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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Verb Tenses, Test 8

Choose the correct answer:

1. I ________ you were waiting for me.
a) didn't know   b) haven't known

 2. I ________ this happy in many years.
 a) wasn't           b) haven't been

3. I ________ you at the mall last Sunday.
a) have seen            b) saw 

4.I ________ here five years ago.
a) moved         b) have moved

5. P1: Have you spoken to her? 
    P2: Yes, I ________.
a) have           b) did

6. You spoke to her on Monday? What ________?
a) has she said            b) did she say

7. P1: What did you tell her?  
    P2: I ________ her the truth.
a) told            b) have told

8. I ________ to his new apartment.
a) wasn't                  b) haven't been

9. When ________ you? Last week.
a) has he called         b) did he call

10. That is the best song ________!
a) I've ever heard          b) I ever heard

11. I ______ all the washing up since morning
a) have been doing        b) had been doing

12. She ____ a shower when her mother entered the house.
a) had been having          b) was having

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Correlative Constructions and Conjunctions



A correlative construction is a short sentence pattern containing two corresponding phrases or clauses, each one headed by the and expressing a comparative: 

the X-er . . . . the Y-er.

ex. The more, the merrier.

The comparative correlative is also known as the correlative construction, the conditional comparative, or"the . . . the" construction.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.

"Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art."

The more we do, the more we can do.

"The older the men are here, the more likely it is that they are wearing suits and ties."

"The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it."

"The greater your achievements, the less satisfactory your personal and domestic life will be."

"The more you pay attention to the richness of the world, the more you allow your interest to be absorbed by things outside of you,,,


Correlative conjunctions are usually coordinating in nature because the sentence fragments they connect tend to be of equal rank.

As you know, a coordinating conjunction connects two independent clauses.

A subordinating conjunction, on the other hand, connects a dependent clause to an independent clause.

Some correlative conjunctions and their uses are explained below.

Such … that

It was such a hot afternoon that we decided to stay indoors. (Here the correlative connects the two clauses: It was a hot afternoon and We decided to stay indoors.)

She was such a bad tempered woman that nobody liked her. (Here the correlative connects the two clauses: She was a bad tempered woman and Nobody liked her.)

Scarcely …when

I had scarcely closed my eyes when someone knocked on the door.

Scarcely had I closed my eyes when someone knocked on the door.

As (many/much) … as

There are as many saucers as there are cups.
You are not as clever as you think you are.
His wife is as tall as he is.

No sooner … than

She no sooner completed one project than she started working on the next.
No sooner did she complete one project than she started working on the next.

Students sometimes wrongly use this structure. 
Remember that sooner is a comparative word and hence it should be followed by than, not when.

Rather … than

I would rather read a book than watch TV.

They would rather starve than surrender.

She would rather dance than sing.

The expression rather than is normally used in parallel structures. 
For example, with two adjectives, two adverbs, nouns, infinitives etc.

I would prefer to visit Switzerland rather than Australia.

I would prefer to walk rather than drive.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

English Grammar Test 11


Write the other two forms [ past tense and past participle of the following verbs:
Tear –

This is the first time +…………………………..:

Past perfect
Present perfect
Present simple
Past simple

This was the first time +…………………………..:

Past perfect
Present perfect
Present simple
Past simple

It`s high time +…………………………………….. :

Present simple
Present perfect simple
Present continuous
Past simple
Past perfect continuous

I wish I  ----------------- you, but I`m not.

a] had been    
b] am      
c] were      
d] has been

She wishes he ---------------------to that party last night.

a] had not been   
b] is not     
c] were not       
d] has not been

She is interested ……………………. painting.

a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

Melanie insists ……………………… cooking a meal for David.

a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

Everyone congratulated Jack ----------------- winning the competition.

a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

The fire fighters prevented the fire ------------------spreading.
a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

They are talking -----------------------building a new swimming – pool.

a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

She is keen ----------------------taking photos.

a] at            
b] about         
c] for         
d] in         
e] of           
f] on     
g] from

There is nobody at the door, ------------------------?

O sa te ajut cand voi avea timp.

a]  I`ll help you when I`ll have time.
b] I`ll help you when I have time.
c] I`ll help you when I`m having time.
d] I`m going to help you when I`m having time.

Everybody thinks it`s time she --------------------the Nobel Prize for her work in medical research:

a] will be awarded
b] was awarded
c] has been awarded
d] had been awarded

He is looking forward to ---------------------- from you.

having heard                  

Se intreba daca va reusi sa plece din oras la sfarsitul saptamanii.

a] He wanted to know if he will manage to go away over the weekend.
b] He wondered if he would manage to go away over the weekend.
c] He wondered if he will manage to go away over the weekend.
d] He asked himself if he will manage to go away over the weekend.

He wishes  she---------------------harder during  the previous term.

a] has worked         
b] would work            
c] will work                
d] had worked

Ann wishes she ---------------------a postcard to her family when she was on holiday.

a] had send         
b] had sent       
c] sent         
d] would send

If only she --------------him the truth! He wouldn`t have left in such a hurry.

a] would have told           
b] told               
c] would tell                        
d] had told

The 10 o`clock news were / was interesting.

It`s no use try / trying to make excuses. She won`t believe you.

Why do you let your children stay / to stay out so late at night?

The houses reminded me of those I ---------------------in Spain two years before.

A] saw        
b] have seen       
c] had seen          
d] was seen

As soon as she -------------------home, I will let you know.

a] came       
b] will come               
c] comes             
d] has come

Hardly had she put the telephone down -------------- there was a knock on the door.

a] than          
b] then            
c] when                   
d] that

They ------------------------------to the airport like that. The plane was delayed by several hours.

a] didn`t need to rush                       
b] didn`t have to rush                
c] needn`t rush                   
d] needn`t have rushed

The news was -----------------------last night, too late for us.

a] broadcast        
b] broadcasted              
c] broadcasting                    
d] broadcasts

The old lady ---------------with difficulty and greeted us.

a] rised      
b] raised         
c] rosed        
d] rose

In Victorian England, criminals were ---------------------- .

a] hanged      
b] hung     
c] hunged      
d] hang

They put on their skis and decided to -------------the slope.

a] slid down        
b] slide down             
c] slit down              
d] slight down

What does this sign stand……………….. ?

a] by      
b] out        
c] for      
d] down

You should excuse him; he didn`t do it -------------purpose, but -----------accident.

a] on – by       
b] on – in                    
c] by – by              
d] by – out of

I generally agree ----------------- you, but I object -----------  your general attitude as regards your work.

a] to – to           
b] to – at        
c] with – with               
d] with – to

I don`t have many responsibilities; I have……………………. .

a] a few                     
b] few                     
c] little           
d] a little

Jane doesn`t drive -------------------her husband.

a] so fast as                 
b] as fastly as                    
c] faster as

Her -------------------brother is 2 years older than she is.

a] elder                     
b] older                                 
c] oldest

Put away that dirty napkin or however / whoever / whatever it is.