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Diagnostic English #4: Intermediate/ Upper-intermediate (tenses, passives) Pt.1

Choose the best answer.


1

When I last talked to him, he ______ English.

2

I met her at yesterday’s party, but I ______ her by sight for years before that.

3

By 2050, scientists surely ______ a cure for cancer.

4

Since the day he ______ ill he ______ a lot of reading.

5

A: What’s the time?

B: I’m sorry I ______. My watch ______.

6

He ______ in the library every night for the last two months.

7

Last Sunday we ____ out of the house where we ____ for five years.

8

We spent hours talking about what we ______ since we left school.

9

They ______ married but in the end they changed their mind.

10

A: Would you like me to give Mike a message for you?

B: Oh, I don’t want to trouble you.

A: It’s no trouble, really. I ______ Mike tomorrow anyway.

11

When I counted my change I realized they ______ me $ 3 too much.

12

When he’d counted his change he ______ it in his pocket.

13

As soon as she ______ out of bed she got dressed.

14

In a fortnight’s time they ______ their exams.

15

They were very rude to us. We ______ there again.

16

In about forty years’ time we’ll probably ______ on pills.

17

A: Why have you set your alarm clock to go off at 5.30?

B: Because I ______ then. I have to catch the early train.

18

A: I’ve planned my future for the next five years.

B: That is very clever of you. What ______ when you retire?

19

You’ll feel a lot better after you ______ a rest.

20

Next August, while you ______ for your exams, I ______ on a Mediterranean beach.

21

He ______ my name, so I reminded him.

22

By 5.30 this afternoon, Tom ______ at work for eight hours.

23

She ______ unwell for several days when she was taken to hospital.

24

During this year we ______ many advances in computer science.

25

Our maths teacher ______ us a lot of homework last week but he ______ us very much so far this week.

26

It is expected that man ______ on several planets by the end of this century.

27

A: I’m going to the pop concert. ______with me?

B: Thank you very much. I’d love to.

28

It rained! I didn’t think it ______.

29

I ______ to see you tomorrow, but now I find I can’t.

30

He found everything rather strange as he ______ never ______ abroad before.

31

I ______ you know as soon as the telegram ______.

32

Please ______ until after the plane ______.

33

It is the first time I ______ of anything like that.

34

You’re always late. This is the third time you ______ late this week.

35

It was the first time she ______ ever ______ a prize.

36

He ______ about to give up his job when they offered him a rise.

37

Yesterday while I ______ in class I ______ the hiccups. The boy next to me told me ______ my breath.

38

Hello! I ______ to phone you all week. Where ______?

39

It is time we ______ goodbye to each other. The train is due to leave in a minute.

40

I think you should apologize when you______ her.

41

His clothes are in a mess because he ______ the house all morning.

42

Since I last met him he ______.

43

They quarreled last week. They ______ to each other since.

44

I ______ much of the film because I fell asleep half-way through.

45

There is nothing we can do that ____ people from driving too fast.

46

I didn’t answer the phone when it ______ because I ______ a shower, so I ______ it until it was too late.

47

Last night I ______ you, but the phone was out of order.

48

She wants us to meet at the cafeteria, but I’d rather we ______ here.

49

We met at the cafeteria as she wanted. I’d rather we ______ here.

50

It is likely that by the time you ______ to the shop it______ shut.

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