Викторина по английскому языку

I. The words in this game look simple enough, but watch out. They frequently misused because of the similarity in their appearance. In each of the following sentences choose the correct word enclosed in brackets.

1. You should speak to someone else (beside/besides) Helen.

2. He works on (alternate/alternative) days: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.

3. The country is in a problematic (economic/economical) state.

4. Please keep (quiet/quite).

5. You should go through the official (canals/channels) if you want the administration to help.

6. He partly walked but (most/mostly) ran to the station to be on time for the train.

7. The sign (continual/continuous) performance means that there is a short pause between the end of one showing of the film and the beginning of the next.

8. His chances look (bad/badly).

9. They (accepted/ excepted) the innovation with joy.

10. That’s a mistake he (most/almost) always makes.

11. He seems to have but a (general/generous) idea of the subject.

12. The (imminent/eminent) Doctor Jones cured her of her sickness.

13. Helen, now a schoolteacher, was (formerly/formally) a typist.

14. They danced in a (specious/spacious) hall.

15. The jury believed the witness because his story sounded so (credible/ credulous).

II. The confusion of the words below arises because of their notional synonimity. There are many such words in English. This round of the game is very much like that of A-1. In each of the following sentences select the correct word out of those in brackets.

1.I met him quite ( occasionally/by chance) when I was hurrying to see my friend off.

2.What seemed child`s ( play/game) at first turned out to be a serious and even dangerous job.

3.He liked his new (work/job). The (work/job) was hard, but it was interesting.

4.He (refused/rejected) a big sum of money offered to him for his pictures.

5.Passpport are usually ( checked/controlled) at the customs.

6.Another piece of evidence was ( offered/suggested).

7.Sir Frank Wittle (discovered/invented) the engine.

8.No one knows (the cause/the reason) of his disappearance.

9.They were ( amused/enjoyed) by the circus clown.

10.Nothing can grow in the poor ( soil/ground).

11.You may count on him ( to damage/to spoil) the fun.

12.The most of the child`s identity was soon ( displayed/revealed).

13.As far as I can see you have nobody to ( blame/condemn) for what has happened but yourself.

14.They were ( telling/talking) their heads off.

15.The train was ( delayed/detained) their heads off.

16.A commission arrived to ( examine/inspect) the newly-built hospital.

17.She is an unbalanced woman and often loses her ( temper/mood).

III. In each of the sentences below prepositions are either wrong, redundant or missing. See if you can spot the errors and correct them.

1. Explain me this rule again, please.

2. He came over and asked me a light.

3. She is convinced in his brilliance.

4. She is surprised by his resignation very much.

5. Please remind to me of posting the letters.

6. My arguments didn’t influence on him in the least.

7. How did they succeed overcoming all the obstacles that had arisen.

8. What are Oxford and Cambridge famous of?

9. How often do you consult with the dictionary?

10. I have mentioned about it to the boss.

11. I hate making speeches on public meetings.

12. What have you been doing from last Sunday?

13. A light was coming across the window.

14. What is the sarcophagus made from?

15. I think I’ll put the desk before the window.

16. I live half of a mile from here.

17. She got married with a builder.

18. Please, listen his remarks attentively.

19. She is very kind with me.

20. It all depends what money is meant for.

21. He had a fear and respect for his father.

22. Jimmy is identical to his brother.

23. My job is similar with yours.

24. He was examined by the draft board and fit to service.

25. The sailor was in search for adventure.

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