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This happens at an airport. The airport is in Russia’s Far East. A cat lives at the airport. It gets inside a shop.

There is seafood in there. The cat is hungry. It eats some of the seafood. It has a fish and an octopus. The shop owners are unhappy about this. They must throw away a lot of the seafood. This seafood is worth 1,000 dollars.

There is a video of the cat on the Internet. Many people watch it. Some people want to find the cat. They want to take it home.

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1) Thief-noun /θiːf/- a person who steals:

The art gallery was broken into last night, and the thieves got away with two valuable paintings.

The thief had disturbed the documents in her filing cabinet, but nothing had been taken.

It’s said that a barking dog puts off the opportunist thief.

The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests otherwise .

The diamond thief double-crossed his partners and gave them only worthless fake jewels.

2) Happen-verb/ˈhæp.ən/- (of a situation or an event) to have existence or come into existence:

No one knows exactly what happened but several people have been hurt.

Anything could happen in the next half hour.

A funny thing happened in the office today.

I don’t want to think about what might have happened if he’d been driving any faster.

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3) Airport- /ˈeə.pɔːt/-a place where aircraft regularly take off and land, with buildings for passengers to wait in:

an international airport

a military airport

Gatwick Airport

an airport terminal/runway

Security checks have become really strict at the airport.

It’s about two kilometers from the airport to your hotel.

We arrived at the airport just in time to catch the plane.

She had organized a car to meet me at the airport.

As we flew into the airport, we could see a murky yellow smog hovering over the city.

4) Far-adverb /fɑːr/- at, to, or from a great distance in space or time:

How far is it from Australia to New Zealand?

Is the station far away?

She doesn’t live far from here.

He felt lonely and far from home.

One day, perhaps far in/into the future, you’ll regret what you’ve done.

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5) East-noun /iːst/- the direction from which the sun rises in the morning, opposite to the west, or the part of an area or country that is in this direction:

The points of the compass are north, south, east, and west.

Which way is east?

Most of the country, except the east, is rural.

Her home is in the east of France.

The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations forever.

According to the map, the village lies about ten miles to the east of here.

She spent her childhood in the East – mostly in China.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

The transcontinental railway goes from New York in the east to San Francisco in the west.

There will be rain showers in the east.

The climate is cooler in the east of the country.

The army had been positioned to the north and east of the city.

6) Get-verb /ɡet/- to obtain, buy, or earn something:

He went to the store to get some milk.

UK I think she gets about $40,000 a year.

We stopped on the way to get some breakfast.

I managed to get all three suitcases for under $200.

How much did he get for his car? (= How much money did he sell it for?)

Where did you get your shoes from?

I need to buy some new shoes.

I need to go to the supermarket and get some bread.

She purchased a new computer.

Can you just run to the store and pick up some eggs? 

I got quite a surprise when I saw her with short hair.

When did you get the news about Sam?

I got a phone call from Phil last night.

What grade did he get on the exam?

I got the impression that they’d rather be alone.

What did you get for your birthday?

We don’t get much snow (= it does not often snow) here.

managed to get a glimpse of him (= see him for a moment) through the crowds.

If you get a moment (= have time available), could you help me fill in that form?

She gets such pleasure from her garden.

If you can get some time off work, we could finish the decorating.

I can never get her to myself (= be alone with her) because she’s always surrounded by people.

7) Inside-noun /ɪnˈsaɪd/- the part, space, or side of something that is inside:

Did you clean the inside of the car?

The hotel looked shabby from the street, but it was fine on the inside.

the insides of people’s houses

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8) Seafood-noun /ˈsiː.fuːd/- animals from the sea that can be eatenespecially fish or sea creatures with shells

9) hungry-adjective /ˈhʌŋ.ɡri/- wanting or needing food:

By four o’clock I felt/was really hungry.

The children are always hungry when they get home from school.

There are too many hungry people (= people without enough to eat) in the world.

She often goes hungry herself (= does not eat) so that her children can have enough to eat.

Digging the garden is hungry work (= makes you feel hunger).

I think it’s a sin to waste food, when so many people in the world are hungry.

I was hoping there’d be some food – I’m a bit hungry.

