Intermediate Grammar Test -10

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Intermediate grammar test and practice 10

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Question 1
By the time we got to the theatre box office, all the tickets ......
A
have sold
B
had been sold
C
had sold
D
were been sold
Question 1 Explanation: 
past perfect passive because someone (the sales people) sold the tickets BEFORE we arrived
Question 2
The burglar alarm went off which prevented thieves ........ the house
A
in entering
B
to enter
C
enter
D
from entering
Question 2 Explanation: 
With the verb "prevent" followed by another verb we use the preposition "from" and then the gerund form of the verb - in this case: entering
Question 3
Capital punishment  ............................... a long time ago.
A
should have been abolished
B
should be abolished
C
must have abolished
D
had to abolish
Question 4
If only your husband  ............ so rude!
A
hasn't been
B
hadn't been
C
had been
D
aren't
Question 4 Explanation: 
past perfect after "if only" and "wish" for past situations that we wanted to be different
Question 5
If Janet hadn't been to the U.S.A she  .............  a U.S. stamp in her passport now.
A
wouldn't have had
B
would have had
C
wouldn't have
D
would have
Question 5 Explanation: 
a mixed conditional: visit to USA was in the past stamp in passport is present
Question 6
She apologised  .......... my favourite tea pot.
A
to have broken
B
to break
C
for breaking
D
that she broke
Question 6 Explanation: 
"apologise" is followed by the preposition "for" and then by a gerund.
Question 7
I wish we  .............................. spending so much money!
A
could stop
B
would stop
C
stopped
D
would have stopped
Question 7 Explanation: 
reality = we can't stop spending a lot of money desire= we want to stop spending like this, but we don't think it is possible.
Question 8
Something ..................... delicious! What are you cooking?
A
smells
B
smells like
C
smells like if
D
smells as if
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