Q1 : Felix is mad __ ‘Queen’ and ‘Slipknot’.
Explanation : We should remember that some adjectives are used with specific prepositions after them: ‘mad about’ in the meaning of ‘being a fan of’.
Q2 : Scientists say that stars called supergiants have __ (a radius) many times larger than that of our planet.
Explanation : There are many nouns which have Greek or Latin origin. As a rule, we memorize their forms: A RADIUS – TWO RADII. ‘Radiuses’ also can be used.
Q3 : How ___ paper do we use in the office daily?
Explanation : ‘Much’ is used before uncountable nouns. ‘Many’ and ‘a few’ – before countable. ‘Some’ do not relate to the meaning of the sentence.
Q4 : If Drake ___ (to have) time he ___ (to study) better.
Explanation : When we speak about past unreal condition we use: If-clause (if + Past Perfect) – Main Clause (would have + past participle). In reality Drake didn’t have time to study better.
Q5 : Find the correct word formation chain (noun – adjective – verb): assassination
Explanation : We say ‘assassin – assassinated – assassinate’
Q6 : I’ve run 10 kilometres and feel ___ exhausted.
Explanation : Some words can make adjectives stronger. We call these words ‘intensifiers’. Some of them are: very, really, pretty, absolutely. Remember that with strong adjectives (with extreme meaning) like ‘exhausted’ we use certain intensifiers. For example: exceptionally, completely, absolutely, totally, utterly, quite.
Q7 : Darren was running as ___ as he could.
Explanation : It is correct to say ‘as fast as’. Remember that the word ‘fast’ do not change its form when we use it an adverb or adjective.
Q8 : The newspaper reported the party ___ (to win) the election.
Explanation : ‘Report’ requires the Gerund. In this case the Gerund is used as the object of the verb.
Q9 : Locals are asking the city authorities to build a fence __ the central park.
Explanation : We should remember that some nouns are used with specific prepositions after them: ‘a fence around smth’.
Q10 : __ my humble opinion, the plot of this book is overextended.
Explanation : It is correct to say ‘in somebody’s opinion’.
Q11 : The Mona Lisa __ (to paint) in 1503-1505.
Explanation : When we don’t know who carries out the action, or it is obvious or unimportant to us, we use the Passive voice. The Passive is formed: BE + Past Participle. In this sentence the action took place at a certain time in the past, so we use the Past Simple Passive.
Q12 : Pete has __ money by selling luxury cars.
Explanation : We say ‘to make money’.
Q13 : I’m not a person who can ___ (to tolerate) teenagers.
Explanation : Phrasal verb ‘to put up with’ means ‘to tolerate’.
Q14 : Choose two forms of the verb ‘to grind’ according to the order: Past Simple – Past Participle
Explanation : TO GRIND – GROUND – GROUND
Q15 : All the given plans opened for us a wide range of opportunities to release our potential. ____ they tell us about the competition and huge risks.
Explanation : When we want to add some extra information to the point we can use these linking words: furthermore, moreover, as well as, too, also, besides. Other given linking words do not relate to the meaning of the sentence.
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