Revision II

Task 1. Read the text and fill in the right article if necessary.
1) Christmas pudding originated as 2) 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty' that was made of 3) beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. This would often be more like 4) soup and was eaten as 5) fasting meal in 6) preparation for 7) Christmas festivities.
By 1595, 8) frumenty was slowly changing into 9) plum pudding, having been thickened with eggs, breadcrumbs, dried fruit and given more flavor with 10) addition of 11) beer and spirits. It became 12) customary Christmas dessert around 1650, but in 1664 13) Puritans banned it as 14) bad custom.
In 1714, 15) King George I re-established it as 16) part of 17) Christmas meal, having tasted and enjoyed 18) Plum Pudding. By 19) Victorian times, Christmas Puddings had changed into something similar to 20) ones that are eaten today.
Over 21) years, many superstitions have surrounded Christmas Puddings. One superstition says that 22) pudding should be made with 13 ingredients to represent 23) Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of 24) family should take 25) turns to stir 26) pudding with 27) wooden spoon from 28) east to west, in 29) honour of 30) Wise Men.

Task 2. Choose the right option observing the rules of English agreement.
1. Neither of the executives (want / wants) to tell the boss that profits are down.
2. The governor is proud to announce that more than 2 000 pounds of cheese (has / have) been collected.
3. The statistics in that report on oil production (is / are) incorrect.
4. Here (come / comes) Jim and his children.
5. To study and to work (is / are) his only concern.
6. How (is / are) the wounded?
7. The staff (is / are) all here waiting in the staffroom.
8. More than one man (tries / try) to understand women.
9. She wondered why the gentry (was / were) so keen always on meeting criminals.
10. Her brother as well as her parents (is / are) allergic to citrus fruit.

Task 3. Put the verbs in brackets into the required Oblique mood form.
1. And what if she (to marry) that miserable man?
2. It is indeed high time that somebody (to come) to the aid of the old farmer and his adopted daughter.
3. If Liz (to be) less curious, she (not to ask) us so many personal questions yesterday.
4. His friends called on him every day lest he (to feel) lonely.
5. Is it possible that she (to agree) to have her memoirs published?
6. Whoever you (to be) and whatever I (to learn) of you, I shall love you forever.
7. In your place I (not to yield) to the temptation then.
8. But for our books we (to be) ignorant and unaware of so many things!
9. It's only natural you (to be) nervous the first time.
10. It looked as though he (to be) filled with an overwhelming joy.

Task 4. Rewrite the sentences using
a) inversion and fronting:

1. She is not only a great dancer but she is also an amazing mathematician.

2. Effie didn't realize how attached she had become to Brooklyn until she left the place.

3. The rain came down and washed the spider out.

4. If I had known it was her birthday, I would have bought her a gift.

5. My brother wasn't present there. – I wasn't present either.

b) the emphatic subject it:

1. They met her in the swimming pool, not at the rowing centre.

2. Everyone believed the source of the food poisoning was meat, but it turned out to be fish.

Task 5. Spot the errors and correct them. Write down the whole sentence.
1. I don't think anyone will volunteer, will he?
2. The Beresford Gallery whose admission used to be free had to introduce an entrance fee of 3 pounds.
3. I'm at my wits' end why are you worrying so much. I was at Tom's.
4. Be you suddenly in Russia, visit the Hermitage, go and see the Kremlin.
5. The police want to know his brother's whereabout.
6. The news says the weather is changing for the best.
7. My shirt button went undone.

Task 6. Translate the missing parts into English using your active grammar.

– Чем усерднее ты работаешь, тем лучше твои результаты. Словом, несмотря то, что ты смертельную устал, готовься к экзаменам! Из тебя должен получиться хороший специалист.
– Я глубоко удивлена твоими словами. Ты говоришь так, как будто заботишься обо мне по-матерински.
– 1) you work, your results will be. 2) , in spite of your 3) tired, get ready for the exams! You 4) a good specialist.
– I'm 5) surprised by your words. You speak 6) of me in 7)  .

Что пропало, так это ценные антикварные швейцарские золотые часы. Но беда не приходит одна. Джеймс, один из кузенов моей жены, был ошибочно обвинен и приговорен к пяти годам тюрьмы.
1) is a valuable 2) . However, 3) but it pours. James, 4)  , was 5) accused and sentenced to 5 years 6)  .

Нет смысла ехать на рынок, до которого рукой подать, на машине. Сходи-ка ты лучше туда пешком и купи десяток яиц и горсточку черешни.
1) going by car to the market situated at 2) from here. 3)  there on 4) mare and buy 5) and 6)  .

Достаточно сказать, что ее волосы словно шелк, а голос как серебро; она не девушка, а ангел.
1) that she has 2) hair and a 3) voice; 4)  .

Зря она не пошла с нами в парк Победы в прошлое воскресенье – все были весьма рады там присутствовать, не правда ли?
1) she 2) with us to 3) last Sunday – everyone was 4) happy to be present there, 5) ?

Несмотря на то, что он был еще ребенком, он старался что есть мочи помогать сестре, хрупкой девушке лет двадцати, вести хозяйство.
1) he was, he did 2) to help his sister, 3) , to 4)  .

Если условия позволят, в ближайшем будущем я поеду на Парижский автосалон – самое крупное международное автошоу, какое только можно себе представить.
1) Circumstances , 2) I'll go to 3) Motor Show – the biggest international auto show 4)  .
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