Exercises

Talking about unreal past

October 20, 2014

We often use the past tense form to express a wish. This is quite common after expressions like I wish, I’d rather, If only, As if, Suppose, and It’s time/high time. Study the examples given below. I wish I was taller. (NOT I wish I am taller.) It’s time you started looking for a job. […]

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Sentence synthesis using too…to

October 17, 2014

We can combine two clauses using too…to. Read the following sentences. He is very proud. He will not ask for help. We can combine these two sentences using too….to. He is too proud to ask for help. The same idea can be expressed using so…that… He is so proud that he will not ask for […]

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Simple past and past perfect tense exercise

October 14, 2014

Complete the following sentences using a simple past or past perfect tense form. 1. The patient ……………………. (die) before the doctor …………………… (arrive). 2. As the fire …………………. (break) out, people ………………….. (hurry) out of their house. 3. I …………………… (meet) him yesterday. 4. I ……………………… (recognize) him immediately as I ………………….. him before. (see) […]

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Since and for

October 13, 2014

Complete the following sentences using since or for. 1. I have been associated with this organization …………………… ten years. a) since b) for 2. My grandmother has been ailing …………………. July. a) since b) for 3. …………………… when have you been living in this city? a) since b) for 4. They have been learning Latin […]

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The present perfect and present perfect continuous tense exercise

October 13, 2014

Complete the following sentences using a present perfect or present perfect continuous tense. Tip The present perfect tense is used to denote completion. The present perfect continuous tense is used to show continuity. 1. It ………………………… continuously since morning. (rain) 2. We …………………………. (visit) them twice, but they ………………………. (not visit) us yet. 3. I […]

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Subject verb agreement exercise

October 11, 2014

Combine the following sentences using an appropriate form of the verb given in the brackets. 1. Man and woman …………………… complementary to each other. (is / are) 2. Plenty of mangoes and bananas ………………… available in this season. (is / are) 3. A dictionary and an atlas ……………………… missing from the library. (is / are) […]

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Question tags exercise

October 10, 2014

Add appropriate question tags to the following sentences. 1. She speaks English well, ……………………..? a) does she b) doesn’t she c) is she 2. He has left, ………………………..? a) has he b) hasn’t he c) did he 3. You will have some tea, ………………………? a) will you b) won’t you c) have you d) haven’t […]

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Frame questions

October 9, 2014

The interrogative pronouns who, what, whom, whose, which and the interrogative adverbs where, when, why and how are used to frame information questions. The structure ‘how + an adjective/adverb’ may also be used to frame information questions. Frame questions which will elicit the following answers. 1. These are John’s books. 2. I want a pen. […]

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Perfect tenses exercise

October 8, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate verb form and a time expression. 1. I ………………………. this town ………………… 1990. (not visit) 2. He …………………… with us …………………….. over five years. (work) 3. They ………………….. each other ………………. two years. (know) 4. We …………………. not ……………………. on friendly terms ………………….. nearly two years. (be) 5. […]

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Modal auxiliary verbs exercise

October 6, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate modal auxiliary verb. 1. The police warned the mob that they …………………… start firing, if they created trouble. (could / would / might) 2. Passengers …………………… not smoke on the bus. (must / can / should) 3. ……………………. I have a word with you? (Can / will / […]

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