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EXAMPLE. John __________ not here today.
The correct answer is: 'is'.
1. If I hadn't __________ by an expert, it wouldn't look so nice.
had it done
have it done
have done it
2. __________ say anything more.
I'd rather not
I hadn't rather
I rather didn't
I'd rather not to
3. Mr Jones says you are all to __________ an extra day off.
4. Which sentence is closest in meaning to the sentence underlined?
My daughter has married a ninety-year old man. It doesn't bear thinking about.
It's difficult to think about it.
I never thought of that.
I don't want to think about it.
Whatever made her decide to do that?
5. __________ popular opinion, many Welsh people do not speak Welsh.
6. Three of these verbs have the same form for past tense and past participle, like sit - sat - sat. Which one is different?
7. Is it possible to be inoculated __________ the illness called love?
8. I should like to emphasize __________ the difference between hope and wish.
9. Can I please have a room __________ my own when I grow up?
10. Payment of this invoice should be made __________ thirty days.
11. They __________ lip service to the issue, but they won't do anything about it.
12. Doctor, what's this lump on my head?
Let me __________ your mind at rest. It's nothing serious.
13. Was I asleep? I must have __________ off.
14. Please don't walk so quickly. I can hardly keep __________ you.
15. The strikers refused to accept the management's offer, but decided instead to stick __________ better working conditions.
EXAMPLE. How long did it __________ you to knit that scarf?
The correct answer is: 'take'.
16. The tap is __________ . It probably needs a new washer.
17. The guerillas attacked the village. Nobody was left alive: they __________ every one of the inhabitants.
18. She divorced him on the __________ of cruelty.
19. The play was badly under-rehearsed. Finally the audience started booing and __________ the players.
20. Parks, swimming pools and libraries are all examples of public __________ .
21. There are a lot of crooked people in big cities. If you don't want to be cheated, you'll need to keep your __________ about you.
22. If you want to marry the boss's daughter, you'll have to go in and tell him straight: go on, be a man: take the bull by the __________ !
23. It was supposed to be a social occasion, but my wife and her boss talked __________ all through the meal.
through their hats
off the cuff
24. How do you calculate the distance to the horizon?
As a __________ , it's 7 miles + 1 mile per 100 ft above sea level.
trick of the trade
rule of thumb
25. Nobody's seen him since the day he got up and walked out. He just vanished __________ .
behind the scenes
under the counter
into thin air
like a shot in the dark
The correct answer is: 'explanation'.
26. Choose the ending which forms a noun related to the word 'revive'.
27. Choose the ending which forms a noun related to the word 'seize'.
28. Three of these words make their opposite by adding the prefix im-, e.g. mutable=> immutable. Find the one which does not.
29. Only one of these words can be changed to another by changing -ful to -less, e.g., hopeful => hopeless. Which one is it?.
30. Three of these words make their opposite by adding the prefix dis-, e.g., reputable=> disreputable. Find the one that does not.
If you have broken both your legs, (1)__________ on a skiing holiday. After all, (2)__________ much fun watching others enjoying themselves on the ski slopes.
everyone enjoys going
what a good idea it would be to go
why don't you go
there's not much point in going
The correct answer is 'there's not much point in going'.
what would be
you wouldn't have
you could have
there would be
The correct answer is: 'you wouldn't have'.
(31)__________ the last joke had been told, every one of the twelve people attending the reading out of Henry's will was sitting perfectly still. desperately holding in the laughter that was bursting to get out. The suppressed laughter (32)__________ a pressure that it was like a volcano ready to erupt. Silence. Painful silence. Suddenly the lawyer sneezed. Then he took out a large red spotted handkerchief and blew his nose. Bbbrrrrrrppp. That was enough. Someone burst out laughing, (33)_________ to hold it
any longer. That started the others off. (34)__________ they were all doubled up, tears streaming from their eyes, their shoulders heaving with laughter. Of course, they were not just laughing at the sneeze, nor even at the jokes. No, they were laughing at themselves (35)__________ that Henry had led them into his last, and funniest, practical joke, setting their need to laugh against their greed for money.
By the time
It was not until
For several minutes after
had built up such
caused everyone to feel
waiting till the last moment
hoping to be able
as there was no time
Sooner or later,
As it happens,
In no time,
although they could see at last
because there was no fear
while it was clear as daylight
as it dawned on each one of them
The correct answer is: 'heart'.
39. Where does the stress fall in the word 'administrative'?
40. Three of these words can be pronounced in two different ways with a change of meaning, e.g., the verb reBEL and the noun REbel. Find the word which can be pronounced in only one way.