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NAME: ____________________________________________ punteggio: (_____/ 60) = ___/30

FACOLTA DI LINGUE
2ND YEAR ENGLISH GRAMMAR TEST- Jan. 2007
CORSO DI LAUREA 4
Time allowed: 1 hour

WRITE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THIS EXAM PAPER ! DO NOT USE OTHER SHEETS
OF PAPER.
1. Complete the following passage by inserting an appropriate article (a, an, the); if no
article is necessary, put an X in the gap.
Money laundering is (1)_____________ name given to one of (2)____________ worlds
biggest financial problems: moving money that has been obtained illegally into (3)_____________
foreign bank accounts so that (4)_____________ people do not know where it has come from.
Putting (5)___________ value on money laundering is of course very difficult, but the International
Monetary Fund estimates that it is huge--perhaps $1 trillion (6)_____________ year, equivalent to
about 4% of gross world product. (7)______________ problem has grown hand-in-hand with
globalisation, and particularly with (8)______________ lifting of capital controls and the
development of international payment systems. These allow money to be moved in
(9)____________ seconds between banks in different parts of the world who know very little about
each other. (10)_____________ international payment system is crucial to (11)_______________
stability of the worlds financial markets, but it also provides (12)______________opportunity for
criminals to hide their money. ____/12

2. Put the verbs in parentheses into the most logical form.


European investors (1)________________________(WATCH) US stock markets nervously over
the last few months. The problems with US technology stocks (2)______________________
(BEGIN) last March, and since then share prices at companies like Intel, Apple and Dell
(3)_______________________(CRASH). Over the summer all these giants
(4)______________________ (ANNOUNCE) lower than expected profits, and investors fear that
demand for PCs in the highly developed US market (5)_________________________(PEAK).
Now its the turn of European stocks. On Monday stocks in companies like Germanys SAP and
Finlands Nokia (6)___________________(FALL) sharply. But there was some good news for
investors yesterday. Yahoo! (7)____________________(RELEASE) figures which showed that in
the last quarter revenues (8)___________________(RISE) to $295 million, up from$115 million a
year earlier. Yahoo! Relies on online advertising for most of its income, and this year it
(9)_____________________(GAIN) significant market share in Europe and managed to achieve
that position of top Web navigation company. Analysts believe that the market
(10)_____________________(NOT/HIT) the bottom yet. _______/10

3. Put the verbs in parentheses into an appropriate form using a to-infinitive, bare
infinitive or ing form.
1. He pretended ___________________(RECOGNISE) me, but I dont think he knew who I was.
2. I cant afford ______________________(FLY) business class all the time.
3. I made them ____________________(CHECK) all the samples very carefully before shipping.
4. Im sorry, there seems ______________________(BE) a misunderstanding here.
5. May I suggest ________________________(POSTPONE) the meeting until next week ?
6. A journalist wants _______________________(INTERVIEW) the president of our company.
7. John, you never stop ________________(WORK), even for Christmas! Youre a workaholic!
8. On our way home we stopped _____________________(BUY) some food at the supermarket.
_______/8
4. Write the verbs in the appropriate form to make a conditional sentence.

1. If we __________________(BE) late, they __________________(START) the meeting


without us.
2. If we __________________(WORK) for IBM, we ___________________(GET) a better salary.
3.If you ___________________(HAVE) any questions, I____________________(DEAL) with
them at the end of my presentation.
4.If our side ____________________(PREPARE) the negotiations better, we_________________
(SUCCEED) in winning the contract. As it is, our competition won the deal instead of us.
5. I didnt realise you were so busy when I asked you to help. If I _________________(KNOW)
you were so busy, I ___________________________(NOT ASK) you to help me. ____/10

5. Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition or conjunction.

