In the living room
The living room is a main part of the house. There are many words relating to it. Here are some of the most common words in all.
A Things in the living room
Look at this picture. Here are some things we use in the living room.
B Useful prepositions
The sofa is near the window. Next to the sofa is a small table. The TV is in the corner.
The coffee table is in the middle of the room.
The bookshelf is against the wall.
Where’s the telephone book? Under the small table.
C Things we do in the living room
Every evening I watch television.
Sometimes I listen to the radio or listen to music.
Sometimes I read.
Sometimes I just relax. (= rest and do nothing)
D Things we use
Where is the remote control for the TV?
There’s a reading lamp on the desk.
Close the curtains and switch the light on; it’s getting dark.
Turn the radio off and turn the TV on, please. I want to watch the football.
46.1 Write down the names of …
1 Somewhere you can put books. a bookshelf
2 Somewhere two/three people can sit.
3 Somewhere you can put down your coffee-cup.
4 Something you can look at on the wall.
5 Something for switching the light on/off.
6 Something for listening to music.
7 Something under your feet.
46.2 Choose (a), (b) or (c).
1 If you want to relax, which is the best?
(a) a chair (b) an armchair (c) a sofa
2 If it is dark and you want to read, do you … ?
(a) close the curtains (b) switch on the reading lamp (c) switch off the light
3 If you want to watch a different TV station, do you …?
(a) use the remote control (b) use the power point (c) turn off the TV
46.3 Fill the gaps with the correct prepositions. Look at the picture opposite.
1 …………. the floor there is a carpet.
2 There is a small table………………. the corner. There is a TV ………………… the table.
3 The TV is…………….. the door.
4 The bookshelf is ………………. the wall.
5 The coffee table is ……………. front …………….. the sofa.
46.4 Write about your living room at home. Draw a plan of it first. Describe your furniture (tables, chairs, sofa, etc.). Say where things are (e.g. next to in the corner near etc.). What colour are the walls? Are there any pictures on them? What do you do when you are in your living room?
2 a sofa 5 a light switch
3 a coffee table, a side/small table 6 a CD player/tape recorder
4 a picture 7 a carpet
1 a sofa/an armchair
2 switch on the reading lamp
3 use the remote control
1 On 3 near 5 in … of
2 in; on 4 against
46.4 Possible sentences:
In my living room there is a table, a TV, a desk, a sofa and two armchairs. The TV is near the window, and the sofa is against the wall. The table is in the middle of the room. The walls are white and there are some pictures on them. I like to relax in the living room. In the evening I watch TV there, or listen to music.