Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Embedded (Included) Questions. Choose, then check your answer.

Henri Rousseau, "The Football Players"



















1. Could you tell me how much ____________ ?
costs this suit
does this suit cost
this suit costs
does cost this suit

2. Do you have any idea how long _________ out?
had they been going
they had been going
did they go
were they going

3. Do you know why ___________ closing early today?
is the store
does the store be
will the store be
the store is

4. How much money __________ last month?
we spent
spent we
did we spend
did we spent

5. I'd like to know what ________________.
does that word mean
that word means
that word does mean
does mean that word

6. Do you know if __________________ ?
are classes held on Sunday
classes are held on Sunday
classes holding on Sunday
are classes holding on Sunday

7. Steven can't remember ____________ last weekend.
what did he do
what he did
what was he doing
what had he done

8. I don't know _____________ promoted or not.
if will I be
whether I will be
what I be will
if I will can

9. I don't know _______________ junk food or not.
if quit she eating
what she quit to eat
if she quit eating
whether did she quit eating

10. My secretary doesn't remember _____________ a copy of the letter.
if he gave me
did he give me
when did he give me
whether did he give me

11.
A: What is our new neighbor's name?
B: I'm sorry. I don't remember ______________ .
what is his name
what his name is
what's is his name
whether his name is

12. Joan can't remember _____________ her new gloves.
where did she put
whether did she put
where she put
if she put

13. The patient doesn't remember when _________________ .
is his appointment
his appointment is
does he have an appointment
if he has an appointment

14. Could you tell me ___________ ?
who is responsible for cleaning the lab
who responsible for cleaning the lab is
who for the lab responsible is cleaning
whose responsibility for the cleaning lab

15. I'm sorry. I don't know _____________.
where is the bank
where the bank is
where has the bank
where the bank

Embedded question practice from English Zone






Friday, September 25, 2009

Gerund and Infinitive. Choose, then check your answer.

"Night Cafe" by Vincent Van Gogh

















1. Does your sister __________ to play tennis?

practice
enjoy
like
think about




2. Timothy usually avoids _________ at fast-food restaurants.

to eat
eat
going
eating




3. I'm interested ___________ an English class next semester.

to take
to taking
in taking
about taking




4. Your son _________________ going to bed earlier.

doesn't like to
should start
has always hating
should decide




5. James and Margaret don't ____________ standing in line.

like to
decide
can't stand
enjoy




6. Have you ever tried _____________ your nails before?

to quit to bite
to bite to quit
quit to bite
to quit biting



7. They're excited _________________ their anniversary.

about celebrating
to celebrating
to celebrate
about celebrate




8. That's the second time she's _____________ this year.

been promoted
hurt
rejected
taken




9. She's ___________ eating too much junk food.

keeps on
been
doesn't enjoy
continues




10. Jane _____________ moving to New York, but decided against it.

decided
can't stood
considered
has thought




11. Why did you ___________ wearing a tie and jacket when you were young?

learn
hate
decide
start to




12. How long have you _______________ a piano?

been thinking to buy
thought to buy
considering buying
been thinking of buying




13. Kathy loves her cell phone. That's why she can't stop _________ it.

to use
using
use
to like




14. They're ___________________ their own gas and electricity.

responsible of
responsible
responsible to
responsible for




15. I ______________ early everyday, but not now, because I'm retired.

am used to getting up
used to get up
am used to get up
used to getting up










Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Passive Voice Practice

"Falling Water House" by the architect, Frank Lloyd Wright













1. You don't need to do the report over. It's already ___________.
rewriting
been rewriting
been rewritten
going to be rewritten

2. That piano _____________ . It's too heavy.
could be moved
will be move
was moving
can't be moved

3. My pants ____________ by the tailor right now.
are altering
have been altered
are being altered
are been altering

4. The mail _________________ yet. They're going to do it in an hour.
hasn't been distributed
is being distributed
wasn't distributed
has been distributing

5. Time Magazine ______________ every two weeks.
is published
has published
is being publish
is publishing

6. In American football players __________ more often than soccer players .
is injured
are injuring
are injured
had injuring

7. Dessert _____________ in the dinner menu.
has usually included
was usually been included
is usually including
is usually included

8. That's the second time she's _____________ this year.
been promoted
hurt
rejected
taken

9. Your TV hasn't been repaired yet. ______________ right now.
It's being repaired
It hasn't been repaired
It was repaired
It wasn't repaired

