Smoking is one of the most common and deadliest habits in the world. You have probably seen thousands of cigarettes smoked in your lifetime, (1) ... perhaps not by your family. Even though fewer people smoke today than in the past, one (2) ... every four adults still smokes, and there are parts of the world where smoking is increasing. Most people who become regular smokers started when they were young. This is the time to get the facts straight: smoking does no one (3) ... good, and it does a great (4) ... of harm to your health. It also often means giving up a lot later in life, such as the chance to excel in sports, extra spending money, and even years of one’s life. There is a lot of to lose. Most smokers have a hard time explaining why they started – and why they continue. They know it is harmful, and many even know someone who has died from a smoking-related illness, like lung cancer or heart disease. But (5) ... the same time, these smokers continue lighting up when they go out for a drink, take a break from work, or hear alarming news. Some smokers even light up when they learn about the dangers of smoking, because they become worried. (6) ... the reason people start smoking, the habit soon loses (7) ... attraction. (8) ... from the obvious health risks, smoking is an ugly, unpleasant habit. Most people would prefer to avoid a room that someone was filling with smelly smoke.
|Used to add a statement that balances or reduces the effect of what you have just said:
I felt he was wrong, although I didn't say so at the time.
|Used to introduce the second part of a comparison: She's older than me.|
|Used between a smaller number and a larger number to say how common or how likely something is:
One in 10 homes now has cable TV.
|Used to show that something exists or happens: There are two people waiting outside.|
|Used to talk about a particular place: This is the town where I was born.|
|The one that; the ones that: The man who (that) telephoned was a friend of mine.|
| Used to emphasize an adjective or adverb in negative sentences or questions, meaning 'at all':
He wasn't any good at French.
|PHRASE||A GREAT DEAL OF|
|A large quantity of something = A LOT:
He spent a great deal of money on the car.
|Used to introduce one or more examples: Wild flowers such as primroses are becoming rare.|
|Used with past participles to form perfect tenses: He has already finished.|
|Used to show that you are talking about someone or something that has not been mentioned before, or that your listener does not know about: She's got a problem.|
|IDIOM||AT THE SAME TIME|
|Used to introduce a contrasting fact, etc. that must be considered:
You have to be firm, but at the same time you should try and be sympathetic.
|Used to tell someone that it is very important that they do a particular thing, or do not do it:
Whatever you do, slow down and take your time.
|Belonging to or connected with a thing, an animal or a baby:
The hotel has its own pool.
|In addition to; as well as:
Apart from their house in London, they also have a villa in Spain