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Secrets of the Sexes is a BBC series which delves into our minds to find out how we fall in love and whether science can predict sexual attraction.

In a ground-breaking experiment, a team of scientists orchestrate a unique speed date with a hundred singletons to test their theories - with unexpected results. The scientists analyze our speed-daters bodies, faces, and psychological and social profiles to find out what the key predictors of sexual chemistry really are.

Peter Kerr is a 37-year-old politics lecturer who can never get beyond ship. The scientists believe they can find him the perfect mate where traditional match-making methods have failed.

(Adapted from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/sexsecrets/programmes.shtml)

Reprinted with permission from the BBC (bbc.co.uk)


Video ©BBC (bbc.co.uk)


Task One

Comprehension: Watch the video and answer the following questions.

Task Two

The following words are selected from the video clip, refer to the context of the clip and match the word with its synonym.

Look up the above words in a dictionary. Check through all the meanings you find (it is very common for a word to have more than one meaning) and compare the ones that do not make sense in the context of this video.

Task Three

Fill in the blanks in the following sentences by using the words provided in the box below. Use the correct form of the words to make your choices grammatically correct.

Reference: thefreedictionary.com

Task Four

Vocabulary Extension:

Try replacing the words in the above sentences with their synonym (as provided in Task 2) and decide if they are interchangeable in different circumstances. Consult a dictionary when necessary.

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