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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Verb Tenses, Test 16



Part A.
Directions: In each of these sentences and questions, put the verb in the form of the past perfect continuous tense.

1. Before he was a cook, Kevin -------------------------------- at a golf course as a caddy. (work)

2. Samantha ----------------------------------- on a big refund during tax season, but she didn't get it. (count)

3. People in Minnesota ----------------------------- forward to the Vikings playing in the Super bowl, but they lost the final game in the playoffs. (look)

4. Maria divorced her husband, Phil, because he ---------------------enough time with her. (spend-- negative)

5. We -------------------------------- to move to California, but then we reconsidered our decision due to all of the natural disasters that haven taken place there over the last decade. (plan) 

Part B.
Directions: Choose between the present perfect continuous tense or the past perfect continuous tense.

1. Oscar has been working / had been working at the same restaurant for the last ten years.

2. Daniel was fired last year because he has been stealing / had been stealing from the company he worked for.

3. A construction company has been clearing / had been clearing the land for a new office building since last year.

4. Sara has been feeling / had been feeling sick until she visited the doctor.

5. David has been going / had been going through cancer treatment before he was cured.

6. Where have you been working / had you been working in the last few years?

7. The students at our school have been studying / had been studying hard in preparation for exams.

8. If he hasn`t been paying / hadn't been paying attention while driving, he would have hit the deer as it crossed the road.

9. Olympic athletes have been training / had been training for the upcoming games in South Korea.

10. Bill was all sweaty when he arrived at the office because he has been riding / had been riding his bike.



Friday, April 6, 2018

If Clause, Exercise 18

A. Complete the exercise with If or Unless. 

 1. -------- you drive more carefully, you will have an accident. 

 2. ---------- you prune these trees, they won’t grow well. 

 3. He’ll get lost ---------------someone shows him the way. 

 4. ---------------- you practice your English, you can improve it quickly. 

 5. ------------------ you don’t hurry, you’ll be late for school again. 

 6. ---------------- there is oxygen, fire cannot burn. 

 7. --------------------you go to bed late, you’ll feel tired in the morning. 

 8. My parents will be angry ---------------------- I pass my exams. 

 9. You can’t travel abroad -----------------you don’t have a passport. 

10. You can’t watch TV ----------------you finish your homework. 

11.-------------------they lower the price, I won’t buy that computer. 


B. Complete the exercise with If or When. 

1. -------------------I am late this evening, don’t wait for me. 

2. ---------- I don’t see you tomorrow, I will phone you. 

3. Do you mind --------------I close the window? 

4. ---------------------- I get up in the morning I usually drink a cup of coffee. 

5. Have something to eat. ---------------you don’t eat now, you’ll be hungry later. 

6. John is still at school. ------------------- he leaves, he wants to go to university. 

7. Be careful! ----------------you aren’t careful, you’ll fail. 

8. -------------I see him, I will tell you right away.

9. Please call us ---------------- you arrive.

10. I am going to tell her --------------- she comes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Verb Tenses, Test 14

Choose the correct answer:

