Part Ican,used to express ability withcould, shall/will be able
Fill the following spaces, using canfor present, couldfor past and shall/will be ablefor
future. There is no need to use other able form in this section. Put to where necessary
before the infinitives.
1 . . .you stand on your head?~
I . . .when I was at school but I . . .now. (2ndverb negative)
2When I’ve passed my driving test I . . .hire a car from our local garage.
3At the end of the month the Post Office will send him an enormous telephone bill
which he . . .pay. (negative)
4I . . .remember the address, (negative) ~
. . .you even remember the street? (negative)
5When the fog lifts we . . .see where we are. .
6You’ve put too much in your rucksack; you never . . .carry all that.
7When I was a child I . . .understand adults, and now that I am an adult I . . .understand
children, (negative, negative)
8When you have taken your degree you . . .put letters after your name?
9Don’t try to look at all the pictures in the gallery. Otherwise when you get home you . .
.remember any of them. (negative)
10When I first went to Spain I . . .read Spanish but I . . .speak it. (2ndverb negative)
11…you type?~
Yes, I . . .type but I . . .do shorthand, (2ndverb negative)
12I’m locked in. I . . .get out! (negative) ~
. . .you squeeze between the bars? (negative)~
No! I . . .;I’m too fat. (negative)
Part2couldand wasable
In some of the following sentences eithercould or was ablecould be used. In others
only was/were ableis possible. Fill the spaces and put to where necessary before the
infinitives.
13He was very strong; he . . .ski all day and dance all night.
14The car plunged into the river. The driver . . .get out but the passengers were
drowned.
15I was a long way from the stage. I . . .see all right but I . . .hear very well.
(2ndverb negative)
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16We . . .borrow umbrellas; so we didn’t get wet.
17 . . .you walk or did they have to carry you?
18I had no key so I . . .lock the door. (negative)
19I knew the town so I . . .advise him where to go.
20When the garage had repaired our car we . . .continue our journey.
21At five years old he . . .read quite well.
22When I arrived everyone was asleep. Fortunately I . . .wake my sister and she let me
in.
23The swimmer was very tired but he . . .reach the shore before he collapsed.
24The police were suspicious at first but I . . .convince them that we were innocent.
Part3PEG222 C,223 B,283-4
This section includes examples ofcouldused for polite requests and as a conditional.
25 . . .I speak to Mr Pitt,please?~
I’m afraid he’s out at the moment. . . .you ring back later?
26If you stood on my shoulders . . .you reach the top of the wall? ~
No, I’m afraid I . . . (negative)
27If I sang . . .you accompany me on the piano?~
No,1…, 1…play the piano! (negative, negative)
28If a letter comes for me . . .you please forward it to this address?
29She made the wall very high so that boys . . .climb over it. (negative)
30They took his passport so that he . . .leave the country, (negative)
31 . . .you tell me the time, please?~
I’m afraid1. . . .I haven’t got a watch. (negative)
32If you had to, . . .you go without food for a week?~
I suppose I . . .if I had plenty of water.
33 . . .you lend meЈ5? ~
No, I . . . (negative)
34They used to chain valuable books to library desks so that people . . .take them away.
(negative)
35He says that he saw Clementine drowning but . . .help her as he . . . swim.
(negative, negative)
36If you had had the right tools . . .you have repaired the engine?
may
PEG127-33, 285, 288, 340
Insert the correct form of may/mightexcept in10and36,where a be allowedform is
necessary.
1It – . .rain, you’d better take a coat.
2He said that it . . .rain.
3We . . .as well stay here till the weather improves.
4 . . .I borrow your umbrella?
5You . . .tell me! (I think I have a right to know.)
6Candidates . . .not bring textbooks into the examination room.
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16We . . .borrow umbrellas; so we didn’t get wet.
17 . . .you walk or did they have to carry you?
18I had no key so I . . .lock the door. (negative)
19I knew the town so I . . .advise him where to go.
20When the garage had repaired our car we . . .continue our journey.
21At five years old he . . .read quite well.
22When I arrived everyone was asleep. Fortunately I . . .wake my sister and she let me
in.
23The swimmer was very tired but he . . .reach the shore before he collapsed.
24The police were suspicious at first but I . . .convince them that we were innocent.
Part3PEG222 C,223 B,283-4
This section includes examples ofcouldused for polite requests and as a conditional.
25 . . .I speak to Mr Pitt,please?~
I’m afraid he’s out at the moment. . . .you ring back later?
26If you stood on my shoulders . . .you reach the top of the wall? ~
No, I’m afraid I . . . (negative)
27If I sang . . .you accompany me on the piano?~
No,1…, 1…play the piano! (negative, negative)
28If a letter comes for me . . .you please forward it to this address?
29She made the wall very high so that boys . . .climb over it. (negative)
30They took his passport so that he . . .leave the country, (negative)
31 . . .you tell me the time, please?~
I’m afraid1. . . .I haven’t got a watch. (negative)
32If you had to, . . .you go without food for a week?~
I suppose I . . .if I had plenty of water.
33 . . .you lend meЈ5? ~
No, I . . . (negative)
34They used to chain valuable books to library desks so that people . . .take them away.
(negative)
35He says that he saw Clementine drowning but . . .help her as he . . . swim.
(negative, negative)
36If you had had the right tools . . .you have repaired the engine?