Grundkurs (Grammar): PRACTICE TEST 4
PART 3A GRAMMAR: Syntax (Tenses) (18 points; 1 point per form): Put the
verb in brackets in the correct form. Take care with the word order. Do not add
any modal verbs, other than "will" / "would".
Just over a year ago*) Europeans ( 1 wonder, still ) what ( 2
happen ) on January 1 , 2002 when the Euro ( 3 introduce ). We ( 4 now,
know ) for 14*) months what life without the franc and the deutschmark ( 5 be )
like; those who ( 6 foretell ) Europe's economic collapse ( 7 prove,
wrong ) by the last year or so, likewise predictions that Europe's citizens
as a whole ( 8 not easily, reconcile ) to the idea of a new currency ( 9
long, now, forget ). Quite understandably, however, many Germans to this day*)
( 10 still, convert ) euro prices into marks in their heads but this (11
be ) only to be expected; after all, since 1990, when the citizens of the
former GDR ( 12 finally, rid ) themselves of the communist mark, the
deutschmark ( 13 serve ) as a potent symbol of a reunited country.
Perhaps those opinion-makers and intellectuals who for months now ( 14
criticize ) the sceptical attitude of many Germans to the euro ( 15 find
) it easier to sympathize with these views if they ( 16 ask )
themselves how the population of the United States ( 17 react ) to the
suggestion that the dollar ( 18 replace ) by a pan-American currency, the
americano ! *) = situation in 2003!
GRAMMAR: Spot the mistakes. (10 points): Decide what is wrong in the
following texts. Underline the mistakes and correct them. Leave the correct
words and passages unchanged.
You looked very busy when l saw you last night. What did you do?
1. - Karin has been in England since a few months. Last summer she has
suddenly decided to go and spend a term at Leeds University.
- Has she been
in touch with you?
- Yes, I've had
a couple of emails since she's left.
- When is she
- In March, I'm
thinking. She says she'd like to travel around in Britain before she will return.
2. When a friend suggested Steven to contact a fortune-teller, he went to
see Madame Claire Voyant. She told him he should soon be one of the richest men
in the country. Steven wondered how that can possibly happen but, not wishing to
push his luck, he didn't dare asking. He put 200 pounds on the table and was
then dashing off to tell his friends.
GRAMMAR: Translate. (12 points; 2 points per sentence)
1. Wie lange arbeitet John
schon bei dieser Firma?
2. In der letzten Vorlesung
wurde den Studenten das englische Bildungssystem erklärt.
3. Du hättest mich nicht
abholen (pick up) müssen. Ich hätte den Bus nehmen können.
4. Wenn du letzte Nacht nur
nicht so viel getrunken hättest!
5. - Weißt du, wo Helen
- Sie soll nach Berlin gefahren sein.
6. Wir würden uns freuen, wenn ihr uns
bald besuchen würdet.
Practice test 4, KEY
1) were still wondering 2)
would happen 3) was to be
introduced 4) have now known
5) is like 6) foretold 7) were proved wrong 8) would not easily be reconciled 9) have
now been forgotten 10) are still converting 11) was 12) finally rid 13) had served
14) have now been criticizing 15) would find 16) asked 17) would react/would have reacted
18) was to be replaced
1) for (a few months) 2)
(last summer she suddenly) decided
3) (since she) left 4)
5) (before she) returns 6) (suggested) to (Stephen) 7) he should (contact) 8) could (possibly)
9) (didn’t dare) ask 10) (then) dashed (off)
1) How long have you been working for this firm?
2) In the last lecture the students had the English educational system
explained to them.
3) You needn’t have picked me up. I could have taken the bus. (I could
have gone by bus.)
4) If only you hadn’t drunk so much last night!
5) Do you know were Helen might (could) be? She is said to have gone to
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