PTE writing practice papers-summarize written text passages 82

Read the passages below and summarize them using one sentence in not more than 75 words(30-35 words). Type your response in the comment section at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish each passage. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

1.At first, it was little more than a trickle. For a long time the Norman conquerors did not mix much with their Saxon subjects. There are plenty of indications of this; for the languages, too, moved side by side in parallel channels. The custom of having one name for a live beast grazing in the field and another for the same beast, when it is killed and cooked, is often supposed to be due to our English squeamishness and hypocrisy. Whether or not the survival of this custom through ten centuries is due to the national characteristics in question it would be hard to say, but they have certainly nothing to do with its origin.

That is a much more blame-less affair. For the Saxon neatherd who had spent a hard day tending his oxen, sheep, calves and swine, probably saw little enough of the beef, mutton, veal, pork and bacon, which were gobbled at night by his Norman masters. There is something a little pathetic, too, in the thought that the homely old word, stool, could be used to express any kind of seat, however magnificent, until it was, so to speak, hustled into the kitchen by the smart French chair. Even the police, however, continued to use the old word in the idiom ‘to fall between two stools’.

RELATED LINKS:

WRITE RESPONSE IN COMMENT SECTION

MORE PRACTICE LINKS:

How to improve reading in PTE Academic exam

4 comments

  1. Took me more than 10 minutes but still not sure if correct or not, therefore require valuable ADMIN comments.

    Same subject but different names depending on its state of use, the custom had been set up by Norman conquerors during the first ten centuries and continued till now despite dubious national characterstics.

  2. The contribution of NSW taxi network services not only confined to public transport needs but to state economy also which operate with call centres to ensure booking, safety and regulatory standards with regular inspection.

  3. Norman and Saxon usage of english words has no relation with the origin of customs as differences are clearly visible in their usages for living and dead animals, moreover, particularly the usage of the word stool instead of chair.

  4. Norman and Saxon usage of English words has no relation with the origin of customs as differences are clearly visible in their usages for living and dead animals, moreover, particularly usage of word stool instead of chair.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.