Today it’s time to look at part 2!
What’s the task like?
The second exercise from the Use of English paper is an open cloze – a short text with eight gaps which you need to fill. No options are given.
How many points is it worth?
Every correct answer is worth 1 point of the total 36 for the Use of English paper. It’s 22% of the paper or 4% of the whole exam.
How long do I have to do it?
Just like part 1 we’d recommend spending about 7 minutes on this exercise.
What kind of words come up?
In theory it could be any word but mostly it’s….
Be / have (often before a past participle!)
Can, could, would, will, may, might, should, must (the verb after will be an infinitive without ‘to’)
Prepositions (if they come before a verb that verb will be in the gerund!)
On, to, by, in, with, without, up, of, into, since, after, before, about, until, out, over through, against
Subject pronouns – I, you, he, she, it ,we, they
Object pronouns – me, you hime, her, it, us , them
Relflexive pronouns – myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves
(the verbs in English always have a subject!)
Where, who, whom, whose, which, that why, when (they come up a lot!)
A, an, the
Although, though, even though, despite/in spite of (if there’s a noun or gerund after!), however, but,and, if, unless, whether, such as, like, as a result, in order to, either, neither
Other common words
Much, many, some, any, Little, few, no, not, more, none, instead (of),already, still, yet, just, somebody, nobody, anybody etc
than (look for the comparative!)
As well as
As long as
As far as…… is concerned
As soon as)
As much/many as
Not only/ just………but
Read the whole text first and try to identify the type of word you need!
If you don’t know , make a guess!
Only put one word. Contractions like can’t, won’t, don’t etc count as two words.
Be careful with your spelling – misspelt words are incorrect!