Tuesday 10 January 2012

UoE Part 2

In Part 2 of the Use of English test there is a text with 12 gaps to be filled.  The test focuses mainly on grammar but it also tests your vocabulary by including gaps to complete fixed expressions, phrasal verbs, etc.  Here is a list of typical types of words that are omitted:
  • Auxiliary verbs
  • Articles
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Relative Pronouns
  • Possessive Adjectives
  • Intensifiers
  • Prepositions
  • Either the verb or the particle of phrasal verbs
  • Linking words or phrases
  • Fixed expressions
Here's an example of Part 2:

You will pass the exam, as __________ as you study hard.
(a)  What type of word is missing?  Is it an expression?  In the context of the sentence, which word is most appropriate?  See below for the answer.

The Exam
  1. Each question is worth one mark.
  2. Complete each gap with ONE word.
  3. Read the text quickly to get an idea of what it is about before starting to complete it.
  4. Decide what type of word is needed (preposition, pronoun, etc.) in each gap.
  5. Check that the sentence makes sense.
If you do not know the answer, make a guess.  You never know, but you might get the answer right and that will be extra points for you!

The missing word is "long" from the expression "as long as".  This expression has three meanings depending on the context:
  • During the time that: I'll study as long as I need to.
  • Since: As long as I study, I'll pass my exams. 
  • On the condition that: You will pass your exams as long as you study hard.
 If you would like more practice of Part 2, click here for some online exercises.


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