Now you are to decide if, according to the text and / or your knowledge, the statement is true or false. In either case, do not content yourselves with saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’, ‘true’ or ‘false’. Be careful: some statements are partly true (partly false).
Remember: you are not going to retell a piece of the test. You are supposed to discuss certain points. You may have to argue with your partner. Make your statement well argumented and convincing. Use facts, names, dates, etc.for this purpose. Also use some suitable conversational formulas.
A. Saying something is correct.
That's quite right / correct.
Yes, you’re quite right.
That’s quite true.
Saying something is not correct.
I`m afraid that is not quite correct.
I`m not sure you`re right…
I` I’m afraid you are mistaken here. ___________________________
As far as I know, …
In 'my opinion, …
To 'my mind, …
That’s quite true.
I (fully) agree...
I couldn’t agree more.
I don’t think that’s right.
I’m afraid I disagree with …
I can’t agree with …
Saying you partly agree
I see your point, but ...
I see what you mean, but
Yes, but on the other hand ...
C. Asking if someone is sure
Are you quite sure?
Do you really think?
Saying you are sure D. Saying you are wrong
I’m quite certain / sure ...
I’ve no doubt (about) ...
Certainly. Yes, perhaps, I’m wrong there.
You may well be right.
Yes, I must admit you’re right.
– Columbus had been planning to open up a sea route to India, but he sailed in the wrong direction and failed to achieve his aim.
– I see what you mean, but I can’t agree with you.
Firstly, he knew that the Earth was round, and he didn’t doubt he would reach Asia. So he sailed in the right direction. Magellan, Drake and other navigators proved it in the 16th century.
Secondly, nobody thought at that time that there was an unknown continent in the west. We can excuse Columbus for mistaking it for India.
And thirdly, Columbus made a big mistake. But he also made the greatest geographical discovery – new continents are not discovered too often. Captain James Cook finely proved that Australia was a continent in 1770, nearly 300 years after Columbus. The last continent, Antarctica, was discovered by Russian Captain Faddei Bellinshausen in 1819.
a) – In 1783, at last, the United States became officially recognized as an independent nation.
– Quite so. The War of Independence was actually over in October 1781, when a large British army surrendered at Yorktown in Virginia. But the peace talks lasted quite long, and the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783. That was when Britain officially recognized her former colonies as an independent nation. b) – The United States found itself in a difficult situation and was about to rejoin Britain.
– Do you really think so? Certainly, the United States faced a lot of difficulties. In addition, each state behaved like an independent country. Nevertheless, neither the common people, nor their leaders wanted to go back to the British Empire. The leaders were, in fact, thinking of consolidating the nation.