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IT / THERE -rules and exercises



Put IT or THERE in the empty gaps:

1.   ___ 's a nice story.

2.   ___ a nice new market nearby.

3.   ___'s such a nice story. I've never heard something like this.

4.   ___ lots of things we can do this evening!

5.   ___ are many people out there who could help me with this problem.

6.   ____'s such a pity you can't come tonight. I'm so sad.

7.   ____'s a wonderful day! Everything seems so nice to me!

8.   I can't listen to this lecture any more.___'s so boring. I'm leaving.

9.   I'm sure___ are many things you can do with your hair.

10. Look! ____'s a new student I had been talking you about!

11. ___ seems to be a big problem going on!

12. ___ was one of the biggest wars in history.

13. ___ are lots of people in the disco.

14. ___'s one of the biggest skyscrapers in the world.

15. ___ 's been a long day! Have a rest now.

16. ___ were many people I'd  never met before.

17. ____ will be a long journey so we need to be prepared.

18. ____ are many funny jokes I'd like to share with you.

19. ____'s my new English teacher.

20. Oh no, ___'s raining again! What shall we do?

21. _____ are many handouts I need to hand in. Please help me.

22. ____ has been a long trip.

23. ____ will be lots of problems if you don't help me with this.

24. ____ is going to rain, could you give me a lift?

USE OF IT: you can use to acknowledge a specific thing, issue, situation, topic.
  1. It's such a great topic we can discuss about.
  2. It's a great book!

Drill: Put whether IT or THERE in all gaps: Only one of them is possible in all gaps:

1.   ____ 's such a nice day! We can go to the beach.

2.   ____'s a difficult task. Can you help me with this?

3.   ____ was a long meeting. I'm so tired. I just need a nap.

4.   ____ will be too difficult for me to finish it on time.

USE OF THERE: you can use it to talk about something for the first time:

  1. There seems to be a problem.
  2. There are lots of interesting places we could visit.
  3. You should visit There are lots of useful worksheets.


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Used to/Get used to/Be used to

‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’ Students have difficulties in making distinction between used to + infinitive and be/get used to + ‘ing’ form because they look similar. As a matter of fact, they are totally different.

‘used to + infinitive’

Used to is for things that happened in the past and have no connectivity to present:

Peter used to smoke three cigarettes a day. My boyfriend used to drink a lot of coffee during sleepless nights. Sarah and her mother used to go out for a walk every day. Negative form is ( odrični oblik je) : didn't ( did not) use to: I didn't use to smoke before.
Question form is (upitni oblik je) : Did she (subject)  use to..? Did she use to drink a lot of coffee?

As you may guess you can not use 'used to' in the present. To talk about present habits we use the present simple and an adverb of frequency (usually, always, often, never, etc.)

e.g. I often eat at the Japanese restaurant in the city c…