English Writing Exercises for A2 – A holiday blog

Preparation

1. Complete the collocations with the verbs below.

buy      eat      go      go      hire      lie      play      visit

1 _____. for a walk / for a bike ride / on a boat trip

2 _____. souvenirs

3 _____. a castle / a mosque / a museum

4 _____. a car / a kayak / a bike

5 _____. table tennis / beach volleyball

6 _____. abseiling / mountain biking / surfing / shopping / kayaking

7 _____. on a beach

8 _____. out

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1 go   2 buy   3 visit   4 hire   5 play   6 go

7 lie   8 eat

2. Read the blog post. Find two more activities you can add to 1-8 in exercise 1.

7.35 pm    @Sam2020

Having a great time on our cycling tour of Provence in the South of France. We arrived on Saturday after a long journey on the train from London. We’ve cycled about 150 km since Saturday morning and I’m exhausted! Danny is tired too, but he’s fitter than I am. The countryside is beautiful, but there are lots of hills!! The weather has been warm and sunny – maybe a little too hot for me. We’ve stayed at a different place every night so far. Two nights ago we stayed at a farm, and last night we stayed in a small hotel. Staying in a castle tonight, which is amazing! Tomorrow, we’re visiting a lake. It’s quite a long way from here, in the mountains. We’ll stay there all afternoon and go swimming. Looking forward to it! I’ll post again in two days.

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visit a lake, go swimming

Writing Strategy

In informal style (e.g. in emails, blogs and postcards) we can omit sentence subjects / and we.

Must go now!      Wish you were here!

With the present continuous, we can also omit the auxiliaries am and are.

Having a great time in Italy!

However, only do this once or twice in a text. Do not omit every instance of / and we.

3. Read the Writing Strategy. Then find these sentences in the blog post. What word or words did the writer omit from the start?

1   _____. having a great time on our cycling tour ___

2   _____. staying in a castle tonight ___

3   _____. looking forward to it!

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1 I’m / We’re   2 We’re 3 I’m

4. Read the sentences below. Cross out the words which could be omitted to make them more informal.

I wish I could stay here longer!

I’m taking lots of photos to show you.

I’ll see you soon!

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1 Wish I could stay here longer!

2 Taking lots of photos to show you.

3 See you soon!

5. Read the task. The prepare to write your blog post by inventing answers to questions 1-5 below.

You are on holiday with a friend, touring around a country. Write a blog entry with information about:

–  where you are touring and how you are travelling

–  the weather

–  some places you have stayed

–  something you plan to do in the next few days.

1 Where are you touring?

  __________.

  __________.

2 How are you travelling?

  __________.

  __________.

3 What is the weather like?

  __________.

  __________.

4 Where have you stayed?

  __________.

  __________.

5 What are your plans?

     _________.

     _________.

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your own answers

Writing Guide

6. Write your blog post using your notes from exercise 5.

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your own answers

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