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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Adjectives & Adverbs, Exercise 1


Underline the correct answer

1. I often get nervous / shyly in new social situations.

2. I am confident / easily around new people.

3. I often feel excited / nervously before a party.

4. I feel uncomfortable / uncomfortably when I’m nervous.

5. I hope other people think I look attractive / confidently.

6. I try to be a nicely / friendly person.

7. I like to tell jokes and make people laugh. I tell jokes bad / well.

8. I get excited / well when I listen to music and sing along to the songs.

9. It’s never a problem for me to remember people’s names. I do that easily / automatic. 

10. I give my opinion when I feel strong / strongly about something.

11/ She is a very slow / slowly worker.

12. My mother speaks perfect / perfectly German.

13. It was raining very heavy / heavily.

14. He passed his test easy / easily.

15. We`ll have an accident if you don`t drive more careful / carefully.

16. I`ve never seene her dance so good / well.

17. I am real / really sure that I am right.

18. That was a stupid / stupidly thing to say.

19. She was smiling happy / happily.

20. You were very unlucky / unluckily to lose the game.

21. This soup tastes good / well.

22. She looked calm / calmly but I`m sure she was very nervous.

23. They always work very hard / hardly.

24. She often comes late / lately to class.

25.  She is a very good - looking / well - looking girl.

26. You are absolute / absolutely right.

27. Please be quiet / quietly. I`m trying to read.

28. I did really bad / badly in the Maths test.

29. I am extreme / extremely sorry I am late.

30. She can run quicker / more quickly than me.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Daily Wild: Nature’s Most Incredible Creatures

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1. New York's White Deer Face Uncertain Future

White-tailed deer typically aren’t all white, but a pale-furred herd of about 200 has flourished in the confines of New York’s Seneca Army Depot.
In the wild, deer with the genetic variant that results in white fur often end up easy targets for hunters or predators, but since the Army retired the 24-square-mile base in 2000, the white deer enclosed on the premises have enjoyed the safety of the depot’s chain-link perimeter fencing.
But the Army is putting the land up for sale in December, and the future of the white deer is in question. 
According to The Associated Press, the Nature Conservancy is looking at options to preserve the largely undeveloped landscape.

2. Fur Seal Pups Feeling the Heat

A record number of emaciated northern fur seal pups have ended up stranded on California beaches this year; they were taken in and cared for by facilities such as the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
Scientists are blaming the increased strandings on unusually warm water temperatures along the coast that have pushed the fish fur seals depend on as a food source farther offshore. 
The Marine Mammal Center has rescued 1,747 seals and sea lions so far this year—the most in its 40-year history.
(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

3. With the Death of San Diego’s Northern White Rhino, the Population Drops to Three

Decimated by poaching, the species finds test tube breeding to be its last hope for survival.
A northern white rhino was euthanized Sunday at its enclosure in San Diego’s Safari Park, leaving only three of the species left in the world.

Nola, a 41-year-old, 4,500-pound female, had been under veterinary care for a bacterial infection as well as age-related health problems. Her condition worsened over the weekend, according to zoo officials.

“We’re absolutely devastated by this loss, but resolved to fight even harder to end extinction,” the San Diego Zoo posted on its Facebook page.

Nola was captured in the wild and brought to a Czech zoo at around two years of age. She arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1989.

The world’s three remaining northern white rhinos—one male and two females—live on a 700-acre preserve in Kenya, under armed guard to protect them from poachers. 

Age and poor health have rendered them incapable of reproduction.

In 1960, as many as 2,000 northern white rhinos roamed across Chad, the Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, northeastern Zaire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and northwestern Uganda. 

By 1984, that number had dwindled to just 15 animals.  
But conservationists hold out hope that technological advancements in in vitro fertilization over the next 10 to 15 years may save the species.
Along with habitat loss, poaching—fueled by the rise in demand for rhino horn used in traditional Asian medicines—has effectively snuffed out the northern white rhino species.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Test 12


Choose the correct answer:

If I found her address, I ------------------- her an invitation.
had send                 
would send                 
would have send

Those children are really noisy.
a. I wish they were quieter
b. I wish they would be quiet
c. If only they had been quiet

I don`t understand this point of grammar. I wish I ------------ it better
understood                   
had understood                   
would understand

The information you need is / are in the report.

