First Certificate Language Practice
1 Put each verb in brackets into a suitable verb form.
0 While I (try) was trying to get my car started, a passing car stopped and the driver (offer) offered to help me.
1 I (wait) ___________________________________ for you for the past hour! What (you do)___________________________________ all this time?
2 While I (walk) ___________________________________ to the bus-stop, I realised I (leave) ___________________________________ the cooker on.
3 Why didn’t you phone me? If I (knew) ________________________________ you were ill, I (come) ___________________________________ to see you.
4 Hello, Pat. I (phone) ___________________________________ to ask if you (do)___________________________________ anything this Saturday.
5 By the time Big Jim (become) ___________________________________ heavyweight boxing champion he (win) ________________________________ over thirty fights.
6 I (not see) ___________________________________ you for ages. What (you do) ___________________________________ ?
7 Hurry up! I (think) ___________________________________ you (be)___________________________________ ready by now.
8 If I (be) ___________________________________ you, I (not spend) ___________________________________ so much money.
9 Danny’s train (arrive) ___________________________________ tomorrow evening at 6.00 so we (meet) ___________________________________ him at the station.
10 Wish me luck! If I (get) ___________________________________ the job, I(let) ___________________________________ you know.
2 Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.
0 Look at those black clouds! There’s rain on the way.
Look at those black clouds! It’s going to rain.
1 I’d prefer you not to wearjeans to the office.
I’d __________________________________________ wear jeans to the office.
2 We won’t get there on time without taking a taxi.
We won’t get there on time ____________________________________ a taxi.
3 ‘I wouldn’t go swimming after dark if I were you, Tom.’
Brian _________________________________________ swimming after dark.
4 Although she hadtwisted her ankle, Sally still won the race.
Sally still won the race, ____________________________________ her ankle.
5 Mike enjoys playing golf more than I do.
I don’t enjoy playing golf ______________________________________ does.
6 I regret selling my car.
I ________________________________________________________ my car.
7 Nobody has cut the lawn for weeks!
Thelawn _______________________________________________ for weeks.
8 It was the best meal I had ever eaten.
I ______________________________________________ a good meal before.
9 Have you got a smaller size than this?
Is __________________________________________________ you have got?
10 A friend is looking after my cat while I’m away.
A friend_____________________________________ my cat while I’m away.
3 Look carefully at each line. Some of the lines are correct, and some have a word which should not be there. Tick each correct line. If a line has a word which should not be there, write the word in the space.
Nowadays more and more people enjoy 0
foreign travel, and take up their holidays in 00 up
the distant countries. However, noteveryone 1 ______
has had the same reason for travelling. Some 2 ______
of people travel so that they can practise 3 ______
foreign languages, or because they want to 4 ______
visit well-known sights in other countries. 5 ______
Lots of young people just want to have relax 6 ______
and make up new friends. Personally, I would like 7 ______
to travel abroad for the...