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English tenses

I buy a flower every day. A flower is bought by me every day.

My mom is cooking curry in the kitchen now. Curry is being cooked by my mom in the kitchen
now.

She has taken medication for two years. Medication has been taken by her for two years.

The teacher conducted the pretest two days The pretest was conducted by the teacher two
ago. days ago.

His family will visit him next week. He will be visited by his family next week.

1. Coach a.travelers will b.got from New York c.to Philadelphia in about two d.days.

2. Mars may a.looks red because b.it is c.covered with a d.layer of soft red iron oxide.

3. Edward McDowell is a.remember as the b.composer of such c.perennial favorites d.as To a


Wild Rose.

4. A Milky Way object a.that erupted in the constellation Scorpius has b.provides information to
c.astronomers d.since July.

5. In a.our solar system, nine planets, fifty-seven moons, b.several dozen comets, several million
asteroids, and billions of meteorites have c.so far been d.discover.

6. The Treasury Department a.is take a new look at regulations limiting the b.number of interest
that bank and c.savings, and loan associations d.can pay on deposits.

7. The a.remains of b.very ancient c.wood have d.turn into coal.

8. a.A desire to eradicate b.irregular spellings in English can c.being d.traced back to the sixteenth
century .

9. Peter and Tom a.to play b.tennis every c.afternoon with Mary and d.me.

10. Alexander Graham Bell a.was twenty-nine when b.he was c.grant a telephone patent d.in 1876.
Singular and Plural Subjects-Verbs
1. Annie and her brothers (is, are) at school.

2. Either my mother or my father (is, are) coming to the meeting.


3. Either my shoes or your coat (is, are) always on the floor.
4. George and Tamara (doesn't, don't) want to see that movie.
5. Benito (doesn't, don't) know the answer.
6. One of my sisters (is, are) going on a trip to France.
7. The man with all the birds (live, lives) on my street.
8. The movie, including all the previews, (take, takes) about two hours to watch.
9. The players, as well as the captain, (want, wants) to win.
10. Either answer (is, are) acceptable.
11. Every one of those books (is, are) fiction.
12. Nobody (know, knows) the trouble I've seen.
13. (Is, Are) the news on at five or six?
14. Mathematics (is, are) John's favorite subject, while Civics (is, are) Andrea's favorite subject.
15. Eight dollars (is, are) the price of a movie these days.
16. (Is, Are) the tweezers in this drawer?
17. Your pants (is, are) at the cleaner's.
18. There (was, were) fifteen candies in that bag. Now there (is, are) only one left!
19. The committee (debates, debate) these questions carefully.
20. The committee (leads, lead) very different lives in private.
21. The Prime Minister, together with his wife, (greets, greet) the press cordially.
22. All of the CDs, even the scratched one, (is, are) in this case.
23. Here (is, are) the results of the medical tests.
24. The data (is, are) now available for your reference.
25. Not only the flight attendants but also the pilots (is, are) planning to go on strike.

1. a.Vast flows of b.information c.is carried on hair-thin fiber-optic d.cables.

2. The number of electrons in a.an atom b.match the number of c.charged particles, d.or protons.

3. Statistics a.indicate that b.approximate every 22 years--within a range of 3 to 4 years--a c.major


drought d.occurs in the United States.

4. Buying clothes a.are often b.a very consuming practice because c.those clothes that a person
likes d.are rarely the ones that fit him or her.

5. The major purpose of the United States Department of Education are to ensure equal
educational opportunity for all and to improve the quality of education.

6. The chain of rider stations a.along the way b.were c.crucial to the d.success of the Pony
Express.

7. Mumps a.are a very b.common disease c.which d.usually affects children.

8. Everyone a.who b.have got the tickets c.can enter the hall A where the seminar d.is held.

9. a.Dieting by combining healthy foods b.is very popular nowadays, and c.result faster than
d.exercising.

10. Each a.of the nurses b.report to the operating room when c.his or her name d.is called.
11. The actress, a.together with the managers and b.assistants, c.are going to have vacation d.to
Malibu next year.

12. a.If I b.was you, I c.would never forgive what he d.did.

13. In a.many languages the forms of a word b.varies to express c.such contrasts as number, gender,
and d.tense.

14. No one a.who has studied the Battle of Little Bighorn b.know the exact route that Custer and
c.his detachment d.took.

15. a.The materials of previous lecture cant be b.understood easily by the c.students and d.has to be
revised.

16. The repair shop a.keep my cassette player for six weeks before b.returning it, c.nevertheless, d.it
still does not work properly.

17. Some of the a.stars in the b.closing stages of c.their lives d.becomes white dwarfs.

18. a.Crawfish farming b.have been practiced in south Louisiana c.for many d.years.

19. The principles of physics a.described by Christian Doppler in 1842 for the movement of stars
b.has been c.adapted to evaluate the movement of d.blood within the heart.

20. Evidence a.from ancient fossil b.indicates the scorpion may c.had been among the first d.land
animals

Identify and underline the subjects of the following sentences. If the subject is singular, write
is in the blank. If the subject is plural, write are.

1. Cotton, as well as wool and silk, is produced from non-synthetic material.

2. The team _____ making plans for their big game.

3. The Japanese _____ known for technological advances.

4. The data _____ now available for your reference.

5. Deer _____ sometimes cruelly hunted for their antlers.

6. All of the rooms in the hotel _____ reserved.

7. Here _____ the candles for the birthday cake.

8. Not only the flight attendants but also the pilots _____ planning to go on strike.

9. Alumni of the university _____ asked to make financial donations.

10. Ana, along with her sister and three brothers, _____ hoping to travel to Disney World.

11. English _____ spoken in nearly all parts of the world.

12. Here _____ the result of the medical tests.


13. Some of the tickets _____ still unsold.

14. The police _____ planning its annual fund-raising event.

15. All of the creeks _____ becoming polluted by the oil spill.

16. _____ the news on at five or six?


17. Either my shoes or your coat _____ always on the floor.
18. There _____ fifteen candies in that bag. Now there _____ only one left!
19. _____ the tweezers in this drawer?
20. Every one of those books _____ fiction.
21. Nobody _____ the trouble I've seen.

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