10. If you have time, please sweep the floor because ________________ .
it hasn't been swept
it's been swept
it's being swept
it's going to be swept

11. A midterm examination ____________ next week. Are you prepared?
has been given
is giving
will be given
will be giving

12. I believe this building ___________________ by Frank Lloyd Wright.
is being design
has designed
was designed
will be designing

13. On her birthday, Amanda was given ___________ .
by her parents
many presents
her grandparents a present
a very exciting year



The following article talks about using the passive voice in compositions. It is usually stronger to use the active voice when you write. But there are some situations where the passive is better. It is interesting that the passive is sometimes used when the writer doesn't want to reveal the initiator of an action, as in the sentence: "Archibald Cox, who investigated Watergate, was fired." (It was President Nixon who fired him.)

Link to an article about the Passive Voice.







Thursday, September 10, 2009

Modal Plus Present Perfect




















1. Janet's not in school today. She __________ have overslept.

should
might
couldn't
mustn't




2. Grandpa moved the piano by himself. He's okay, but he __________ have injured his back.

could
couldn't
should
must




3. My parents haven't arrived at the party yet. They don't know this city very well. They ____________ have gotten lost.

should
must
shouldn't
mustn't




4. I'm tired today. I definitely __________ have stayed up so late last night.

shouldn't
couldn't
may
could




5. How did Linda catch a cold? I'm not sure. She __________ have gone out in the rain.

couldn't
should
may
mustn't




6. Mother didn't answer the phone. She ____________ been sleeping.

should have
might have
hadn't
mustn't have



7. I think I ate too much at dinner. I definitely __________ skipped dessert.

should have
shouldn't have
had
must have




8. It's too bad you didn't practice for the marathon. You _________ won.

could have
may not have
must have
couldn't have




9. Jennifer had a lot of homework. She ____________ gone to the party last night.

couldn't have
must not have
hadn't
shouldn't have




10. Jack ______________ in a car accident yesterday. He was home all day.

shouldn't be
mustn't be
couldn't have been
shouldn't have been




11. Nancy did very well on her history test. She ______________ studied hard.

might have
should have
must have
shouldn't have




12. We couldn't hear our teacher all day. He __________________ spoken louder.

should have
must have
mustn't have
may have




13. Bill slept too late but he got to work on time. He's lucky. He _______________ missed the bus.

must have
should have
could have
mustn't have




14. It was a good movie. You _______________ seen it.

should have
shouldn't have
would have
mustn't have




15.I'm not sure. I _________ left my keys at home.

should have
might have
wouldn't have
must have




16. Be careful. That floor is wet. You _________ slipped.

should have
must have
shouldn't have
could have




17. The ground is very wet this morning. It ___________ rained last night.

couldn't have
must have
should have
would have




18. The ground is very dry this morning. It ___________ rained last night.

could have
must have
shouldn't have
mustn't have




19. You ________________ thrown out that painting. It might be worth something.

could have
must have
shouldn't have
might have




20. They ________________ enjoyed the party if more of their friends had been there.

couldn't have
must have
should have
would have




21. The boss is in a terrible mood today. He ___________ had a very good cup of coffee.

must have
could have
shouldn't have
mustn't have




22. Andrew hurt his hand while he was fixing his sink. He _____________ been more careful.

mustn't have
should have
wouldn't have
couldn't have




23. We _______________ gone to Hawaii for vacation if we had known it was going to rain the whole time.

wouldn't have
must have
should have
could have




24. Andrea is late for work. There ____________ been a lot of traffic on the Bay Bridge.

couldn't have
might not have
should have
must have




25. I _______________ answered the phone yesterday because I wasn't home.

couldn't have
didn't have
should have
might have




26. Did Marvin's cat pass away? He _____________ felt really sad.

couldn't have
should have
must have
might have




27. Why did my son become a low paying circus clown when he _____________ become a wealthy lawyer??

couldn't have
must have
shouldn't have
could have




28. If we had known about the lecture, we ____________ attended it.

couldn't have
must have
would have
shouldn't have




29. I called the Stevensons, but no one answered. They ____________ gone to the country.


shouldn't have
mustn't have
might have
would have




30. Those cool musicians play beautifully together. They ________ practiced a lot.

couldn't have
must have
should have
would have