This guide is to help you decide which units you need to study. The sentences in the guide are grouped together (Present and past, Articles and nouns etc.) in the same way as the units in the Contents (page iii).
Each sentence can be completed using one or more of the alternatives (A, B, C etc.). There are between two and five alternatives each time. IN SOME SENTENCES MORE THAN ONE ALTERNATIVE IS POSSIBLE.
If you don't know or if you are not sure which alternatives are correct, then you probably need to study the unit(s) listed on the right. You will also find the correct sentence in this unit. (If two or three units are listed, you will find the correct sentence in the first one.)
There is a key to this study guide on page 343.
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHICH IS RIGHT
Present and past
1.1 '--- this week?' 'No, she's on holiday.'
A. is Susan working B. Does Susan work C. Does work Susan (Unit 1, 3)
1.2 I don't understand this sentence. What ---?
A. does mean this word B. does this word mean C. means this word (Unit 4, 48)
1.3 John --- tennis once or twice a week.
A. is playing usually B. is usually playing C. usually plays D. plays usually (Unit 2, 3, 109)
1.4 How --- now? Better than before?
A. you are feeling B. do you feel C. are you feeling (Unit 4)
1.5 It was a boring weekend --- anything.
A. I didn't B. I don't do C. I didn't do (Unit 5)
1.6 Tom --- his hand when he was cooking the dinner.
A. burnt B. was burning C. has burnt (Unit 6, 14)
Present perfect and past
2.1 Jim is away on holiday. He --- to Spain.
A. is gone B. has gone C. has been (Unit 7)
2.2 Everything is going well. We --- any problems so far.
A. didn't have B. don't have C. haven't had (Unit 8)
2.3 Linda has lost her passport again. It's the second time this ---.
A. has happened B. happens C. happened (Unit 8, 13)
2.4 You're out of breath ---?
A. Are you running B. Have you run C. Have you been running (Unit 9)
2.5 Where's the book I gave you? What --- with it?
A. have you done B. have you been doing C. are you doing (Unit 10)
2.6 We're good friends. We --- each other for a long time.
A. know B. have known C. have been knowing D. knew (Unit 11, 10)
2.7 Sally has been working here ---.
A. for six months B. since six months C. six months ago (Unit 12)
2.8. It's two years Joe.
A. that I don't see B. that I haven't seen C. since I didn't see D. since I saw (Unit 12)
2.9. They --- out after lunch and they've just come back.
A. went B. have gone C. are gone (Unit 13, 14, 7)
2.10. The Chinese --- printing.
A. invented B. have invented C. had invented (Unit 13, 15)
2.11. Ian --- in Scotland for ten years. Now he lives in London.
A. lived B. has lived C. has been living (Unit 14, 11)
2.12. The man sitting next to me on the plane was nervous because he before ---.
A. hasn't flown B. didn't fly C. hadn't flown D. wasn't flying (Unit 15)
2.13. --- a car when they were living in London?
A. Had they B. Did they have C. Were they having D. Have they had (Unit 17)
2.14. I --- television a lot but I don't any more.
A. was watching B. was used to watch C. used to watch (Unit 18)
3.1. --- tomorrow, so we can go out somewhere.
A. I'm not working B. I don't work C. I won't work (Unit 19, 21)
3.2. That bag looks heavy --- you with it.
A. I'm helping B. I help C. I'll help (Unit 21)
3.3. I think the weather --- be nice later.
A. will B. shall C. is going to (Unit 23, 22)
3.4. 'Ann is in hospital.' 'Yes, I know --- her tomorrow.'
