The study of 3,000 adults was carried out by home
insurance company esure. They found that mobile phones
and car keys were the most frequently lost items. Other
things on the list included:
house keys, bills, receipts, sunglasses, glasses, purses,
wallets, hairbrushes, gloves, umbrellas, bank cards, train or bus tickets, coats, diaries, personal
organisers, batteries, passports, ID cards, software installation CDs, caps, hats, laptops, watches,
socks, jewellery (particularly rings and earrings), shoes, slippers, tablets and e-readers.
So, what’s going on?“Most blame it on a hectic lifestyle,”says Nikki Sellers, the head of esure.
“Others say it’s the fault of spouses or children for not putting things back where they belong.
A few admitted to untidiness, absent-mindedness and a poor
memory, with more than half wishing they were more organised.”
So, what’s the solution?“You need to assign a place for
something and always put it back there,”said self-help
guru Abbie Gale.“And you need to make sure
everyone else in the house knows where to put it
back too.You also need to keep your house tidy,
label boxes clearly and designate a place near the
front door for all the items that you need in the
morning. A good idea would be to have a shelf
there with a bowl for your keys, purse, wallet and
anything else,”she added.
If you’re still having trouble finding things,
don’t worry – things could be a lot worse:
fourteen people in the survey said they spent over an
hour every day looking for lost items. Surely you can’t
be as bad as that!
Do you often lose things? Why? Which objects do you lose most frequently? What was
the last thing you lost and then found? What’s the most valuable thing you’ve ever lost?
How did it happen? How do you decide where to put things?
Other tips for not losing things include
Immediately file phone numbers or business cards.
Put bills and receipts away as soon as you get them.
Write down the number of the parking space when you park
your car in a busy car park.
Attach a paging device to your keychain.
Keep your mobile on ringtone (not vibration), so you can call
it to find it.
Keep like items together and create boxes for them, labelling
them clearly: a Christmas box, a cables box, a box for old batteries, etc.
Never put keys, mobile phones or wallets on the table in restaurants.
Before you leave a bus or train, etc., turn around and look back at your seat
to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
Look at this list of objects.Which ones have
2 Reading I
3 Reading II
Read the article again.Then, write T (true)
or F (false) next to each statement.
1. Organisers of the study spoke
to 3,000 people.
2. Coats and diaries were the most
frequently lost items.
3. Some people blamed work
colleagues for losing things.
4. Abbie Gale suggests always
putting things back where you
5. Some people in the survey said
they spent two hours a day
looking for things.