4000 Essential English Words 3 Paul Nation
Unit 30 Word List
An appliance is a piece of equipment used for jobs in the home.
→ Many homes have appliances like ovens, toasters and refrigerators.
A basin is large bowl for washing things. A sink is sometimes called a basin.
→ She filled the basin with water and washed her face.
A broom is a brush with a long handle used for cleaning floors.
→ My father usually uses a broom to sweep away dust in the basement.
A caterpillar is a small insect that looks like a worm and eats plants.
→ After eating a lot of leaves, caterpillars change into butterflies.
A cupboard is a piece of furniture that is used to store food or household items.
→ We put all of our dishes and food in the cupboards.
If something or someone is delicate, they are easy to break or harm.
→ You should hold the baby carefully because she's very delicate.
To emerge from something means to come out of it.
→ The hand suddenly emerged from the grave.
A handicap is a condition that limits someone's mental or physical abilities.
→ Joe has a slight handicap, so he uses a walker to get around.
A hook is a sharp curved piece of metal used for catching or holding things.
→ The fish went after the sharp hook.
To hop means to jump a short distance.
→ The kangaroo quickly hopped away from danger.
Laundry is clothes that have been or need to be washed.
→ He folded the clean laundry and put the dirty laundry in a basket.
To pursue someone or something is to chase or follow them.
→ The mother pursued her young child down the hill.
If someone is reluctant, they do not want to do something.
→ She was reluctant to eat the meager breakfast.
Sleeves are the part of a shirt where your arms go.
→ Ryan bought a new shirt with long sleeves to keep his arms warm.
The spine is the bone that runs up and down the middle of the back.
→ Our spine helps us to stand up nice and straight.
A stain is a dirty mark that is difficult to clean.
→ He had a red stain on the collar of his shirt.
A strip is a long, narrow piece of material or land.
→ He had long strips of film that held images of his trip abroad.
To swear means to promise to do something.
→ I will put my hand on the Bible and swear to do my best for the country.
To swing something means to move it back and forth or from side to side.
→ He can swing a golf club very powerfully.
To utilize something means to use it for a specific purpose.
→ They utilized a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon.
The Kitten and the Caterpillar
Katie the kitten liked to play. One day, Cory the caterpillar emerged from a hole in the wall while Katie was playing in the living room.
Hey! Katie yelled. "Do you want to play with me?"
Cory was reluctant. He said, "I'd rather not play with you. I have several handicaps. My body is very delicate. Your claws are as sharp as hooks. You might cut me. Plus, I have no bones, not even a spine. You could easily hurt me."
I swear that I won't hurt you, Katie said.
No, I don't want to, he said again. He hopped from the wall, but Katie pursued him.
Cory ran into the kitchen and into the cupboard, but Katie chased closely behind. Katie knocked appliances to the floor. Plates fell into the sink and broke in the basin.
Then he ran into a bedroom. Some laundry was on the floor. Cory hid under a shirt, but Katie saw him. She jumped on the shirt. Her paws left stains on the cloth, and her claws ripped the sleeves into strips.
However, Cory escaped. He utilized a small crack in the floor to hide. But Katie saw him.
Now you are trapped! said Katie.
Cory tried to avoid Katie's claws. He moved his body as far into the hole as possible. He didn't know how he'd get out of the hole.
Just then, Katie's owner came home. She saw that the house was a mess. She took a broom and swung it at Katie. She chased Katie out of the house.
Cory was safe, and Katie was left outside because she didn't listen to the wishes of others.