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Subject/Verb Agreement

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1. The use of vitamin supplements and herbs (be) ___ becoming
increasingly popular among Americans.

2. While many studies claim that vitamins and herbs can improve health,
there (be) ___ a lot of controversy about their safety.

3. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (do) ___ not regulate
vitamins and herbs.

4. Most experts (believe) ___ that herbal supplements are mild and
somewhat harmless.

5. Still, anyone who (take) ___ too much of a vitamin or herb could suffer
negative side effects.

6. For example, some medical problems (have) ___ been linked to overuse
of ephedra, an herb taken by people to lose weight.

7. Some research (suggest) ___ that Vitamin C may help prevent cancer.

8. People who (take) ___ more than 1,000 miligrams of vitamin C daily
may experience diarrhea or kidney stones.

9. Advertisers say that the herb "kava kava" (reduce) ___ anxiety and
insomnia.

10.Using large amounts of kava kava (be) ___ not wise as muscle, eye or
skin problems could result.

11. The danger of long-term use of vitamins and herbs (be) ___ still
unknown.

12.There (be) ___ a lot of evidence that vitamin-rich foods are beneficial.

13.However, whether the use of supplements (be) ___ helpful or not is still
being debated.

14.Most people (be) ___ able to get all the vitamins they need in the foods
they eat.

15.A daily diet that (contain) ___ foods from the 4 groups should supply all
the nutrients a person needs.

16.Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (be) ___ said to provide
all the essential vitamins we require.

17.The best way to get the necessary vitamins and minerals (be) ___
naturally, through a healthy diet.

18.Talking to your doctor before taking supplements (be) ___ advisable.

I have studied English......


1.

two months.

2.

January.

3.

the beginning of the year.

4.

about 10 minutes.

5.

I was a child in elementary school.

6.

six weeks.

7.

a long time.

8.

three days.

9.

I was 14 years old.

10.

a year ago.

11.

a year.

12.

twelve days.

13.

1997.

14.

I came to America.

15.

3 hours a day for two years.

Make sentences using "for" or "since".


Examples:
How long have you worked at the bank? (two years)
I have worked at the bank for two years.
How long have you been married? (1996)
I have been married since 1996.

1. How long have you lived in the United States? (one year)

2. How long has Mary been a nurse? (April)

3. How long has Karen known Tom? (1979)

4. How long have they studied English? (a few months)

5. How long has Karen played tennis? (a long time)

6. How long has he worn glasses? (1975)

7. How long has Emily played the piano? (high school)

8. How long will you be on vacation? (three weeks)

9. How long have you driven a car? (my birthday)

10.How long has Ron had his new computer? (last month)

11. How long has she owned the book shop? (ten years)

12.How long has Gary played football? (several years)

13.How long have your friends been in town? (Monday)

14.How long has Mrs. Smith lived on Clark Street? (many years)

15.How long has the post office been closed. (five oclock)

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1. She's lived here ___ 1975.
a. for
b. since

2. He's been in London ___ five days.


a. for
b. since

3. They haven't been used ___ many years.


a. for
b. since

4. She's been working ___ nine this morning.


a. for
b. since

5. I haven't eaten ___ hours.


a. for
b. since

6. It has been raining ___ ages.


a. for
b. since

7. India has been independant ___ 1947.


a. for
b. since

8. They have been married ___ October.


a. for
b. since

9. How many years is it ___ you graduated from junior high school?
a. for
b. since

10.We have been waiting ___ twenty minutes.


a. for
b. since

Comparative & Superlative 3


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1.
One syllable adjectives form their comparative by adding ___ to the positive
form.

2.
One syllable adjectives form their superlative by adding ___ to the positive form.

3.
Adjectives of three syllables or more form the comparative by putting ___ before
the adjective.

4.
Adjectives of three syllables or more form the superlative by putting ___ before
the adjective.

5.
There are some irregular comparisons. Better, for example, is the ___ form of
'good'.

6.
Parallel increase is expressed by the ___ ..... the ___ as in the example: "The more
I study, the less I know".

7.
Equality is expressed by ___ adjective ___ in the affirmative.

8.

Equality is expressed by not ___ adjective ___.

