“ A friend fur life” MC Cloze RLS 2006
Sally lives on an outlying island in Hong Kong and has been rescuing dogs (17) the past 19 years. (39%) • “In the past 19 years” does not include the present and future. • We need a specific date rather than a period of time when we use “since” • “At the past 19 years” – Not possible • “For the past 19 years” implies that she will continue to this. • Which should you use with the present perfect continuous tense? • D=Correct 17. • in • since • at • for
18. sails takes travels drives For “A” to be correct, she’d have to sail the sampan herself. “B” implies that this is the mode of transportation she uses. For “C” to be correct, you’d have to say “travels by sampan”. You can “drive” a car but not a sampan. B=Correct A couple of days a week, she (18) a sampan specially to go to Hong Kong Island. (52%)
19. in in the to to the You “take” something “to” a place. “Lamma” is not plural like “United Sates”or “Philippines”, so you don’t need “the”. C=Correct At the kennels, Sally selects the most suitable dogs for adoption and takes them back (19)Lamma. (61%)
20. near next neighbouring close to We need a reference point when we use “near”. E.g. The school is near the MTR station. Next = follows the present one; Next to = beside “neighbouring houses” = houses that are next to each other. “close to” = near C=Correct There she keeps as many as 60 dogs in two (20) houses - one for small dogs and the other for big dogs and puppies. (85%)
21. for until during within “For four days” = the destruction lasts for four days. We need a specific time, not a period of time when we use “until”. “during four days” “within” = not beyond a period of time D=correct Those she leaves behind at the kennels are destroyed (21) four days. (79%)
22. hundred hundreds a hundred two hundreds Because of “over”, we need a specific number. C = Correct In the past years, Sally has saved over(22)(45%) dogs, but (23) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24) year.
23. sadly incidentally fortunately additionally Is 200/40,000 a large proportion? Would it be better if a larger proportion of dogs were saved? A=Correct In the past years, Sally has saved over (22) dogs, but (23)(84%) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24) year.
24. every last next all “are abandoned” = present tense A= Correct In the past years, Sally has saved over (22) dogs, but (23) this is only a drop in the ocean when you consider that about 40,000 dogs are abandoned in Hong Kong (24)(85%) year.
25. run put taken shut run down = several meanings, including found Put down = killed humanely Taken down = put on the ground Shut down = turned off B = Correct Since it is difficult to find new homes for such a large number of dogs, at least 35,000 of them get (25)(22%) down.
26. bought had bought will be bought were bought People buy the dogs – passive voice “had no experience” = past tense D=correct The fact is that many of the abandoned animals (26) in good faith by caring families who like dogs but who had no experience of keeping any as a pet. (77%)
27. knew know knowing known This is the negative form of the past tense. B = Correct They simply did not (27) how much of a commitment looking after an animal would be. (95%)
28. aspects times cases problems Aspect = feature Time = occasions Case = situations “In many times” is not grammatically correct. C= Correct In many (28) , the pressure to get a pet comes from the children. (91%)
29. children childish child’s childhood Children want a pet because their friend has a pet. C=Correct The begging and pleading starts the moment your (29) friend gets a pet and ends only when an animal is settled in your home. (70%)
30. Similarly Unfortunately By the way On the other hand We know the sentence is introducing a negative idea. B= Correct (30)(56%), parents do not always stop (31) the responsibility a pet brings.
31. to consider considering and considered for considering We should stop hunting animals. = We should not hunt animals. We should stop to hunt animals. = We should stop and take the time to go hunt animals. A=Correct (30) , parents do not always stop(31)(44%) the responsibility a pet brings.
32. getting for getting get to get You make a decision to do something. D=Correct SPCA's deputy director of welfare, Fiona Woodhouse, says the decision(32) a pet is a big one. (35%)
33. in terms of as much as regards concerned “In terms of” is used to describe which particular area of a subject you are discussing. Regard and concern can mean “about”, but you’d have to use the “ing” form in this context. A= Correct And with pets comes responsibility(33)time, space and financial commitment. (60%)
34. even while then if This sentence describes a possible situation that could make the responsibility even greater. D=Correct This responsibility becomes even greater (34) your pet becomes sick. (55%)