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Section 1Choose the best word or phrase (a, b, c or d) to fill each blank.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Roberta _____ from The United States.

    • A.

      A) are

    • B.

      B) is

    • C.

      C) am

    • D.

      d) be

    Correct Answer
    B. B) is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the subject "Roberta" is a singular noun. In English, singular subjects are paired with the singular verb "is."

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  • 2. 

    What’s _____ name?

    • A.

      A) -

    • B.

      B) his

    • C.

      C) him

    • D.

      D) he

    Correct Answer
    B. B) his
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "his" because the question is asking for the possessive form of the noun "name". "His" is the possessive pronoun that is used to show ownership or possession.

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  • 3. 

    My friend _____ in London.

    • A.

      A) living

    • B.

      B) live

    • C.

      C) lives

    • D.

      D) is live

    Correct Answer
    C. C) lives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) lives" because the sentence is in the present tense and refers to a singular third-person subject, "my friend." In English grammar, when using the present tense with a singular third-person subject, we add an "-s" to the verb. Therefore, the correct form is "lives."

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  • 4. 

    ‘_____ to Australia, Ginny?’ ‘Yes, two years ago.”

    • A.

      A) Did you ever go

    • B.

      B) Do you ever go

    • C.

      C) Have you ever been

    • D.

      D) Are you ever going

    Correct Answer
    C. C) Have you ever been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is c) Have you ever been. The question is asking about Ginny's past experience of going to Australia. The phrase "two years ago" indicates that the action of going to Australia happened in the past. The present perfect tense "have you ever been" is used to ask about past experiences or actions that have a connection to the present.

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  • 5. 

    I ­_____ coffee.

    • A.

      A) no like

    • B.

      B) not like

    • C.

      C) like don’t

    • D.

      D) don’t like

    Correct Answer
    D. D) don’t like
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) don't like" because it follows the correct grammatical structure of subject + do/does + not + verb. In this case, the subject is "I" and the verb is "like," so the correct form is "don't like." The other options either have incorrect word order or use incorrect verb forms, making them grammatically incorrect.

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  • 6. 

    Where _____?

    • A.

      A) works Tom

    • B.

      B) Tom works

    • C.

      C) Tom does work

    • D.

      D) does Tom work

    Correct Answer
    D. D) does Tom work
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) does Tom work" because it follows the correct structure for forming a question in English. In this case, the auxiliary verb "does" is used to form a question with the subject "Tom" and the main verb "work".

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  • 7. 

    Tokyo is _____ city I’ve ever lived in.

    • A.

      A) the most big

    • B.

      B) the bigger

    • C.

      C) the biggest

    • D.

      D) the more big

    Correct Answer
    C. C) the biggest
    Explanation
    The given sentence is comparing Tokyo to other cities the speaker has lived in. It is expressing that Tokyo is the city with the highest degree of size among all the cities. The correct answer is "c) the biggest" because it is the superlative form of the adjective "big," indicating the highest degree of size.

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  • 8. 

    A vegetarian is someone _____ doesn’t eat meat.

    • A.

      A) who

    • B.

      B) what

    • C.

      C) which

    • D.

      D) whose

    Correct Answer
    A. A) who
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) who". This is because "who" is used to refer to a person and is commonly used to introduce a relative clause that provides additional information about the person. In this case, the relative clause "doesn't eat meat" provides more information about the vegetarian.

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  • 9. 

    _____ these days.

    • A.

      A) I never a newspaper buy

    • B.

      B) I never buy a newspaper

    • C.

      C) I buy never a newspaper

    • D.

      Never I buy a newspaper

    Correct Answer
    B. B) I never buy a newspaper
    Explanation
    The correct answer is b) I never buy a newspaper. This sentence follows the correct word order in English, with the subject "I" followed by the adverb "never" and the verb "buy." The phrase "a newspaper" is placed after the verb "buy" as the direct object.

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  • 10. 

    I _____ watch TV tonight.

    • A.

      A) am

    • B.

      B) go to

    • C.

      C) going to

    • D.

      D) am going to

    Correct Answer
    D. D) am going to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) am going to." This answer is correct because it follows the correct grammatical structure for expressing future plans. The phrase "am going to" is used to indicate a future action or plan, in this case, watching TV tonight. This answer is the most appropriate choice given the context of the sentence.

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  • 11. 

    I wish I _____ more money!

