Test your English

Read the question and choose the answer that best completes the sentence.

1. When building a house, one must use a ____ and nails.

2. Which would you ____ have, a dog or cat?

3. The ____ of the pollution is unknown, but many people believe the culprit is the local factory.

4. The man visited the hospital for a ____ leg.

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1. The castle sat high ____ a hill that overlooked the village.

2. I couldn’t see Jane because she was far ____ the surface of the ocean.

3. We should take our umbrella ____ we leave the house.

4. The annoying people wouldn’t stop talking ____ the movie.

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1. Water _____ at 100 degrees Celsius.

2. Let me pay for this restaurant bill. I _____.

3. They ____ at work yesterday.

4. Why ____ laughing?

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1. When James was a child, he had _____ dog.

2. Go up the street and take _____ U-turn to get back on the highway.

3. I saw _____ elephant in the street parade today.

4. Do you remember _____ Christmas we spent in Sweden?

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1. Paul enjoys watching comedians because he finds them _____.

2. _____ solution I have heard today is to change the price of the product to boost sales.

3. Eric worked _____ than his peers and scored a high grade on the exam.

4. That _____ man is outside our house again. We should call the police.

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1. Sally _____ her friend from college at the supermarket. They had a nice chat and decided to meet for dinner soon after.

2. . While Peter doesn’t look like his father very much, he certainly _____ him in many ways. They appear to act exactly the same way.

3. He had to _____ his elderly mother when she became ill.

4. When shopping for a new car, you should ____ it ____ before making any final decisions.

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1. The corporate executive received a salary _____ that of anyone else at the company.

2. After university, the two close friends _____ after moving to different countries, as they didn’t speak to each other anymore.

3. The couple enjoyed gambling _____ in a blue moon. They visited the casino only a few times per year.

4. The family was moving to a bigger house, so they asked their friends to _____ a hand to make the move easier.

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1. When he was younger, George _____ complete a triathlon with a very good time.

2. Julia, where is the whisk? It _____ be here in the kitchen drawer, but I don’t see it.

3. The weather _____ improve, so it is possible we could get a round of golf in before the day is over.

4. _____ I please use the bathroom? I spilled wine on my blouse and I need to wash it off.

Read the passage and answer the four questions with information from the reading.

The Harvard-Yale Boat Race, often abbreviated as ‘The Race’, is an important collegiate event. Held annually, this boat race is special because of its deep traditions. Students from Harvard University and Yale University have competed against each other in this rowing competition since 1859, making it the oldest sporting event between two universities in the United States. The Race takes place on the same river each year, and runs for a distance of 4 miles (6.4km). The Race duration is short--approximately 18 minutes, but athletes train seriously for this event all year-round. After the race is over, teams enjoy a celebration of food and drink with family and friends, and he winning team receives a trophy.

1. What is this passage mainly about?

2. Who are the rowers?

3. Where does the race take place?

4. Why is this race unique among university sports?

Read the passage and choose an answer that correctly completes the underlined portions of the text. If the underlined portion is correct, choose answer D.

Dear Kathy,
I am writing to follow up with you regarding the meeting we had last Friday afternoon. During that meeting, you mentioned something related to do (1) a specialized management seminar on raising the productivity level within the company. I and some others (2) managers in my department are interested in taking over (3) in this training. We have heard feedback from others who have taken the seminar, and they said that the speaker was very intelligent as he used researches (4) from leading academic institutions to support his points on company productivity levels.

I would appreciate hearing more about this seminar, and I look forward to speaking about it with you in the near future.

Sincerely,
Mark

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Listen to the audio recording and answer the questions based on the speakers’ dialogue. You can listen to the recording as many times as you need to.

1. On what night will the man see the performance?

2. Who is having a birthday?

3. Why does the man not want floor seats?

4. Where will the man get his tickets?