This is a general exercise which includes infinitives, subjunctives, conditionals,and some
examples of the be +infinitive construction When this last construction or a passive
construction is required the second verb is given in brackets at the end of the sentence.
Why are all those dogs wearing harness? ~
They . . .as guide dogs for the blind,(train)
They are being trained as guide dogs for the blind.
Fill the spaces in the following sentences by inserting the correct form of be with, where
necessary, the past participle or present or perfect infinitive of the verb in brackets.
Remember that, in the passive, be can be used in the continuous tenses.
1They are cutting down all the trees. The countryside . . .(ruin)
2The Prime Minister . . .a speech tonight,(make)
3If I . . .you I’d go on to the next exercise.
4 . . .late once is excusable but . . .late every day is not.
5He ordered that all lights . . .(extinguish)
6How long you . . .here?
7My flat was full of dust because the old house just opposite . . . (pull down)
8He asked where he . . .it. (put)
I told him to put it on the mantelpiece.
9It . . .difficult to read a newspaper upside down? {Use negative.)
10You . . .here till I return. That is an order. (stay)
11He suggests that prominent people . . .to contribute. (ask)
12Even if you . . .to go on your knees to him I don’t think it would make him change
his mind.

13 I…on a catering course when I leave school. My parents have arranged it. (go)
14What is happening now? ~
The injured man . . .out of the arena. (carry)
15It’s better . . .too early than too late.
16I wish you . . .here. I miss you very much.
17Why did you leave him behind? You . . .him with you. (Those were your
instructions.)(take)
18She is learning Italian. She . . .by a professor from Milan,(teach)
19I know I . . .half an hour late yesterday but I . . .half an hour early tomorrow.~
I’d rather you . . .punctual every day. (see 297)
20It is impossible . . .right every time.
21He . . .here by seven but now it’s nine and there’s no sign of him. (be)
22They decided that voting papers . . .to all members. (send)
23There . . .eggs for breakfast tomorrow?
24If only1…there! (But I wasn’t.)
25The Queen . . .the new hospital next week. (open)
26I couldn’t see the man who was guiding us and I didn’t know where we . . .(take)
27It . . .a trilogy but in the end the author found that he had only enough material for
two volumes,(be)
28You . . .very angry if I refused?
29The matter . . .discussed in tomorrow’s debate.
30His mare . . .in tomorrow’s race but he said this morning that she was sick and
wouldn’t be running after all. (run)
31The house wasn’t ready; it still . . .and there were pots of paint an ladders
everywhere,(paint)
32They decided that an expurgated edition . . .for use in schools. (print)
33His works are immensely popular; they . . .into all the major European languages.
(translate)
34It is high time you . . .in bed.
35I had my instructions and I knew exactly what I . . .(do)
36If this report . . .believed, we are going to have a very severe drought.