    • A.

      A) have

    • B.

      B) had

    • C.

      C) would have

    • D.

      D) was having

    Correct Answer
    B. B) had
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had" because the sentence is expressing a wish or desire in the present moment. In this case, the speaker is wishing they had more money currently. The verb "had" is the past simple form of "have" and is used to express unreal or hypothetical situations.

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  • 12. 

    _____ be famous one day?

    • A.

      A) Would you like

    • B.

      B) Would you like to

    • C.

      C) Do you like

    • D.

      D) Do you like to

    Correct Answer
    B. B) Would you like to
    Explanation
    This question is asking about someone's desire to become famous in the future. The correct answer is "b) Would you like to," as it is a more polite and appropriate way to ask about someone's preference or desire. The other options, "a) Would you like," "c) Do you like," and "d) Do you like to," do not accurately convey the intended meaning of the question.

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  • 13. 

    Section 2Choose the best word or phrase (a, b, c or d) to fill each blank. It’s my birthday _____ Friday.

    • A.

      A) on

    • B.

      B) in

    • C.

      C) at

    • D.

      D) by

    Correct Answer
    A. A) on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when talking about specific dates, we use the preposition "on". In this case, "on" is used to indicate the specific day, Friday, on which the person's birthday falls.

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  • 14. 

    I _____ eighteen years old.

    • A.

      A) am

    • B.

      B) have

    • C.

      C) have got

    • D.

      D) -

    Correct Answer
    A. A) am
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) am" because the sentence is in the present tense and the verb "to be" is used to describe a state or condition. In this case, the verb "am" is used to indicate the speaker's age, stating that they are currently eighteen years old.

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  • 15. 

    I _____ a headache.

    • A.

      A) am

    • B.

      B) do

    • C.

      C) have

    • D.

      D) got

    Correct Answer
    C. C) have
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) have". In this sentence, the word "headache" is a noun, and the verb that is commonly used with it is "have". Therefore, the correct phrase is "I have a headache." The other options (am, do, got) do not fit grammatically in this context.

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  • 16. 

    Do you _____ a uniform at your school?

    • A.

      A) carry

    • B.

      B) wear

    • C.

      C) use

    • D.

      D) hold

    Correct Answer
    B. B) wear
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) wear". This is because when we talk about clothing, we use the verb "wear" to indicate that we put on or have something on our body. In this case, the question is asking if the person wears a uniform at their school, suggesting that they put on the uniform as part of their dress code.

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  • 17. 

    ‘What time is it?’ ‘I have no _____.’

    • A.

      A) idea

    • B.

      B) opinion

    • C.

      C) answer

    • D.

      D) time

    Correct Answer
    A. A) idea
    Explanation
    The phrase "I have no idea" is a common expression used when someone doesn't know the answer to a question or is unsure about something. In this context, the person is being asked about the time, and they are responding that they have no idea what time it is. Therefore, option a) "idea" is the correct answer as it fits logically and grammatically in the given conversation.

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  • 18. 

    The meal was very expensive. Look at the _____!

    • A.

      A) ticket

    • B.

      B) receipt

    • C.

      C) invoice

    • D.

      D) bill

    Correct Answer
    D. D) bill
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) bill" because when referring to a meal being expensive, it is common to look at the bill, which is the document that shows the total cost of the meal and the items ordered. A ticket is usually associated with events or transportation, a receipt is a document given after a purchase, and an invoice is typically used in business transactions between companies.

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  • 19. 

    How many _____ of trousers have you got?

    • A.

      A) items

    • B.

      B) pairs

    • C.

      C) sets

    • D.

      D) times

    Correct Answer
    B. B) pairs
    Explanation
    The word "pairs" is the correct answer because when referring to trousers, they are typically sold and worn in pairs. Each pair consists of two separate pieces, one for each leg. Therefore, it is more appropriate to use the term "pairs" when asking about the quantity of trousers one has.

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  • 20. 

     Joel came back from his holiday in Brazil looking really _____.

    • A.

      A) tanned

    • B.

      B) sunned

    • C.

      C) coloured

    • D.

      D) darkened

    Correct Answer
    A. A) tanned
    Explanation
    The word "Brazil" suggests that Joel was exposed to a lot of sun during his holiday. When someone is exposed to the sun for a long time, their skin gets darker, which is commonly referred to as getting "tanned". Therefore, the correct answer is "a) tanned".

