Choose the correct answer.

1   Is he playing computer games? He’s … to be washing the car.

a) hoped

b) supposed

c) expected

2   Mary was angry with me for breaking the windows, but it happened … accident.

a) by

b) in

c) on

3   The room was crowded with over fifty people … into it.

a) pushed

b) packed

c) stuck

4   Beware of the friends who appear to be enthusiastic … your success.

a) of

b) with

c) about

5   They want to watch the latest movie … TV.

a) in

b) at

c) on

6   … to leave early is rarely granted.

a) Permission

b) Leave

c) Allowance

7   …, my colleagues didn’t laugh at me.

a) For my surprise

b) To my surprise

c) As to surprise me

8   If you had gone there, you … my sister.

a) would have met

b) would meet

c) had met

9   She never goes in lifts because she is terrified of … spaces.

a) constricted

b) compressed

c) contained

10   It never … to me that she would be there.

a) recurred

b) occurred

c) contemplated

11   The assistant was … helpful, but Mike felt she could have given him more information.

a) exactly

b) totally

c) quite

12   The meal was excellent; the steak was particularly … .

a) flavoured

b) tasteful

c) delicious

13   Are there any seats left for this evening’s …?

a) opera

b) act

c) performance

14   Having … the table, she called the family for supper.

a) laid

b) spread

c) ordered

15   As I have been ill, I have had no … to discuss the business plan.

a) suitability

b) possibility

c) opportunity

16   Tom … to turn up for the football match.

a) omitted

b) failed

c) stopped

17   The manager’s presence was helpful, but he could … us more money.

a) give

b) gave

c) have given

18   There are five lawyers in my town and I have consulted … of them in turn.

a) every

b) each

c) any

19   The final course was so difficult that I didn’t … any progress at all.

a) do

b) create

c) make

20   I’m tired of looking at ancient … .

a) ruins

b) foundations

c) remnants

21   My bike is gone: it must … .

a) have been stolen

b) have stolen

c) be stolen

22   There’s a … to her patience.

a) top

b) limit

c) bottom

23   I … hands with the guests.

a) gave

b) nodded

c) shook

24   We had a great … of trouble getting through customs.

a) level

b) lot

c) deal

25   Rose trees need to be … regularly.

a) cut

b) clipped

c) pruned

26   What made you think … such a thing?

a) of

b) on

c) at

27   I would go to the pool if the weather … good.

a) is

b) were

c) has been

28   I rang you up while he … his report.

a) was finishing

b) has been finishing

c) had finished

29   The bus … is 50 cents.

a) cost

b) fare

c) charge

30   Before the invention of refrigeration, the … of meat was a problem.

a) preservation

b) keeping

c) maintenance


1 b   2 a   3 b   4 c   5 c   6 a   7 b   8 a   9 c   10 b

11 c   12 c   13 c   14 a   15 c   16 b   17 c   18 b   19 c   20 a

21 a   22 b   23 c   24 c   25 c   26 a   27 b   28 a   29 b   30 a

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