II. Grammar and V ocabulary
Directions: After reading the passage below, fill in the blanks to make the passage coherent and grammatically correct. For the blanks with a given word, fill in each blank with the proper form of the given word; for the other blanks, use one word that best fits each blank.
My life on an Island
we live on the island of Hale. it's about four kilometers long and two kilometers wide at its broadest point, and it is joined to the mainland by a causeway (21) _______(call) Stand---a narrow road built across the mouth of the river (22) ________ separates us from the rest of the country. Most of the time you wouldn't know we are on an island because the river mouth between us and the mainland is just a vast stretch of tall grasses and brown mud. But when there is high tide and the water rises a half meter or so above the road and nothing can pass (23) _________the tide goes out again a few hours later, then you know it's an island.
We were on our way back (24) _________ the mainland. My older brother, Dominic, had
just finished his first in university in a town 150km away. Dominic's train was due in at five and he'd asked for a lift back from the station. Now, Dad normally hates being disturbed when he (25) __________ (write) (which is just about all the time), and he also hates having to go anywhere, but despite the typical sighs and moans --- why can't he get a taxi? What's wrong with the bus?
----I could tell by the flash in the eyes that he was really looking forward to (26) ________ (see) Dominic.
So, anyway, Dad and I had driven to the mainland and picked up Dominic from the station.
He had been talking non-stop from the moment he'd get into the car. University this, university that, writers, books, parties, people, money…….. I didn't like the way he spoke and waved his hands around (27) ________ ____________he was some kind of scholar or something. It was embarrassing. It made me feel uncomfortable----that kind of discomfort you feel when someone you like, someone close to you, suddenly starts acting like a complete idiot. And I didn't like the way he was ignoring me, either. For all the attention I was getting I (28) _________ as well not have been there. I felt a stranger.
We were about half across when I saw a boy. My first thought was how odd it was (29)
_________(see) someone walking on the Strand. You don't often see people walking around there. As we drew (30) _______(close) , he became clearer. He was actually a young man rather than a boy.