1. Suddenly we noticed that the clock stopped / had stopped.

2. I never thought that I would / should to see him again.

3. The woman led me to her hut and told / said me to remain there for the night.

4. We climbed higher that we might get a better view of the procession.

5. Euclid proved that the three angles of a triangle were / are equal to two right angles.

6. I will nurse him so that he may live / might live.

7. I will call you when I arrive / will arrive.

8. He went to the city so that he might / may find work.

9. Wherever he preached, people gathered / gather to listen.

10. The thieves stole whatever they could find / might find in the house.

11. He came oftener than we expected / expect him to.

12. He stayed at home because he was feeling / feels ill.

13. I feel / am feeling fine.

14. I feel / were feeling you shouldn’t do this.


15. What do you think / are you thinking about my hair style?

16. I am seeing / see your dad tomorrow.

17. The fish smells / is smelling awful.

18. I rang her up because I wanted / want to talk.


19. I see / am seeing what you mean.

9. The stew tastes / is tasting wonderful.

20. If I know / knew the answer, I will tell you.

21. He weighs / is weighing 85 kg.

22. Do you believe / Are you believing  in God?

23. He spent / has spent all his childhood in a quaint village in China.

24. Mozart died while he was composing / had composed the Requiem.

25. I have done / did the cleaning. What shall I do now?

26. I lived / have lived in India for ten years when I was a child.

27. I can’t play tomorrow because I have broken / broke my leg.

28. My puppy has died / died.

29. I have traveled / traveled a lot in Asia and Africa.

30. Once upon a time there lived / has lived a beautiful princess.

31. He worked / has worked hard for years.

32. Did you see / Have you seen Romeo and Juliet on TV last night?

33. My late grandfather did / has done a lot for me.

34. Mary is staying / stays with her parents at the moment.

35. My brother works / is working at a bank.

36. I never get up / I am never getting up before 9 on Sunday mornings.

37. I hate / am hating people who are rude to their subordinates.

38. I like / am liking this music.

39. Does the meat smell / Is the meat smelling bad?

40. I am seeing / see the dentist at 11 am.

41. My father joined / has joined the cavalry because he loved horses.

42. Bears often hibernate / hibernated in caves.

43. His caustic remarks hurt / hurted our feelings.

44.The social services department has / have specialists for each welfare category.

45. The politician made / has made a categorical denial of the charges that he had taken bribes.

46.  The prize was borne / born away by Manchester United.

47. He bade / bidded them farewell.

48. After I had bidden / had baded him farewell, I hurried away.

49. The Minister laid / lay the foundation stone of the new hospital.

50. The farmer killed the goose that had laid / had lain a golden egg.

51. They have finished / finished the work a week ago.

52. We had gone / went to the moves last night.

53. We had eaten / ate our dinner before we went to the movies last night.

54. He hanged / hung the picture on the wall.

55. The terrorist was hung / was hanged at midnight.

56. The doctor felt  / was feeling the patient’s pulse.

57. The farmers in that village grow / are growing vegetables all year round.

58. The proposal sounds / is sounding interesting.

59. I will have moved / will move into my new office by the end of this month.

60. I will have eaten / will eat every chocolate in that box before mom returns from work.

61. She be working / will work on that report tomorrow when I come back.

62. The lions in the Sahara have laid / have lain in wait for their pray.

63. They have never been invited / have never invited to her parties.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Subject - Verb Agreement, Exercise 4


Choose the correct answer:

1. The cost of mattresses has/have gone up lately.

2. People often forget/forgets the importance of free time.

3. Brown rice is/are nutritious.

4. The homework for those classes is/are very time-consuming.

5. The equipment in those storage rooms is/are used by gym classes.

6. Unfortunately, many children in Mexico City lives/live on the streets.

7. My notes from that class isn’t/aren’t very hard to read.

8. Iron rusts/rust easily in wet weather.

9. The buildings under the bridge seems/seem empty.

10. The students in her class doesn’t/don’t like her exams.

11. Under the pillow is/are a quarter.

12. In the sky is/are millions of stars.

13. One of my friends is/are from France.

14. Everyone in my family likes/like bright colours.

15. Both of those teachers gives/give a lot of homework.

16. Each of the girls is/are wearing her best dress.

17. Nobody likes/like that restaurant.

18. Something is/are worrying them.

19. They love the view of the river valleys which spreads/spread in three directions.

20. From the mountain top, everyone seems/seem to see something different.

21. Paul notices/notice the sky, and Terry watches/watch the rivers’ paths.

22. Both of the children likes/like to look at the houses which sits/sit on the hillsides.

23. Neither notices/notice the sky.

24. Older people, especially older women, frequently get / gets osteoporosis.

25. Osteoporosis is / are a condition which cause calcium deficiency in bones.

26. Some of the staff is / are complaining about the change in policy.

27. The statistics was / were reported in the newspaper.

28. This species is / are endangered. 

29. When the couple next door is / are arguing, everyone on the street can hear them.

30. A couple of my teeth has / have cavities.

31. These scissors isn't / aren't very sharp.

32. All of the news has / have been encouraging so far.

33. Peaches and cream is / are my favorite dessert.

34. No one in our family has / have ever been to California.

35. So my sister and her friends think / thinks they'll go.

36. My mother and father intend / intends to drive to Pennsylvania.

37. Either you or your friends take / takes the furniture out of the garage.

38. My dog and cats chase / chases each other all the time.

39. Neither science nor math gives / give me a problem.

40. Either the cat or the dogs greets / greet me at the door.

41. Neither the men who are listed as administrators nor the woman who is also listed has / have been appointed to the board.