The kids kept on about how hungry they were, so their father gave them some biscuits to shut them up.

The baby had a feed an hour ago, so she can’t be hungry.

When our cat is hungry, she starts clawing at my legs.

10) Eat-verb /iːt/- to put or take food into the mouthchew it (= crush it with the teeth), and swallow it:

Do you eat meat?

When I have a cold, I don’t feel like eating.

We usually eat (= have a meal) at about seven o’clock.

11) Some-determiner /sʌm/ – an amount or number of something that is not stated or not known; a part of something:

There’s some cake in the kitchen if you’d like it.

Here’s some news you might be interested in.

We’ve been having some problems with our TV over the last few weeks.

Could you give me some idea of when the construction work will finish?

I have to do some more work before I can go out.

 I’ve just had some chocolate.

Add some fresh parsleyfinely chopped.

I need to get some fresh air to clear my head .

Steven gave me some good advice.

We had some friends round for dinner on Saturday.

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12) Have-auxiliary verb /hæv/ – used with the past participle of other verbs to form the present perfect and past perfect:

I’ve heard that story before.

Diane’s already gone.

John hasn’t phoned.

I haven’t visited London before.

Have you seen Roz?

Has she been invited?

They still hadn’t had any news when I spoke to them yesterday.

formal Had I known (= if I had known) you were coming, I’d have booked a larger room. 

Talks between management and unions have collapsed.

House prices have come down recently.

Lots of people have complained about the noise.

Many miners have suffered from the effects of coal dust in their lungs.

I could never have achieved this without the encouragement of my husband and family.

13) Fish-noun /fɪʃ/-

14) Octopus-noun/ˈɒk.tə.pəs/-

15) Owner-noun /ˈəʊ.nər/- someone who owns something:

Are you the owner of this car?

We still haven’t found the dog’s owner.

16) Unhappy-adjective /ʌnˈhæp.i/ – sad or not satisfied:

That’s enough to make anyone unhappy.

an unhappy marriage

I was very unhappy with the service.

17) Must-modal verb /mʌst/ –  used to show that it is necessary or very important that something happens in the present or future:

Meat must be cooked thoroughly.

I must get some sleep.

You mustn’t show this letter to anyone else.

Luggage must not be left unattended (= it is against the rules).

formal Must you leave so soon?

formal “Must I sign this?” “Yes, you must.”

18) Throw-verb /θrəʊ/- to send something through the air with forceespecially by a sudden movement of the arm:

My friend threw the ball back over the fence.

The coat was thrown over the back of the chair.

She threw herself into a chair, exhausted.

The rider was thrown as the horse jumped the fence.

He threw a punch at (= hit) his attacker.

19) Away-adverb /əˈweɪ/- somewhere else, or to or in a different place, position, or situation:

Ms. Watson is away on vacation until the end of the week.

Keep/Stay away from him.

Just go away and leave me alone!

The sight was so horrible that I had to look/turn away.

The recent flood has swept away the footbridge.

I’ve given away all my old clothes to charity.

UK Would you like your burger to eat in or take away? 

The police went after him but he got away.

The couple next door moved away last year.

He made a sudden movement and frightened the bird away.

He looked away from the computer screen to rest his eyes.

The letter blew away and I had to run after it.

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20) worth-adjective /wɜːθ/ having a particular value, especially in money:

Our house is worth $200,000.

Heroin worth about $5 million was seized

“I paid $2,000 for this car.” “You’ve been had, buddy. It’s not worth more than $1,000.”

Thieves broke the store window and carried off jewelry worth thousands of dollars.

Buying those shares was a very far-sighted move – they must be worth ten times their original value now.

Any painting by Van Gogh is worth a fortune.

The country exports goods worth $600 million per annum.

21) Find-verb /faɪnd/- to discoverespecially where a thing or person is, either unexpectedly or by searching, or to discover where to get or how to achieve something:

I’ve just found a ten-dollar bill in my pocket.

I couldn’t find Andrew’s phone number.

You’ll find the knives and forks in the left-hand drawer.

Researchers are hoping to find a cure for the disease.

 Has he found himself a place to live yet?

 She was found unconscious and bleeding.

