Friday, February 26, 2010

Present Perfect Practice.

"Woman With Guitar" by Cubist George Braque

1. Tom (always/dream) of going to graduate school.

2. Roberto (study) at two different language schools.

3. He (be) in San Francisco for only a short time.

4. (he/find) many new friends yet?

5. He (meet) many new friends at Mission Campus of City College.

6. (he/discover) any useful ways to learn English?

7. Well, he (always/enjoy) American and English movies.

8. However, he (not/see) many movies in English.

9. He (always/sing) songs in English. He likes the Beatles.

10. He (translate) ten French songs into English this year.

11. Sylvia (love) music in any language since she was a child.

12. (she/ever/go) to a concert?

13. (she/go) to more than 20 concerts since the fall.

14. (she/not/attend) an opera in English yet.

Instructions: Type in the box. Select a character to speak the lines.
Then, press the play button and listen. Also, you can "copy" and "paste"
lines from the exercises in the box, then listen. The voice quality is
excellent, and it's a good way to hear the pronunciation of any of the lines
from the grammar exercises. "Paul" doesn't work very well, but the other characters do.
You can also select the speed of the reading.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Past, Unreal Conditional: Writing Practice.

"Charles IV and His Family" by Francisco de Goya

Exercise One.

1. Tom wishes he had studied last night.

2. I wish I had taken dance lessons.

3. Mary wishes she had taken a pain pill.

4. I wish I had gotten a flu shot.

5. Sally wishes she had learned French.

6. Steve wishes he had won the lottery.

7. They wish they hadn't watched so much TV.

8. I wish I had seen "Avatar" in 3D.

9. Mary wishes she had driven more slowly.

10. Don't you wish you had eaten breakfast?

1l. Sylvia, don't you wish you had married Tom?

12. Lester wishes he hadn't lost his job.

13. We wish we hadn't bought a lemon.

14. Jack. Don't you wish you had married Ellen Parker?

15. Teacher. Don't you wish you had requested an evening class?
Not really.

16. Susan. Don't you wish you had gone to law school?
Not really.

"Portrait of a Nobleman" by El Greco

Exercise Two
Combine the sentences to form the Past, Unreal Conditional

1. She was sick. She didn't attend school.

2. He drove too fast. He was in an accident.

3. He had to stay after school. He didn't do the homework.

4. I missed the plane. I didn't go to Hawaii.

5. I didn't understand the grammar. I didn't pass the test.

6. She didn't perform well. She didn't have time to rehearse.

7. She didn't read the book. She didn't answer the questions.

8. She was tired last night. She didn't go to the party.

9. John Black wasn't honest. I didn't vote for him.

10. My computer crashed. I couldn't write emails.

11. I didn't have a good interview. I didn't get the job.

12. The music wasn't good. I didn't enjoy the party.

13. He didn't get stuck in traffic. He didn't miss his plane.

14. Alan didn't tell his mother about his cold. She didn't serve him chicken soup.

15. Greta wasn't feeling well yesterday. She didn't go to work.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Practice with Future, Real Conditional

"Mystery and Melancholy of a Street"
by Giorgio de Chirico

The Future, Real Conditional uses a Condition Clause and a Result Clause. The Condition Clause may begin with "If" or "Unless". The Condition Clause is in the present tense. The Result Clause is in the future tense. Other modals besides "will" may be used, such as "might" or "can" or "must".

A: ______ should/shouldn't __________.
B: Why?
A: If ______ , ___ will ___________ .

1. John should exercise more.

2. Mary should marry Bob.

3. They should go to the sale.

4. We shouldn't oversleep.

5. She shouldn't worry too much.

6. You shouldn't drink too much beer.

7. They should go to bed early.

8. June should break up with Steve.

9. Tom should speak more English.

10. You should buy a notebook.

11. Steve should pay his rent.

12. Ivan should brush his teeth.

13. Moses should get out of Egypt.

14. You shouldn't eat that mushroom.

15. Wally should dance with my sister.

16. You should put down that snake.

17. Hanna shouldn't tell the boss off.

18. The company shouldn't expand too fast.

19. The waiters shouldn't be too slow.

20. Michelangelo should take more breaks.

Now, use the word "unless" in your answer. "Unless" means "If not."

21. You should eat a good breakfast.

22. Tom should stop seeing other women.

23. Judith should exercise more.

24. Anthony and Sylvia should go shopping.

25. The banks should take fewer risks.

25. The students should study.

26. Mabel should rest her bad foot.

27. You should write down the phone number.

28. Paul should submit his application on time.

29. Arthur should stay in school.

30. The dog should be on a leash.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Prepositions of Time

Try this "Prepositions of Time" quiz.

A good explanation of time prepositions from Purdue Writing Lab