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 Grammar tests

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1.      Complete the sentences with the verbs in parentheses. Use the appropriate tense. (20 points)

  1. We (wait) _______________ for Sara for over three hours before she finally arrived yesterday.
  2. Diane, I can't believe how much you (change)_______________ since the last time I (see) _______________ you. You (grow) _______________ at least a foot.
  3. Asma (be, not) _______________ a very good student because she (do, not) _______________ her homework.
  4. There are a lot of clouds! It (rain) _______________ soon.
  5. The sun (raise) _______________ in the East.
  6. Since 2003, they (visit) _______________ their son every year.
  7. Wait a minute, I (carry) _______________ this box for you.
  8. The telephone (ring) _______________ four times in the last hour, and each time it has been for my sister.
  9. Yesterday John took a nap from 1:00 to 2:00. I arrived at 1: 45. When I (get) _______________ there, John (sleep) _______________ . He (sleep) _______________ for 45 minutes by the time I got there.
  10. Since the beginning of the semester, Nancy (read) _______________ three novels. Right now she (read) _______________ A farewell to Arms. She (read) _______________ that novel for the past three days. She (intend) _______________ to finish it next week. In her life time, she (read) _______________ many novels, but this is the first Hemingway novel she (read, ever) _______________.


2. Indicate if the following are complete (C) or incomplete ( I ) sentences. (5 points)

___ 1. Now is possible to measure population more accurately.

___ 2. The world's population has increased tremendously.

___ 3. The population approaching six billion people.

___ 4. Because birth rates are higher in some countries.

___ 5. When the world produces more food.


3.      Choose the correct answer. (10 points)

  1. A lot of the advice my grandparents gave me __________ proven to be invaluable.

A. have                        B. has                          C. are


  1. __________ don't you go by bus, Max?

A. when                      B. why                                    C. what


  1. Yesterday, John told me a funny joke. This joke was __________ joke I've ever heard.

A. funny                      B. funnier than                        C. the funniest


  1. School is boring, but homework is __________ school.

                        A. boringly                  B. more boring than                C. the most boring


  1. My mother likes chocolate, but she __________ like biscuits.

A. don’t                      B. does                        C. doesn’t


  1. -I stayed up all night finishing this report for the boss.

-you ___________ really tired.

A. must feel                B. might feel               C. feel


  1. That is my __________ coat.

A. wife                                    B. wife's                      C. wives


  1. There were about twenty people in the photo. I didn’t recognize __________of them.

                        A. any                         B. none                        C. either


  1. Ever since Peter arrived, he __________ quietly in the corner. Is something wrong?

A. sat                           B. has been sitting                   C. had been sitting


  1. Yesterday, while I was attending a sales meeting. Mathew __________ on the company's annual report.

A. was working           B. has worked             C. had been working


4.      Change the following statements into information questions. (10 points)

  1. The boys are hiding under Tom's bed.


  1. Yesterday Carol and Jane went to the swimming pool.


  1. Sarah has to stop because of a security check.


  1.  At sunset Peter is walking along the beach.


  1. Andrew's new mountain bike costs €1000.


  1. Those books are Mona's.


  1. I haven’t been studying well because I've got a bad cold.


  1. We had had that car for ten years before it broke down.


  1. We saw a movie yesterday.


  1. Nora is making coffee for the guests.



5.      Form a sentence using the following words. (5 points)

     1) to music / Marlen / is listening / now


2) often / it / in Scotland / rains


3) did / I / my homework / in my room / not


4) Alex / under the shower / the song / sang / loudly


5) lunch / we / not / yesterday / had / at school



6.      Choose the correct completion for the following sentences. (10 points)


  1. What (do\ does) the children wear at your school?
  2. They (have \ had) breakfast at 6:30 this morning.
  3. Doris (has\ have) been waiting for Pam for over 20 minutes.
  4. You (was \ were) very busy last Friday.
  5. The poor (is\ are) helped by government programs.
  6. Linguistics (is \ are) easy to study.
  7. Two hours (is\ are) the maximum length of time allowed for the exam.
  8. A number of students (was\were) suspended because of their bad behavior.
  9. Which one of the continents in the world (is \ are) uninhabited?
  10. (Doesn’t \ Don’t) every body have a goal in life?



7.      In the following underlined words, write "C" above the count nouns and "NC" above the noncount nouns. (10 points)

1.      Ann likes to wear jewelry. Today she is wearing four rings, six bracelets, and a necklace.

2.      Gold and iron are metals.

3.      In the United States, baseball is called the national pastime. To play it, you need a baseball and a bat.

4.      I had chicken and rice for dinner last night.

5.      Sara learned several new words today. She increased her vocabulary today.


8.      Complete the sentences with a, the or X. (10 points)

  1. Susan, would you please answer __________ phone?
  2. Do you ever gaze into __________ space and wonder if __________ other life forms exist in __________ universe.
  3. The biggest bird in the world is the ostrich. It eats just about anything it can reach, including__________ stones, __________ glass, and __________ keys. It can kill __________ person with one kick.
  4. __________ jewelry Nora is wearing today is beautiful.
  5. You'd better have __________ good reason for being late!

9.      Complete each of the following sentences with the appropriate modal verb. (5 points)

  1. I _________ go downtown tomorrow; it depends on the weather.
  2. Muneera __________ come to the party, but nobody is sure.
  3. Sami __________ lift that heavy table. He is too weak.
  4. We __________ watch TV so much.
  5. __________ you please pass the salt?


10.  Read the following situations then answer the following questions using a suitable modal verb. (6 points)

1.      You have a big test tomorrow and your mother tells you that you need to go to sleep. What do you think she would say? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2.      Your little son wants to cut his food using a knife. He is not allowed to use sharp objects. How do you tell him? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3.      Your friend wants you to help her clean the house. She asks you politely to wash the dishes. How would she say it? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


11.  Write the plural form of the following words. (4 points)

Life ______________                                    Penny ______________

Thesis ____________                         Studio ______________

Mouse ____________                                    Syllabus ____________

                        Medium___________                         Fish ________________                   


12. Fill in the blanks with the correct preposition. (5 points)

  1. I'm always very tired when I get up __________ the morning.
  2. Ali always watches the news __________ nine o'clock.
  3. Some stores are closed __________ Fridays.
  4. The boat is sailing __________ the river.
  5. The house is __________ two big trees.




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