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Polytech - remdiation 2011-2012

Duration : for/since/ago/during
1 - I first met him --- the war.
ago
before
during
for
since
2 - It rained --- several days ... the week.
ago - for
during - for
during - since
for - during
since - for
3 - Imagine that this tree has been standing there ... the 17th century.
ago
before
during
for
since
4 - He said he had met her two years ... .
ago
before
during
for
since
5 - The match started ten minutes ... .
ago
before
during
for
since

Polytech - remdiation 2011-2012


Fill in the blanks with FOR or SINCE.
1. They have operated as joint directors since the company started.
2. Orders have increased __________ the advertising campaign in June.
3. Our sales executives have used the same hotel __________ over 20 years.
4. Sorry, Mr Smith is not available. He has been in a meeting __________ 8.30.
5. __________ I joined the company, I have been to over twenty countries.
6. Car sales have gone up by 10% __________ the tax cuts in December.
7. Portugal has been a member of the European Union __________ 1986.
8. It isnt a new Mercedes. He has had it __________ years.

Make questions using HOW LONG and the present perfect. Make answers using
FOR or SINCE.
1. Q: (How long/you/work/here?)
A: (about six months)

How long have you worked here?


For about 6 months.

2. Q: (How long/you/have a subsidiary in Portugal?)


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A: (1998) __________________________________________________________________________
3. Q: (How long/Peter Middelhoof/be CEO?)
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A: (the start of last year) ______________________________________________________________
4. Q: (How long/your company/have the same logo?)
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A: (20 years) ___________________________________________________________________
5. Q: (How long/you/know Alex Scott?)
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A: (a long time) ________________________________________________________________
6. Q: (How long/you/live in this town?)
A: (I was born) ___________________________________________________________________

Re-write the sentences using the negative form of the pres ent perfect, with FOR
or SINCE.
1. The last time I saw Mr Ng was in September.
I havent seen Mr Ng since September.
2. The last time the company made a profit was three years ago.
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3. The last time I had a pay rise was 2 years ago.
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4. The last time we looked at their proposal was in July.
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5. The last time we raised our prices in real terms was in 1995.
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6. The last time we played golf together was 3 months ago.
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7. The last time there was a fall in unemployment here was in 1990.
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8. The last time I went on a sales trip abroad was in January.
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Read the following notes. In each pair, decide which sentence should be in the
simple past and which should be in the present perfect.
1. I/met/Mr Christiansen/1988.
I met Mr Christiansen in 1988.
2. I/know/Mr Christiansen/1988.
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3. Nissan/build a car plant in the UK/1986.
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4. Nissan/have/a car plant in the UK/1986.
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5. Greece/be/a member of the Community/1986.
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6. Greece/join/the European Community/1986.
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