A. I visit B. I'm going to visit C. I'll visit (Unit 23, 20)
3.5. We're late. The film --- by the time we get to the cinema.
A. will already start B. will be already started C. will already have started (Unit 24)
3.6. Don't worry --- late tonight.
A. if I am B. when I am C. when I'll be D. if I'll be (Unit 25)
4.1. The fire spread through the building quickly but everybody ---.
A. was able to escape B. managed to escape C. could escape (Unit 26)
4.2. The phone is ringing. It --- be Tim.
A. might B. can C. could (Unit 27, 29)
4.3. Why did you stay at a hotel when you went to New York? You --- with Barbara.
A. can stay B. could stay C. could have stayed (Unit 27)
4.4. I've lost one of my gloves. I --- it somewhere.
A. must drop B. must have dropped C. must be dropping D. must have been dropping (Unit 28)
4.5. Take an umbrella with you when you go out. It --- rain later.
A. may B. might C. can D. could (Unit 30)
4.6. What was wrong with you? Why --- go to hospital?
A. had you to B. did you have to C. must you (Unit 31)
4.7. There's plenty of time. You --- hurry.
A. don't have to B. mustn't C. needn't (Unit 31, 32)
4.8. It was a great party last night. You --- come. Why didn't you?
A. must have B. should have C. ought to have D. had to (Unit 33)
4.9. Jane --- a car.
A. suggested that I buy B. suggested that I should buy C. suggested me to buy (Unit 34)
4.10. I think all drivers --- seat belts.
A. should wear B. had better wear C. had better to wear (Unit 35)
4.11. It's late. It's time --- home.
A. we go B. we must go C. we should go D. we went (Unit 35)
Conditionals and 'wish'
5.1. I'm not tired enough to go to bed yet. I wouldn't sleep if I --- to bed now.
A. go B. went C. had gone D. would go (Unit 37)
5.2. If I were you, I --- that coat. It's much too expensive.
A. won't buy B. don't buy C. am not going to buy D. wouldn't buy (Unit 38)
5.3. I decided to stay at home last night. I would have gone out if I --- so tired.
A. wasn't B. weren't C. wouldn't have been D. hadn't been (Unit 39)
5.4. I wish --- a car. It would make life so much easier.
A. have B. had C. would have (Unit 40, 38)
6.1. We --- by a loud noise during the night.
A. woke up B. are woken up C. were woken up D. were waking up (Unit 41)
6.2. There's somebody walking behind us. I think ---.
A. we are following B. we are being followed C. we are followed D. we are being following (Unit 42)
6.3. 'Where --- 'In London.'
A. were you born B. are you born C. have you been born D. did you born (Unit 43)
6.4. The train --- arrive at 11.30 but it was an hour late.
A. supposed to B. is supposed to C. was supposed to (Unit 44)
6.5. Where ---? Which hairdresser did you go to?
A. did you cut your hair B. have you cut your hair C. did you have cut your hair D. did you have your hair cut (Unit 45)
7.1. Hello, Jim. I didn't expect to see you today. Sonia said you --- ill.
A. are B. were C. was D. should be (Unit 47, 48)
7.2. Ann --- and left.
A. said goodbye to me B. said me goodbye C. told me goodbye (Unit 47)
Questions and auxiliary verbs
8.1. 'How --- ?' 'Nobody knows.'
A. happened the accident B. did happen the accident C. did the accident happen (Unit 48)
8.2. 'Do you know where ---. 'No, he didn't say.'
A. Tom has gone B. has Tom gone C. has gone Tom (Unit 49)
8.3. The police officer stopped us and asked us where ---.
A. were we going B. are we going C. we are going D. we were going (Unit 49)
8.4. 'Do you think- it's going to rain? '---.'
A. I hope not B. I don't hope C. I don't hope so (Unit 50)
8.5. 'You don't know where Karen is --- 'Sorry, I've no idea.'
A. don't you B. do you C. is she (Unit 51)
~ing and the infinitive
9.1. You can't stop me --- what I want.
A. doing B. do C. to do D. that I do (Unit 52)
9.2. I must go now. I promised --- late.
A. not being B. not to be C. to not be D. I wouldn't be (Unit 53, 40)
9.3. Do you want --- with you or do you want to go alone?
A. me coming B. me to come C. that I come D. that I will come (Unit 54)
9.4. I'm sure I locked the door. I clearly remember --- it.
A. locking B. to lock C. to have locked (Unit 55)
9.5. She tried to be serious but she couldn't help ---.
A. laughing B. to laugh C. that she laughed (Unit 56)
9.6. I like --- the kitchen as often as possible.
A. cleaning B. clean C. to clean D. that I clean (Unit 57)
9.7. I'm tired. I'd rather --- out this evening, if you don't mind.
A. not going B. not to go C. don't go D. not go (Unit 58)
9.8. 'Shall I stay here?' 'I'd rather --- with us.'
A. you come B. you to come C. you came D. you would come (Unit 58)
9.9. Are you looking forward --- Ann again?
A. seeing B. to see C. to seeing (Unit 59, 61)
9.10. When Jane came to Britain, she had to get used --- on the left.
A. driving B. to driving C. to drive (Unit 60)
9.11. I'm thinking --- a house. Do you think that's a good idea?
A. to buy B. of to buy C. of buying (Unit 61, 65)
9.12. I'm sure you'll have no --- the exam.
A. difficulty to pass B. difficulties to pass C. difficulties passing D. difficulty passing (Unit 62)
9.13. A friend of mine phoned --- me to a party.
A. for invite B. to invite C. for inviting D. for to invite (Unit 63)
9.14. Jim doesn't speak very clearly ---.
A. It is difficult to understand him. B. He is difficult to understand. C. He is difficult to understand him. (Unit 64)
9.15. The path was icy, so we walked very carefully. We were afraid ---.
A. of falling B. from falling C. to fall (Unit 65)
9.16. I didn't hear you --- in. You must have been very quiet.
A. come B. to come C. came (Unit 66)
9.17. --- a hotel, we looked for somewhere to have dinner.
