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The Ape and the Fox
Music: Muzio Clementi
A valuable lesson when dealing with practised liars.

ONCE upon a time, a fox and an ape were travelling the same road, and passed through a cemetery.

The ape waved a leathery hand towards the rows of headstones. “All these” he said “mark the last resting place of slaves given their freedom by my ancestors”.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Though. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Witness. Pick. Mark.

Use together in one sentence: Towards. Passed. Carefully.

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The Bald Lover
Music: Benjamin Britten
A man’s mid-life crisis leaves him a little ... exposed.

A MAN had reached a time of life when he was no longer young, nor was he exactly old, but somewhere in between, with silver among the black of his hair.

He still kept a busy party diary, and had lost his head over two ladies, one young, and one of more mature years.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Among. Between.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Reach. Want. Look.

Use together in one sentence: Among. Nor. Playful.

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The Hare and the Tortoise
Music: Muzio Clementi
One had natural talent but no discipline, the other had discipline but no natural talent.

ONCE upon a time, the hare made fun of the tortoise for his horny feet. ‘I would still beat you in a race’ the tortoise replied, ‘fleet of foot though you be.’

‘Words, just words!’ laughed the hare. ‘But by all means put it to the test, and see for yourself.’

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Reach. Rest. Course.

Use together in one sentence: Still. East. Moment.

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Belling the Cat
Music: Sir Arthur Sullivan
A council of mice comes up with a plan to outsmart the Cat, but volunteers are a bit thin on the ground.

LONG ago, the Mice gathered in anxious council to debate how they could best defend themselves against their great enemy, the Cat.

After a great deal of excited squeaking, one Mouse addressed the assembly with statesmanlike gravity.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Plan. Bell. Address.

Use together in one sentence: Awkward. Squeak. All.

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The Fox and the Bramble
Music: George Frideric Handel
A fox tries to save herself from a fall, but finds she would have been better off taking the tumble.

A VIXEN who was clambering over a fence found herself slipping, so to avoid a fall she reached out and grabbed at a nearby bush. But the bush was a bramble, and it cut her paws and made them bleed.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Nature. Nurture.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Show. Find. Make.

Use together in one sentence: Clamber. Find. Nature.

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The Fox and the Grapes
Music: Edward German
Some people disparage what they can’t have.

A FOX was padding about a vineyard in the mountains, when he spotted some bunches of grapes hanging from a trellis.

He scampered over to them, as they were ripe and deep black, harvested in peak condition by someone who knew his business.

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Adapted from textbooks used in Grammar Schools and Secondary Moderns from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Reach. Pick. Bunch.

Use together in one sentence: Bunch. Deep. People.

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