Mar 2, 2017

HOLD somebody or something UP

9 cards
, 31 answers
  • Study box. Read these sentences carefully.

    1. Roadworks on the motorway are holding up the traffic again.
    2. Opposition to the road and a lack of cash have held up progress.
    3. I’m sorry to be so slow. Am I holding people up?
    4. Isn’t Rose here yet? I’ll go and see what’s holding her up.
    5. John’s not home yet. He must have been held up at the office.
    • Use the sentences in the study box to help you do these exercises.
      • Choose two of the verbs below to complete the meaning of ‘hold somebody or something up’:

        to  . . . 
        block
        or  . . . 
        delay
        the progress of somebody or something
        • blockcancel
        • controldelay

      • Which of these are grammatically possible?
        • She held the meeting up.
        • She held up the meeting.
        • She held it up.
        • She held up it.
        • The meeting was held up.

    • Find any errors in the following:
      • I holded things up for an hour while I rearranged the furniture.
        check you answer
        I held things up for an hour while I rearranged the furniture.
        • correct
        • incorrect

      • She held everybody up by arguing with the waiter about the bill.
        check you answer
        She held everybody up by arguing with the waiter about the bill.
        • correct
        • incorrect

      • Every time there’s bad weather, the trains are being held up.
        check you answer
        Every time there’s bad weather, the trains are held up.
        • correct
        • incorrect

    • Complete these sentences using one of the words or phrases below and a passive form of ‘hold somebody or something up’:
      • I’m sorry my father is not here,  . . . 
        he has been held up
        in Chicago on business.
        • he has been held up
        • the boat was held up
        • have been held up
        • traffic was held up

      • Sue and the kids are late. They  . . . 
        have been held up
        in traffic.
        • he has been held up
        • the boat was held up
        • have been held up
        • traffic was held up

      • They had enough food for several days in case  . . . 
        the boat was held up
        by gales.
        • he has been held up
        • the boat was held up
        • have been held up
        • traffic was held up

      • Several roads were blocked, and  . . . 
        traffic was held up
        for over an hour.
        • he has been held up
        • the boat was held up
        • have been held up
        • traffic was held up

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