If Clauses
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Dependent Clause
If it rains,

If you promise to do it,

If she calls me,

If Jane were here,

Main Clause
Choose

Choose

Choose

Choose

Choose

If he had studied,

If he hadn't eaten so much,

If I were you,

If we had money,

Choose

Choose

Choose

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1. ___ is used to indicate possession.
a. A quotation
b. An apostrophe
c. A hyphen

2. ___ is used to mark the end of declarative and imperative sentences.


a. A period
b. A comma
c. A semi-colon

3. A comma ___ be used between a verb and its direct object or


complement.
a. can
b. cannot

4. When a subordinate clause is followed by the main clause, ___ is


required.
a. a dash
b. a semi-colon
c. a comma

5. When a comma is used ___ meaning is ___.


a. inappropriately, maintained
b. appropriately, changed
c. inappropriately, changed

6. ___ precedes decimal numbers.


a. A period
b. A comma
c. A colon

7. When no connecting word is used to connect two independent clauses,


one should use ___.
a. a comma
b. a semi-colon
c. a period

8. A question mark is not used at the end of ___ .


a. an indirect question
b. a direct question

9. In ___ piece of writing, a dash replaces the parentheses or commas.


a. a formal
b. an informal

10.___ separates a question tag from the rest of the sentence.


a. A dash
b. A semi-colon
c. A comma

11. To enclose cross-references one uses ___.


a. parentheses
b. hyphens
c. question marks

12.In ___ all words and punctuation are enclosed by quotation marks.
a. indirect speech
b. direct speech

13.___ is used at the end of a sentence or remark to express strong emotion.


a. An exclamation mark
b. A question mark
c. A quotation mark

14.___ are used around a relative clause that defines the noun it follows.
a. Only commas
b. No commas
c. Semi-colons

15.A question mark is used in parenthesis to express ___.


a. anger
b. amazement
c. doubt

Borrow or Lend
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When you need money, you can

from a bank, but be

prepared to pay high interest. Banks don't

money as a

favor. They charge for the loan. Only friends may


money as a favor. If you

money from a friend, be

prepared to return the favor one day. Your friend may also ask
you to

him some money when he doesn't want

to

from a bank. On that occasion, you either

him money or you lose a friend.


Bed in Summer

A Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894


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In
And dress

I get up

night

yellow

In

, quite

I have

go to bed

-light.
other way,
day.

I have to go

bed and see

The
Or

still

the grown-up people's feet

Still going

And

me

the street.

it not seem hard

When all

you,

sky is clear and

And I should like


To

on the tree,

to go to

much to

,
,

by day?

Newspaper Headlines
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The Hint button shows the letters that are in the answer.
1. European Parliament (EP) disappointment ____ Amsterdam provisions.

2. Environmental cooperation ____ Asia.

3. Immigration ____ in the EU.

4. Cannabis ___ list of drugs.

5. _____ Parliament fact sheets.

6. Beefing up _____ protection.

7. Shopping revolution in ______ Europe.

8. A new policy thrust in line with a ______ world.

9. Guidelines for ______ EU-ACP relations

10.Incentives --- not _____.

Connectives
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1. Karen is rich; ___, her cousin Kate is poor.
a. therefore
b. however

c. otherwise

2. You'd better take a taxi. ___, you'll arrive late.


a. Consequently
b. Furthermore
c. Otherwise

3. I enjoy reading this new magazine. ___, it has good articles.


a. Moreover
b. Nevertheless
c. However

4. Jack wasn't tired. ___, he took a nap.


a. Otherwise
b. Hence
c. Nevertheless

5. Phil was not thirsty; ___, he drank five glasses of water.


a. however
b. moreover
c. furthermore

6. The kids didn't study. ___, they failed the course.


a. Therefore
b. Nonetheless
c. Otherwise

7. The weather was terrible. ___, we decided to delay our trip.


a. Furthermore

b. Besides
c. Therefore

8. You must buy the tickets; ___, we won't be able to see that play.
a. otherwise
b. although
c. besides

9. The neighborhood isn't very interesting. I like the house, ___.


a. moreover
b. thus
c. though

10.We live in the same building; ___, we hardly see each other.
a. however
b. therefore
c. furthermore

11. He didn't earn enough money. ___, his wife decided to get a job.
a. Moreover
b. Therefore
c. Although

12.That house isn't big enough for us, and ___, it's too expensive.
a. furthermore
b. hence
c. although

13.We have plenty of money and workers; ___, we hope to finish the house
remodeling soon.
a. nevertheless
b. unless
c. thus

14.She's extremely rich; ___, she's not snobbish.


a. hence
b. however
c. otherwise

15.It was a windy and rainy night. ___, I decided to go out.


a. nevertheless
b. otherwise
c. hence

Conjunctions II
Combine the sentences using the conjunction given in parentheses.
Do not change the order of the sentences. Pay attention to the punctuation.
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1. They got married. They had to learn to manage their own home. (after)

2. He went crazy. His wife burnt his breakfast. (when)

3. You can hear what I'm saying. You keep quiet. (if)

4. I won't invite my classmates to a party. I know them well. (until)

5. He arrived home. I had already cleaned the house. (by the time)

6. The first quiz was easy. This one is extremelly difficult. (whereas)

7. She's snobbish. People like her. (yet)

8. We're broke. We can't buy anything. (since)

9. He failed. He won't give up his ideals. (even though)

10.He fell asleep. He was watching the film. (while)

