Practice Test 2 (Grundkurs)
A. Syntax: Put the verb in brackets
in the correct form. Take care with the word-order. Do not use any modal
When, a few months ago, you ______________________________
(decide) to study English, ______________________________ (you, already, be
aware) of what that decision ______________________________ (imply)? Since the
study of modern languages ______________________________ (first, introduce) as
an academic discipline in the mid-nineteenth century, there
______________________________ (be) many radical changes in the syllabus. If you
studying English a hundred years ago, you ______________________________
(look forward) to spending a lot of time reading the classics of English
literature and studying the history of the English language. Disciplines such as
synchronic linguistics and literary theory, which ______________________________
(now, be) firmly established for thirty years or more,
______________________________ (not, even, exist) in 1902. However, some parts
of the syllabus ______________________________ (seem, change) very little in one hundred years; students
______________________________ (still, expect) to learn grammar and
______________________________ (probably, still, do) so in 2102. What
______________________________ (change) by then is the way grammar teaching is
the mistakes: Decide what is wrong in the following sentences. Underline
the mistakes and correct them. Leave the correct words and passages unchanged.
You looked very busy when I saw you
last night. What did you do?
___________________________________________were you doing?
1. A bank clerk reports, “I got the shock of my life yesterday when two
robbers rushed in through
the door. They demanded all the money we were having behind our counters,
grabbed it and left
again. It’s all happened very quickly. Some minutes after they escaped
the police had turned up.
They made us tell them what has been going on. I only hope the police
finds the robbers soon.“
2. Since abortion has been legalized by the U.S. Supreme Courts in 1973
Catholic groups are in
the forefront of the fight to overturn the ruling with a constitutional
3. I will definitely call and see you when I will be in London.
4. I must go now. My wife will be waiting for me.
5. What time does the match begin?
6. The trees are losing their leaves soon.
7. Peter can five languages. You shall learn a foreign language,
8. The car turned over in the street but, fortunately, the driver could
get out safely.
1. Ich wollte dich gestern Abend anrufen, doch dann
habe ich es einfach vergessen.
2. Es ist das erste Mal, dass ich meinen kleinen
Neffen sehe. Er ist noch nie bei uns gewesen.
3. Frank will mit Marcel Reich-Ranicki verwandt sein.
- Echt? Das muss ein Witz sein: er beschwert sich doch immer, dass wir zu
viele Bücher lesen müssen!
4. Wenn Sie bitte in einer halben Stunde wiederkommen
möchten, werde ich mit dem Chef gesprochen haben.
5. Als ich am Sonntag aufstand, musste ich nicht
Schnee schippen (to clear the snow). Mein Nachbar hatte das schon gemacht.
- were you already
would imply / implied - was first introduced - have been
- had started - would
have looked forward - have now been
- didn’t even
seem to have changed -
still expect / are still expected
- will probably still
will have changed
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B. Spot the
A bank clerk reports, “I got the shock of my life yesterday when two robbers
rushed in through the door. They demanded all the money we HAD behind our
counters, grabbed it and left again. It all HAPPENED very quickly. Some minutes
after they (HAD) escaped the police TURNED up. They made us tell them what
been going on. I only hope the police (WILL) FIND the robbers soon.“
Since abortion WAS legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 Catholic groups
HAVE BEEN ...
when I AM in London
WILL LOSE / WILL BE LOSING / ARE GOING TO LOSE
SPEAKS / KNOWS five languages; You SHOULD / OUGHT TO learn a foreign language,
WAS ABLE TO / MANAGED TO
I was going to ring you last night but then I simply forgot.
It’s the fist time I’ve seen my little nephew. He’s never been at our
Frank claims to be related to Marcel Reich-Ranicki! - That must be a joke (He
must be joking.): he’s always complaining that we have to read too many books.
If you’ll come back in half an hour, I will
have talked to the boss.
When I got up on Sunday, I didn’t have to
clear the snow. My neighbour had already done it.
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