Task 2. Use substitution for verbs and clauses and complete the text with the words from the list. (9 points)
“Do you dream of being the next J. K. Rowling?” The large print in the advert caught my eye as the train picked up speed. We have all (1) ..., haven’t we? I couldn’t make out the rest of the advert before it disappeared from sight, and I don’t pass through that station regularly. But a good friend (2) ...! So I asked him to find out what it was about when he next used the train. A few days later he (3) ..., and he sent me the website address of a distance-learning creative writing course.
I thought about it, I hesitated, but eventually I sent off for the details and then read them voraciously when they arrived. Did I really want to commit my time to doing this course? I (4) ..., but I wondered if I was being silly. I mean, why should a 65-year-old retired accountant study creative writing? Who starts a new career at that age? “Mary Wesley (5) ...,” said my friend, “and she published several novels before she died. Apply for it – you have to (6) ..., I think. (7)..., you will regret it for the rest of your life.”
That was all the encouragement I needed. The next day I phoned the college and enrolled for the next course, starting after the summer in late September, just two weeks from now. The course materials arrived in August. I think they look really good, and (8) ... my children, both of whom have been to university. I can’t wait to start working on the assignments, and getting my tutor’s comments, and when I (9) ..., I will know whether I am likely to be the next J. K. Rowling or not!