Last night's news was/ were very bad.

He gave me a lot of advice / advices when I joined the company.

The country with the fewest / the least people per square kilometer must be Australia.

Little did he know what his decision would lead to / Little did he knew what his decision would lead to.

The matter could be explained in no other way. / The matter could be explained in any other way.

The beavers spent the afternoon lying new branches on the lodge. / The beavers spent the afternoon laying new branches on the lodge.

The cat preferred to sit on the dining room table. / The cat preferred to set on the dining room table.

Mary lay down for a short nap before the exam./ Mary laid down for a short nap before the exam.

He is always making noise at night. / He always makes noise at night.

If you ___________ a little earlier, you would have caught the bus.
arrive                      
had arrived                         
would arrive                         
arrived

Choose the correct answer:

1. She burst into _______________ (tear/ tears) when she heard the bad news.

2. Peter and Jack shake _______________ (hand/ hands) and become friends again.

3. She can’t see what is written on the blackboard without her contact _______________ (len/ lens)

4. The two sisters took _______________ (turn/ turns) at sitting up with their sick mother.

5. Quite a number of _______________ (DJ/ DJs) have extended their careers to singing.

6. If you want to get well, you should take the doctor’s _______________ (advice/ advices).

7. Mary never does her _______________ (homework/ homeworks)

8. Johnny has lost his _______________ (luggage/ luggages).

9. The factory workers stopped working and took (a rest/ rest).

10. The children sat on the _______________ (grass/ grasses).

Underline the incorrect word in each sentence and write the correct word in the space provided.

1. He takes part in a lot of extracurricular activitys.  
           ______________ 

2. I always put three teaspoon of sugar in my coffee.    
        ______________

3. The field is full of sheeps.                               ______________

4. The thief was wearing jean.                              ______________

5. Money cannot buy happinesses.                           ______________ 

6. They want to finish the job themself.  
                     ______________

7. How many piece of cheese would you like?                  ______________

8. A mice was hiding under the table.                         ______________

9. Three passer-bys were shot in the raid.                      ______________

10. Put on more cloth or you will get a cold.                    ______________


Cross out a/an if it is wrong and substitute it with some. If it is correct, put a tick

1. Can you give me an ____________ information, please?

2. I bought a ____________ suitcase yesterday.

3. We need a ____________money for the cinema.

4. He’s eating a ____________ bread.

5. I’d like a _____________ advice about my future.

6. We stopped at the filling station to get a ___________ petrol.

7. I really need a _____________ holiday.

8. Can you give me a ___________water, please? I’m thirsty.

9. Can you pass me a ____________ newspaper?

10. Do you want an ___________ apple?

Write the past tense and past participle of the following verbs: 

dive, lend, stick, tear, forget, feel, feed, found, hold, hide, lie, swim, lay, bring, rise, hang, wind, bind, shrink, shoot, build, shake, strike, sweep, thrust, bend, wear, withdraw, kneel, keep, hold, dwell



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Miscellaneous, Test 8

Are the following nouns countable or uncountable?

ballet                                  
business               
love                                          
happiness                                                    
desk                                      
weather
information                          
furniture                   
luggage                                
bag
water                                   
sugar                          
bottle                                   
rice
advice                                  
news                           
statement                           
research

Choose the correct answer:

I have been drinking / have drunk 2 cups of coffee this morning. 

She has been driving / has driven 300 miles since Tuesday.

She`d better go home, wouldn`t / hadn`t she?

I haven`t been on vacation for / since two years.

The weather today is even bad / worse than yesterday.

Let`s meet again next Sunday, shall we / will you ?

He opened the box carefuly / carefully.

It has been five years since I last have spoken / spoke French.

I can sell you some bananas but only few / a few.