Without the web, Harriet Klausner would be just an ordinary human being (1)____________ an
extraordinary talent. Instead she is one (2)____________the worlds most prolific and influential
book reviewers. (3)____________the age of 54, Klausner, a former librarian (4)____________
Georgia, has posted more book reviews (5)____________ Amazon.com than any other user
12,896, at this time, almost twice as many as her nearest competitor. Thats a book a day
(6)____________ 35 years ! Klausner isnt paid to do this. Shes just a freaky kind of speed-
reader as she says. In elementary school, her teacher was shocked when Klausner handed
(7)_____________ a 3 hour reading comprehension in less than an hour. Now she goes
(8)_____________ four to six books a day. Its incomprehensible (9)______________ me that
most people read only one book a week, she says. Klausner is part of a quiet revolution in the
way American taste gets made. Newspaper and magazine critics have less and less influence.
People dont care to be lectured (10)____________ professionals on what they should read or listen
to or see. They are increasingly likely to listen to amateur online reviewers. ______/10

6. Fill in the blanks with ONE appropriate word.

On November 30, TIME magazine celebrated 60 (1)__________________of publishing in


Europe, the Middle East and Africa (2)______________a gala evening honouring Heroes, past and
present. Held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the event brought together Heroes from
across the continent inspirational individuals who (3)________________ made significant
contributions to society over the past six decades. Heroes present (4)_________________ the
following: human rights campaigner Sir Bob Geldorf, fashion designer Mary Quant, nurse Marie
Cammal, Aids campaigner Albina du Boisrouvray, actor Beppe Grillo, festival manager Claude
Nobs, priest Leonard van Baelen, doctor Vilho Kivikangas. The Grand Hall at the Royal Courts of
Justice served as an elegant setting for the festivities, (5)_________________attracted over 350
eminent guests and VIPs from the worlds of business, politics, media and culture. The evening
kicked off with a champagne reception welcoming (6)__________________ to the event.
There followed an awards ceremony and a short film honouring the (7)_______________
achievements by TIME Heroes over the past 60 years. Laurie Benson, publishing director TIME
Europe, Middle East and Africa said, TIME first arrived in (8)____________________ as our
correspondents literally parachuted in and waded ashore with the allied forces back in 1944. So,
what began (9)_______________an abridged edition packaged alongside clothing and rations for
soldiers, has ultimately remained to become what is today the worlds (10)_____________ global
magazine. _____/10
NAME: ______ ANSWER KEY ______________________ punteggio: (_____/ 60) = ___/30

FACOLTA DI LINGUE
2ND YEAR ENGLISH GRAMMAR TEST- Jan. 2007
CORSO DI LAUREA 4
Time allowed: 1 hour

WRITE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THIS EXAM PAPER ! DO NOT USE OTHER SHEETS
OF PAPER.
1. Complete the following passage by inserting an appropriate article (a, an, the); if no
article is necessary, put an X in the gap.
Money laundering is (1)___the______ name given to one of (2)_____the____ worlds biggest
financial problems: moving money that has been obtained illegally into (3)___X______ foreign
bank accounts so that (4)___X_________ people do not know where it has come from. Putting
(5)____a______ value on money laundering is of course very difficult, but the International
Monetary Fund estimates that it is huge--perhaps $1 trillion (6)______a______ year, equivalent to
about 4% of gross world product. (7)_____The______ problem has grown hand-in-hand with
globalisation, and particularly with (8)___the______ lifting of capital controls and the development
of international payment systems. These allow money to be moved in (9)____X_____ seconds
between banks in different parts of the world who know very little about each other.
(10)____The______ international payment system is crucial to (11)______the______ stability of
the worlds financial markets, but it also provides (12)__an _________opportunity for criminals to
hide their money. ____/12

2. Put the verbs in parentheses into the most logical form.


European investors (1)__have been watching____(WATCH) US stock markets nervously over the
last few months. The problems with US technology stocks (2)__began_______ (BEGIN) last
March, and since then share prices at companies like Intel, Apple and Dell (3)___have crashed___
_(CRASH). Over the summer all these giants (4)__announced_______ (ANNOUNCE) lower than
expected profits, and investors fear that demand for PCs in the highly developed US market
(5)____has peaked________(PEAK). Now its the turn of European stocks. On Monday stocks in
companies like Germanys SAP and Finlands Nokia (6)______fell________(FALL) sharply. But
there was some good news for investors yesterday. Yahoo! (7)____released_____(RELEASE)
figures which showed that in the last quarter revenues (8)______rose_______(RISE) to $295
million, up from$115 million a year earlier. Yahoo! relies on online advertising for most of its
income, and this year it (9)___has gained_____(GAIN) significant market share in Europe and
managed to achieve that position of top Web navigation company. Analysts believe that the market
(10)__has not hit __________(NOT/HIT) the bottom yet.
_______/10

