can and be able

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 […]

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it is/there is

Insertit is/there isin the spaces. In some sentences, contracted plural, negative and interrogative forms, or the past or future tense are required. 1What’s the time?- … …3.30. ~ And what’s the date?~ . . . . . .the 24th. 2How far… …toYork?~ . . . . . .50miles. 3 … …very stormy last night. ~ […]

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be

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 […]

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have: various uses

havecan meantake(a meal/lesson/bath, etc.),entertain(guests), encounter(difficulty, etc.),enjoy(a time/journey, etc.). When used in these ways: (a)haveusually forms its negative and interrogative withdo. (b)havecan be used in the continuous tenses. Put the correct form ofhaveinto the following sentences. Useam having, is having, etc., as a future form. 1We . . .some friends in for dinner tomorrow night. 2You […]

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have: possessive

In British English, have meaning possess is not normally conjugatec with do except when there is an idea of habit. / haven’t(got)a watch,(present possession) How many corners hasa (a characteristic rather than a habit cube? He doesn ‘tusually havetime (habit) to study. In the past,didis used for habit; otherwise either form is possible: Did you […]

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Auxiliaries: mixed

Fill each of the following gaps with a suitable auxiliary or auxiliary form. 1Schoolboy to friend: I left my book at home. . . .I share yours? 2I’m taking swimming lessons. I hope to . . .to swim by the end of the month. 3You . . .better take off your wet shoes. 4I’m sorry […]

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Question tags: mixed

Note that a statement containing words such asnone, nobody, hardly/hardly anyetc. is treated as a negative statement: He hardly ever makes a mistake, does he? When the subject is nobody/anybody/everybodyetc., the pronoun they is used in the tag: Nobody liked the play, did they? Add question tags to the following statements. 1You take sugar in […]

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Auxiliary verbs

Answer the following questions (a) in the affirmative (b)in the negative, in each case repeating the auxiliary and using a pronoun as subject. Do you need this? ~ Yes, I do/No,I don’t. Can Tom swim? – Yes, he can/No,he can’t. Note also: Is that Bill?~ Yes, it is/No,it isn’t. Will there be time?~ Yes, there […]

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Auxiliary verbs

Put the following verbs into the past tense. (Auxiliaries are used both by themselves and as part of certain forms and tenses of ordinary verbs.) Usehad toas the past tense ofmustanddidn’t needas a past tense ofneedn’t. 1He isn’t working hard. 2She doesn’t like cats. 3I can’t say anything. 4We must read it carefully. 5He won’t […]

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Auxiliary verbs

Auxiliaries here are used both alone and as part of various tenses of ordinary verbs. Read the following (a) in the negative (b)in the interrogative. These sentences, except for nos.I and13,could also be used for question tag exercises (see Exercise13). Note: 1 may for possibility rarely begins a sentence. Instead we use doyou think (that) […]

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