Say or Tell: FCE Common mistakes


Complete the sentences using say or tell.

  1. She said to me that she’d just been made redundant. 
  2. Why don’t they …….. something, instead of sitting there in silence? 
  3. Carl is always ………. me how hard he works, but I don’t believe him.
  4. Don’t take his word for it, he never ……. the truth!
  5. I overheard Emily ………… her mother was ill.
  6. If you’d wanted to go out, you should have ………..  me. 
  7. She ……….. she doesn’t gossip but she …………. her friends everything. 
  8. What’s the point of giving your son a watch if he can’t …………… the time yet?

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Taken by Common mistakes at First Certificate. . .  and how to avoid them, Cambridge University Press, 2004 

 

How do I form indirect questions?

Complete the sentences using the words in brackets:
1. Could you tell me what time the next train is (what time / next / train) ?
2. I don’t know………………… (where / cinema).
3. Could you tell me…………………………. (you come home / late / tonight)?
4. They wondered………………….. (whether / film /start ).
5. Have you got any idea………….. ( how / I get to / Oxford Street )
6. She asked me…………………… (I know / Ellen)
7. I asked her…………………….(what / want / birthday).
8. He wanted to know………………. (when / her birthday). 

Present tense to talk about the future

. Complete the sentences below using the correct form of the verbs
  1. The conference starts (start) at 9am, so we’ll have to set off early.
  2. It’s very gloomy weather; I think I……… (stay) indoors today.
  3. The only direct flight …………… (leave) at 5 am, which means an early start.
  4. Sorry I’m late. I promise it………….. (happen) again!
  5. Have you heard from Lucas recently? He………… (get married) next month.
  6. Gwen and Tom……….. (go_ to Mauritius for their honeymoon.
  7. There’s no hurry, the film…………. (not / start) until 9 pm.
  8. I normally leave work early on Friday, but this Friday I………… (work) late. 

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Common mistakes Part 1

1. Complete the sentences below using the correct form of the verbs:
  1. If you treat (treat) her so unfairly she’ll walk out of the job.
  2. Could you phone me when…………….. (you / have) the results of the test?
  3. By the time they…………………… (arrive) the match will be over.
  4. If Kathy………………. (get) in touch next week, I’ll let you know.
  5. Let’s go out for a drink after we………….. (finish) these accounts.
  6. I don’t like unexpected visitors, so I hope she rings before she………. (arrive)!
  7. You can’t drive a car in England until you…………. (be) seventeen.
  8. You……………. (have to / retake) the exam if you……… (fail) it.