Gateway B1 Unit 9 Test Standard Use Of English

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    Read the email .Hi Luisa,(1) ……………………… you hear that interview with the young writer Chris Parkin on the radio yesterday? It was really good. The interviewer asked him (2) ……………………… he had started writing at such a young age and which writers (3) ……………………… influenced him. He replied that he (4) ……………………… read very much when he was a child, but then when he was a teenager, his favourite authors had (5) ……………………… Agatha Christie and Shakespeare! The interviewer asked him (6) ……………………… his plans were for the next year and he said that a film company had bought the rights to his first story and the film (7) ……………………… be in the cinemas soon. The interviewer asked if he had changed any of the story, but he said that they hadn’t asked (8) ……………………… to. It was going to be exactly like he’d written it.Complete the email with one word in each gap.Hi Luisa,________ you hear that interview with the young writer Chris Parkin on the radio yesterday? It was really good. 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Did, did" because the word "did" is used to form the past tense of the verb "hear" in the question "Did you hear that interview...?" and the word "did" is used again to form the past tense of the verb "ask" in the question "The interviewer asked him...?"

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    The interviewer asked him ________he had started writing at such a young age

    Explanation
    The interviewer asked him why he had started writing at such a young age. The repetition of "why" emphasizes the curiosity and interest of the interviewer in understanding the motivation behind the person's early start in writing. By using "why, Why" in the answer, it accurately reflects the repetition in the question and maintains the correct grammar and punctuation.

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    And which writers ________ influenced him.

    Explanation
    The word "had" is used twice in this sentence to indicate past tense. The first "had" is used in the past perfect tense to show that the writers influenced him before a specific time in the past. The second "Had" is used in the past tense to maintain parallelism in the sentence.

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    He replied that he ________ read very much when he was a child,

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hadn't" or "Hadn't" because the sentence is in reported speech, indicating that someone else said this statement. In reported speech, we use "hadn't" to indicate the past tense of "have not" or "had not." Therefore, the person being quoted is saying that they did not read much when they were a child.

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    But then when he was a teenager, his favourite authors had ________Agatha Christie and Shakespeare!

    Explanation
    The word "been" is used twice in the sentence to indicate past actions or experiences. The first "been" is in the past perfect tense, suggesting that the person's favorite authors were Agatha Christie and Shakespeare at some point in the past. The second "Been" is capitalized because it starts a new sentence, and it is used as a verb indicating existence or presence.

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    The interviewer asked him ________ his plans were for the next year

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were, Were" because in the sentence, the subject is "his plans" which is plural, so the verb should also be in the plural form "were." Additionally, "Were" is capitalized because it is the first word in a new sentence.

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    And he said that a film company had bought the rights to his first story and the film ________be in the cinemas soon.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would, Would" because the sentence is in reported speech, indicating that someone else said that the film would be in the cinemas soon. In reported speech, we often use the past tense of the reporting verb (said) and backshift the tense of the verb in the reported clause (from will to would). Additionally, the second "Would" is capitalized to maintain consistency in the sentence.

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    The interviewer asked if he had changed any of the story, but he said that they hadn’t asked ________to. It was going to be exactly like he’dwritten it.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "him, Him". In this sentence, the interviewer asked if the person had changed any part of the story. The person replied that they hadn't asked him to change anything. The pronoun "him" is used to refer to the person being asked the question, while "Him" is capitalized because it refers to the person who wrote the story. The person is stating that the story is going to be exactly as they had written it.

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