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On Christmas, the hero called Lucky Penny sets her sights on his casino, and Gill will have to find a way to stop her before she drives them out of business Published: October 14, Josh Corwood and the Capes of Siegel City are back in this new Halloween short story, featuring an encounter with vampires, mummies, zombies The Beginner by Blake M. Words: , Published: September 10, Other People's Heroes by Blake M. Published: March 20, Josh Corwood has spent his life believing in the superheroes of Siegel City. When an undiscovered talent gives him the chance to join them, he discovers his heroes aren't all he imagined.

In this cult favorite superhero comedy adventure, Josh will try to blow the lid off the world's greatest scam, and in the process, find the real heroes hidden away. Published: November 5, Duncan Marks is fed up with Christmas arriving in October, but his wife and son are Yuletide nuts. To make matters worse, the sudden appearance of a mysterious spirit makes it clear that the future of Christmas itself may rely on Duncan finding a way to open his heart. Duncan's story, and eight others by author Blake M.

Petit, will give you the gift of new favorites you'll re-read each year. Set about a century after the sky is "broken" in some catastrophic event, the human race has reverted to sort of a steampunk kind of existence. Technology works, but not at the level we're used to, and many of the things we take for granted are no longer viable. Enter Jaiden, a teenage inventor who discovers that his long-absent father has been on a quest to repair the sky.

Jaiden sets out with a group of odd characters to find his father and complete the quest. Hendricks takes a very different approach to this kind of story. While most writers in this sort of setting would immerse us in a bleak, hopeless remnant of humanity, Hendricks's story is very much focused on faith and love, and the restorative power of each. I expect the train will be late. I doubt whether United will win. Shall The use of shall for first person in future reference is generally considered to be restricted to British English and possibly declining in use.

See Grammar 11 and 12 for other uses of shall and will. For some speakers, shall is used in formal speech and in written language. This section also includes time phrases used in expressing future time. Put each verb in brackets into a suitable verb form. I e What. I think I j What you decided yet? In most lines of this text there is an extra word. Write the extra word, or put a tick if the line is correct.

In August Gordon will then have been at his company for 25 years, and he's getting for a bonus of three weeks paid holiday. So we've. We'll be leaving towards the end of August, and our aim there is to visit as. We're flying out to Budapest - soon we're 5 due to catch a plane on the 28th day - and then we'll be stopping over 6 at a friend's house, before starting our grand tour. We'll most probably 7 spend the best part of a week in Hungary.

When we've just finished.

We will know a bit more by the end 10 of this week, when we're getting a whole load of brochures from the tourist board. We'd like to get to as far as Russia, but realistically I. I hope it won't be too expensive from till now on we'll really have to tighten our belts! I can't wait! B will have been finished next year. C is finishing next year. B it's due at 6. C it's arriving at six. B is leaving. C will have left. B are winning the Cup. C win the Cup. B I'm not going.

C I don't go. B won't have been needing it. C am not needing it. B will have been ready in a minute. C will be ready in a minute, h Can you send me the results as soon as you A hear anything? B are hearing anything? C will have heard anything? B it's not doing you any good. C it won't be doing you any good, j Don't worry about the mistake you made, nobody A is noticing.


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B will notice. C will be noticing. Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given.

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The Prime Minister expects an easy victory for his party in the election. I've been in this company for almost three years. This book will take me two years to write. Scientists are on the point of making a vital breakthrough. Maria is pregnant again. I'll be home late.

No one knows what the result of the match is going to be. Don't worry; David won't be late. Mary and Alan's wedding is next weekend. A What will we do now? B What do we do now? C What are we going to do now? B we're going to have a meeting. C we will have a meeting. B What is your mother going to say? C What is your mother saying? B it's raining tomorrow.

C it's going to rain tomorrow. B What'll you be doing in the morning? C What are you doing in the morning? B I am to get up late. C I'm going to get up late. B I'm having a party. C I'll be having a party. A It'll be a great trip. B It's going to be a great trip. C It's a great trip, i When you get to the airport A someone is going to be waiting for you.

B someone is due to wait for you. C someone will be waiting for you. A I'm getting really angry. B I'm going to get really angry in a minute. C I'm getting really angry in a minute. I can't leave on Tuesday. Bye for now. Habits Every day I went to the park. States In those days, I didn't like reading. While I was opening the letter, the phone rang. Most people were working at their desks, but Jane was staring out of the window and pretending to write something at the same time. Changing states The car was getting worse all the time. One of the headlights was gradually falling off, and the engine was making more and more funny noises.

