1. Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary.
Once upon a time there was a great poet named Ferdousi. He was asked to write 'Shahanama' in honour of Sultan Mahmud. When the poet (a) -- to write 'Shahanama', th e Sultan (b) -- to pay him a piece of gold for each verse. But when the epic (c) was --, it was found to contain sixty thousand verses and the Sultan now (d)-- Ferdousi only sixty thousand pieces of silver. The poet refused the offer and (e)-- the court.
2. Here is a part of a story/continuous passage. Put in suitable prepositions in the blanks.
After having finished our breakfast, we set (a) --- getting things ready (b) --- cooking lunch. When everything was ready, we set (c) --- for sightseeing in three groups, each (d) --- a teacher. The bearers were left to cook the meal and keep watch (e) --- our things.
3. Use articles where necessary. Put a cross (x) where an article is not needed.
Since the creation of earth, there is (a) ---- strange relationship between man and animals. In (b) --- recent newspaper article, we read about (c) ---- Australian swimmer who was saved from (d) --- shark by (e) --- group of dolphins when (f) --- shark attacked (g) --- swimmer, (h) --- dolphins chased it away. They saved (i) --- swimmer's life. It is believed, the dolphins that are free in (j) --- nature live around 40 years.
4. Fill in the blanks with suitable linking words from the list.
The importance of English can hardly be exaggerated (a)---it is a global language. We need to learn it for higher studies (b)--books of almost all faculties of knowledge are written in English. (c)---if we do not know English we will fail to keep pace with the progress of the world. (d)---learning and teaching English in Bangladesh suffer serious setbacks (e)---most of the learners are not keen to learn it.
5. Re-write the following the reported speech.
Once I asked a sweet little girl, "What is you mother's name?" She replied cleverly, "l know my mother's name but I won't tell you that." I said, "What a clever girl you are!" "I don't: tell my mother's name to anybody whom I don't know," she spoke with an air of confidence.
6. Read the following passage and transform the underlined sentences as directed in brackets.
(a) He is a regular student. (Make it negative)
(b) He is never late to attend his classes. (Make it a affirmative).
(c) He wants to be a doctor to serve people (Make it (complex).
(d) He sits to read when it is time for reading (Make it simple).
(e) He is loved by his parents, teachers and friends (Make it active).