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USE OF ENGLISH

A. Read the article and circle the best option. There is an example.

A girl called Taylor Swift

Twenty-five-year old Taylor Swift (0) ........ as famous


as 30-year-old Katy Perry, but she (1) ........ more records.
Last year she was the top-selling artist in the United
States. The two singers (2) ........ very different: Perry is a
“pop rock” star, while Swift is a “country pop” singer;
Perry is a sex symbol, while Swift, according to Rolling
Stone magazine, is a “good girl”. Yet they have one thing
in common: their careers (3) ........ in Nashville, Tennessee (USA), the capital of country
music.
As Taylor Swift explained in a recent interview, she was born in Pennsylvania but her
family (4) ........ to Nashville when she was 13. This was to help her musical career. Her
father (5) ........
a successful stockbroker from Pennsylvania and the family had money (Katy Perry’s
parents
(6) ........ preachers).
Taylor (7) ........ as a songwriter before recording her first album. This was with a very
small record company called Big Machine. She met its boss, Scott Borchetta, while she
(8) ........ at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. He told her: “I (9) ........ this dream of starting a
record label and I
(10) ........ you to be my first artist.” The rest is history…

0. am not isn’t aren’t


1. sell has sold sold
2. are was were
3. begin began begun
4. move moved were moving
5. was were have been
6. was were has been
7. works has worked worked
8. sings sang was singing
9. have am having will have
10.like will like would like
Write ONE word in each gap to complete the text. There is an example (0).

Pancake Tuesday

Every year, the people who live (0)


.....in.... the
English village of Olney run (1) ...........
traditional
competition that (2) ............. called Pancake
Race.
Olney’s famous race is run every Tuesday in
Carnival
(or Shrove Tuesday), which is the day in
February
(3) ............ March before Lent. In the past,
Christians
went to confession on (4) ............. day. They
also ate a (5) .......... of food. Pancakes, made with flour, salt, eggs, butter (6) ........... milk,
were very popular.
The Pancake Race probably had its origins around 1445 in Olney. Tradition says that
a woman (7) ............ cooking pancakes one Shrove Tuesday (8) ................. she heard the
church bell calling people to confession. She ran (9) ............. the church in her apron,
with her frying pan. Olney has had a pancake race every year since then. Now, the event
is still commemorated hundreds of years (10) ................. .

Complete the following sentences with your own words.

1. Where ………………………………………..………………………….……… last

Sunday?
2. What …………………………………………….……………………….………. next

week?

3. I

must…………………………………………………..…………………….……………

4. My teacher …………………………………..… than

5. If I ………………………………………….…., I will

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