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IES LOLA MORA

INGLÉS

TALLER
PROPEDÉUTICO
UNITS 1, 2 & 3
1) Present Simple and Present Continuous: Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentences.
1 He always go/goes to Jamaica in the winter for the sun.
2 Today I am/is working from home because of the heavy snow.
3 I don't/doesn't like humid days. They're so uncomfortable.
4 The snow aren't/isn't falling now. Let's go outside for a walk.
5 She don't/doesn't usually drive in the fog because it's dangerous.
6 We are/is still wailing for the rain to stop.
2) Complete this Internet blog about a hurricane with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
Monday 10 a.m.
Hi, everyone. Today, l 1am writing (write) from a city under attack from a hurricane! As you know, I 2
……………………… (live) in the city centre. The streets 3………………………… (be) usually busy at this time of
day, but today they 4 ……………………… (be) empty.
Monday 11 a.m.
I 5 …………………………still………………………… (wait) for the hurricane to hit, but right now the winds 6
………………………… (get) stronger and the rain 7 ………………………… (hit) the windows. It's so noisy!
Monday 11.30 a.m.
It's here! Amazing! Trees 8………………………… (fly) down the street. The noise 9 ………………………… (be)
incredible. I 10 ………………………… (sit) on the floor behind my table in case the windows break.
Monday 2.30 p.m.
Incredible! Right now, the street 11 ………………………… (turn) into a river. This 12…………………………
usually………………………… (not happen). The water 13 ………………………… (carry) cars down the street!
Monday 3.30 p.m.
The water level 14 ………………………… still………………………… (rise). I 15 ………………………… (not
know) what to do. At the moment, the police 16 ………………………… (not answer) the phone.
Monday 4.30 p.m.
The water is very near to my second floor flat. This is my last message today – I 17………………………… (go) to the
roof now! Wish me luck!

3) Write the verb between brackets in the present simple or continuous.


1. ......... you usually ......... (eat) vegetables?
2. Sorry, I can´t talk now. I .................. (brush) my teeth.
3. Sandy .................. (not drink) alcohol very often.
4. They.................. (work) at the factory from Monday to Friday.
5. Listen! Somebody .................. (shout).
6. He doesn´t have time now. He .................. (do) his homework.
7. How often ........ she ........ (go) to the dentist?
8. We .................. (go out) for dinner every Saturday night.
9. Be quiet! I .................. (study) for tomorrow´s exam.
10. She´s not at home at the moment. I think she .................. (do) the shopping.
4) Write short answers for these questions.
1. Do you enjoy your work? Yes, ...................
2. Are they at home now? No, ..................
3. Is he still working for that company? Yes, ..................
4. Are you cleaning the house? No, ..................
5. Is your sister helping in the garden? No, ..................
6. Does Paul have any brothers? Yes, ..................
7. Do they know you´re here? Yes, ..................
8. Are you having fun? No, ..................
9. Does your friend work there? Yes, ..................
10. Is he a relative of yours? Yes, ..................

5) Write these sentences correctly.


1. They are wanting to go home now
.....................................................................................................................................................
2. I´m not having time at the moment.
......................................................................................................................................................
3. Anne is not here. She does the shopping right now.
......................................................................................................................................................
4. Your friends are attending Italian lessons on Thursdays.
......................................................................................................................................................

6) Simple past: Complete the stories about famous inspirational people. Use the verbs in the boxes.

arrest change get not get tell

Rosa Parks

On 1 December 1955, in Alabama USA, Rosa Parks ,a young African American woman, 1 got on a bus and made

history. The bus driver 2……………… her to get out of her seat because a white man needed it. She 3………………

out of her seat and the police 4 ………………her. This started a massive protest and, after one year, the local

government 5………………. the law. Finally, black and white people were able to travel together.

become not be not make sail take

Michael Perham

In January 2007, Michael Perham, a young British boy aged 14, 6 ………………. across the Atlantic Ocean and into

the history books. He 7 ………………. the youngest person to sail across this ocean - on his own. There
8
………………. anyone else with him on the boat and he 9 ………………. any stops during the journey. This

incredible journey across the Atlantic Ocean 10 ………………. seven weeks.


become lead not become organise spend

Mahatma Ghandi

In the early 1900s, Mahatma Ghandi was an Indian lawyer who 11 ………………. peaceful protests against the British
rulers. In 1930, he 12………………. thousands of people on a 400km march to protest against heavy taxes. During his
life he 13 ………………. Seven years in prison, but finally in 1947, India 14 ………………. independent. He 15
………………. the president of India, but he was called the Father of the Nation.

7) Complete the questions with the verbs in box A. You may need to add a question word from box B.

A be go sell spend travel


B how when where why

1- How did you travel to college yesterday? By bus.


2- ____________ ____________ you ____________ last on holiday? In June. I went to Florida in the USA.
3- ____________Sarah ____________ much money yesterday? Yes, she did. She bought lots of clothes.
4- ____________ ____________you last night? I was at my friend's house. She cooked dinner for me
5- ____________ ____________he ____________ his car last week? Because he needed some money!
8) Complete the sentences with the past simple (affirmative / negative / interrogative) of the verbs in
brackets:

1- My sister and her husband _________ (come) from Greece.

2- I __________ (not like) the U2 concert.

3- My cousin __________ (phone) from France yesterday evening.

4- On Monday Johann ___________ (go) to school on foot.

5- (they / leave) ___________ the country last Saturday?

6- (you / like) _____________ the film?

7- They _________ (not finish) the homework yesterday.

8- (she / go) _____________ to the cinema with her parents last night?

