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(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • The London underground is called 'the tube'.
  • Its lines are marked with different colours on the map.



  • Normal London buses are red double-deckers.
  • There are no conductors on buses in Britain.



  • You mustn't stand on the top of an English double-decker.
  • But you might be allowed to smoke there.



  • There are no bus lanes in English towns.
  • There are no trams in the centre of London.



  • The English never stand in a queue at a bus stop.
  • Red singledecker express buses in London are called Red Arrows.



  • Green Line buses are useful for people who live a little way out of London.
  • Underground fares in London don't depend on the distance you want to cover.



  • Going by bus is usually more expensive than taking a train in England.
  • There are no weekly tickets available for the public in London.



  • 'Moving stairs' are called escalators in English.
  • You can buy tickets from slot machines at a tube station in London.



  • Buses and trains must always stop at a request stop.
  • The pavement is called 'sidewalk' in American English.



  • 'Subway' means 'underground' in American English.
  • A subway crossing is much safer than a zebra crossing. (If criminals are not concerned.)



  • British local buses don't run on Sundays and bank holidays.
  • A ticket inspector is also called 'traffic warden'.



  • A traffic warden in Britain is a person who controls the parking of cars.
  • He (or she) doesn't wear a uniform and has no right to fine you.



  • You never pay anything in a seaside car park in England.
  • There are streets in London where cars are not allowed to enter.



  • There is no right hand law in Britain.
  • Road signs and lines painted on the road always tell you when to give way.



  • You won't be fined if you break the speed limit in Britain.
  • You needn't take a driving test when you have your driving licence renewed.



  • When you've run out of petrol, you'll have to have the tank filled up.
  • 'Petrol' is called 'gasoline' (or 'gas') in American English.



  • You'd better turn the ignition key if you want to start the engine.
  • You shouldn't release the hand-brake if you want to move off very fast.



  • Your car won't move off unless you release the clutch.
  • 'Step on the gas' means 'push down the accelerator pedal' or 'speed up'.



  • A car has a horn, bumpers, headlights - but no dashboard or windscreen.
  • You needn't necessarily go to a garage when you've got flat tyres.



  • It might be useful to have a spare can when you take a longer trip by car.
  • You're not allowed to do a U-turn in a cul-de-sac (blind alley).



  • You never see the rear lights of a car in front of you on a motorway.
  • Pushing down the brake will turn on your stoplights.



  • It's useful to study the Highway Code if you want to take a driving test.
  • There are no self-service filling stations in Britain.



  • You never fill up your radiator with water, but you often oil it.
  • The driver of a car usually sits behind the steering wheel.



  • The spare wheel and a kit of tools can be put into the boot of your car.
  • 'Boot' is called 'trunk' in American English.



  • 'Pedestrian crossing' means the same as 'level crossing'.
  • A hole in the tyre is called 'puncture'. ('Flat' in American English.)



  • You 'get in' a car, but you 'get on' a bus.
  • This is because buses didn't use to have a door.



  • You shouldn't ask a policeman if you can't find a place in England.
  • House numbers in London are not always in a logical order.



  • You usually tip a bus conductor on a longer trip in Britain.
  • You can't find trams in many towns in England.



  • There is no speed limit on a British motorway at night.
  • It may happen that you can't find a filling station within 30 miles.



  • The sign 'no services on motorway' warns you not to run out of petrol.
  • There are usually three lanes on a British motorway.



  • A taxi-driver often says, 'Fares please!'
  • When the lower deck is packed, the bus conductor will say, 'Full up inside.'



  • You might ask the taxi-driver, 'What does the meter say?'
  • Taxis in London are black and old-fashioned but rather reliable cars.



  • There is no amber light after the red in England (just like in France).
  • Flyovers are only for pedestrians in Britain.



  • Smoking is sometimes allowed on the upper deck of buses in Britain.
  • It's because the upper deck used to be open, i.e. it didn't have a roof.



  • Taking the underground can be much faster than taking a taxi in town.
  • Ticket machines are not always things that coins are dropped into.



  • A van is a large lorry with three pairs of wheels.
  • A junction is a place where two or more roads meet.



  • A roundabout is a circular enclosure at a road junction.
  • It causes any traffic to go round instead of going directly across.



  • The American equivalent of 'roundabout' is 'traffic circle'.
  • 'Roundabout' can also mean the same as 'merry-go-round'.



  • A subway is an underground passage for pedestrians to cross a road.
  • The underground is called 'subway' in American English.



  • You can travel for free on certain conditions in Britain if you're older than sixty.
  • 'Taking s short cut' is the opposite of 'going a long way round'.


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