3. Put the verbs in parentheses into an appropriate form using a to-infinitive, bare
infinitive or ing form.
9. He pretended __to recognise___(RECOGNISE) me, but I dont think he knew who I was.
10. I cant afford ___to fly________(FLY) business class all the time.
11. I made them ______check________(CHECK) all the samples very carefully before shipping.
12. Im sorry, there seems ___to be___________(BE) a misunderstanding here.
13. May I suggest ______postponing____________(POSTPONE) the meeting until next week ?
14. A journalist wants _____to interview_______(INTERVIEW) the president of our company.
15. John, you never stop _____working_____(WORK), even for Christmas! Youre a workaholic!
16. On our way home we stopped _____to buy_______(BUY) some food at the supermarket.
_______/8
4.Write the verbs in the appropriate form to make a conditional sentence.

1. If we ____are ______(BE) late, they ___will start_______(START) the meeting without us.
2. If we ____worked _______(WORK) for IBM, we __would get ______(GET) a better salary.
3.If you _____have _____(HAVE) any questions, I _____will deal______(DEAL) with them at the
end of my presentation.
4.If our side ___had prepared ___(PREPARE) the negotiations better, we ___would have succeeded
________ (SUCCEED) in winning the contract. As it is, our competition won the deal instead of us.
5. I didnt realise you were so busy when I asked you to help. If I ____had known _____ (KNOW)
you were so busy, I __wouldnt have asked ____(NOT ASK) you to help me. ____/10

5.Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition or conjunction.

Without the web, Harriet Klausner would be just an ordinary human being (1)___with____ an
extraordinary talent. Instead she is one (2)___of ______the worlds most prolific and influential
book reviewers. (3)___At ____the age of 54, Klausner, a former librarian (4)___from/in _____
Georgia, has posted more book reviews (5)___on ____ Amazon.com than any other user12,896,
at this time, almost twice as many as her nearest competitor. Thats a book a day (6)___ for _____
35 years ! Klausner isnt paid to do this. Shes just a freaky kind of speed-reader as she says. In
elementary school, her teacher was shocked when Klausner handed (7)__in _____ a 3 hour
reading comprehension in less than an hour. Now she goes (8)___through____ four to six books a
day. Its incomprehensible (9)___to _____ me that most people read only one book a week, she
says. Klausner is part of a quiet revolution in the way American taste gets made. Newspaper and
magazine critics have less and less influence. People dont care to be lectured (10)____by_____
professionals on what they should read or listen to or see. They are increasingly likely to listen to
amateur online reviewers. ______/10

6. Fill in the blanks with ONE appropriate word.

On November 30, TIME magazine celebrated 60 (1)____years _______of publishing in Europe,


the Middle East and Africa (2)___with ______a gala evening honouring Heroes, past and present.
Held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the event brought together Heroes from across the
continent inspirational individuals who (3)___have _______ made significant contributions to
society over the past six decades. Heroes present (4)____were _____ the following: human rights
campaigner Sir Bob Geldorf, fashion designer Mary Quant, nurse Marie Cammal, Aids campaigner
Albina du Boisrouvray, actor Beppe Grillo, festival manager Claude Nobs, priest Leonard van
Baelen, doctor Vilho Kivikangas. The Grand Hall at the Royal Courts of Justice served as an
elegant setting for the festivities, (5)____which _________attracted over 350 eminent guests and
VIPs from the worlds of business, politics, media and culture. The evening kicked off with a
champagne reception welcoming (6)_____guests/them/people ________ to the event.
There followed an awards ceremony and a short film honouring the (7)___best/greatest _______
achievements by TIME Heroes over the past 60 years. Laurie Benson, publishing director TIME
Europe, Middle East and Africa said, TIME first arrived in (8)_____Europe ________ as our
correspondents literally parachuted in and waded ashore with the allied forces back in 1944. So,
what began (9)___as ______an abridged edition packaged alongside clothing and rations for
soldiers, has ultimately remained to become what is today the worlds (10)___biggest___ global
magazine. _____/10