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Week 4 Verb complementation I

Practical course Vocabulary and Grammar

1. Underline every word that can complete each of the following sentences. One, two, three or four may be
possible.
1) I [a. think; b. find; c. consider; d. make] the way certain birds make their way home from miles away incredible.
2) She [a. expressed; b. ignored; c. concluded; d. recognised] that she had had enough of that kind of life.
3) I [a. reckon; b. cant bear; c. question; d. couldnt stand] that she wasnt totally honest with us.
4) We [a. concluded; b. infer; c. assume; d. estimate] that you intend to give less than the statutory period of notice.
5) I think his presence in the side will [a. have; b. do; c. become; d. make] a big difference.
6) They [a. said; b. found; c. told; d. charged] him guilty of grievous bodily harm.
7. All of a sudden he went [a. blind; b. deaf; c. mad; d. crazy].
8) Perhaps in the end it was best that he died [a. suddenly; b. young; c. intestate; d. happily].
9) Your presence here is [a. getting; b. turning; c. making; d. having] me nervous.
10) Everyone fell [a. silent; b. quiet; c. asleep; d. over] when the prince came in.
11) You do [a. seem; b. feel; c. appear; d. sound] to have coped extraordinarily well.
12) It is a fact that this kind of snakebite rarely [a. proves; b. emerges; c. grows; d. turns] fatal.
2. Complete each sentence with one suitable preposition.
a) I really prefer just about anything ... watching television.
b) This years conference coincided ... two other major conventions.
c) It is possible to insure my bike ... theft?
d) The problem stems ... the governments lack of action.
e) When I asked Jean, she hinted ... the chance of a promotion for me.
f) Being rich doesnt count ... much on a desert island.
g) I pleaded ... John to change his mind, but he wouldnt listen.
h) I cant stand the way she is always boasting ... her wealthy parents.
i) My grandfather is always confusing Madonna ... Maradona.
j) Could you please refrain ... smoking in the lecture hall.
3. Underline every word or phrase that can complete each of the following sentences.
1) I consider this candidate [a. unsuitable; b. a liability; c. to be the best; d. as a risk].
2) I felt [a. a fool; b. like a stranger; c. odd; d. as you did; e. strangely; f. out of place].
3) You sound [a. like a foghorn; b. as if you agree; c. happy; d. to be OK; e. as a foreigner].
4) He turned [a. blue; b. into a frog; c. me a socialist; d. me into a nervous wreck; e. me down].
5) She went [a. blind; b. red; c. an idiot; d. like a fool; e. unnoticed; f. empty-handed].
6) He died [a. happy; b. suddenly; c. unexpected; d. a happy man; e. in his sleep].
7) Just hold [a. on; b. conscious; c. me tight; d. responsible; e. tight; f. silent].
8) He proved [a. capable; b. a capable replacement; c. that he was capable; d. to be capable].
9) You make [a. a terrible baby-sitter; b. like a fool; c. me laugh; d. me to make mistakes; e. me nervous].
10) We agreed [a. to go; b. with them; c. that they were right; d. them right; e. to him coming; f. to the contract; g.
on the price; h. the fact that it was cheap; i. about most things].
4. Rewrite each sentence so that it contains the word in capitals, and so that the meaning stays the same.
a) Peter always trusts me with his secrets. (IN)
...

Week 4 Verb complementation I

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b) A true story forms the basis of Marys new novel. (ON)


...
c) I dont understand the reference of this phrase. (TO)
...
d) There were a lot of people on the bus. (WITH)
...
e) You were in my dreams last night. (ABOUT)
...
f) Danny was asked to leave the school for bad behaviour. (FROM)
...
g) This house brings home to mind! (OF)
...
h) Tina rewrote the French book in Spanish. (FROM)
...
i) Christmas and roast turkey go together in my mind. (WITH)
...
j) I think a rest would do you good. (FROM)
...
5. A prison escape and each prisoner chose a different escape route. Write the letter for the appropriate verb
(a-k) in the numbered blanks (1-11) in the passage.
a. dived
b. leapt
c. ambled through
d. burrowed
e. dug
f. crawled
g. climbed
h. strolled across i. crept
j. got on
k. slid
One prisoner . (1) over the wall and . (2) on the ground below. Another . (3)
along the length of the prison wall and . (4) into the river below. A third man . (5) a tunnel
under the wall of his cell and . (6) his way out of the prison. The fourth prisoner . (7) up to
the wire fence at the back and . (8) through a hole in it. The last man to escape simply . (9)
the gate, . (10) the road and . (11) a bus.
6. Choose the most suitable word or phrase.
a) I would never have [A. accused; B. convincted; C. suspected; D. reminded] Jim of being the culprit.
b) How did Sheila [A. react; B. answer; C. confess; D. appeal] to the news of her award.
c) Someone has been [A. cluttering; B. dealing; C. tampering; D. matching] with the lock of the cash box.
d) Dont worry about the lunch. Ill [A. succeed; B. apply; C. devote; D. see] to it.
e) More than two hundred police officers are [A. absorbed; B. engrossed; C. specialised; D. involved] in the
investigation.
f) The trouble with Jean is that she is [A. obsessed; B. packed; C. matched; D. dealt] with sport!
g) Tonys parents decided that he couldnt be [A. acquainted; B. complied; C. trusted; D. met] with money.
h) Pauline and Helen [A. congratulated; B. insisted; C. decided; D. concentrated] on our staying for lunch.
i) I am afraid that these regulations have to be [A. complied; B. provided; C. faced; D. met] with.
j) Our thoughts [A. based; B. centred; C. imposed; D. dependent] on our four missing colleagues.
7. Fill each of the blanks with one of the verb + adverb collocations listed. You may need to change the form
of the verb. smile sweetly; eat healthily; run smoothly; fall dramatically; crease easily; react badly; behave
badly; rise steadily; record clearly; start promptly

