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    Default Re: grammar in context exercise

    Dear teachers,

    Here is another exercise. Would you please correct it for me?

    Dear Joe,

    Sorry it 1) has taken me so long to reply to the letter you wrote 2) in May. The trouble WAS (can we put “IS” here ?) it 3) arrived 4) in the middle of the summer exams and I 5) was just too busy to write back. That 6) is my excuse anyway.

    7) On Friday, that’s 8) in three days’ time, we 9) a) ARE GOING TO BREAK UP / b) ARE BREAKING UP 10) FOR (?) the holidays. I can’t wait. My friends and I 11) have a great weekend planned. 12) On Friday evening we 13) ARE HAVING a party to celebrate the end of the school year. Then, we 14) ARE STARTING our mini adventure. 15) On Saturday morning, we 16) a) ARE GETTING UP / b) ARE GOING TO GET UP early to catch the ferry 17) to France. The boat 18) LEAVES 19) at 9.30 and 20) GETS 21) to Calais a few minutes 22) before / after 11 o’clock.

    I expect we 23) WILL STOP 24) for something to eat in a little café, and then we 25) a) WILL DRIVE / b) ARE DRIVING 26) to Amiens. We 27) are not quite sure how long it 28) WILL TAKE. You 29) a) ARE probably WONDERING / b) probably WONDER why we 30) ARE GOING to France at (is this a preposition ?) all. Well, the thing is there 31) a) IS / b) WILL BE (possible ?) a Slur (what is this ?) concert in Amiens 32) in the evening – 33) at a place called Megacity – and it 34) SEEMED like a really exciting idea. It 35) at 9 o’clock, so as long as we 36) keep driving, we 37) WILL GET there 38) in good time.

    We 39) WILL probably SPEND Sunday and Monday 40) looking around that part of France, and then 41) catch the Tuesday morning ferry back 42) to Dover.

    I 43) WILL SEND you a postcard if I 44) have time.

    Hope you 45) a) HAVE / b) WILL HAVE a good summer. 46) a) ARE you DOING / b) WILL you BE DOING anything exciting? Write soon.

    Love, Sue


    Thank you all in advance for your help.
    Hela
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    Default Re: grammar in context exercise

    Dear teachers,

    Would please tell me if my choice of tenses is correct ?

    Bill : I used to be [if there were a blank here what would the teacher write as an indication to find "used to be"?] proud of my work; but how 1. can you take a pride in what you 2. a) are doing / b) do (?) when every two or three years they put a new manager with new-fangled (or tangled ? what's the meaning of that word ?) ideas in charge of the factory – and he tells you what you 3. have been doing is all wrong ?

    Ted : Why 4. have you stayed on all these years then, Bill ?

    Bill : Well, it’s the same thing wherever you go. However well you 5. do your job, you 6. don’t get on in any firm unless you 7. are a friend of the manager’s – and the present manager 8. a) has certainly been / b) is (?) certainly no friend of mine.

    Thank you in advance.
    Hela

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    Default Re: grammar in context exercise

    1- It's difficult to put something there with the teacher giving it away. Maybe 'use be'
    2- I'd use b)
    new-fangled = new idea, techniques, but it implies that the speaker doesn't like them
    8- I'd use b), but a) is OK.

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    Default Re: grammar in context exercise

    Thank you, tdol.

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