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  • 21. 

    Harry _____ his father’s car when the accident happened.

    • A.

      A) was driving

    • B.

      B) drove

    • C.

      C) had driven

    • D.

      D) has been driving

    Correct Answer
    A. A) was driving
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) was driving." This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "was driving" correctly indicates that the action of driving the car was happening at the time of the accident. The other options do not accurately convey the timing of the action in relation to the accident.

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  • 22. 

    Section 3Harry can _____ English. 

    • A.

      A) to speak

    • B.

      B) speaking

    • C.

      C) speak

    • D.

      D) speaks

    Correct Answer
    C. C) speak
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) speak". This is because "speak" is the base form of the verb, and in this sentence, we need to use the base form after the modal verb "can". The correct structure is "can + base form of the verb". Therefore, the correct form is "Harry can speak English".

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  • 23. 

    I’m not interested _____ sports.

    • A.

      A) for

    • B.

      B) about

    • C.

      C) in

    • D.

      D) to

    Correct Answer
    C. C) in
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) in". This is because when expressing disinterest in something, we typically use the preposition "in". In this case, the sentence should be read as "I'm not interested in sports."

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  • 24. 

    She likes _____ expensive clothes.

    • A.

      A) wearing

    • B.

      B) to wearing

    • C.

      C) wear

    • D.

      D) is wearing

    Correct Answer
    A. A) wearing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) wearing." This is because the sentence is referring to the subject's preference or enjoyment of wearing expensive clothes. The verb "likes" is followed by the gerund form of the verb "wear," which is "wearing."

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  • 25. 

    I was wondering _____ tell me when the next plane from Chicago arrives?

    • A.

      A) could you

    • B.

      B) can you

    • C.

      C) if you could

    • D.

      If could you

    Correct Answer
    C. C) if you could
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) if you could." This is because the sentence is a polite way of asking someone if they are able to provide information. The phrase "if you could" is used to make a request or ask for a favor. In this case, the speaker is asking if the person they are addressing could provide them with the information about the next plane from Chicago.

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  • 26. 

    If I _____ him, I would have spoken to him, wouldn’t I?

    • A.

      A) saw

    • B.

      B) had seen

    • C.

      C) have seen

    • D.

      d) would have seen

    Correct Answer
    B. B) had seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) had seen". This is because the sentence is in the conditional form, expressing a hypothetical situation. The use of "would have spoken" indicates the past unreal condition, and "had seen" is the correct past perfect form to match this condition.

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  • 27. 

    I like your hair. Where _____?

    • A.

      A) do you have cut

    • B.

      B) have you cut it

    • C.

      C) do you have cut it

    • D.

      D) do you have it cut

    Correct Answer
    D. D) do you have it cut
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) do you have it cut." In this sentence, the speaker is asking about the location or place where the person gets their hair cut. The phrase "do you have it cut" is used to ask if the person regularly gets their hair cut at a specific place or if they have a hairstylist they go to.

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  • 28. 

    I think Joey must _____ late tonight. His office light is still on.

    • A.

      A) have worked

    • B.

      B) work

    • C.

      C) be working

    • D.

      D) to work

    Correct Answer
    C. C) be working
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) be working" because the sentence is in the present continuous tense and is referring to an action that is happening at the moment. "Be working" is the correct form of the verb to match the tense and context of the sentence.

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  • 29. 

    John tells me Jack’s going out with Helen, _____ I find hard to believe.

    • A.

      A) which

    • B.

      B) who

    • C.

      C) whose

    • D.

      D) that

    Correct Answer
    A. A) which
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "which". This is because "which" is used to refer to a whole clause or sentence, in this case, the clause "Jack's going out with Helen". The phrase "I find hard to believe" is an additional comment about the clause, and "which" is the appropriate relative pronoun to connect the two ideas.

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  • 30. 

    What _____ this weekend, Lance?

    • A.

      A) will you do

    • B.

      B) are you doing

    • C.

      C) will you have done

    • D.

      D) do you do

    Correct Answer
    B. B) are you doing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) are you doing". This is because the question is asking about an action that will take place in the future, specifically this weekend. The present continuous tense "are you doing" is used to talk about planned future actions.

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  • 31. 

    The weather has been awful. We’ve had very _____ sunshine this summer.

    • A.

      A) little

    • B.

