Bhai.Dear teachers, today I have done a test by Cambridge University to check my level of English. I made wrong 9 sentences out of 141 but actually I'm not sure the answers Cambridge gives are correct.
I'd like to know what you think about some of these sentences to see if my answers are totally wrong or if they can be accepted by an English teacher or a native speaker.
1) They................out after lunch and they've just come back.
went-have gone-are gone
I chose have gone because we cannot consider the first part of this sentence over and, especially I think that if in the second part of the sentence they write a present perfect, there should be the same tense in the first part too. But Cambridge says that went is the only one correct. As they have just come back, the going out after lunch is finished, therefore "went" is correct.
2) Ian................. in Scotland for ten years. Now he lives in London.
lived-has lived- has been living
I chose has lived because it's what is called a duration form but since the action of living is over without specifying when, I think the present perfect simple is the most suitable tense to use here. Cambridge says that only lived is correct. Ian lives in London, his living in Scotland is in the past, "lived" is correct.
3) I think all drivers .....................seat belts
should wear-had better wear-had better to wear
I think the correct one is had better wear. But they say should wear is the correct one. Actually I cannot catch the difference in these two alternatives...I think they're both a suggestion... "Should" is the natural response.
4) It's late. It's time...............home.
we go- we went-we should go
I chose we go because the sentence is constructed with the present tense, but Cambridge says that we went is the correct one. "We went" is the natural response.
5) I like.................the kitchen as often as possible.
cleaning- to clean
I think cleaning is correct. Of course, Cambridge says that to clean is the correct one, How come? "to clean" is the most natural response.
6) I'm sure you'll have no..............the exam.
difficulty to pass- difficulties to pass- difficultis passing - difficulty passing
I thought difficulty to pass was correct, then I checked the answer out and it says that the correct one is difficulty passing. Could you tell me why? "difficulty passing is the most natural response.
7) I don't understand this sentence. Can you................?
explain me this word- explain this word to me
I think they're both correct but Cambridge says that only the secon one is correct. What do you think about that? "explain me this word" is ungrammatical, only the second option is correct.