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Dear teachers,

Here is another set of exercises. Would you be so kind as to correct them?

1) Select the verb with the correct meaning from the list below, and put the correct form of that verb in the blank in the appropriate sentence.

[Word List: be, start, trade, donate, die, enter, extend, invest, form, own, total, have, leave, learn, arrive]

The Richest Man in the :

John Jacob Astor 1. left his home in and 2. arrived in in 1783 after the American Revolution. He 3. learnt the fur-trading business and 4. started his own fur-gathering expeditions in . By 800, Astor 5. had a quarter of a million dollars. In 1808, he 6. formed the American Fur Company and 7. extended his fur-trading business into the Northwest Territory and the . Astor also 8. entered the Oriental trade business and 9. traded American furs for Oriental silk, tea, and glassware.

He 10. invested most of his profits from the fur and Oriental trade business in farm lands, and within a few years, he 11. owned the property of present day , City. When he 12. died in 1848, he 13. was the richest man in . His real estate holdings and property rentals 14. totalled more than $20 million.

John Jacob Astor 15. donated much of this money to libraries, universities, and charities across the .

2) The students have arrived, but the teacher hasn't arrived yet. Fill in each blank with the right modal.

A: Where's the teacher today?

B: No one knows. She 1. might be absent.

A: I'll go to the English office. They 2. should know if she's absent or not.

(A few minutes later.)

A: I asked the secretary in the English office. He said that the teacher called and said she had a flat tire, but she 3. will be here for sure tonight. She's not far, so she 4. could be here by 7:30.

B: We 5. are to have a test today. Why don't we practice modals while we're waiting? That 6. will make her happy.

Thank you for your help.

Hela
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1-3 -- learnt sound rather antiquated; I'd use learned.

2 -- fine.
Mister Micawber1-3 -- learnt sound rather antiquated;

Or rather BE. Emotion: wink
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Dear teachers,

When re-reading this exercise I simply realised that something was rather strange to me. How can a teacher come to class at 7:30 pm (cf. "tonight") and the pupils still waiting to have a test ???

Are the answers in green correct too? Are there other possibilities you can think of?

2) The students have arrived, but the teacher hasn't arrived yet. Fill in each blank with the right modal.

A: Where's the teacher today?

B: No one knows. She 1. might / [color=green]could / may[/color] be absent.
A: I'll go to the English office. They 2. should / [color=green]ought to / must / will[/color] know if she's absent or not.

(A few minutes later.)

A: I asked the secretary in the English office. He said that the teacher called and said she had a flat tire, but she 3. will / [color=green]should [/color](?) be here for sure tonight. She's not far, so she 4. could / [color=green]can / may / should (combined with the "will" above) [/color]be here by 7:30.

B: We 5. are to / [color=green]could / may / might [/color]have a test today. Why don't we practice modals while we're waiting? That 6. will / [color=green]should / would / ought to[/color] make her happy.

3) In this sentence what are the different tenses that could be accepted?

She was afraid that her friend a) [color=green]would tell b) had told c) anything else? [/color]her parents the truth.

Thank you for your help again.
Regards
I would be grateful if someone could give an answer.

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Hi Hela,

Here are a few suggestions.

When re-reading this exercise I simply realised that something was rather strange to me. How can a teacher come to class at 7:30 pm (cf. "tonight") and the pupils still waiting to have a test ??? Perhaps she teaches evening classes.

Are the answers in green correct too? Are there other possibilities you can think of?

2) The students have arrived, but the teacher hasn't arrived yet. Fill in each blank with the right modal.

A: Where's the teacher today?

B: No one knows. She 1. might / could / may be absent. should not


A: I'll go to the English office. They 2. should / ought to / must / will know if she's absent or not. may / might

(A few minutes later.)

A: I asked the secretary in the English office. He said that the teacher called and said she had a flat tire, but she 3. will / should yes, OK be here for sure tonight. She's not far, so she 4. could / can / may / should (combined with the "will" above) ought to be here by 7:30.

B: We 5. are to / could / may / might should have a test today. Why don't we practice modals while we're waiting? That 6. will / should / would / ought to may / might make her happy.

3) In this sentence what are the different tenses that could be accepted?

She was afraid that her friend a) would tell b) had told c) anything else? her parents the truth. could tell / might tell

Best wishes, Clive
Dear teachers,

In #3, would it be possible to use "can" or "could"? If not, could you please tell me why?

Regards,

Hela
Hi Hela,

3) She was afraid that her friend a) would tell b) had told c) anything else? her parents the truth.

In #3, would it be possible to use "can" or "could"? If not, could you please tell me why?

'Could' is fine. 'Can' would be OK if you are speaking of a time 5 minutes in the past, but not OK if it were 50 years in the past.

Best wishes, Clive
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