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TOEFL Preparation

Meeting 5
1. A sentence in English must have at least one subject and one verb.

Ex: I teach TOEFL every Monday


2. Common Types of Problems are:

A. Subject is missing
b. Verb is missing
c. S and V are missing
d. Has extra S or V
Example 1
_____ was ringing continuously for hours.

(A) Loudly
(B) In the morning
(C) The phone
Example 3

(D) The bells The plane __________ landing

at the airport in five minutes.

Example 2 (A) it is
Newspapers _______ every morning (B) it really is
and every evening. (C) is descending
(A) delivery (D) will be
(B) are delivered
(C) on time
(D) regularly
Exercise 1

___I___ 1. My best friend always helpful with problems

___C__ 2. The bus schedule has changed since last week
______ 3. Accidentally dropped the glass on the floor

______ 4. The customer paying the clerk for the clothes

______ 5. The professor handed the syllabus to the students
______ 6. Each day practiced the piano for hours
______ 7. The basketball player tossed the ball into the hoop
______ 8. The new student in the class very talkative and friendly

______ 9. Walking with the children to School

______ 10. The whales headed south for the winter

 Preposition: in, on, at, under, behind, in front of, below,
above, across from and etc.
 An object of a preposition is a noun or a pronoun
that comes after a preposition such as in, at, of, to,
by, behind, and on to form a prepositional phrase.

The trip (to the island) (on Saturday) will last

(for three hours).

 An object of preposition can cause confusion in the

structure of the TOEFL test.

To Mike ____ was a big surprise.

(A) really
(B) the party
(C) funny
(D) When

A preposition is followed by a noun or pronoun that is

called an object of the preposition. If a word is an object
of a preposition, it is not the subject
Exercise 2

___C__ 1. The name of the baby in the crib is Jack

____I_ 2. By the next meeting of the class need to turn in the
_____ 3. The directions to the exercise on page twenty unclear
______ 4. Because of the heavy rain throughout the night,
the walkways are muddy
______ 5. During the week eat lunch in the school
______ 6. In the morning after the concert was tired
______ 7. In the summer the trip to the mountains is our
favorite trip
______ 8. In a box on the top shelf of the cabinet in the hallway of the

______ 9. With her purse in her hand ran through the door

______ 10. At 1:00 in the morning the alarm clock on the table
beside the bed rang
1. Mark Twain _____ the years after the Civil War the “Gilded Age.”
(A) called 6. The large carotid artery ____ to the main parts of the brain.
(B) calling (A) carrying blood
(B) blood is carried
(C) he called
(C) carries blood
(D) his calls (D) blood carries

2. Early ____ toes instead of hooves on their feet. 7.___ radio as the first practical system of wireless telegraphy.
(A) horses (A) Marconi’s development
(B) had horses (B) The development by Marconi
(C) horses had (C) Developing Marconi
(D) horses having (D) Marconi developed

3. ______ grow close to the ground in the short Arctic summer. 8. In 1975, the first successful space probe to ____ beginning
(A) Above tundra plants to send information back to Earth.
(B) Tundra plants (A) Venus
(B) Venus the
(C) Tundra plants are found
(C) Venus was
(D) For tundra plants (D) Venus it was

4. In 1867, ____ Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million. 9. The two biggest resort _____ Arkansas are
(A) purchased the United States Hot Springs and Eureka Springs.
(B) to purchase the United States (A) in
(C) the United States’ purchase of (B) towns in
(D) the United States purchased (C) towns are
(D) towns are in
5. Between 1725 and 1750, New England witnessed an increase in the
specialization of _____. 10. NASA’S Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center ____ control
(A) occupations center for the Mercury Gemini, and Apollo space flights.
(A) it was at the
(B) occupies
(B) it was the
(C) they occupied (C) was the
(D) it occupied them (D) the
Present Participle : Verb + ing

e.g. arriving, teaching, studying

It can function as:

1. a part of the verb

2. an adjective
1. As a part of the verb

 If present participle (verb + ing) is accompanied by be

(am, is, are), it is a part of the VERB


1. The train is arriving at station on time

Part of Verb

2. The students are speaking English with the teacher

Part of Verb
2. As an Adjective

 If present participle (verb + ing) is not accompanied by be, it is

an adjective

1. The train arriving at station is now a hour late


2. The students speaking with the teachers are from class 10


The film ____ appearing at the local theater is my favorite.

(A) now
(B) is
(C) it
(D) Was
Exercise 3

___C__ 1. The crying baby needs to be picked up

____I_ 2. The clothes are lying on the floor should go into the washing machine
Subject adjective Verb

______ 3. The waitress bringing the steaming soup to the waiting diners

______ 4. Most of the striking workers are walking the picket line

______ 5. For her birthday, the child is getting a talking boy

______ 6. The setting sun creating a rainbow of colors in the sky

______ 7. The ship is sailing to Mexico is leaving tonight

______ 8. The letters needing immediate answers are on the desk

______ 9. The boring class just ending a few minutes a go

______ 10. The fast-moving clouds are bringing freezing rain to the area