Conjunctions I
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1. Do you think this is something ___ can be learned?
a. who
b. that
c. X (the conjunction can be omitted)

2. Don't go out ___ you've finished your work.


a. as

b. while
c. until

3. Make sure you close all the windows ___ it starts to rain.
a. after
b. before
c. for

4. I think I know ___ he left the job.


a. why
b. until
c. where

5. ___ I had known how much I would disappoint him, I woudn't have
done it.
a. Whether
b. When
c. If

6. ___ you see me, get in the car.


a. As soon as
b. While
c. Whether

7. My friend John, ___ lives in California, has a car with a New York
license.
a. whose
b. who
c. that

8. It's usually quite simple to cross the border between the USA and
Canada ___ these two countries have friendly relations.
a. yet
b. and
c. because

9. ___ a university professor returns from a sabbatical leave, he should be


better qualified.
a. Until
b. When
c. Even though

10.She's ___ a snobbish person ___ nobody likes to be with her.


a. such...that
b. such...as
c. so...that

Correct or Incorrect use of


preposition?
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the sentence is correct (c) or incorrect (i).
1.
She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others.

2.

On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%.

3.
When we said: "the time is over", the young girl glanced quickly on her watch.

4.
There's a fine of 25 cents a day at overdue library books.

5.
In the beginning of his career he had very little success.

6.
He forgot to consider the rise in the cost of living.

7.
This ticket entitles you to a free meal in our new restaurant.

8.
Why did the burden to bringing up her two brothers fall on her shoulders?

9.

When I came through the customs at the airport, I had to pay duty about an
electric knife I had in my luggage.

10.

The botanist discovered some new specimens of flowers on that island.

Prepositions III
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answer hidden under the answer button.
1.
___ his way to Japan he stopped over in Los Angeles.
On
In

2.
Thanks ___ all you've done for me.
for
about

3.

You should spend your money ___ something worthwhile.


with
on

4.
Is there anything ___ sale at the mall this week? I don't have much
money to spend.
for
on

5.
We're looking at some of the ads offered ___ that brochure.
in
on

6.
Have you found a nice gift ___ her?
to

for

7.
___ a rainy day I like to stay at home.
On
In

8.
In winter Florida is very popular with northerners who suffer ___ the
cold weather in their states.
with
from

9.
John, do you remember Mary? She's an old friend ___ school.
from
of

10.
Let's go ___ a tour of the city.
to
on

11.
Who is that man smiling ___?
at
to

12.
Many animals are ___ the risk of extinction.
at
in

13.
Switzerland is famous ___ its watches.
about

for

14.
You'd better change ___ a lower gear when driving uphill.
to
for

15.
Ours is the best car ___ the market.
in
on

16.
Can I pay for this painting ___ dollars?
in
with

17.

This story is similar ___ the one she told us.


with
to

18.
Find answers ___ these questions if you can.
to
for

19.
I'm not sure ___ all that the interest rate is affordable.
of
at

20.
The President approves ___ making the agreement with Brazil.
of

in

Active or Passive Voice


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answer hidden under the answer button.
1.
Everybody ___ by the terrible news yesterday.
shocked
was shocked

2.
Mr. Green ___ at the University since 1989.
has been teaching
has been taught

3.

Not much ___ about the accident since that time.


has said
has been said

4.
A new book ___ by that company next year.
will publish
will be published

5.
He ___ the girl's name now.
remembers
is remembered

6.
The secretary ___ to her new boss yesterday.
introduced

was introduced

7.
Our plan ___ by the members of the committee.
is being considered
is considered

8.
He ___ responsible for the accident.
was holding
was held

9.
A prize ___ to whoever solves this equation.
will be giving
will be given

10.

When the manager arrived, the problem ___ .


had already been solved.
had already solved.

A Little-A Few
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1. I've got ___ money. Let's have coffee.
a. a little
b. a few

2. I've got ___ stamps that you can use.


a. a little
b. a few

3. I've got ___ time. Do you want to talk?


a. a little
b. a few

4. She can speak ___ Spanish.


a. a little
b. a few

5. I write ___ letters every week.


a. a little

b. a few

6. We had ___ rain last night.


a. a little
b. a few

7. They made ___ mistakes, but it was OK.


a. a little
b. a few

8. Let's go outside for ___ fresh air.


a. a little
b. a few

9. There are ___ new hotels since you last visited.


a. a little
b. a few

Fall, Feel or Fill


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then compare it with the correct answer hidden under theanswer button.
1. Don't climb the tree. You might ___.
fill
fall

feel

2.
Have you ever ___ unwanted in your job?
felt
fell
filled

3.
My book is so old that it's ___ apart.
filling
feeling
falling

4.
She slipped and ___ flat on her face.
fell

filled
felt

5.
I ___ stupid when I realized what I'd done.
felt
filled
fell

6.
He ___ to his knee and begged for clemency.
filled
felt
fell

7.
The world economy ___ that this is not a good time to invest inthe Stock
Market.

feels
fills
falls

8.
Bob and Mary have never ___ in love.
filled
felt
fallen

9.
How are you ___ today?
feeling
falling
filling

10.