A. Finding B. After finding C. Having found D. We found (Unit 67)
Articles and nouns
10.1. Call an ambulance. There's been ---.
A. accident B. an accident. C. some accident (Unit 68)
10.2. 'Where are you going?' 'I'm going to buy ---.
A. a bread B. some bread C. a loaf of bread (Unit 69)
10.3. Sandra works at a big hospital. She's ---.
A. nurse B. a nurse C. the nurse (Unit 70, 71)
10.4. She works six days --- week.
A. in B. for C. a D. the (Unit 71)
10.5 There are millions of stars in ---.
A. space B. a space C. the space (Unit 72)
10.6 Every day --- begins at 9 and finishes at 3.
A. school B. a school C. the school (Unit 73)
10.7 a problem in most big cities.
A. Crime is B. The crime is C. The crimes are (Unit 74)
10.8 When --- invented?
A. was telephone B. were telephones C. was the telephone D. were the telephones (Unit 75)
10.9 We visited ---.
A. Canada and United States B. the Canada and the United States C. Canada and the United States D. the Canada and United States (Unit 76)
10.10 Julia is a student at ---.
A. London University B. the London University C. the University of London (Unit 77)
10.11 What time --- on television?
A. is the news B. are the news C. is news (Unit 78, 69)
10.12 It took us quite a long time to get here. It was --- journey.
A. three hour B. a three-hours C. a three-hour (Unit 79)
10.13 Where is?
A. the manager office B. the manager's office C. the office of the manager D. the office of the manager's (Unit 80)
Pronouns and determiners
11.1 I'm going to a wedding on Saturday --- is getting married,
A. A friend of me B. A friend of mine C. One my friends (Unit 81)
11.2 What time shall we --- this evening?
A. meet B. meet us C. meet ourselves (Unit 82)
11.3 They live on a busy road --- a lot of noise from the traffic.
A. It must be B. There must be C. There must have D. It must have (Unit 83)
11.4 He's lazy. He never does --- work.
A. some B. any C. no (Unit 84)
11.5 'What would you like to eat?' 'I don't mind --- whatever you've got.'
A. Something B. Anything C. Nothing (Unit 84, 85)
11.6 We couldn't buy anything because --- of the shops were open.
A. all B. no one C. none D. nothing (Unit 85)
11.7 When we were on holiday, we spent --- money.
A. a lot of B. much C. too much (Unit 86)
11.8 --- don't visit this part of the town.
A. The most tourists B. Most of tourists C. Most tourists (Unit 87)
11.9 I asked two people the way to the station but --- of them knew.
A. none B. either C. both D. neither (Unit 88)
11.10 It was a great party --- enjoyed it.
A. Everybody B. All C. All of us D. Everybody of us (Unit 89)
11.11 The bus service is very good. There's a bus --- ten minutes.
A. each B. every C. all (Unit 89, 90)
12.1 I don't like stories --- have unhappy endings.
A. that B. they C. which D. who (Unit 91)
12.2 I didn't believe them at first but in fact everything --- was true.
A. they said B. that they said C. what they said (Unit 92)
12.3 What's the name of the man ---?
A. you borrowed his car B. which car you borrowed C. whose car you borrowed D. his car you borrowed (Unit 93)
12.4 Colin told me about his new job --- very much.
A. that he's enjoying B. which he's enjoying C. he's enjoying D. he's enjoying it (Unit 94)
12.5 Sheila couldn't come to the party --- was a pity.
A. that B. it C what D. which (Unit 95)
12.6 Some of the people --- to the party can't come.
A. inviting B. invited C. who invited D. they were invited (Unit 96)
Adjectives and adverbs
13.1 Jane doesn't enjoy her job. She's --- because she does the same thing every day.
A. boring B. bored (Unit 97)
13.2 The woman was carrying a --- bag.
A. black small plastic B. small and black plastic C. small black plastic D. plastic small black (Unit 98)
13.3 Maria's English is excellent. She speaks ---.
A. perfectly English B. English perfectly C. perfect English D. English perfect (Unit 99)
13.4 He --- to find a job but he had no luck.
A. tried hard B. tried hardly C. hardly tried (Unit 100)
13.5 I haven't seen her for --- I've forgotten what she looks like.
A. so long B. a so long time C. a such long time D. such a long time (Unit 101)
13.6 1 haven't got --- on holiday at the moment.
