Language Link China – Cambridge CELTA pre-interview Tas
This task is designed to help us assess your ability to think about and research language.
We recommend you use the grammar reference books below to help you:
English Grammar in Use
Practical English Usage
How English Works
by Raymond Murphy (CUP)
by Michael Swan (OUP)
by Michael Swan & Catherine Walter (OUP)
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1. Grammar (form): tenses
In each of the following sentences underline the main verb and identify the tense used.
e.g. I was living in Italy in 1998.
I was living in Italy in 1998. – past continuous
a) We never go to the theatre these days.-present simple
b) We’re saving up to travel abroad. - present continuous
c) We’ve already been to Europe. - present perfect.
d) We didn’t have enough money to go further. - past simple.
e) We had spent all our savings by the end of the summer. - past perfect.
For each of the following sentences:
a. Correct the error
b. Explain, as simply as possible, why the corrected version is more appropriate
I’m getting up early every morning
a. I get up early every morning
b. Present Simple here is used to describe a habit or routine (every morning).
1. I have been to China in 2005.
a. I went to China in 2005.
b. Past simple here is used to describe something that happened in the past.
2. There are a lot of furnitures in this room.
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Language Link China – Cambridge CELTA pre-interview Task
a. There is a lot of furniture in this room.
b. Furniture is uncountable so should be is no are.
3. The China is located in East Asia.
a. China is located in East Asia.
b. China is the...