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Friday, October 31, 2014

Subject - Verb Agreement, Exercise 1

Underline the correct verb form:

Everyone has done / have  done his or her homework.

Somebody has left / have left her purse.

Some of the water is gone / are gone.

None of the students has done / have done their homework.

Everyone has finished / have finished his or her homework.

Each of the students is responsible / are responsible for doing his or her work in the library.

The mayor as well as his brothers is going / are going to prison.

The mayor and his brothers is  going / are going to jail.

Neither of the two traffic lights is working / are working.

Which shirt do you want for Christmas? Either is fine / are fine with me.

Either my father or my brothers is going / are going to sell the house.

Neither my brothers nor my father is going / are going to sell the house.

Is / Are either my brothers or my father responsible?

Is / Are either my father or my brothers responsible?

There is / There are two reasons  for this.

There is / There are no reason for this.

Here is / are two apples.

The mayor, who has been convicted along with his four brothers, is finally going / are finally going to jail.

My glasses was / were on the bed.

My pants was torn / were torn.

A pair of  trousers is / are in the closet.

The news from the front is bad / are bad.

Measles is / are a dangerous disease for pregnant women.

The average worker's earnings has gone up / have gone up dramatically.

Our thanks go/ goes to the workers who supported the union.

Some of the voters is still angry / are still angry.

A large percentage of the older population is voting / are voting against her.

Two-fifths of the troops was lost / were lost in the battle.

Two-fifths of the vineyard was destroyed / were destroyed by fire.

Forty percent of the students is in favor / are in favor of changing the policy.

Forty percent of the student body is in favor / are in favor of changing the policy.

Two and two is four / are four.

Four times four divided by two is eight / are eight.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inversion, Exercise 1

                     TEST ON INVERSION

1. No sooner had I reached home............................the telephone rang.
a) than   
b) when   
d) then   
e) immediately

2. ..................... that you were in hospital, I would certainly have visited you there.
a) I had known    
b) Had I known   
c) If I knew   
d) Knowing  
e) should I know

3. ..................... left the building, when the bomb went off.
a) Hardly have we   
b) Hardly we had  
c) Hardly had we   
d) If we   
e) we had no sooner

4. Under no circumstances ........................any compromise.
a) there can be    
b) which they can    
c) like they are   
d) that there can be  
e) can there be

5. ..................... must  there be any repetition of such tactics.
a) sometimes      
b) not only   
c) very seldom   
d) once in a while   
e) until

6. ...................... else can there be a woman like this, so everybody admires her.
a) Anywhere      
b) Somewhere   
c) Where   
d) Nowhere      
e) What

7. At no time ................................ the office without getting permission from my boss.
a) I left   
b) did I leave   
c) I didn`t leave   
d) did they notice  
e) not only did they notice

8. Not until the thief left the house, ..........................him although they were at home.
a) they noticed   
b) they didn`t notice   
c) didn`t they notice  
d) did they notice  
e) not only did they notice

9. ....................... lost in the market, the staff of the shop will help him.
a) Were the boy to get   
b) The little boy gets   
c) Should the little boy get   
d) The little boy should get     
e) The little boy were to get

10. Never ............................. any doubt about the matter.
a) has there been     
b) hasn`t there been    
c) there has been   
d) there hasn`t been     
e) there should be

11. ..................... greedy, I could have bought a lot of jewellery.
a) If I had      
b) Had I been    
c) Should I be   
d) I had been    
e) I hadn`t been

12. Only from that student .....................the truth.
a) could I understand   
b) I understand     
c) I understand that   
d) I could understand         
e) I could have understood

13. Even less ..........................of what the teacher is thinking.
a) we know             
b) what we know     
c) that we      
d) do we know    
e) which we know

14.  ........................... informed them of the mistake in time, your students would have never succeeded.
a) Had you not    
b) You hadn`t     
c) You had     
d) Did you     
e) That you had

15. Not until I came into the class .......................... her illness.
a) I had realized            
b) did I realize    
c) have I realized    
d) I realize   
e) I realized

Monday, October 6, 2014

Miscellaneous, Test 7

Fill in blanks using the words EITHER / NEITHER or BOTH

1. A: Would you like a piece of sandwich or some biscuits?
B: ___________, if possible. I’m extremely hungry.

2. A: Who would you like to go with, Peter or Andrew?
B: ___________, I’m afraid. I hate both of them.

 3. A: Will you drink whiskey or do you prefer martini?
 B: ___________, I really don’t care that much.

4. A: Where did you spend your vacation, Venice or Paris?
B: _________, I was in Holland.

5. A: Which restaurant shall we go?
B: ___________, I really don’t mind.

Conjunctions Such or So

Add such or so to the following sentences.

1. The wind was ____________ strong that it blew my hat off my head.
2. Sue is ______________ a good pianist that I’m surprised she didn’t go into music professionally.
3. The radio was_____________ loud that I couldn’t hear what Michael was saying.
4. The food was_____________ hot that it burned my tongue.
5. Alison did______________ a poor job that she was fired.
6. Small animals in the forest move about ___________ quickly that one can barely catch a glimpse of them.
7. Charles and his brother are ____________hard- working carpenters that I’m sure they’ll make a success of their new business.
8. The children had __________ much fun at the carnival that they begged to go again.
9. There are__________ many leaves on a single tree that it is impossible to count them.
13. ___________ few students signed up for the course that it was canceled.
14. I feel like I have ____________ little energy that I wonder if I’m getting
15. She is ____________an intelligent girl that she was hired immediately.

Due To / Since / Consequently

Complete the sentences with due to, since. or consequently.
1. ______________his poor eyesight, John has to sit in the front row in class.

2. _____________ John has poor eyesight, he has to sit in the front row.

3. John has poor eyesight.______________, he has to sit in the front row.

4. Sarah is afraid of heights. __________ ,she will not walk across a bridge.

5. Sarah will not walk across a bridge __________ her fear of heights.

6. ______________ a camel can go completely without water for eight to ten days, it is an ideal animal for desert areas.

7. Mark is overweight. ___________ ,his doctor has advised him to exercise regularly.


REMEMBER: Several responses might be acceptable - choose the best one:

1. Go ___________ ( = continue), tell me the rest of the story.
a) on b) in c) at  

2. I give ___________! I don’t’ know what the answer is.
a) out b) up c) in

3. To find an answer = To ___________ an answer
a) come to with b) come on with c) come up with

4. They were very hospitable. They put me ___________ ( = had me as a guest) for five days.
a) off b) up c) on

5. The teacher ___________ ( = distributed) the worksheets.
a) handed out b) handed on c) handed down

6. Which of the following phrases does NOT mean “wait”?
a) Hold on b) Hang on c) Hang up

7. When the phone rings, you pick it up. When you’re finished talking, you--
a) hang up b) hang on c) hang in

8. I like ___________ ( = spending time) with my friends at the mall.
a) hanging up b) hanging out c) hanging at

9. I just can’t ___________ ( = accept/forget) how rude he was to you.
a) get over b) go over c) get by

10. You should ___________ ( = take a look at) this site! I really think you’ll like it.
a) check up b) check out c) check in