Repeated actions - criticism With a frequency adverb, this use is similar to the use of present continuous to express annoyance. When Jane was at school, she was always losing things. Past continuous is not used to describe general habitual actions, without the sense of criticism mentioned above.

Past simple is used for this meaning. When I lived in London, I walked through the park every day. We use the past perfect when we are already talking about the past, and we want to go back to an earlier past time 'double past'. By the time I got to the station, the train had left. Compare this with: The train left five minutes before I got to the station. When we talk about a sequence of past events in the order that they happened, we more commonly use the past simple, especially with quick, short actions.

Past perfect continuous progressive The same contrasts between past simple and past continuous see previous section can be made in past perfect verb forms for events further back in the past. I had been living in a bed-sitter up to then. While I had been talking on the phone, Jimmy had escaped. The whole place was deserted, but it was obvious that someone had been living there. They'd been cooking in the kitchen for a start, and they hadn't bothered to clear up the mess.

See Grammar Used to and would. Used to This often contrasts with the present. The contrast may be stated or understood. This is usually considered incorrect, unless we consider used to as an unchanging semi-modal form. There is no present time reference possible. Would This is used to describe repeated actions, not states. It describes a habitual activity which was typical of a person. Every week he'd buy his mother a bunch of flowers. Used to would also be possible here. Compare: I used to like cowboy films. Would is not possible here.

Would is more common in written language and often occurs in reminiscences. I was thinking of going to Italy this year, but I haven't decided. I was about to do it, but I started doing something else. Jack was to have taken part, but he fell ill. How are you? I was going to phone you These are common with wonder.

I was wondering if you wanted to come to the cinema. See Grammar 11 and 12 for comment on this. See Grammar 4 for contrasts between past simple and present perfect verb forms. Past verb forms are also used to express unreal time. See Grammar 8 and 9. What had I done wrong? Where were you? Decide if the verb form underlined is correct or not. If it is correct, write a tick. If not, correct it. Text 1: The train 1 ground to a halt at a small station miles from London, and it 2 became apparent that the engine 3 had broken down.

Everyone 4 was getting their cases down from the luggage racks, and we 5 were waiting on the platform in the freezing wind for hours until the next train 6 was turning up. Six months before the Professor's disappearance, he 2 was receiving a letter from Jean Dawson, the Professor's wife. In the letter, Jean 3 accused her husband of plotting to murder her. Gorse 4 considered what his next step should be when the phone rang. It was Sergeant Adams from the Thames Valley police force.

A fisherman 5 discovered a body in the River Thames, and it 6 fitted the description of the Professor. We 2 decide to go on a cycling holiday in Normandy. Neither of us 3 be to France before, but we 4 know some French from our time at school and we 5 manage to brush up on the basics. Now we 6 wonder if we 7 make the right decision. We 8 plan our route carefully in advance, but we 9 forget one important thing, the weather. It 10 rain solidly since our arrival and that night we 11 end up sleeping in the waiting room at a railway station. Then the next morning as we 12 ride down a steep hill my bike 13 skid on the wet road and I 14 fall off.

I 15 realise immediately that I 16 break my arm, and after a visit to the local hospital I 17 catch the next train to Calais for the ferry home. So I 20 spend a miserable couple of weeks alone, reading 'Teach Yourself French'. In each sentence decide whether one, or both, of the alternative verb forms given are appropriate.

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Write O for one or B for both. Every Friday I 1 eat at the Alps cafe. I didn't 2 to spend much money, as I 3 not afford it, but it was a little tradition of mine to eat there. Anyway, I'm going to tell you a true story which happened on one occasion when I 4 eating there. I remember I was having a pasta dish at 5 time. A beautiful girl came up to me and said, 'I was 6 if you wanted to walk with me in the park?

I was 8 to go with her when I noticed a tough-looking man was watching our every movement. Well, my bill 10 ages to arrive, and by the time I 11 to the park, there was no sign of the girl. I asked an old lady 12 was sitting there if she 13 seen a young girl waiting around. I described the girl to her.

