Read this letter from a headteacher to a parent and fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
Dear Mr Marriott,
I am writing with regard to Melissa's progress this term, which I regret
(1)________ (say) has been extremely disappointing. It appears she
would sooner (2)___________ (spend) time (3)__________ (go) to town with
her friends than (4)_________ (attend) classes, and her prolonged
absences have made her (5)__________ (fall) behind with her coursework
despite (6)_________(make) (7)__________(stay) for detention after
school on several occasions (8)_________ (make) up for lost time.
Furthermore in these past few weeks she seems (9)__________ (make) no
effort (10)____________ (do) her homework, even though she has been
reminded on several occasions (11)____________ (hand) this on time.
Whenever she is confronted by the teacher about it, she keeps
(12)___________ (say) she did not remember (13)__________ (do) it. It's
no use (14)_________ (remind) her, for no apparent reason she avoids
(15)________ (do) it. Research shows that students who try
(16)_____________ (get) good marks try (17)__________ (do) their
homework on a regular basis. In class, her apparent inability
(18)____________ (stop) chatting has meant she has failed
(19)___________ (take in) anything that has been going on.
(20)____________ (Make) more effort (21)___________ (listen) to her
teacher might enable her (22)____________(make) some progress and
(23)_________ (help) her (24)___________ (improve) her powers of
concentration. As I am sure you will appreciate, we cannot let students
(25)______________ (get away with) this kind of behaviour and she has
been told in no uncertain terms that she had better (26)__________
(change) her ways radically.
Waterford High School Headteacher
1. to say
6. having been made
7. to stay
8. to make
9. to have made
10. to do
11. to hand
13. to do
16. to get
18. to stop
19. to take in (understand)
21. to listen
22. to make
24. (to) improve
25. get away with (to do something wrong and not be punished for it)
in no uncertain terms: clearly and strongly. E.g. I told him what I thought of him in no uncertain terms.