The present continuous tense as a future form

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The present continuous tense as a future form

16. Put the verbs in brackets into the present continuous tense.

1. They are going to drill for oil here. They (start) on Monday.

2. My uncle (make) a speech on Friday.

3. I (take) my .sister to the ballet tomorrow.

4. She (call) for me at six.

5. He (play) at Wimbledon next summer.

6. I (meet) her at the station at ten.

7. The sales (not start) till Monday.

8. How you (get) to the party tomorrow?-I (go) by car. –Who (drive)?

9. The piano tuner (come) this afternoon.

10. You (give) him anything for his birthday?-Yes, I (give) him a dictionary.

11. The windows (be) cleaned today. Then we'll be able to see out

12. She (come) out of hospital next week.

13. We (have) dinner early tonight as we (go) to the theatre.

14. Where you (go) for your holidays this year? – I (go) to Holland.

15. He (not give) a lecture tonight.

16. I (have) my photograph taken tomorrow.

17. I (buy) her a burglar alarm for a wedding present.

18. The elections (be) held next week.

19. I (have) lunch with my aunt on Thursday.

20. The committee (meet) next Wednesday.

21. My grandparents (celebrate) their golden wedding next week.

22. I (lend) him my cat for his holidays.

23. The strikers (return) to work next week.

24. Smith's (open) a new branch onthis street in July.

25. We've bought a new house and (move) in very soon.

26. I (not take) up judo next winter.

27. They (get) married next week.

28. You (do) anything tonight?-Yes, I (go) to my carpentry class.

29. The Prime Minister (fly) to America tomorrow.

30. He (start) a new job on Friday.

31. The Queen (give) a garden party next week. You (go)?

32. I (catch) the 6.30 plane tomorrow. -Where you (leave) your car? – I (not take) the car.

33. Her mother (send) her to France next year.

34. I (go) to the dentist tomorrow. Miss Pitt (take) my class.

35. I (lend) my flat to my American cousins next year.

The be going to form

17. Put the verbs in brackets into the be going to form.

1. You (miss) your train.

2. The pressure cooker (explode).

3. When you (pay) the bill?

4. She (dye) the old curtains blue,

5. We (make) this whisky bottle into a lamp.

6. What you (do) with this room? – I (paint) the walls in black and white stripes.

7. The umpire (blow) his whistle.

8. You (eat) all that?

9. That man with the tomato in his hand (throw) it at the speaker.

10. The bull (attack) us.

11. It (rain). Look at those clouds.

12. The cat (have) kittens.

13. The men in the helicopter (try) to rescue the man in the water.

14. That rider (fall) off.

15. These two men (cycle) across Africa.

16. The Lord Mayor is standing up. He (make) a speech.

17. This aeroplane (crash).

18. I (stop) here for a moment to get some petrol.

19. You (ask) him to help you?

20. I've lent you my car once. I (not do) it again.

21. I have seen the play. Now I (read) the book.

22. I (not sleep) in this room. It is haunted.

23. We (buy) a metal detector and look for buried treasure.

24. You (reserve) a seat?

25. I (plant) an oak tree here.

26. The dog (bury) the bone.

27. I (have) a bath.

28. I don't like this macaroni. I (not finish) it.

29. I (not stay) here another minute.

30. We (make) a lot of money out of this.

The present continuous and the be going to form

18. Use the present continuous where possible in the following sentences and put the remaining verbs into the be going to form.

1. I (play) bridge tonight with Tom and Ann.

2. He (have) an operation next week.

3. It's very cold. I (light) a fire.

4. We (have) some friends to lunch tomorrow.

5. I've bought a piano; it (be) delivered this afternoon. – Where you (put) it? – I (put) it in the dining room.

6. You (go) to the auction tomorrow? -Yes, I (go) but 1 (not buy) anything.

7. I've reminded you once; I (not do) it again.

8. I (have) my hair cut this afternoon.

9. My nephew (come) to stay with me next weekend. – Where you (put) him? – I (put) him in the room in the tower.

10. Our class (start) German next term.

11. I (spend) a few days in London next week.

12. The Town Council (build) a new school here.

13. What you (tell) the police? – I (tell) them the truth.

14. He (start) tomorrow.

15. The Queen (open) Parliament next month.

16. The Prime Minister (speak) on TV tonight.

17. This shop (close) down next week.

18. When you (have) your next lesson? – I (have) it on Monday.

19. I (collect) my new dress this afternoon.

20. We (take) the children to the seaside this summer.

21. I (give) him a football for his next birthday.

22. She (sing) in her first big concert next month.

23. He (go) to Spain for his holidays. – He (fly)? – No, he (go) by boat.

24. She (see) a specialist next week.

25. He (wash) the car?

26. He (ring) me up tonight.

27. The inspector (ask) you a few questions.

28. Her parents (give) a party for her next month. They (invite) sixty guests.

29. Have you got a ticket for the big match on Saturday? - No, I don't even know who (play). – France (play) England.

30. What you (do) with the money?

31. I (pick) you up at 6.30; don't forget.

32. Where you (go) tonight? – I (go) out with Peter. He (call) for me at eight.

33. I (compete) in the bicycle race tomorrow.

34. Mr. Pitt has just phoned to say that he (not come) back till Wednesday night.

35. I (read) you his answer to my letter of complaint.


The present continuous and the future simple

19. Put the verbs in brackets into the present continuous or the future simple using the present continuous where possible.