The old lady said that the girl 14 had to rush to the railway station, and that I 15 to follow her there urgently. She had also left me a note. It said, 'I will explain everything. Meet me on platform 6. When 1 phone Helen last night she wash her hair. Peter offer me another drink but I decided I had enough. Nobody watch , so the little boy take the packet of sweets from the shelf and put it in his pocket. Wherever Marion find a job, there was someone who know that she go to prison.

Several years later I find out that during all the time I write to my pen friend, my mother open and reading the replies! Several people shout at me, and one passer-by wave a newspaper in front of my face. I know I do well in my exams even before I receive the official results. Present perfect simple refers to: Recent events, without a definite time given. The recentness may be indicated by just.

We've missed the turning. I've just seen a ghost! Indefinite events, which happened at an unknown time in the past. No definite time is given. Jim has had three car accidents, up to the present Indefinite events which may have an obvious result in the present. I've twisted my ankle, that's why I'm limping With state verbs, a state which lasts up to the present. I've lived here for the past ten years. A habitual action in a period of time up to the present. I've been jogging every morning for the last month.

Contrast with past simple Past simple is used with time expressions which refer to definite times. The time may be stated or understood. Compare: I've bought a new car. This in turn may depend on whether the speaker feels distant in time or place from the event. I've left my wallet in the car. I'm going back to get it. Here the speaker may be about to return, and feels that the event is connected with the present.

The speaker may feel separated in time from the event, or be further away. Present perfect continuous progressive can refer to a range of meanings, depending on the time expression used and the context. A state which lasts up to the present moment I've been waiting for you for three hours! An incomplete activity I've been cleaning the house but I still haven't finished. To emphasise duration I've been writing letters all morning. A recently finished activity I've been running.

That's why I look hot. A repeated activity I've been taking French lessons this year. Contrasts with present perfect simple There may be little contrast when some state verbs are used. How long have you lived here? How long have you been living here?

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Some verbs especially sit, lie, wait and stay prefer the continuous form. There may be a contrast between completion and incompletion, especially if the number of items completed is mentioned.

Completed: emphasis on achievement I've ironed five shirts this morning. Incomplete, or recently completed: emphasis on duration I've been ironing my shirts this morning. Meaning with present perfect verb forms is associated with certain time expressions. Contrast with past simple may depend on the choice of time expression. Past simple: referring to a specific finished time.

I saw Jim recently. Others include: for, never, before, all my life, for a long time, today, all day, every day These may be used with either past simple or present perfect. Decide how many different endings you can find for sentences a-j. The sentences you make must be appropriate and meaningful. I haven't been feeling very well I went to the dentist's I've lived here Don't worry. I haven't been waiting I've written two pages I waited outside your house I've warned you about this I haven't made a decision The repair worked I've decided to believe you.

She leave too late to catch the bus. Here is the news. The Home Office announce that the two prisoners who escape from Dartmoor prison earlier this morning give themselves up to local police. I try to get through to Glasgow for the past hour. Bill get that new job, but he complain about it ever since.

Ever since then, I It's so polluted and expensive, and the people are so distant. You see, I I think I'm not alone in my aversion to the big city. According to a programme I Oh well, it's too late to change my mind now, because the job is up and running, and I But I must admit, over the past few days, I Reporter Philip Taggart visits a farm where the sheep are super fit!

Farmers, as you may This 4 involve not only planting new kinds of crops, but also some strange ways of making money, the most unusual of which has got to be sheep racing. Yes, you 5 hear me correctly! A farmer in the west of England now 6 hold sheep races on a regular basis, and during the past year over , people 7 turn up to watch the proceedings. But nobody 12 hear anything about these sheep! Most people 13 find it difficult to tell one from another in any case.

In a typical race, half a dozen sheep 16 race downhill over a course of about half a mile. Food 17 wait for them at the other end of the track, I ought to add! In most lines of this text there is one extra word. Our reporter, Sarah Hardie, goes to Otley Hall to experience a spooky weekend.

There have been signs of paranormal activity at Otley Hall at various times. The doctor will be with you. B: What do you mean? Provided of course that the people you Although the King of Rock and Roll Jean The first time I But two years ago I Chris and I Like Las Vegas for example. When you Ever since I As soon as I You'll get them by Friday.

