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Grammar Test

Present Simple or Present Continuous?
My mother rarely ……………….. (cook) the meal. I ……………………. (go) to school by bus.

We …………………… (watch) TV now. What ………. Mick …………(do) now? When …….. you ………………… (leave) the office? Mrs Board …………………… (teach) the students now. Mrs Board …………………… (teach) English. When ……….. you …………… (get up)? He never …………………….. (do) his homework. They …………………… (go) to France now. Past simple? Or present perfect?

A Postcard from Spain
I ……………………. here in Spain for two weeks now and I’m having a really good time. When I ………………………. at the airport I ……………………… very lonely. But I already ……………………… some friends and I’m staying with a really nice family. They ………………………….. me to the seaside last weekend and we …………………….. in the sea. I really ………………………… it. I …………………………….. some Spanish but I …………………………… to any language classes yet – they start next week. It’s midnight now and I need to go to bed as I ……………………………… a very busy day. I ……………………. shopping this morning and I ………………………… tennis this afternoon. See you all in a month

I have a friend who was here five years ago. very cheap. there are lots more jobs and better roads. but the Paradise Hotel is. The local kids now speak English ‘Mister. There are still coconut palms. Coconut Island has it.become more crowded Buildings – be built. So. Coconut Island was a beautiful island. Paradise is no longer here. Roads – become better Wooden bungalows – disappear Prices – increase . golden beaches and clear blue sea. There are fewer palm trees because there are more and more buildings. she said. holiday resorts. sunbeds and umbrellas. mister. there is building work everywhere. Beach . and the hotels are very expensive. children are shouting and screaming. why am I unhappy? Well. The developers are certainly happy. quiet road but a large and very busy one. wooden bungalows on the beach. noisy jets skis and surfers. Is this progress? What has changed? Write sentences about the changes of the last 5 years in the island using Present Perfect. No need to book. The sea is full of speedboats. golden beaches and clear blue sea but not like before. The children no longer ride bicycles but race around the island on motorbikes. coconut palms. Most of the hotels are full of holidaymakers who booked their trip months ago. and it’s still expensive. I made a mistake there. and the sea is warm. I’m sorry. what has happened? Well. Hotels. I’m lucky to have a small room at the back of one hotel. tropical island with. Also she has pictures of small. you want t-shirt?’ and there are many new businesses opening all the time. The local people seem happy: there are many people selling things on the beach. the food is tasty and cheap. It’s no longer a small. She looks nervous and waits for someone to walk with her. swimming pools… you name it. Now the hotel room says it’s a good idea to put things in the safe box. restaurants. the beach is full of people. But perhaps this is progress? Not only are the roads better but there is also a new medical clinic. of course. So. Not anymore! The beach is never empty – it’s packed all day! There is music blaring from the cafés.Present Perfect Coconut Island – Paradise Lost Coconut Island is a beautiful. Perhaps I’m the only one who has a problem with this? The tourists seem happy: the weather is wonderful. Then I see an old woman trying to cross the road from her house to the shops. very quiet and very peaceful. guest houses. Her photo album is full of wonderful pictures of empty beaches. It’s not so safe either – my friend stayed in a bungalow on the beach that had no lock. just turn up and you have the place to yourself – very basic.

There are 26 gaps but 30 words. but 3…………….000 guilders 15……………. colourful. the future? In ancient Greece the typical 5……………. 90% of women in Japan 22……………. In 17th century Holland. you were out of control in every way. buying more and more luxury goods worldwide. which was about the yearly income of a rich merchant and about 16……………. The luxury goods market is growing and is expected to be about £164 billion 23……………. important luxury. and any are by can’t . colourful. was fruit and cereals. People 2……………. economists say that in 2020 they will probably buy 44% of all luxury goods. eating a lot of fish or expensive fish meant 10……………. Fish was also a luxury and everyone knew the price 8……………. true. so there are 4 words you do not need to use. the end of 2011. only eat it at religious celebrations. Luxury goods are usually 1……………. a person couldn’t control their desires. you were out of control in one way. one tulip bulb. up and up and in 1633. In 5th century Greece. luxury in the past the same as now? And who will buy luxury goods 4……………. the money Rembrandt received for one of his paintings. For most people meat was a luxury and they 6……………. The price of a tulip bulb 17……………. so smaller things 20…………….Local children – learn English Little Luxuries Fill the gaps with the words below. that are rare. wallets and purses became luxury items and this is 21……………. different types. exotic and expensive. the middle classes wanted luxury goods. but they 19……………. was extremely beautiful 14……………. which means they 25……………. tulip bulbs! After World War Two in Europe. so people could show how rich they were by the type of fish 9……………. ‘Semper Augustus’. but tulips were. most flowers were not 13……………. Now Chinese people buy 12% of luxury goods worldwide and 24……………. afford large items. tulips became the 12……………. buy more luxury products then 26……………. bought. so ‘fish lover’ became an insult. Athenians believed 11……………. the whole world buys now. For example. scarves. it was a gift for the Gods. someone sold a farmhouse for three 18……………. a designer handbag. handbags. One particular tulip. 7……………. One tulip-lover in Amsterdam offered 3. At that time.

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