42. Either my cousin or my uncle was / were on the critical list.

43. Neither Ms. Jones nor a member of her staff is / are going to attend the meeting.

44. There go / goes one of the men who will conduct the research. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Verb Tenses, Test 15




In the following exercise, you will be presented with sentences, some of which contain inconsistency of tense. Some sentences are correct.

Arlene asked he and I to complete the job.

Arlene asked he and me to complete the job.

The football match will be abandoned as it was raining so hard.

Arlene asked him and me to complete the job.

He and I completed the job for Arlene.

He and me completed the job for Arlene.

Jim wanted to visit his grandma but cannot find the money for a train ticket.

We were able to travel to Athens but could not find a hotel.

They left the house around eight, walked to town and end up in their favourite pub.

If I had seen the car earlier, I would have been able to avoid the accident.

You will never be a professional athlete because you didn't eat the right diet.

I couldn't come out with you because I don't have enough money.

She wants to visit India but she had not got enough money.

It is awful here; we could not see a thing.

We are walking along the river bank when the accident happened.

I wanted to travel to India with my friends, but I will not be able to find enough money.

She hated playing the piano, but can sing beautifully.

We left home first thing in the morning and arrive late at night.

We sneaked into the kitchen and raided the fridge.

Sam cooked a fantastic meal and then had to do all the washing up.

I got this souvenir when I was on holiday in India.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Subject - Verb Agreement, Exercise 5

Choose the correct answer:

Some of the students is / are gone.

Some of the cake is / are gone.

The biggest problem we face is / are all the squirrels that have rabies around here.

Every one of the students try/tries hard.

The windows in the house stick/sticks easily.

Every one of the students work/works hard.

The girls, along with their dogs walk/walks daily.

Either the vase or the dish was/were a gift.

One of the students is/are studying algebra.

The exhibit of the artist’s paintings was / were very interesting.

Mrs. Andrews, along with, Mr. Stone, do/does volunteer work.

All of the salesmen, including Mr. Stone, was/were at the meeting.

Every one of the girls do/does her shorthand homework.

Either Julia or her friends is/are planning to attend.

Both of the carpenters is/are planning to do the job.

Neither the students nor the instructor want/wants to miss class.

The women, as well as the man sing/sings beautifully.

Most of the nurses work/works every day.

This is the only one of the trees that bloom / blooms.

She is one of the students who attend / attends the classes.

The owl's eyes makes / make it look wise.

Actually, the owl sees / see poorly during the day.

Every year scientists discovers / discover new drugs to fight diseases.

The estate, including the paintings, was / were sold.

The news of his spectacular achievements come / comes as a surprise to all of us.

On the table was / were) a pen, a pad of paper, and two rulers.

Either you or Marilyn is / are to be asked to preside at the meeting.

The team has / have reached a decision.

There is / are many opportunities for part-time employment on campus.

Is / Are algebra and chemistry required courses?

One of his three instructors has / have resigned.

Do / Does either of the coaches expect the team to win the game?

Neither I nor my sisters expect / expects to graduate in June.

The president with his wife and the vice president has / have just left for the summit.

Either a loan or a scholarship is / are available to selected applicants.

A desk or a bookcase goes / go into that corner.

Has / Have the books or other supplies come?

A vocabulary notebook or vocabulary flashcards is / are helpful for review.

No one, of all of the singers in town, give / gives finer lessons.

Everyone draw / draws better than I do.

Has / Have either of you seen an ice hockey game?

In the corner stands / stand one of the suspects.

That flock of geese make / makes a beautiful pattern in the sky.

The team is / are celebrating its victory.

Here is / are one of the five members of the club.

Each of you (has, have) to pass the final exam.

Neither of Tom’s friends (start, starts) rumors.

Everything (get, gets) thrown in the closet when Pedro cleans his room.

Anyone who (want, wants) to take part in the play is permitted.

