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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Miscellaneous, Test 8

Are the following nouns countable or uncountable?


Choose the correct answer:

I have been drinking / have drunk 2 cups of coffee this morning. 

She has been driving / has driven 300 miles since Tuesday.

She`d better go home, wouldn`t / hadn`t she?

I haven`t been on vacation for / since two years.

The weather today is even bad / worse than yesterday.

Let`s meet again next Sunday, shall we / will you ?

He opened the box carefuly / carefully.

It has been five years since I last have spoken / spoke French.

I can sell you some bananas but only few / a few.

Sorry, I can't repay you this week. I'm completely broken / broke.

I really regretted my mistake. It was one that I had not to make / ought not have made.

The bath / sink / toilet is downstairs in the kitchen.

The princess laid / lain / lay down and slept for twenty years.

Can you put me down / in / up for the weekend?

Paul is Mary's father, so Mary is Paul's nephew / niece / daughter.

Thank you for letting me to take / take / taking your dog for a walk.

Choose the correct answer:

Hardly had I begun to speak when / than I was interrupted.

Scarcely had we started our meal when / that / than the phone rang.

No sooner had I arrived when / that / than they all started to argue.

Only after the meeting did / realized / have I realized / did I realize the importance of the subject.

In no way was the cyclist held / hold responsible for the recent accident.

I like coffee, and so does / is Ella.

Such / So was her disappointment that she started to cry.

Owls live in tree hollows, as do / are squirrels.

The doors opened, and out ran / run several people.

Only when I arrived at the hotel did I notice / did I noticed that my travel bag was missing.

Scarcely have they been on time than / when / what their teacher came in.

No sooner had he finished dinner, when / than / then she entered the room.

Only than / then / when did I understand the problem.

Such / So strange was the situation that / than I couldn`t sleep.

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If Clause, Exercise 11


1. Everybody would have drowned if the boat ---- the quayside when it sank.
A)    must not have approached     
B)   didn't approach 
C)   hadn't been approaching                 
D)   hasn't approached             
E)   wouldn't be approaching

2. My brother is sitting by the telephone wishing his girlfriend ---- him.
A)   calls        
B)   has called    
C)   will call     
D)   would call   
E)   is calling

3. I know Sid wishes she ---- the horses with her friends, but she is too young.
A)  could ride   
B)  would ride  
C)  will be riding  
D) would have ridden  
E)  has ridden

4. One day I ---- to visit my cousin in Australia if I can get three weeks off work.
A)   have liked            
B)   had liked      
C)   would like    
D)   liked        
E)   were to like

5. Later on today, I ---- a cake for tea if we---- all of the necessary ingredients , of course.
A)   would bake/were having       
B)   will bake/have
C)   could have baked/had              

D)   will have baked/have had
E)   were to have baked/would have

6. That yoghurt ---- mouldy if you ---- it soon.
A)   was going/didn't eat                
B)   would have gone/weren't eating
C)   will go/don't eat             

D)   goes/won't have eaten   
E)   would go/haven't eaten

7. If people ---- any opium-related drug often enough, they ---- physically dependent, or addicted, to the drug.
A)   take/become   
B)   took/became  
C)   would take/had become 
D)   were taking/may become              
E)   are taking/have become

8. Danny and I ---- the responsibility for the food for the party provided you ---- the hall with balloons.
A)   take/would be decorating      
B)   have taken/would decorate   
C)   can take/decorate
D)   are taking/decorated                   

E)   could take/should decorate

9. I don't believe that Susan really wants to lose weight; otherwise, she ---- vigorously every day.
A)   will be exercising   
B)   was exercising   
C)   exercises    
D)   has exercised
E)   would exercise

10. When I entered the teenager's bedroom, it looked as though a hurricane ---- the place.
A)   has hit    
B)   hits    
C)   would hit   
D)   had hit    
E)   has been hitting

11. David ---- the sponsored bike ride if he ---- to raise money on behalf of that charity for world peace.
A)   doesn't enter/wouldn't have decided          B)   wasn't entering/didn't decide
C)   didn't enter/hasn't decided           

D)   couldn't enter/might not decide
E)   wouldn't be entering/hadn't decided

12. You ---- in your exam paper when the bell rings even if you ---- answering all of the questions.
A)   have to hand/haven't finished            
B)   will hand/didn't finish
C)   were handing/wouldn't have finished             

D)   must hand/may not finish
E)   would have handed/hadn't finished

13. Sheila was busy trying to please Jim all night at the party, as though he ---- the only guest at her party.
A)   were    
B)   would be   
C)   has been    
D)   had been    
E)   could be

14. ----John ---- in late again today, don't hesitate to give him a final warning. I cannot stand anyone not being punctual at all.
A)   Had/come   
B)   Should/come    
C)   Would/come    
D)   Will/come    
E)   Has/come

15. Most of the students ---- a lot better on the test, but they definitely ----- adequate time. 
A)   will be doing/don't give     
B)   should have done/aren't given 
C)   did/wouldn't have been given   
D)   were doing/haven't given
E)   could have done/weren't given

16. As he ---- a party with us that evening, that means that he ---- in the vicinity the night Tommy was attacked.
A)    had attended/won't be   
B)    had been attending/hasn't been
C)   was attending/couldn't have been     

D)   attends/wouldn't be
E)   would attend/hadn't been

17. If we ---- out all the clutter in our filing cabinets in the first place, we ---- so behind with the tax payments now.
A)   were sorting/wouldn't have been    
B)    have sorted/can't have been
C)   sorted/won't be      

D)   had sorted/wouldn't be    
E)   are sorting/haven't been

18. My brother ---- the competition provided safety measures ----.
A)   enters/were to be taken      
B)   has entered/had been taken
C)   would enter/were taken    

D)   will enter/will have taken   
E)   entered/would have been taken

19. Kate has just ignored me as if we ---- complete strangers. Have I upset her?
A)   were         
B)   are             
C)   will be         
D)   would be     
E)    have been

20. If you ---- to go by the area where I live while you're travelling to your destination, would you like to stop over for a break?
A) have happened            
B) should happen   
C) would happen    
D) might happen
E) had happened

21. "If there ---- so many badly behaved boys in that awful class, perhaps it ---- quite so unruly," argued the substitute teacher.
A)   hadn't been/shouldn't be    
B)   can't be/might not be    
C)   wouldn't be/wasn't
D)   aren't/hasn't been      

E)   weren't/wouldn't be

22. I---- you to the party, but I was informed that you ---- in Italy on holiday.
A)   will invite/have been     
B)   had been inviting/are   
C)   would have invited/were
D)   would invite/had been              E)   invited/would have been

23. You ---- for your exams; now, you failed your degree and ruined your chances of getting a good job!
A)   have to revise    
B)   should have revised     
C)   will be revising
D)   had been revising     

E)   must have revised

24. I wish you ---- your gum less vigorously. It's getting on my nerves.
A) would chew    
B) are chewing    
C) have chewed    
D) can  chew  
E) chew

25. Jenny ---- back to work after the baby is born if she ----- work part-time.
A)   would come/will be able to    
B)   will come/is able to   
C)   was coming/had been able to  

D)   has come/has been able to     E)   comes/might be able to