By the book
'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards. If you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) - American president
Comprehension: Book nouns
What is ...?
1 a book token
a. a book which someone gives you as a present that you know you will never read
b. a card worth a certain amount of money which is given as a present, and which can be used to buy books
2 a closed book
a. a book which you have found very difficult to read
b. a subject about which you know absolutely nothing
3 a coffee-table book
a. a large, expensive book full of pictures that is intended to be looked at rather than read
b. a paperback book that gives you recipes for hot drinks from around the world
4 a log book
a. an official document or register used for the purpose of recording information
b. a reference book that helps you identify different types of trees
5 an open book
a. a person you know so well you can always tell what they are thinking or feeling
b. an author's debut novel
In which book would you ...
1 look for a recipe to make chocolate cake?
2 look up facts about the second world war?
3 check off the list of goods that are due to be delivered to your shop tomorrow?
4 write your name and address when you stay at a small hotel or a message when you go to a wedding?
5 check how to score in a game of tennis?
a a guest book
b a recipe book
c a reference book
d a rule book
e an order book
What do these verb phrases mean?
1 to do something by the book
a. to read a book that you are enjoying very quickly
b. to do something exactly as the rules tell you
2 to bring somebody to book
a. to punish somebody and make them explain their behaviour
b. to read a child a story before they go to sleep
3 to take a leaf out of somebody's book
a. to copy someone's actions because they produce good results
b. to damage a book that does not belong to you
4 to know every trick in the book
a. to be experienced and know every possible way of doing something
b. to perform a magic show at a children's party
What did he say?
Your friend has used these sentences. What did he mean?
1 You can't judge a book by its cover.
a. You can't tell what a person is like by simply looking at their appearance.
b. You can't tell what something tastes like until it is cooked.
2 That's the oldest trick in the book.
a. That is a very funny trick to play on someone you don't like.
b. That is not a very good way of tricking someone because it has been used so many times before.
3 Why have you always got your nose in a book?
a. Why are you always blowing your nose?
b. Why are you always reading?
4 You should throw the book at him.
a. You should severely punish him.
b. You should forgive him completely.
5 In my book, you were very rude.
a. There was no need to be so rude.
b. In my opinion, you were very rude.
Book nouns: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a
Which book?: 1. b, 2. c, 3. e, 4. a, 5. d
Book verbs: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a
What did he say?: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b