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Kurs: -- English - Intermediate

Modul: Reported Speech

Autor: prof. Gordana Matorkić

Naziv jedinice: Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?


Materijali vezani uz ovu lekciju:

- Test is honesty always the best policy?
- Test is honesty always the best policy?
- Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? (PDF dokument)



A thief who dropped a winning lottery ticket at the scene of his crime has been given a lesson in honesty. His victim, who picked up the ticket, then claimed the £25,000 prize, managed to trace him, and handed over the cash.

The robbery happened when math professor Vinico Sabbatucci, 58, was changing a tyre on an Italian motorway. Another motorist, who stopped "to help", stole a suitcase from his car and drove off. While doing this he dropped a lottery ticket he had with him.

The professor found the dropped ticket and stuffed it in his pocket before driving home to Ascoli in eastern Italy.

Next day, he saw the lottery results on TV and, uncrumpling the ticket, realised he was a winner. He claimed the 60 million lire prize.

Then a battle with his conscience began. It lasted for several sleepless weeks. Eventually, he decided he could not keep the money despite having been robbed.

He advertised in newspapers and on radio that he was trying to find the man who had robbed him. He also said that he had 60 million lire for that man - a lottery win. At the bottom of the advertisement he asked the man to meet him and guaranteed him anonymity.

Professor Sabbatucci received hundreds of calls from people hoping to trick him into handing them the cash. But there was one voice he recognized – and he arranged to meet the man in a park.

The robber, a 35-year-old unemployed father of two, gave back the suitcase and burst into tears. He could not believe what was happening. He asked the honest man why he hadn't kept the money.

The professor replied that he couldn't because it wasn't his.

Then he walked off, spurning the thief's offer of a reward.

 

Vocabulary

Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
policy- politika
honesty- iskrenost, poštenje
robbery- pljačka
scene of crime- mesto zločina
tyre- automobilska guma
battle- bitka
conscience- savest
anonymity- anonimnost
pick up- podići, pokupiti
drop- ispustiti
give a lesson- dati lekciju, naučiti pameti
manage to- uspeti da
stuff in- staviti u, strpati u
claim- tražiti, polagati pravo na
trace- ući u trag, pronaći
hand over- predati u ruke, izručiti
drive off- odvesti se
uncrumple- odmotati zgužvano
crumple- zgužvati
advertise- oglasiti, dati oglas
trick- prevariti
burst into tears- briznuti u plač
spurn- odbiti s prezirom
guarantee – garantovati
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
dropped- ispušten
sleepless- bez sna
despite- uprkos

 

Synonyms

Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
policy - procedure, practice, scheme, theory, code
honesty - frankness, openness, sincerity
tyre - tire
battle - fight, conflict
conscience - principles, scruples, moral sense
pick up -  collect
drop - fall, lower
manage to -  succeed
claim -  demand, call for, ask for
trace -  find, track (down), discover, trail, detect
drive off - drive away, drive out
crumple - crush
advertise - announce, publish
trick - deceive
spurn - reject, disregard
guarantee – promise
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
sleepless - restless, insomniac, unsleeping  Despite – in spite of, regardless of

 

Antonyms

Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):

policy- disorganisation

honesty- dishonesty

robbery - return

battle- harmony, peace

pick up- drop, lower

drop- pick up

manage to- disorganise, disarrange

stuff in- unload

claim- reject, quit, stop

trace- lose, miss, neglect

hand over- keep, hold, withhold

uncrumple- crumple

crumple- uncrumple

advertise- disapprove

trick- help, protect

burst into tears- laugh

spurn- accept, admire

guarantee – neglect, deny

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

dropped- picked up

 

 


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