Task 1 - Complete the gaps with the correct word.
Missing words: affected, declared, suspended, cancelled, downgraded, banned
New York City and other areas in the north-east US have shut down, with forecasters warning residents to expect "crippling" amounts of snow.
Forecasters say Winter Storm Juno could dump up to 76cm (30ins) in some parts of New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire.
All non-emergency vehicles were 1.________ in New York City from 23:00 on Monday (04:00 GMT Tuesday) and subway services were 2._________. Similar measures were in place in Boston, Massachusetts.
Some 60 million people may be 3._________.
An emergency has been 4._________ in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Boston, which is forecast to receive some of the highest snowfalls, has also suspended public transport and car travel.
However, some meteorologists in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have 5._________ their snowfall predictions, saying there has been less snowfall than initially forecast.
At least one winter storm warning in New Jersey has been 6.________.
(BBC news, 27th January 2015)
Task 2 - In news reports, the passive tense is often used. In task 1 you completed the text with 6 past participle verbs. Five of these are part of passive constructions. Which answer is not a passive structure?
To review the passive tense, see my blog post on 5th January 2015 and book a Skype lesson to practise the passive in conversation.