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Groom Philip tells parents his girl is 21 when
she=s really 43
boy Philip Pendlington, 20, is to wed a divorcee of 43 - after fibbing to his
parents that she=s
Philip=s family even sent 21st birthday cards to his
sweetheart Pat Higgings.
now he plans to reveal the truth to his mother Linda 45, and father Mike, 48.
not sure how Philip=s parents will take this.
AThey know we=re getting married and are happy about that. But they think I=m just a youngster like Philip.
not the easiest thing in the world to admit you are virtually the same age as
your new mother-in-law.@
Tyneside couple met in April last year at Newcastle University, where Philip
is on a biology course and Pat is a mature student.
soon started living together in Throckley, Newcastle.
Pat -who has a daughter of 24 from a marriage which ended 13 years ago- feared
that the age gap between her and Philip would upset his parents.
said: AI just wanted them to get to know me as a person
before they found out my age.
AI have dated men my own age. But I find them boring.
Philip keeps me young at heart.@
Philip said: AI=m
a quiet guy. Girls my age expect men to be witty and talk all the time. Pat
just wanted to get to know me.
AI thought that she was about 20. So it was a bit of a
shock when she told me she was almost as old as my mother. I couldn=t help but laugh.@ Pat said: AI
was nervous about telling him my age but it didn=t
seem to make a difference.
AI still felt like a teenager in love, with weak
knees, a pounding heart and all that. I knew he was the one.@
Find words in the text that have the same or similar meaning to the following
Answer the following questions (1.5 points)
Why did Philip fell in love with Pat?
Why does Pat not like men her own age?
Why did Philip lie to his parents?
Rewrite the following sentences without changing the meaning of the original
sentence (1.5 points).
Michael was late for school because he woke up late.
We didn=t sell our car last year and so we didn=t get a new one.
The swimmer drowned because the sea was too rough.
Write the following questions in indirect speech (2 points).
AWhen did the government decide to raise taxes?@ he wondered.
AWhere is the Grand Canyon?@ she asked.
AWhy are these people queuing up?@ he enquired.
AHow far is your house from the centre of town?@ the boy wanted to know.
AWhose book is this?@ she enquired
Write 120 words about this topic: Should marriage be for ever? Would you
marry knowing that you might get divorced? (3 points)