1. I am sure that I (recognize) him.

2. I (see) her tomorrow.

3. He (play) in a tennis match on Friday.

4. She (come) back on Monday.

5. I (go) again next year.

6. We (know) tonight.

7. I (believe) it when I see it.

8. I (have) my car repainted next week.

9. I hope that you (have) a good time tomorrow.

10. Tom (catch) the 7.40 train.

11. Where you (meet) them? – I (meet) them at midnight in the middle of the wood.

12. Look I’ve broken the teapot. What Mrs. Pitt (say)? – She (not mind); she never liked that one.

13. He (not forget) to come.

14. He (leave) in a few days.

15. I (remember) it.

16. If you drop that bottle it (break).

17. I never (forgive) him.

18. I'm sure that you (like) him.

19. You (see) a signpost at the end of the road,

20. He has cut my hair too short. - Don't worry; it (grow) again very quickly.

21. You (understand) when you are older.

22. The cat (scratch) you if you pull its tail.

23. I (be) back at 8.30.

24. If he doesn't work hard he (not pass) his exam.

25. She (go) on a cruise next summer.

26. I (move) to a new flat next week.

27. I am sorry that the child saw the accident. - I don't think it matters. He soon (forget) all about it.

28. I (wait) here till he comes back.

29. He (not write) to you unless you write to him.

30. There (be) a big meeting here tomorrow.


Passive Voice

20. Active to passive. Put the following into the passive voice.

1. You should open the wine about three hours before you use it.

2. Previous climbers had cut steps in the ice.

3. Somebody had cleaned my shoes and brushed my suit.

4. We use this room only on special occasions.

5. You must not hammer nails into the walls without permission.

6. Someone switched on a light and opened the door.

7. Somebody had slashed the picture with a knife.

8. They are pulling down the old theatre.

9. Why didn't they mend the roof before it fell in?

10. The police asked each of us about his movements on the night of the crime.

11. Someone will serve refreshments.

12. People must not leave bicycles in the hall.

13. Members may keep books for three weeks. After that they must return them.

14. The burglars had cut an enormous hole in the steel door.

15. I've bought a harp. They are delivering it this afternoon. (Do not change the first sentence.)

16. Someone has already told him to report for duty at six.

17. They rang the church bells as a flood warning.

18. No one can do anything unless someone gives us more information.

19. People are spending far more money on food now than they spent ten years ago.

20. The organizers will exhibit the paintings till the end of the month.

21. They will say nothing more about the matter if someone returns the stolen gun.

22. It is high time someone told him to stop behaving like a child.

23. A thief stole my dog and brought him back only when I offered £20 reward for him.

24. The judge gave him two weeks in which to pay the fine.

25. They make these artificial flowers of silk.

Indirect speech

Indirect speech: statements

21. Put the following into indirect speech.

1. ‘I have something to show you,' I said to her.

2. 'Nothing grows in my garden. It never gets any sun,' she said.

3. ‘I'm going away tomorrow, mother,' he said.

4. ‘I've been in London for a month but so far I haven't had time to visit the Tower,' said Rupert.

5. ‘It isn't so foggy today as it was yesterday,' I remarked.

6. ‘'The new underpass is being officially opened the day after tomorrow, 'said the BBC announcer.

7. 'We have moved into our new flat. We don't like it nearly so much as our last one,' said my aunt.

8. 'We have a lift but very often it doesn't work,' they said.

9. 'From one of the windows of my flat I can see the Eiffel Tower,' he said.

10. ‘I've no idea what the time is but I'll dial 8081 and find out,' said his daughter.

11. He said, 'My wife has just been made a judge.'

12. ‘I'll come with you as soon as I am ready,' she replied.

13. ‘I have a German lesson this afternoon and I haven't done my homework yet,' said the small boy.

14. ‘If you let the iron get too hot you will scorch your clothes,' I warned her.

15. ‘'You haven't given me quite enough. The bill is for £14 and you've paid me only £13,' he pointed out.

16. Ann said, 'Englishmen make good husbands because they are nearly always willing to help in the house.'

17. Mary answered, ‘I like men to be useful but I don't like them to be too domesticated. I‘d prefer them to keep out of the kitchen altogether. Men look silly in aprons anyway.'

18. Motoring report: The new Rolls Royce runs so quietly that all you can hear is the ticking of the clock.

19. Managing director of the Rolls Royce company: In that case we'll have to do

20. something about the clock.

21. ‘I don't know what to do with all my plums. I suppose I'll have to make jam. The trouble is that none of us eats jam,' she said.

22. 'We like working on Sundays because we get double pay,' explained the builders.

23. He said, ‘I am quite a good cook and I do all my own washing and mending too.'

24. 'You can keep that one if you like, Joan,' he said. I've got plenty of others.'

25. ‘I'm going fishing with mother this afternoon,' said the small boy, 'and we are going into the garden now to dig for worms.' (Omit now).

26. 'You've got my umbrella,' I said crossly. 'Yours is in your bedroom.'

27. I know exactly what they said,' the private detective explained to his client, 'because I bugged their phone.'

28. ‘I'll sit up till she comes in, but I hope she won't be late,' he said.

29. ‘If you give me some wire, I'll hang that picture for you,' said my cousin.

30. ‘I have a Turkish bath occasionally, but it doesn't seem to make any difference to my weight,' she said.

31. ‘This is quite a good model, madam. I use one of these myself,' said the salesman.

32. 'My new house is supposed to be haunted, but so far I haven't seen any ghosts,' she said.

33. The advertisement said, If you answer the questions correctly you may win £100.'

34. ‘If I press my ear against the wall, I can hear what the people in the next flat are saying,' he said.

35. 'The mirror is there so that you can see yourself when you are dancing,' the instructress told him.

Indirect speech: questions

22. Put the following into indirect speech.

The first ten questions require no change of order:

He said, 'What is happening? – He asked what was happening.

You can read the last twenty questions, using one of the following prefaces:

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