Sorry, I can't repay you this week. I'm completely broken / broke.

I really regretted my mistake. It was one that I had not to make / ought not have made.

The bath / sink / toilet is downstairs in the kitchen.

The princess laid / lain / lay down and slept for twenty years.

Can you put me down / in / up for the weekend?

Paul is Mary's father, so Mary is Paul's nephew / niece / daughter.

Thank you for letting me to take / take / taking your dog for a walk.

Choose the correct answer:

Hardly had I begun to speak when / than I was interrupted.

Scarcely had we started our meal when / that / than the phone rang.

No sooner had I arrived when / that / than they all started to argue.

Only after the meeting did / realized / have I realized / did I realize the importance of the subject.

In no way was the cyclist held / hold responsible for the recent accident.

I like coffee, and so does / is Ella.

Such / So was her disappointment that she started to cry.

Owls live in tree hollows, as do / are squirrels.

The doors opened, and out ran / run several people.

Only when I arrived at the hotel did I notice / did I noticed that my travel bag was missing.

Scarcely have they been on time than / when / what their teacher came in.

No sooner had he finished dinner, when / than / then she entered the room.

Only than / then / when did I understand the problem.

Such / So strange was the situation that / than I couldn`t sleep.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How can I improve my English ?
- Read as much as you can even if you don`t understand every word or phrase. It`s important to catch the message of the text.

- Do exercises and tests but be sure you ask somebody to correct your mistakes and explain the grammar items.

- Do a language exchange. Enter English forums, talk to English speakers, on e-mails, facebook, but be careful ! Not all English speakers are native ones.
It takes a long time to learn a foreign language and studying English might be difficult, but not so hard if you are determined to do it.

There is no quick fix when it comes to improving your command over a particular language. It always requires a lot of time and effort.

2. Do you tutor / give English language private lessons ?
Yes, I do, but  - there is always a "but" -  it depends on your level and, of course, on the purpose you would like to learn English.

3. What about tuition fees ?
Program tuition fees vary  and for full details contact me on e-mail.
Keep up to date with all of the new things I create by following me on my site. 
Or just drop by for a chat and let me know how your day has been.

4. Can you help me ?
I am open to any of your questions, I can help you improve your English and correct your writing. It mostly depends on you, i.e., your level, your way of learning, time and many others.

5. Can I ask you a question about English grammar?
Yes, of course ! I'd love to hear from you, though I get a lot of messages so I don't always reply very quickly. But I do reply! You can e-mail me at: teia_petrescu@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If Clause, Exercise 11


IF CLAUSE TEST

1. Everybody would have drowned if the boat ---- the quayside when it sank.
A)    must not have approached     
B)   didn't approach 
C)   hadn't been approaching                 
D)   hasn't approached             
E)   wouldn't be approaching

2. My brother is sitting by the telephone wishing his girlfriend ---- him.
A)   calls        
B)   has called    
C)   will call     
D)   would call   
E)   is calling

3. I know Sid wishes she ---- the horses with her friends, but she is too young.
A)  could ride   
B)  would ride  
C)  will be riding  
D) would have ridden  
E)  has ridden

4. One day I ---- to visit my cousin in Australia if I can get three weeks off work.
A)   have liked            
B)   had liked      
C)   would like    
D)   liked        
E)   were to like

5. Later on today, I ---- a cake for tea if we---- all of the necessary ingredients , of course.
A)   would bake/were having       
B)   will bake/have
C)   could have baked/had              

D)   will have baked/have had
E)   were to have baked/would have


6. That yoghurt ---- mouldy if you ---- it soon.
A)   was going/didn't eat                
B)   would have gone/weren't eating
C)   will go/don't eat             

D)   goes/won't have eaten   
E)   would go/haven't eaten

7. If people ---- any opium-related drug often enough, they ---- physically dependent, or addicted, to the drug.
A)   take/become   
B)   took/became  
C)   would take/had become 
D)   were taking/may become              
E)   are taking/have become

