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1. Open the brackets using verbs in the appropriate tenses.

Dear Aunt Jean,

I (1) …………….. (just write) to tell you how much I (2) ……………… (appreciate) the money you sent me, and to tell you how I (3) .……………… (get on) in my first term at university. Actually, I (4) ……………… (really enjoy) myself! I (5) ……………… (study) quite hard as well, but at the moment I (6) ……………… (spend) a lot of time just making friends. I (7) ……………… (still stay) with my friend Sue, and I (8) ……………… (look for) somewhere of my own to live. Only a few of the first-year students (9) ……………… (live) in college here, and I (10) ……………… (seem) to be spending a lot of time travelling backwards and forwards. I (11) ……………… (go) to lectures every morning, and most afternoons I (12) ……………… (study) in the library. In fact I (13) ……………… (write) this letter instead of an essay on “Hamlet”! I (14) ……………… (think) I’ll buy some new clothes with the money you sent. Everything (15) ……………… (cost) a lot here, and I (16) ……………… (save) to buy a winter coat. It (17) ……………… (get) really cold here in the evenings. I (18) ……………… (know) lots of other students and generally speaking we (19) ……………… (have) quite a good time socially! I (20) ……………… (also learn) to drive.

See you soon,

Katherine

2. Complete the sentence with these verbs, using the same one for each sentence in the pair. Use the present perfect in one sentence and the present perfect continuous in the other. 

claim            disappear           give              move               stop 

1.      a)  An important file ………… from my office. b) Plants and vegetables …………from my garden since we had new neighbours. 2. a)  Dr Fletcher ………… the same lecture to students for the last ten years. b)  Mr Goldman …………nearly a million pounds to the charity this year. 3. a)  With their win yesterday, Italy ………… into second place in the table. b) As house prices in the cities have risen, people ………… into the countryside. 4. a)  For years he ………… that he is related to the royal family. b) The earthquake ………… over 5000 lives. 5. a) All day, the police ………… motorists to question them about the accident. b) Good, the noise ………… I can start concentrating on my work again.

3. Complete these sentences using the verb given. If possible, use the present perfect continuous; if not, use the present perfect. 

1.      Since they were very young, the children ………… (enjoy) traveling by plane. 2.  It ………… (snow) very heavily since this morning. 3. I’m pleased to say that the team ………… (play) well all season. 4. I never ………… (understand) why we have to pay so much tax. 5. I never ………… (not read) any of Dickens’ novels. 6. In recent years, Brazilian companies ………… (put) a lot of money into developing advanced technology.