By the time you If it's incorrect rewrite the phrase. I wonder if you could give him a message from Sally Gordon? We would rent a small boat and go fishing every day. I've been hoping I'd see you. I've got some good news! It was constantly chasing the cats next door Every day we were exploring the city, and in the evening we were going to exciting bars It was growing darker and colder, and there was still no sign of the rescue helicopter All we have to do is wait here until someone will find us. Are you quite sure it was fresh? Agent and instrument The person who performs an action in a passive sentence is called the agent, introduced by by.

The agent may or may not be mentioned. My purse was found by one of the cleaners. A new road has been built. An object which causes something to happen is called an instrument, introduced by with. He was hit on the head with a hammer. Verbs with two objects Verbs which have two objects can be made passive in two ways.

A note was handed to me. Other common verbs of this type are: bring, give, lend, pass, pay, promise, sell, send, show, tell Verbs with object and complement Some verbs have a noun or adjective which describes their object. We elected Jim class representative. Everyone considered him a failure. When these are made passive, the complement goes directly after the verb. Jim was elected class representative. He was considered a failure.

Verbs which can't be passive Most verbs with an object transitive verbs can be made passive: e. However, a few transitive verbs may not be used in the passive. These include: become, fit be the right size , get, have, lack, let, like, resemble, suit. Verbs with no object intransitive can not be passive: e. Therefore it is not possible to say The tree was fallen'.

Instead the sentence must be active: The tree fell. Change of focus The passive can change the emphasis of a sentence. Jack won the prize, focus on Jack The prize was won by Jack, focus on the prize. Unknown agent The agent is not mentioned if unknown. My wallet has been taken. In this case, there is no point in adding an agent: 'by somebody'. Generalised agent If the subject is 'people in general' or 'you' the agent is not mentioned.

Bicycles are widely used in the city instead of public transport. Obvious agent If the agent is obvious or has already been referred to, it is not mentioned. Linda has been arrested! Unimportant agent If the agent is not important to the meaning of the sentence it is not mentioned. Impersonality Using the passive is a way of avoiding the naming of a specific person who is responsible for an action. In descriptions of processes, there is emphasis on the actions performed rather than on the people who perform them.

Then the packets are packed into boxes of twenty-four. The huge stadium by the crowd. Since the computer the work of accountants simplified. It that the shop should close. Your drinks in a moment. This window a knife. After your complaint , you will hear from us. Their engagement in the local paper.

Nothing David again. The new ship launch next week. We had to go on holiday because our house decorate. I'm afraid that next week's meeting cancel. If we don't hurry, all the tickets sell by the time we get there. All main courses serve with vegetables or salad. At least that is what is written on the menu. The second goal score by Hughes in the 41st minute, The cathedral build in the fourteenth century. The new Alhambra hatchback, which in this country sell under the name 'Challenger', fit with electric windows as standard.

For the past few days I work in Jack's office, as my own office redecorate. A major new deposit of oil discover in the North Sea. It think to be nearly twice the size of the largest existing field. Pictures of the surface of the planet Venus receive yesterday from the space probe 'Explorer' which launch last year. Rewrite each sentence in a more formal style so that it contains a passive form of the word given in capitals.

Dear Mrs Patel, We are delighted to inform you that you 1 select for a free holiday.

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According to our information, you 2. You 8. If you 9 attending and taking up this offer, please 10 detach the slip below and return it to us as soon as possible. Using the notes as a guide, complete the e-mail to all company staff. Put the verbs in brackets into a suitable passive verb form. Tell staff: We'll try flexi-time for 3 months. After 3 months we'll get the opinions of all staff. We'll look at feedback comments and make a decision.

We may try it for another month. All workers will have to arrive We hope you like the idea! After this period 2 elapse all members of staff 3 consult through their line manager, and feedback 4 Comments 5 decision 6 7 trial period 8 employees 9. Alternatively, the extend for a further month. All require to arrive between the hours.

It 10 arrangement meets with your enthusiastic approval! It can also describe something unfortunate that happens to someone. Get is more likely to be used than have when: i there is a feeling that something must be done. Get your hair cut! Note that get should not be used in the present perfect passive, where it would be confused with have got.

Your hair needs cutting. Passive get. Get can be used instead of be to form the passive in spoken language. Martin got arrested at a football match. Present reference With verbs such as believe, know, say, think, which report people's opinions, a passive construction is often used to avoid a weak subject, and to give a generalised opinion.

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