9- No, she didn’t. She ___________ (stay) at home. She __________ (get) a cold.

10- We _________ (go) to Spain y car.

11- I _____________ (have) a wonderful holiday with my family last July.

12- (you / travel) _________ to Madrid by car or by plane?

13- Many years ago it __________ (be) very difficult to live without electricity.

14- Last year they _______ (buy) a house at the seaside.

15- I __________ (meet) him the day before yesterday.

9) Past Continuous: Put the verbs into the correct form.


1- When I phoned my friends, they (play) ……………………….. monopoly.
2- Yesterday at six I (prepare) ……………………….. dinner.
3- The kids (play) ……………………….. in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.
4- I (practice) ……………………….. the guitar when he came home.
5- We (not / cycle) ……………………….. all day.
6- While Alan (work) ……………………….. in his room, his friends (swim) ……………………….. in the
pool.
7- I tried to tell them the truth but they (not / listen ) ……………………….. .
8- What (you / do) ……………………….. yesterday?
9- Most of the time we (sit) ……………………….. in the park.
10- I (listen) ……………………….. to the radio while my sister (watch) ………………………..TV.
11- When I arrived, They (play) ……………………….. cards.
12- We (study) ……………………….. English yesterday at 4:00 pm .

10) Articles: Read this text from an information leaflet for parents. Put a, an, the or no article in the gaps.

Keep your child sale on the Internet

Children love 1 the Internet It's 2 ………………. great way 10 have different kinds of fun, keep in touch with old
friends and make new friends. They can also find 3 ……………….material for homework and sometimes buy
4
………………. things like 5……………….music, 6 ………………. books or 7 ………………. games.

What are the risks?

Internet Content

Most material on the Internet is legal, but it is easy for 8………………. children to see 9……………….images that are
harmful to them. 10 ……………….children need to feel that they can talk to 11……………….adult when they see
something they don't like.

Internet Contacts

Sometimes 12 ………………. children want to meet their Internet friends. Because you can't see 13 …………….
people you contact online, you have no idea who they are. It is not 14 ……………….good idea for 15 ……………….
children to meet people from the Internet without 16……………….responsible adult. Explain to the child that 17
………………. adult is not there to spoil their fun - it is just 18……………….basic safety.

11) Relative Pronouns: Read the sentence pairs and write one sentence using who/that or that/which.

1 a) The Times is a British newspaper.


b) The Times is famous for its high standard of journalism.
The Times is a British newspaper that / which is famous for its high standard of journalism.

2 a) Ryszard Kapuscinski was a Polish journalist.


b) Ryszard Kapuscinski wrote books about Africa and the Middle East.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

3 a) Rupert Murdoch is an Australian businessman.


b) Rupert Murdoch owns media companies all over the world.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
4 a) NewsAcademic.com is an international newspaper for young people.
b) NewsAcademic.com is only available over the Internet.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

5 a) Joseph Pulitzer was a Hungarian journalist.


b) Joseph Pulitzer became editor of the biggest newspaper in the USA.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

6 a) The Pulitzer Prizes are famous awards.


b) The Pulitzer Prizes are for editors, journalists, photographers and cartoonists.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

12) Complete these definitions. Use a word or phrase from the box with who/that or that/which.
a company a computer a journalist a person a TV programme a type of writing

1 A film critic is a person who / that reviews movies.


2 A blog is …………………………. ………………………….. is similar to a diary.
3 A chat show is …………………………. ………………………….. shows interviews with famous people.
4 An editor is …………………………. ………………………….. decides the content of a newspaper.
5 A laptop is …………………………. ………………………….. you can easily carry.
6 A broadcaster is …………………………. ………………………….. shows TV programmes.

VOCABULARY

1. Choose the correct word to complete the sentences.


1 I always take my umbrella on dry/rainy days.
2 The airport is dosed because of the fog/humid.
3 I love watching the snow/ice fall from the sky.
4 look! The wind/windy is blowing the leaves from the trees.
5 Put the air-conditioning on. It's very sun/hot in here.
6 It's a lovely warm/cloudy day. Let's go to the beach.
7 listen la the sound of the wet/rain on the window. It's very loud.

2. Tick the words and phrases that are about winter.


1 a documentary 6 a luxury
2 minus 10 degrees Celsius ✔ 7 a community event
3 freezing winds 8 fur coals
4 health benefits 9 sub-zero temperatures
5 heavy snow 10 icy water
3. Complete the adjectives in each sentence.
1 Picasso was a very Talented artist.
2 My manager is H _ _ D – W_ _ _ _ _ _. He often works late.
3 I don't like her. She's not very FR _ _ _ _ _ _.
4 He's H _ L _ _ _ L. Ask him for advice.
5 She never stops trying. She is very D _ _ E _ _ I _ _ D.
6 You are very K _ _ _ .Thank you for your help.
7 Teachers need to be very P _ TI _ _ T.
8 My boss is a good leader. He's I_SP_R_ _IO _ _ _ .
9 She's L _ V _ _ _. I'd like to see her again.
10 She is a D _ _ I _ _ T _ D nurse.

4. Complete the sentences with the words in the box.

beautiful painful careful peaceful cheerful powerful colourful successful

1 Be careful when you cross the road. It's very busy.


2 He's a very man – always smiling.
3 There's no traffic in her street. It's very .
4 The view from the top of the building was .
5 They're a couple. He's a rich lawyer and she's a famous architect.
6 I hurt my arm playing tennis. Now it's quite .
7 The tram is red, yellow and green. It's really .
8 The President of the USA is a very ______person.