      B) a little

    • C.

      C) few

    • D.

      D) a few

    Correct Answer
    A. A) little
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) little". This is because when we use "little" without an article, it means a small amount or almost none. In this context, it implies that there has been very little sunshine this summer, indicating that the weather has been mostly cloudy or rainy.

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  • 32. 

    Did you hear what happened to Kate? She _____.

    • A.

      A) is arrested

    • B.

      B) arrested

    • C.

      C) has been arrested

    • D.

      D) is being arrested

    Correct Answer
    C. C) has been arrested
    Explanation
    The correct answer is c) has been arrested. This is the correct answer because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating that an action has happened in the past and has a connection to the present. "Has been arrested" is the correct form of the verb to indicate this.

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  • 33. 

    Section 4I usually _____ up at about 7.30.

    • A.

      A) go

    • B.

      B) be

    • C.

      C) do

    • D.

      D) get

    Correct Answer
    D. D) get
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) get". This is because the sentence is talking about the speaker's usual time of waking up, and "get up" is the correct phrasal verb to use in this context.

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  • 34. 

    I _____ football every week.

    • A.

      A) play

    • B.

      B) go

    • C.

      C) do

    • D.

      D) have

    Correct Answer
    A. A) play
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) play". This is because the verb "play" is commonly used with the noun "football". It is grammatically correct to say "I play football every week" to indicate that the person engages in the activity of playing football on a weekly basis.

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  • 35. 

    My sister _____ the cooking in our house.

    • A.

      A) does

    • B.

      B) makes

    • C.

      C) cooks

    • D.

      D) takes

    Correct Answer
    A. A) does
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) does." This is because the verb "does" is used to indicate the performance or completion of an action. In this case, the action is cooking, and the subject "my sister" is the one who performs this action. Therefore, the correct sentence would be "My sister does the cooking in our house."

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  • 36. 

    Don’t forget to _____ the light when you leave the room.

    • A.

      A) turn up

    • B.

      B) turn in

    • C.

      C) turn off

    • D.

      D) turn over

    Correct Answer
    C. C) turn off
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) turn off". This is because when you leave a room, it is important to switch off or turn off the light to save electricity and conserve energy.

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  • 37. 

    She was in _____ when she heard the tragic news.

    • A.

      A) crying

    • B.

      B) tears

    • C.

      C) cries

    • D.

      D) tearful

    Correct Answer
    B. B) tears
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) tears". This is because the word "tears" is the noun form of crying, indicating that she was in a state of crying when she heard the tragic news. The other options are not suitable as they do not convey the same meaning. "Crying" is a verb, "cries" is also a verb, and "tearful" is an adjective describing someone who is feeling or showing sadness.

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  • 38. 

    He _____ that he hadn’t stolen the computer, but no one believed him.

    • A.

      A) reassured

    • B.

      B) informed

    • C.

      C) insisted

    • D.

      D) persuaded

    Correct Answer
    C. C) insisted
    Explanation
    The correct answer is c) insisted. In this sentence, the person is claiming or stating strongly that he had not stolen the computer, but nobody believes him. The word "insisted" accurately describes this situation where someone is asserting something firmly and persistently, even in the face of disbelief or skepticism from others.

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  • 39. 

    Could you _____ me that book for a couple of days, please?

    • A.

      A) lend

    • B.

      B) owe

    • C.

      C) borrow

    • D.

      D) rent

    Correct Answer
    A. A) lend
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) lend." In this sentence, the speaker is asking someone to temporarily give them a book. To lend means to give something to someone for a temporary period, so it fits perfectly in this context. The other options, such as "owe," "borrow," and "rent," do not convey the same meaning as lending.

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  • 40. 

    Greg is _____ a lot of time at Yvonne’s house these days!

    • A.

      A) taking

    • B.

      B) spending

    • C.

      C) having

    • D.

      D) doing

    Correct Answer
    B. B) spending
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) spending". This answer suggests that Greg is using a significant amount of time at Yvonne's house. It implies that he is present there frequently and for extended periods.

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  • 41. 

    Section 5 Who _____ in that house?

    • A.

      A) does live

    • B.

      B) lives

    • C.

      C) does he live

    • D.

      D) he lives

    Correct Answer
    B. B) lives
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) lives." This is because the question is asking for the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence "Who _____ in that house?" The verb should agree with the subject "Who," which is singular. Therefore, the correct form of the verb is "lives."