The study found that men who were married lived longer than those who were not.

Do you think they’ll ever find a way of bringing peace to the region?

We’re really struggling to find (= get) enough money to pay the rent.

After years of abuse from her husband, she eventually found the courage to leave him.

I wish I could find (the) time to do more reading.

22) Take-verb /teɪk/ to remove something, especially without permission:

Has anything been taken (= stolen)?

Here’s your pen – I took it by mistake.

All her possessions had been taken from her.

The Cat Thief-level 2

Level 1 — Level 3

This happened at an airport in Russia’s Far East. A cat got inside a shop and ate some of the shop’s seafood. The cat ate some fish, smoked squid and even a dried octopus. The whole fish counter had to be thrown away because of sanitary rules. This amount of seafood was worth 1,000 dollars.

The ginger cat can be seen sometimes at the airport, but it may have a new home soon. A lot of people have seen the Internet video of the cat and would like to adopt it.

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1) Happen-verb /ˈhæp.ən/- (of a situation or an event) to have existence or come into existence:

No one knows exactly what happened but several people have been hurt.

Anything could happen in the next half hour.

funny thing happened in the office today.

I don’t want to think about what might have happened if he’d been driving any faster.

 I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to him (= if he was hurtbecame ill, or died).

What happened to your jacket? There’s a big rip in the sleeve.

What’s happened to my pen? (= Where is it?) I put it down there a few moments ago.It is frightening to think what might happen if she left him.

I could tell from her expression that something serious had happened.

The police showed him a photo to try to jog his memory about what had happened on the night of the robbery.

I cannot predict what will happen next year.

“Do you remember much about the accident?” “No, it all happened so suddenly.”

2) squid-noun  /skwɪd/-

3) Ginger-noun /ˈdʒɪn.dʒɚ/-

4) Dry-adjective /draɪ/ – used to describe something that has no water or other liquid in, on, or around it:

hung his wet trousers on the radiator, but they’re not dry yet.

These plants grow well in dry soil/a dry climate.

This cake’s a bit dry – I think I left it in the oven for too long.

5)adopt-verb /əˈdɑːpt/ – to legally take another person’s child into your own family and take care of him or her as your own child:

They’ve adopted a baby girl.

She had the child adopted (= she gave her baby to someone else to take care of).

They have no children of their own, but they’re hoping to adopt.

The Cat Thief-level 3

Level 1 — Level 2

It’s the cat that’s got the cream, if cream is 1,000 dollars worth of seafood! This little fella went on a massive sea food binge, as he scoured this shop at an airport in Russia’s Far East.

And this moggie was not picky. The cat had a go at the dried flounder, smoked squid and even tried the dried octopus.

This cat burglar is no stranger to food crime – locals say they’ve seen the homeless ginger moggie before, coming in and having a bite to eat and This time, the shop owners had to write off the entire fish counter because of sanitary rules.

This amateur video has now been viewed online more than half a million times, and some people have been asking how they can find the cat to give it a home. For now, airport officials are keeping an eye out for the feline. Just in case the fishy heaven proves too much of a draw again.

1) Massive-adjective /ˈmæs.ɪv/- very large in size, amount, or number:

They have a massive house.

She died after taking a massive overdose of drugs.

If the drought continuesdeaths will occur on a massive scale.

2) Binge-noun /bɪndʒ/- an occasion when an activity is done in an extreme way, especially eatingdrinking, or spending money:

drinking/eating/spending binge

He went on a five day drinking binge.

3) Scour-verb /skaʊər/ – to remove dirt from something by rubbing it hard with something rough:

You’ll have to scour out those old cooking pots before you use them.

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4) Picky-adjective /ˈpɪk.i/- Someone who is picky is very careful about choosing only what they like:

The children are such picky eaters.

Big companies can afford to be picky about who they hire.

5) Burglar-noun /ˈbɜː.ɡlər/ -a person who illegally enters buildings and steals thingsIt was brave of you to chase after the burglar.

The burglar had left his fingerprints all over the window.

No household security devices will protect you against the determined burglar.

The burglars disabled the alarm and used a glass cutter to break into the house.

The burglars have been arrested but the jewelry is still missing.

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