People often said that Thierry Boyle was the most boring man in the world. Thierry didn’t know why people thought he was so boring. Thierry thought he was quite interesting.

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Do the Preparation task first. Then go to Text and read the poem or story (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity.

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Comprehension Check

Read the statements about the story and decide if they are true or false.


Task 2


There are 6 sentences from the text in the next exercise. Use the adjective given to complete the sentence, changing it to the comparative or superlative form if necessary (in some sentences it is not necessary).




The setence in the passage"The newspaper wrote back to him telling him that the most valuable stamp in the world cost 2, 240, 000 dollars" Why it is "cost"not"costs"?
Thank you

Hello DoctorHiStreet,

The verb 'cost' is irregular and the past simple form is the same as the present simple form. In this sentence the verb is in the past simple, not the present simple, and so there is no -s needed for the third person.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Thierry becomes the official most boring man in the world.

In the task2 the answer is false. But according to the story the answer must be true. Can you explain?

Hello mitu,

The first question in Task 2 says 'Thierry Boyle thinks he is the most boring man in the world.' That is false. Several times in the story it indicates that Thierry doesn't think he is boring; on the contrary, he thinks he is interesting because he thinks he has an interesting hobby and an interesting job. Therefore the question is false.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi! Thank you for your site .I like it. I need your help,please. What does it mean It wouldn`t do for everyone to be the same.She wanted all people to be the same? It`s another poem, I know,but I couldn`t write my comment in the right place. Sorry. By the way, this story is funny and good.

Hi victoria odessa,

'It wouldn't do for...' means 'it wouldn't be a good thing for...'

I'm glad you like the site!

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The LearnEnglish Team

very funny i want to become like thierry

its good but the appraoch no for me coze i dont like to be boring man i would to be intresting and popular man and bright the my aim and my dream

the most boring man in the world this is very interesting story and i love it seriously I thing he did very well because he never  give up what he wanted and at last he gets  it that should be the way of life you must try and do everything that you could so you reach your goal