My brother and sisters (is, are) planning a surprise party for my mother.

Either hurricanes or a tornado (is, are) the worst type of natural disaster.

Either the mailman or the workers (is, are) causing my dog to bark like crazy!

Neither the teenagers down the street nor the one next door (clean, cleans) the snow.

Neither the principal nor the assistant principals (like, likes) when students get into trouble.

Either the girls or the boys (has, have) the best test scores.

Neither my cousin from California nor my aunts from South Carolina (is, are) coming to the family reunion.

Tennis and volleyball requires / require a certain amount of agility.

My roommate and best friend call / calls himself Jim.

Rock and roll remains / remain a dynamic genre of music.

Statistics prove / proves to be a difficult course for some students.

Some of my relatives travel / travels to Kansas City for the holidays.

Some of the textbook read / reads like a scientific journal.

There is / are several candidates running for office.

Kansas City has a lovely shopping area which is / are called The Plaza.

All of my cooking pleases / please my hungry family.

Freedom and justice  (was, were) two cornerstones of the democracy from the beginning. 

Every man, woman, and child (was, were) taken from the village.

None of the players (was, were) able to pass the physical fitness test.

The dean was displeased to learn that none of the foreign students (is, are) majoring in education or sociology.

It is / are the citizens who will make the nation strong.

The Grapes of Wrath is / are one of Steinbeck’s best works.

The New York Times prints / print all the news fit to print.

The scissors is / are on the table.

The millionaire’s riches is / are to be given to charity.

That red-haired lady in the fur hat (live-lives) across the street.

Mumps (is-are) one of the most uncomfortable diseases.

One hundred dollars (is-are) not a lot of money to some people.

Twenty minutes (is-are) the amount of time it takes me to get home from work.

Some of our luggage was / were lost.

None of his advice makes / make sense.

The class is / are debating among themselves.

Everyone in the telecom focus group (has/have) experienced problems with cell phones. 

Your friendship over the years and your support (has/have) meant a great deal to us. 

Hamilton Family Center, a shelter for teenage runaways in San Francisco, (offers/offer) a wide variety of services.

The main sources of income for Trinidad (is/are) oil and pitch.

Not until my interview with Dr. Charles was / were other possibilities opened to me.

Neither the explorer nor his companions was / were ever seen again.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Verb Tenses, Test 13


Choose the correct answer:

1. The major said that it ……………… him great pleasure to be there that evening.
a) gives                 
b) gave                        
c) was giving

2. He said that he ……………… go as soon as it was possible.
a) will                             
b) would                             
c) can

3. The teacher often tells me that if I ……………… hard I will fail.
a) didn’t work                       
b) don’t work                     
c) hadn’t worked

4. The lecturer said Amy was just and ……………. the respect of all races and classes.
a) won                             
b) had won                    
c) has won

5. He replied that he ………………. to reward his soldiers and that he had kept his word.
a)  promised                       
b) had promised                     
c) would promise

6. The lion told the mouse that he was very weak and that his teeth ………………… out.
a) fell                     
b) have fallen                             
c) had fallen

7. The magistrate asked the accused what ……………… with his hand in the gentleman’s pocket.
a) was he doing                 
b) he was doing                        
c) had he done

8. The stranger asked Alice where she ……………..
a) was living                    
b) lives                            
c) lived

9. The king asked the philosopher whom he …………….. the happiest man alive.
a) consider                              
b) considered                   
c) was considering

10. He asked me whether I ……………….. him.
a) would accompany                      
b) will accompany                
c) have accompanied

11. The wind ………………. furiously. (blew / blown)

12. He ……………… to his mother every week. (writes / wrote)

13. My patience …………….. out at last. (wear / wore)

14. In a fit of rage, she ……………… up the letter. (tore / torn)

15. We couldn’t have ………………. a better day for organizing the party. (chose / chosen)

16. The old man was ……………… by a mad dog. (bit / bitten)

17. We ……………….. across the sea. (swam / swum)

18. A portrait of the founder of the company ……………. on the wall. (hung / hanged)

19. She neatly ……………… her books on the table. (lays / lies)

20. The seeds of dissension had already been ……………… (sowed / sown)