Week 4 Verb complementation I

Practical course Vocabulary and Grammar

a) She simply ... and left the room.


b) Her voice always ... remarkably ... .
c) This silk dress ... very ... .
d) I regret to say that orders .... over the past few months.
e) Unfortunately he .... to not getting the job last week.
f) More and more pressure is being put on people to .... .
g) We want the festival to .... through the whole weekend.
h) We mustnt get carried away yet but exports ... .
i) Fans who .... are something of a problem.
j) Lessons will .... at 8.30 a.m.
8. Fill each of the blanks with one of the verbs listed. You may need to change the form of the verb. worm;
find; inch; fight; dig; smash; work; lie.
a) She rapidly ... her way up from Junior Assistant to Head of Department.
b) The couple were able to ... their way back to their hotel with the help of the
new moon.
c) The doctor ... his way most convincingly out of a potentially embarrassing
situation.
d) He cleverly ... his way into Sonias affections with mock-humility and
subtle flattery.
e) The gang ... their way out of the gaol using wooden poles stolen from the
workshop.
f) The fire officer ... his way along the ledge until he could just touch the girls
outstretched hand.
g) From 2-0 down, United bravely ... themselves out of a hole and emerged 2-3
winners.
h) The following week they ... their way back from 3-0 to earn a well-deserved
draw.
9. Two of these verbs or verb phrases can fill each numbered blank in the passage. Write the two letters (a-r)
for them in each space.
a. ends
b. racing
c. meet
d. dont die
e. facing the
f. starts
g. extends
h. stay
i. begins
j. stops
k. remain
l. live on
m. stretches
n. flooding
o. racing in my p. running
q. looking out to r. converge
direction
towards me
There is a point on the shore where paths seem to .. (1), where the land
.. (2) and the sea .. (3). The beach .. (4)
for miles on either side, I stood there last night .. (5) sea and all those memories came
.. (6) back. For a moment I saw her .. (7). The memories
.. (8). Such events .. (9) with you forever, dont they.
10. Complete each sentence with one suitable preposition.
a) I wish youd stop arguing .. politics all the time.
b) Could you deal .. this problem, Im rather busy.
c) The lights are designed to deter burglar .. approaching the house.
d) Your plan doesnt allow .. changes in the weather.
e) I would like to protest .. your treatment of the staff.
f) Damage to the building resulted .. an unusually high wind.
g) We really marvelled .. Helens conjuring tricks.

Week 4 Verb complementation I

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h) I am not really concerned .. that side of the business.


i) The Minister is also implicated .. the scandal.
j) The company is committed .. raising salaries and improving conditions.
11. Underline the best word.
a) The head teacher accused George of / for starting the fight.
b) I havent really read the report properly. I just glanced for / at it while I was on the train.
c) I strongly object to / for the tone of the last paragraph of your letter.
d) Sarah was involved in / with a traffic accident on her way to work.
e) Harry pleaded with / to the judge not to send him back to prison.
f) I always confused Kate with / on her sister Maggie. Its hard to tell them apart.
g) A diesel engine differs from / to a petrol engine in many important respects.
h) Some business people find it hard to choose with / between their work and their family.
i) I insisted on / for seeing the doctor at once, even though I did not have an appointment.
12. Complete the text with one word in each gap.
Women and the First World War
After the outbreak of war in August 1914, as more and more men became (a) involved... in the war effort, many
women replaced them at work. However, most employers (b) .. between jobs they thought
were suitable for women, such as office work and work in the clothing industry, and others, such as in heavy
industry, where they believed womens skills (c) .. greatly from those of men. There were
other reasons why they did not (d) .. of women working in heavy industry. They felt that
women would not be able to (e) .. in skilled engineering work, and they also feared that the
unions would (f) .. on restricting such jobs to men only. By 1916 the war effort had (g)
.. in a severe labour shortage, and the employment of women was to some extent (h)
.. on an unwilling nation by circumstances. Soon government industries such as munitions
manufacturing (i) .. on women to a great extent, and those who had (j)
.. to women in mens jobs were proved quite wrong, as women took on a range of jobs
engineering, welding, steel working, bus driving which had previously been (k) ..
exclusively with men.