A Soldier’s Lie – reading comprehension


Once a soldier asked his commanding officer for a day’s leave to attend his sister’s wedding.

The officer asked him to wait outside the door for a few minutes while he considered the request.

The officer then called the soldier back in and said, „You are a liar. I’ve just phoned your sister and she told me she’s already married.“

„Well, sir, you’re an even bigger liar,“ the soldier replied, „because I don’t even have a sister.“

Vocabulary Practice
Mark the best choice:
1. ‘Leave’ here means ……
a. going out from a place
b. one part of a tree
c. permission to be absent from work
d. asking a person for some money
2. To ‘attend’ here means to …
a. take care of
b. pay for
c. be present at
d. look at

Questions for Discussion
1. Why did the soldier tell the officer a lie?
2. Why did the officer tell the soldier a lie?
3. Can you remember telling such lies?


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