Choose the correct formulation for the double-object verbs.

 

A-I (send, John, letter) this morning. I hope that when it arrives his wife (give, him, it).

I (write, him, three letters) already this month.

B-Do you really think that his wife (not, tell/say, him, when he has a letter)?

A-It's just a suspicion.  When I was visiting in December, I noticed something strange about the way they (walk, me, door).

B-Well, maybe you should (send, John, registered letter).

At least you would know whether or not the mailman (give, him, it).

And look out for his wife.  I hear that she (drive, her mother, grave).

A-All I care about is whether she accepts to (take, the mail, John).

Those contracts can't wait.

B-But he's sick, maybe too sick to take care of those things. You should just hope that she (get, medecine, him)

when he asks for it.  Imagine poor John, lying impotent in his bed, calling out for his pills...

A-Actually, I don't give a °@$&&#!! about John and his #|?$$+!! pills.  This is business, damn it.

B-I'm shocked!  Isn't John the one who (teach, everything you know, you)?

I don't believe he ever (say/tell, anyone else at all, his marketing strategies).

A-Exactly, and I clearly recall that "number one" on the list was "the survival of the fittest".

 

SUGGESTED ANSWERS

A-I (send, John, letter) this morning. I hope that when it arrives his wife GIVES IT TO HIM

I HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN HIM THREE LETTERS this month.

B-Do you really think that his wife WON’T TELL HIM when he has a letter?

A-It's just a suspicion.  When I was visiting in December, I noticed something strange about the way they WALKED ME TO THE DOOR

B-Well, maybe you should SEND JOHN A REGISTERD LETTER

At least you would know whether or not the mailman HAS GIVEN IT TO HIM.

And look out for his wife.  I hear that she DROVE HER OWN MOTHER TO THE GRAVE

A-All I care about is whether she accepts to TAKE THE MAIL TO JOHN / TAKE JOHN THE MAIL

Those contracts can't wait.

B-But he's sick, maybe too sic k to take care of those things. You should just hope that she GETS HIM HIS MEDECINE when he asks for it.  Imagine poor John, lying impotent in his bed, calling out for his pills...

A-Actually, I don't give a °@$&&#!! about John and his #|?$$+!! pills.  This is business, damn it.

B-I'm shocked!  Isn't John the one who TAUGHT YOU EVERYTHING YOU KNOW?

I don't believe he ever HAS EVER TOLD ANYONE ELSE HIS MARKETING STRATEGIES

A-Exactly, and I clearly recall that "number one" on the list was "the survival of the fittest".

 

Conjugate the verbs. In context, there should be one PREFERRED form, even though there may be more than one possibility.  Be sure to order the verbs, auxilliaries and adverbs correctly.

 

TALE OF A VILLAGE

 

Last year, like every summer, our village (TRY) _______________ to save the nearby river, which, by that time, (BLOCKED UP COMPLETELY) _______________ at least three times. We (HAVE) _______________ no luck convincing the local military contingent that we (NOT, BE) _______________ inspired to do this work by revolutionaries or dissidents.  Naturally, we (JUST, WANT) _______________ them to stop throwing chemical, radioactive, and human waste into our river so that we (MODAL OF ABILITY) _______________ take regular baths and catch alligators for supper.  In previous years, similar attempts to convince the Captain (FAIL) _______________.  Then, one day, we (REALIZE) _______________  that by the time we (CONVINCE) _______________  him, the entire village (BE) _______________ destroyed by disease or poisoning.  Because of my age and musculature, I (CHOSE) _______________  by the others to speak to this monster.  I said, "Honorable sir, our elders and wise men (CALCULATE) _______________ that by the year 2001, our children (DIE) _______________  at the rate of one or more per week, and our wives (NO LONGER, VERB OF ABILITY) _______________  nurse their babies.  Furthermore, it is certain that all of our farm animals (DIE) long before then."  Before I (MODAL OF ABILITY) _______________ say any more than that, he (ALREADY, HAVE) _______________  enough.  "Why you ignorant people (CONSTANTLY, BOTHER) _______________  me about all your emotional and cultural problems?  Leave me alone now, I (TRY) _______________ all week to guess the winning numbers for tonight's lottery, and you (DISTRACT) _______________  me."

 

 SUGGESTED ANSWERS:

Last year, like every summer, our village TRIED to save the nearby river, which, by that time, HAD BLOCKED UP COMPLETELY at least three times. We HAD HAD / HAD BEEN HAVING no luck convincing the local military contingent that we HAD NOT BEEN INSPIRED / WERE NOT BEING ENCOURAGED to do this work by revolutionaries or dissidents.  Naturally, we JUST WANTED them to stop throwing chemical, radioactive, and human waste into our river so that we COULD TAKE / WOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE regular baths and catch alligators for supper.  In previous years, similar attempts to convince the Captain HAD FAILED.  Then, one day, we REALIZED  that by the time we HAD CONVINCED  him, the entire village WOULD HAVE BEEN destroyed by disease or poisoning.  Because of my age and musculature, I WAS CHOSEN  by the others to speak to this monster.  I said, "Honorable sir, our elders and wise men CALCULATE / HAVE CALCULATED that by the year 2001, our children  WILL BE DYING at the rate of one or more per week, and our wives WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO  nurse their babies.  Furthermore, it is certain that all of our farm animals WILL HAVE DIED OFF long before then."  Before I WAS ABLE TO / COULD / HAD THE CHANCE TO say any more than that, he HAD ALREADY HAD enough.  "Why ARE you ignorant people CONSTANTLY BOTHERING me about all your emotional and cultural problems?  Leave me alone now, I HAVE BEEN TRYING all week to guess the winning numbers for tonight's lottery, and you ARE DISTRACTING / HAVE DISTRACTED  me."