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Word formation

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Word formation


Practice for the Second Written Assignment

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I   Circle the correct participle.

1 The police are examining the evidence collected / collecting during the investigation.

2 Some kids discovered the stolen money hiding / hidden in a garden shed.

3 The police on this motorway are very busy fining / fined people for speeding.

4 I've often met people collecting / collected shells on the beach.

5 The escaped prisoner hiding / hidden in a forest near Nottingham was seen yesterday in a village shop.

6 Drivers fining / fined for speeding risk losing their licences.

II   Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first.

1 Nothing can make her happy.   anything

There ______________ make her happy.

2 All my family snore and I find it most annoying.   which

All my family snore _____________________________.

3 I could do any job as long as it has something to do with English.  that

I could do any job _________________ something to do with English.

III   Complete the sentences with (not) be / get used to, (not) used to.

1 When I started living in the forest I gradually _____ listening to the birds singin at dawn.

2 Travelling _____ be much slower and less comfortable in the old days.

3 We have never been to Africa before and I _____ walking in the hot and humid climate.

IV   Use the words in brackets to rewrite the sentences.

1 It's possible that he isn't as clever as he looks.   (may)

2 I advise you to take some antidepressants.   (ought)

3 She is wearing her evening dress unnecessarily; formal clothes aren't required.   (need)

4 Don't touch this bottle - there's poison in it.   (must)

5 It is impossible for us to come to the meeting.   (can)


Expressing wishes, Conditionals, Passive (Inf. and Gerund)

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I   What do you say in these situations? Write sentences with wish, if only or should.

1 It's raining. You want to go out, but not in the rain.

2 You're waiting for John. He's late and you are getting impatient.

3 Your friend was driving very fast and had an accident.

4 Jack always leaves the door open and this annoys you.

5 Tom didn't write to you and you were upset.


II   Write a sentence with if for each situation.

1 I wasn't hungry, so I didn't eat anything.

2 I was able to buy the car only because Jim lent me the money.

3 You didn't have any breakfast - that's why you are hungry now.

4 I didn't get a taxi because I don't have money for it.


III Put the verb into the correct form, present simple or past simple, actice or passive.

1 It's a big factory. Five hundred people (employ) there.

2 Water (cover) most of the Earth's surface.

3 The park gates (lock) at 6.30 p.m. every evening.

4 The letter (post) a week ago and it (arrive) yesterday.

5 The boat (sink) quickly but fortunately everybody (rescue).

6 I was born in London but I (grow) up in the north of England.

7 Why (Bill, sack) from his job? What did he do wrong?

8 Where (these photographs, take)? In Londo? (you, take) them?


IV   Use the passive infinitive or the passive gerund form to rewrite the sentences.

1 She doesn't like it when people tease her.   She ............

2 Most people don't steal because they are afraid that someone will catch them.   Most people don't steal .......

3 To be told you are no good can destroy your confidence.   ..........your confidence.

4 I hate it when people ask me stupid questions.   I hate .......

5 It's dangerous to use the equipment if nobody instructs you.   It's dangerous ............

6 She was very angry that they kept her waiting.   She was very ........

7 I don't like (laugh at).

8 Sam remembers (tell about) the party.

9 His greatest ambition is (choose) to take part in the Olympics.

10 (accept) for that course changed my life.

11 The children are looking forward (film) for that television programme.

12 I hate (ask) my age.

13 He was a difficult child, probably due (look after) by a series of different foster parents.

14 He doesn't respond very well to (ask) to do things.

Practice for the First Written Assignement

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I   Read each numbered sentence. Write T (True) of F (False) for the statement that follows.

1 At 5.00, they were drinking hot chocolate by the fire.     -     We don't know when they started drinking hot chocolate.   _____

2 Last night, I was reading an article about skiing in Morocco.     -     I finished the article.   _____

3 At 10.00, he drank a cup of coffee.     -     He finished the coffee.   _____

4 It was snowing while she was taking the photograph.     -     First she took the photograph. Then it started to snow.   _____

5 When our friends arrived, we ate lunch.     -     Our friends arrived just before lunch.   _____

6 While we were talking on  the phone, I was driving to school.     -     We finished the converstaion. Then I drove to school.   _____

7 Jan heard about the accident while she was driving to work.  -  Jan knew about the accident by the time she got to work.   _____

8 I've recently joined the programme.  -  I am a new member of the cast.   _____

9 I have never been to Scotland.  -  I went to Scotland a long time ago.   _____

10 He's gone shopping.  -   He's shopping now.   _____

11 Have you ever seen this film?  -  I want to know when you saw the film.   _____

12 She has become very popular.  -  She is popular now.   _____

13 Professor Owen has been reading a book about elephants.  - She has read the whole book.   _____

14 She's read a book about elephants.  -  She has read the whole book.   _____

15 They've been living in Uganda since 1992.  -  They still live in Uganda.   _____

16 When I got home, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' started.  -  First the Oprah show started. Then I got home.   _____

17 When I got home, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' had started.  -  First the Oprah show started. Then I got home.   _____

18 By the end of the show, I had fallen asleep.  -  I fell asleep after the show.   _____

19 By midnight, I had finished the magazine article.  -  I finished the article before midnight.   _____

20 Oprah's guest had lost 25 kilos when she interviewed him.  -  The guest lost the weight before the interview.   _____

II   Read each numbered statement. Then circle the letter of the sentence (a) or (b) that best describes the information in the statement.

1 Gina has been collecting stamps since she was at school.

a) Gina stopped collecting stamps.

b) Gina still collects stamps.

2 Edward has been writing an article about toys.

a) The article is finished.

b) The article isn't finished yet.

3 Daniel looked out of the window and said, 'It's been raining.'

a) It's still raining.

b) It stopped raining a short while ago.

4 It's been raining since 6.00.

a) It's still raining.

b) It stopped raining a short while ago.

III Circle the correct articles to complete this paragraph.

Board games are popular all over a/the world. Mah Jong is an/the example of a/an very old one. I had an/a uncle who had an/the old set from Singapore. He kept a/the set in the/a beautiful box in a/the living room. He used to open the/a box and tell me about the/a pieces. They were made of bamboo and each one had a/the Chinese character on it. To me, they were the/a most fascinating things in a/the world.

IV Read this postcard and find and correct eight mistakes in the use of the and zero article.

Hi! Blare Gardens is excellent! This is best holiday we've ever been on! I love the rides here. I've been on the roller coasters before but nothing is like the one they've got here! And food is great, too. I usually don't eat the hot dogs but hot dogs here are great. So is pizza. Do you like the theme parks? If so, you've got to get your family to come. The only problem is crowds here. People have to queue to get everything - even the toilets! See you soon, Nicky