He ___ prey to all her charm and intelligence.


felt
filled
fell

11.
How come she forget to ___ the car tank?
fill
feel
fall

12.
All of a sudden the sound of mourning ___ the room.
felt
filled
fell

13.
Are you sure Christmas will ___ on a Friday this year?
fall
fill
feel

14.
He's never ___ so confident of success before.
felt
filled
fell

15.
Sorry, but the job vacancy has already been ___.
felt
filled

fallen

On, In or At?
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1. The remote control is ___ the television.
a. on
b. in
c. at

2. There is a good movie ___ television tonight.


a. on
b. in
c. at

3. I need to study ___ home.


a. on
b. in
c. at

4. His mother is very ill and is ___ bed.


a. on
b. in
c. at

5. He said he'd meet me ___ 8 o'clock.


a. on
b. in

c. at

6. I'm cold so I am going to put ___ a sweater.


a. on
b. in
c. at

7. David is ___ the dentist's.


a. on
b. in
c. at

8. These oranges are cheap because they are ___ sale.


a. on
b. in
c. at

"Will Be Doing" or "Will Have Done"


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1. My English class ends at 3 pm. So at 4 o'clock it ___
a. will be ending
b. will have ended

2. John swims from 9 to 10 every morning. So at 9:30 tomorrow morning


he ___
a. will be swimming

b. will have swum

3. I will graduate in December. So, in January I ___


a. will be graduating
b. will have graduated

4. The movie starts at 5:30. It's 5:20. It will take us 30 minutes to get to the
theater. When we get there, the movie ___
a. will be starting
b. will have started

5. Mary always watches the news on TV from 8 to 8:30 pm. It's 8:15 now.
If we call her now, she ___
a. will be watching the news
b. will have watched the news

6. I will go to Europe on February 10th. Please call me before that day. If


you call me after February 10, I already ___ to Europe.
a. will be going
b. will have gone

7. My father uses the computer until 6 pm every day. It's 5 o'clock now.
Let's wait until 6. If we go home now, he ___ the computer.
a. will be using
b. will have used

8. Susan is on vacation in Florida. She doesn't have much money and she's
spending it too quickly. Before the end of her vacation, she ___ all her
money. She'll be broke.

a. will be spending
b. will have spent

9. I'm very tired today. I'm going to bed early. Please don't call me after 9
pm because I ___
a. will be sleeping
b. will have slept

10.I have a very important English test tomorrow. I will study hard today
and I'm sure before I go to bed I ___ all the verb tenses.
a. will be learning
b. will have learned

Various Questions III


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1. He ___ smoke a lot, but after he developed a lung disease, he decided to
quit smoking.
a. used to
b. was used to

2. My life was rather dull ___ I decided to move to the city.


a. unless
b. until

3. His watch ___


a. has been stolen.

b. has stolen

4. Little ___ that their plan has been discovered.


a. do they suspect
b. they suspect

5. ___ the rain, we went to the club.


a. Despite
b. Despite of

6. He didn't go to the party. Now he regrets ___ so.


a. not having done
b. not have done

7. If I had known I'd hurt him so much, I ___ that.


a. couldn't have said
b. wouldn't have said

8. Personally I ___ go to Greece.


a. would rather
b. would prefer

9. She hasn't read the article, nor ___ the essay.


a. has written
b. has she written

10.Margareth ___ her mother the prize she had gotten in the competition.
a. proudly showed

b. showed proudly

11. Have you picked up my ___ by mistake?


a. car's key
b. car key

12.I wonder how much ___


a. that car is.
b. is that car

13.Our customer's money ___ if they're not satisfied with the product.
a. will be refunded
b. will have been refunded

14.It's clearly stated that you ___ copy the site without written permission
from the webmaster.
a. should not
b. ought not

15.This ticket ___ a free meal in our new cafeteria.


a. entitles you to
b. entitles you for

16.The price of oil ___ several times in the last two years.
a. has gone up
b. went up

17.___ for the TOEFL exam in June, we took a sham exam in April.
a. Prepare
b. To prepare

18.I'm sure that by the end of this week, I ___ the hang of HTML.
a. will have been getting
b. will have gotten

19.Everything depends on ___ we get a raise in our salary.


a. if
b. whether

20.The policeman is demanding that the thief ___ the crime.


a. confess
b. confesses