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  • 42. 

    I’ll call you when I _____ home.

    • A.

      A) get

    • B.

      B) ’ll get

    • C.

      C) ’ll have got

    • D.

      D) ’m getting

    Correct Answer
    A. A) get
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) get" because the sentence is in the future tense and "get" is the correct verb form to use in this context. The phrase "I'll call you when I get home" implies that the speaker will make a phone call after arriving at their home. The other options are incorrect because they do not match the verb tense or form required in the sentence.

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  • 43. 

    If you _____ me, what would you do?

    • A.

      A) was

    • B.

      B) would be

    • C.

      C) were

    • D.

      D) have been

    Correct Answer
    C. C) were
    Explanation
    The correct answer is c) were. This is because the sentence is in the subjunctive mood, indicating a hypothetical or contrary-to-fact condition. In this case, the speaker is asking what the person would do if they were in the speaker's position. The use of "were" instead of "was" is the correct form in this context.

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  • 44. 

    I don’t know where _____ last night.

    • A.

      A) did he go

    • B.

      B) he did go

    • C.

      C) went he

    • D.

      D) he went

    Correct Answer
    D. D) he went
    Explanation
    The given sentence is a statement in the past tense. In English, the word order for a statement in the past tense is subject + verb. Therefore, the correct word order is "he went."

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  • 45. 

    John and Betty are coming to visit us tomorrow but I wish _____.

    • A.

      A) they won’t

    • B.

      B) they hadn’t

    • C.

      C) they didn’t

    • D.

      D) they weren’t

    Correct Answer
    D. D) they weren’t
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "d) they weren't". This is because the sentence is expressing a desire for John and Betty not to come to visit. Using "weren't" implies that they were not planning to come, which aligns with the speaker's wish. The other options ("they won't", "they hadn't", "they didn't") do not convey the same meaning of wishing for their absence.

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  • 46. 

    I’m so hungry! If only Bill _____ all the food in the fridge!

    • A.

      A) wasn’t eating

    • B.

      B) didn’t eat

    • C.

      C) hadn’t eaten

    • D.

      D) hasn’t eaten

    Correct Answer
    C. C) hadn’t eaten
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "c) hadn't eaten". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and is expressing a hypothetical situation. The speaker is hungry and is imagining a different outcome in the past where Bill didn't eat all the food in the fridge. The past perfect tense "hadn't eaten" is used to show that the action of Bill eating occurred before the speaker's feeling of hunger.

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  • 47. 

    I regret _____ harder in school.

    • A.

      A) not studying

    • B.

      B) not to study

    • C.

      C) to not study

    • D.

      D) not have studied

    Correct Answer
    A. A) not studying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a) not studying". This is because the phrase "regret" is followed by the gerund form of the verb, indicating an action that was not done. The other options do not follow the correct grammatical structure and are therefore incorrect.

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  • 48. 

    Surely Sue _____ you if she was unhappy with your work.

    • A.

      A) will tell

    • B.

      B) would have told

    • C.

      C) must have told

    • D.

      D) had told

    Correct Answer
    B. B) would have told
    Explanation
    This answer is correct because it uses the conditional form "would have told" to express a hypothetical situation in the past. It suggests that if Sue had been unhappy with your work, she would have communicated that to you.

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  • 49. 

    Our neighbours aren’t very polite, and _____ particularly quiet!

    • A.

      A) neither they aren’t

    • B.

      B) either they aren’t

    • C.

      C) nor are they

    • D.

      D) neither did they be

    Correct Answer
    C. C) nor are they
    Explanation
    The correct answer is c) nor are they. This answer is correct because it correctly uses the negative construction "nor" to indicate that the neighbors are not polite and not quiet. The other options are incorrect because they either use incorrect grammar ("neither they aren't" and "either they aren't") or incorrect verb tense ("neither did they be").

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    We had expected that they _____ fluent English, but in fact they didn’t.

    • A.

      A) were speaking

    • B.

      B) would speak

    • C.

      C) had spoken

    • D.

      D) spoke

    Correct Answer
    B. B) would speak
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b) would speak". This is because the sentence is talking about an expectation in the past that did not come true. The use of "would" in this context indicates a hypothetical or unreal situation. Therefore, the sentence should be structured as "We had expected that they would speak fluent English, but in fact they didn't."

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