8. Danny and I ---- the responsibility for the food for the party provided you ---- the hall with balloons.
A)   take/would be decorating      
B)   have taken/would decorate   
C)   can take/decorate
D)   are taking/decorated                   

E)   could take/should decorate

9. I don't believe that Susan really wants to lose weight; otherwise, she ---- vigorously every day.
A)   will be exercising   
B)   was exercising   
C)   exercises    
D)   has exercised
E)   would exercise


10. When I entered the teenager's bedroom, it looked as though a hurricane ---- the place.
A)   has hit    
B)   hits    
C)   would hit   
D)   had hit    
E)   has been hitting

11. David ---- the sponsored bike ride if he ---- to raise money on behalf of that charity for world peace.
A)   doesn't enter/wouldn't have decided          B)   wasn't entering/didn't decide
C)   didn't enter/hasn't decided           

D)   couldn't enter/might not decide
E)   wouldn't be entering/hadn't decided


12. You ---- in your exam paper when the bell rings even if you ---- answering all of the questions.
A)   have to hand/haven't finished            
B)   will hand/didn't finish
C)   were handing/wouldn't have finished             

D)   must hand/may not finish
E)   would have handed/hadn't finished


13. Sheila was busy trying to please Jim all night at the party, as though he ---- the only guest at her party.
A)   were    
B)   would be   
C)   has been    
D)   had been    
E)   could be

14. ----John ---- in late again today, don't hesitate to give him a final warning. I cannot stand anyone not being punctual at all.
A)   Had/come   
B)   Should/come    
C)   Would/come    
D)   Will/come    
E)   Has/come

15. Most of the students ---- a lot better on the test, but they definitely ----- adequate time. 
A)   will be doing/don't give     
B)   should have done/aren't given 
C)   did/wouldn't have been given   
D)   were doing/haven't given
E)   could have done/weren't given


16. As he ---- a party with us that evening, that means that he ---- in the vicinity the night Tommy was attacked.
A)    had attended/won't be   
B)    had been attending/hasn't been
C)   was attending/couldn't have been     

D)   attends/wouldn't be
E)   would attend/hadn't been


17. If we ---- out all the clutter in our filing cabinets in the first place, we ---- so behind with the tax payments now.
A)   were sorting/wouldn't have been    
B)    have sorted/can't have been
C)   sorted/won't be      

D)   had sorted/wouldn't be    
E)   are sorting/haven't been

18. My brother ---- the competition provided safety measures ----.
A)   enters/were to be taken      
B)   has entered/had been taken
C)   would enter/were taken    

D)   will enter/will have taken   
E)   entered/would have been taken

19. Kate has just ignored me as if we ---- complete strangers. Have I upset her?
A)   were         
B)   are             
C)   will be         
D)   would be     
E)    have been

20. If you ---- to go by the area where I live while you're travelling to your destination, would you like to stop over for a break?
A) have happened            
B) should happen   
C) would happen    
D) might happen
E) had happened


21. "If there ---- so many badly behaved boys in that awful class, perhaps it ---- quite so unruly," argued the substitute teacher.
A)   hadn't been/shouldn't be    
B)   can't be/might not be    
C)   wouldn't be/wasn't
D)   aren't/hasn't been      

E)   weren't/wouldn't be

22. I---- you to the party, but I was informed that you ---- in Italy on holiday.
A)   will invite/have been     
B)   had been inviting/are   
C)   would have invited/were
D)   would invite/had been              E)   invited/would have been


23. You ---- for your exams; now, you failed your degree and ruined your chances of getting a good job!
A)   have to revise    
B)   should have revised     
C)   will be revising
D)   had been revising     

E)   must have revised

24. I wish you ---- your gum less vigorously. It's getting on my nerves.
A) would chew    
B) are chewing    
C) have chewed    
D) can  chew  
E) chew

25. Jenny ---- back to work after the baby is born if she ----- work part-time.
A)   would come/will be able to    
B)   will come/is able to   
C)   was coming/had been able to  

D)   has come/has been able to     E)   comes/might be able to