GRAMMAR. 1. Complete the following extract from a letter to an advertising agency from the Sales Director of Supremo Supermarket by circling the correct form from the  

GRAMMAR. 1. Complete the following extract from a letter to an advertising agency from the Sales Director of Supremo Supermarket by circling the correct form from the

1. Complete the following extract from a letter to an advertising agency from the Sales Director of Supremo Supermarket by circling the correct form from the choice given.

Dear Paul

I wrote/was writing to you at this time last year to inform you of the developments in our company. At that time, we negotiated/were negotiating with the French company Hypervend for a share of the supermarket business. Hypervend subsequently accepted/were accepting our proposal and our products started/were starting to appear on the shelves at the end of the year. However, some six months later we found/were finding that customers bought/were buying more and more rival French products. Hypervend's management said/were saying that we didn't package/weren't packaging our products for French consumers, who moved/were moving to lighter and more colourful designs. We therefore asked/were asking you to study French packaging tastes. As I said/was saying when you completed/were completing your study, we felt/were feeling that your approach didn't set/wasn't getting to the heart of the matter.

Therefore, when we received/were receiving your invoice, I was surprised to see … .

2. Read the following fax. Change the underlined phrases putting in an appropriate form of may, might, can, could, must, mustn’torneedn’t.

date: 8 Nov time: 12.47 from: 01273 548212

Further to our telephone conversation, it is important that we develop a superior organic fertiliser suitable for use by organic horticultural concerns and fruiterers. We are in a position to do this within six months. It is not necessary to greatly increase our research budget. In the short term, it is possible that our Riqhton Research Laboratory will be able to send us results of tests they carried out last year. In other words, it is possible that we already have the data we need.

In any case, it is essential that we develop this product as soon as possible. It is important that we do not let our competitors have this advantage.

I am away for a few days but there is a chance that I wi11 call you on Monday.

3. Complete the interview with Bengt Stockman, the CEO of Magnus Electronics, by using one of the following verbs in the correct tense: say, tell, talk, speak or discuss.

Interviewer: What …… you …… to your competitors who …… of your lack of environmental concern?

Bengt: Firstly, they should …… to the various environmental groups I support. And, secondly, they should …… our record with the relevant governmental department.

Interviewer: And what will they …… ?



Bengt: Basically, they …… that I have always observed all the rules and regulations.

Interviewer: But that's not what your former Managing Director …… . In a recent report he …… of the toxic emissions from your factories.

Bengt: Please …… him to provide us with some proof. There's not a shred of evidence of any improper practices. My position is clear. As I …… on many occasions, we have nothing to hide. And I am happy to …… our environmental record with the highest authorities.

Interviewer: Is it true that you …… a reporter from the Green Lobby that you had no time for ecologists?

Bengt: Yes, but I ……it in the context of a lot of untrue statements made in the press about my activities.

Interviewer: So, you don't deny …… that.

Bengt: No, absolutely not.

4. Complete the following common phrases with an appropriate verb: say, tell, talk, speak or discuss.

1. As I ……… before,

2. When we ……… about this matter last week,

3. As I ……… you before,

4. Last week they ……… that

5. When we ……… this matter last week,

6. I’d like to ……… to you again about this matter, because

7. We can ……… them to


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