Exercise 3. Complete these extracts from newspaper headlines using the correct form - singular or plural - of appropriate verbs from the box. Sometimes both forms are possible
be build have open
promise wear win
1. Council environment team promises /promise 24-hour graffiti clean-up.
2. Only a fraction of the workforce __________the wrong shoes.
3. 1 in 3 women ___________the right qualification.
4. Real Madrid ____________ their fifth match in a row.
5. One of Britain's top public schools ___________ its doors to girls.
6. New York Times ____________most famous US newspaper.
7. Fiat ___________ on Punto's success with new model.
Exercise 4. Look at the verb agreement in the underlined sentences of these short conversations. Correct any errors by writing O the correction at the side. If the line is correct, write Pand add any alternative verb form.
a A: (l) Where is my glasses? (2) Have anybody seen my glasses?
B: No, sorry.
A: (3) So neither of you have seen them?
C: Afraid not.
b A: (4) Every song on your CD sounds the same to me.
B: That's because you're old, Mum.
A: Yeah, Mum. (5) To us, each of the songs are completely unique.
с А: (6) A lot of people I know says the university is excellent.
B: It is. (7) The staff in the economics department is very well-qualified.
A: Is that what you're studying?
B: (8) Yes, economics are my best subject.
d A: (9) The news were very interesting this morning.
(10) Apparently diabetes is getting more and more common.
B: (11) That's because the medical profession is finding it easier to diagnose the illness now.
e A: (12) The number of burglaries in our area have doubled in the last three years.
B: It's terrible. (13) The couple who live next door to me were burgled just last week.
f A: (14) Press intrusion into people's lives is getting beyond a joke.
B: You're right. (15) In fact the media in general are guilty of invading people's privacy.
g A: (16) There's lots of people who use their mobile phones while they're driving.
B: (17) I know, and as far as I can see the police isn't doing much to stop it.
1 O / are 10
Exercise 5. Look at these advertisements. Why is each of the underlined verbs singular or plural?
Exercise 6. Vicky has been to a very grand party. She is telling her parents about it. Put in was or were.
I really enjoyed the party. It (0) was wonderful. Each guest (1)……….. welcomed by the hostess in person. All the rooms (2) crowded with people. Everyone (3) ………… enjoying themselves. A lot of people (4)……… dancing, and a number of people (5)………. swimming in the pool in the garden. All the people there (6)…… very smart. One of the guests (7)……… a TV personality the chat show host Guy Shapiro. I didn't know many of the guests. None of my friends (8)………. there.
Exercise 7. Combine the questions and answers about travel and holidays into one sentence using is or are.
0. Do you know the price of a room? ~ Fifty pounds.
Fifty pounds is the price of a room.
How many public holidays are there? ~ Ten days in the year.
Ten days in the year are public holidays.
1. Are you going on a long walk? ~ Fifteen miles.
2. Who's travelling on the bus? ~ Eight students.
3. Was someone waiting for the museum to open? ~ Yes, three people.
4. Do you know the baggage allowance? ~ Twenty kilos.