A. money enough to go B. enough money to go C. money enough for going D. enough money forgoing (Unit 102)
13.7 Let's get a taxi. It's --- to walk.
A. a quite long way B. quite a long way C. rather a long way (Unit 103)
13.8 The exam was quite easy --- we expected.
A. more easy that B. more easy than C. easier than D. easier as (Unit 104)
13.9 The more electricity you use ---.
A. your bill will be higher B. will be higher your bill C. the higher your bill will be (Unit 105)
13.10 He's a fast runner. I can't run as fast as ---.
A. he B. him C. he can (Unit 106)
13.11 The film was really boring. It was --- I've ever seen.
A. most boring film B. the more boring film C. the film more boring D. the most boring film (Unit 107)
13.12 Tom likes walking ---.
A. Every morning he walks to work. B. He walks to work every morning. C. He walks every morning to work. (Unit 108)
13.13 --- a long time for the bus.
A. Always we have to wait B. We always have to wait C. We have always to wait D. We have to wait always (Unit 109)
13.14 Ann --- She left last month.
A. still doesn't work here B. doesn't still work here C. no more works here D. doesn't work here any more (Unit 110)
13.15 --- she can't drive, she has bought a car.
A. Even B. Even though C. Even if D. Even when (Unit 111, 112)
Conjunctions and prepositions
14.1 I couldn't sleep --- very tired.
A. although I was B. despite I was C. despite of being D. in spite of being (Unit 112)
14.2 You should insure your bicycle --- stolen.
A. in case it will be B. if it will be C. in case it is D. if it is (Unit 113)
14.3 The club is for members only. You --- you're a member.
A. can't go in if B. can go in only if C. can't go in unless D. can go in unless (Unit 114)
14.4 Angela has been married a long time. She got married --- she was 23 years old. A. when B. as (Unit 115)
14.5 What a beautiful house! It's --- a palace.
A. as B. like (Unit 116)
14.6 They are very kind to me. They treat me --- their own son.
A. like I am B. as if I am C. as if I was D. as if I were (Unit 117)
14.7 I'll be in London next week. I hope to see Tom --- there.
A. while I will be B. while I am C. during my visit D. during I am (Unit 118)
14.8 Fred is away at the moment. I don't know exactly when he's coming back but I'm sure he'll be back --- Monday.
A. by B :until (Unit 119)
15.1 I'll be at home --- Friday morning. You can phone me then.
A. at B. on C. in (Unit 120)
15.2 I'm going away --- the end of January.
A. at B. on C. in (Unit 121)
15.3 When we were in Italy, we spent a few days --- Venice.
A. at B. to C. in (Unit 122, 124)
15.4 Our flat is --- the second floor of the building.
A. at B. on C. in (Unit 123)
15.5 I saw Jack --- a concert last Saturday.
A. at B. on C. in (Unit 124)
15.6 What time did they --- the hotel?
A. arrive to B. arrive at C. arrive in D. get to E get in (Unit 125)
15.7 Tom's away at the moment. He's --- holiday in France.
A. at B. on C. in D. for (Unit 126)
15.8 We travelled --- 6.45 train, which arrived at 8.30.
A. in the B. on the C. by the D. by (Unit 127)
15.9 Have you read any books --- Agatha Christie?
A. of B. from C. by (Unit 127)
15.10 The accident was my fault, so I had to pay for the damage --- the other car.
A. of B. for C. to D. on E: at (Unit 128)
15.11 Why were you so unfriendly --- Tessa? Have you had an argument with her?
A. of B. for C. to D. with (Unit 129)
15.12 I'm not very good --- repairing things.
A. at B. for C. in D. about (Unit 130)
15.13 I don't understand this sentence. Can you ---?
A. explain to me this word B. explain me this word C. explain this word to me (Unit 131)
15.14 If you're worried about the problem, you should do something --- it.
A. for B. about C. against D. with (Unit 132)
15.15 'Who is Tom Madely?' 'I've no idea. I've never heard --- him.'
A. about B. from C. after D. of (Unit 133)
15.16 'What time will you arrive?' 'I don't know. It depends --- the traffic.'