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In this first part of the Grammar Section, choose the best answer (A, B, C or D) to complete each sentence.
If you chose D, you chose the correct answer. One meaning of the expression to turn something down is to lower the volume (loudness).
In this next part of the Grammar Section, each sentence has four underlined sections, one of which is incorrect. Choose the section which has the error.
If you (A) gave me (B) a little more time I will be able (C) to finish the (D) whole report.
The error is in (A), gave me. In first conditional sentences, the verb in the if clause should be in the present tense, i.e., give.
Yesterday (A) there was the man walking (B) around in my neighborhood with a parrot (C) on his shoulder and a monkey(D) on a leash.
Each sentence has four underlined sections, one of which is incorrect. Choose the section which has the error.
If you (A) can't find enough (B) informations at the library,(C) check (D) the Internet.
"Hi, Mom. (A) I've got (B) some bad news. Our flight(C) delayed, so (D) we'll arrive two hours late."
(A) If I had been born (B) in (C) the United States, I wouldn't(D) have had to study English now.
I really (A) must quit (B) to smoke. My uncle (C) was diagnosed with lung cancer (D) last month.
(A) When I was a little boy, my mother didn't (B) let me(C) to go out (D) on school nights.
Anyone (A) who can work with (B) these children (C) have my(D) deepest respect.
Very few people in New York realize it, but there is a community of "boat people" on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The 79th Street Boat Basin has a group of year-round boat-dwellers, many of whom have been living here for 10 years or more. Most agree that winters on the waterfront can be difficult but summers more than make up for it. Simple pleasures like enjoying breakfast on the deck and watching the sun come up over Riverside Park before charging into the workaday world of Manhattan just can't be matched, say residents. As alternate lifestyles go, this one has a lot to recommend it.
The Boat Basin isn't like a typical pleasure-boat marina, with fishing charters and waterskiers. Most of the boats here never leave the dock. Some are actually floating homes more than boats. However, several charter sailboats operate out of the Boat Basin, for long cruises or simple sightseeing trips around Manhattan, and in the summer large party boats tie up at the outer docks and take on passengers for dining and dancing. On the Fourth of July it is possible to see the fireworks over New York harbor from the decks of party boats moored here -- just another one of the attractions to be found at the end of West 79th Street, on the Hudson River.
There is a debate going on in American public schools over the best way to teach English to foreign students. Many schools use bi-lingual education. This means that students study their core subject classes such as science, mathematics and social studies in their native tongue. They also take a few hours of English.
Recently, many educators have begun to criticize bi-lingual education. Opponents claim that bi-lingual education not only slows students' development of language skills, but also their adjustment to American life. They often remain separated from the mainstream student body.
These critics have proposed the immersion method. This means that a student will take only English classes until they can function effectively in regular subject classes. Proponents of immersion theory argue that in order to prepare these foreign students for college or the job market, they must be able to communicate in English.
Despite this disagreement, nearly all educators agree that English is a necessary tool for improving the quality of one's life in America.