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TESTS: TEST II ON VARIOUS GRAMMATICAL PROBLEMS

I. German "seit" English "since" or "for". Decide which one is correct for below phrases.

......1982, ..... six months, .....last night, ..... a long time, ....., this morning,.... twenty minutes, ......three days, ..... the last week, .....last week, ..... their mother's death, she died, .... the break, ..... they've had a new car, ..... thousands of years, ages, ..... half an hour, ..... two weeks, ..... the last few days


II. Simple present or present progressive?
Fill in the gaps with a present simple or progressive form, using the verbs given in brackets. Be careful with the word order in questions.

I. We usually ...............(go) to the seaside in August, but this year we ...............(spend) our holidays in Bavaria.
2.What you ............... (read)? Oh, a western. I never .................. (read) westerns.
3.Tim .............. (go) to school? Or isn't he old enough yet?
4.Mary can't help you just now. She .................... (type) an important letter.
5.We ................. (buy) all our fruit and vegetables at the market, because they are fresher there.
6.My parents ..................(come) on Friday for the weekend. They always ...(come) at Easter.
7.Whenever Joe ..................(visit) his grandmother, he .................(take) her some flowers.
8.Tell Billy I want him. He ..................(play) in the garden.


III. Pair each of the numbered sentences with a) or b) .

1. He has a party for all his friends
2. He's having a party for all his friends
a) on Saturday.
b) on his birthday every year.
3. He's going to see his grandmother
4. He goes to see his grandmother
a) this afternoon.
b) on Wednesdays.


IV. Simple past or past progressive?
Fill in the gaps in the text, using the verbs given in brackets.

Early on December 5th, 1872, which................ (1. be) a line, cold, clear day, a British sailing ship ....................... (2. cross) the Atlantic.
On board, a sailor who ............... (3. clean) the deck suddenly..............(4. notice) something far away on the water.
He ................(5. suppose) it was another ship. A little later, while he ............... (6. wash) the last bit of the deck, he .................... . (7. look) up again.
It was a ship, but there was something unusual about her: no-one ................... (8. steer) her, he was sure, so he .................... (9. put away) his bucket and ..................... (10. call) the captain, who .......................(11. sleep) in his cabin.
When the captain ......................(12. come) on deck, most of the sailors .................. (13. watch) the strange ship to which they ..................... (14. get) quite close now, close enough for them to see that she 'was an American ship called the 'Mary Celeste'.
The captain ... (15. shout) her name, but no-one ... (16. reply).


V. Simple past or present perfect?
Fill in the gaps in the following text, using the verbs given in brackets.

Tom ................ (l. write) to Joe last week, but he ................. (2. not receive) an answer yet. In the letter he ................... (3. ask) Joe whether he could stay with him when he is in London next week for an interview with the British Papermaking Company.
Poor Tom .................(4. not he able to) lind a job since leaving university last June. He ................ (5. apply) for nearly thirty jobs meanwhile, but he ................ (6. have) no luck so far.
In October he even ................. (7. answer) an advertisement for a typing job, but without success - they ..................(8. tell) him he had too many qualifications!
However, Tom ................ (9. not give up) hope, and so he ................. (10. borrow) several books about papermaking from the public library to read before next week's interview.
VI. Simple past or past perfect?
Fill in the gaps, using a simple form of the verbs given in brackets.

1. When I .................(arrive) home last night, my wife was out, hut she .................(leave) a meal for me in the oven.
2.Last month I .................(go) to Bilston to look after my father for a few days. He .................(not have) a good meal since my mother ......................... (go) to hospital.
3.he Watsons ...............(not live) here very long when Mrs Watson ...................(become) ill.
4.The house was no longer there. It ......................(burn) down two years before.
5.I went out to get my bike from the shed, but I .................. ( have) to go back again, because I ................(forget) the key.
6.We had supper early. We ................... (he) very hungry, because we ................... (have) nothing to eat since breakfast.
7.The police came into the pub and ..................(arrest) the man. He ..................... (break) a shop window nearby.
8.He ..................(work) for the firm for only two years when he ..................(become) manager.
9.Andrew ....................(introduce) me to his wife, not realizing that we .................. (meet) at the last office party.


VII. Mixed Tenses
Fill in the gaps in the story, using the verbs given in brackets in a simple or progressive form. Be careful with the word order.

On a Greek Island
In the early evening we decided to take a walk down to the harbour to watch Mc island ferry come in. It was still fine and sunny, but by now a cool wind ...................... (1. blow ) in from the sea, making the temperature very pleasant. We ....................(2. walk) past the little cafe where we ..................(3. have) lunch a few hours before, when I ...................... (4. realize) that I ....................(5. forge() to bring my camera.
"Oh Andrew, I ...................(6. leave) my camera at the hotel!" I exclaimed. I ................ "Never mind, I ...................(7. go) back for it," Andrew said. "Where I ....................... (8. find) it exactly?"
"I expect I .................... (9. put) it on the table when we ......................(10. get) back from the beach this afternoon." I replied. -
"Are you sure, Margaret?" Andrew asked. "I ................... (11. not remember) seeing it there. In fact, I ..................... (12. not see) it at all since you ... ..................... (13. take) some pictures of the little boy with the two dogs on the beach.
You remember - there were two men there, too. They ..................... (14. stand) at the edge of the water, and they .................. (15. chase) the child with the dogs away. When they .......................(16. notice) us, they ........................(17. turn) their backs."



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