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Tense moments on Everest

Posted by on December 21st, 2017 | 0 comments | grammar, interactive, multiple choice, reading, tenses, time expressions, time frames

Read about events at Mount Everest. Choose the correct verb forms by paying close attention to the surrounding grammar and signalling words.

The Everest base camp was destroyed by an avalanche during the earthquake. Already, the Nepalese government __________ a team of Sherpas to Mount Everest to fix the route through the treacherous icefall above Base Camp so that climbing can resume on the mountain as soon as possible.

  • has sent
  • is sending
  • sends
  • will send

An avalanche triggered by last weekend’s earthquake – which killed 19 climbers at Base Camp – __________ fixed ropes and ladders placed in the icefall, making it impossible for climbing teams to reach Camp One.

  • swept away
  • will sweep away
  • is sweeping away
  • has swept away

The window for reaching the summit of Everest __________ at the end of May because of the start of the monsoon, and some climbers are already waiting at Base Camp in the hope of the route re-opening soon.

  • closes
  • will close
  • has closed
  • is closing

Besides the damage in Kathmandu, entire villages have been destroyed in remote, mountainous areas to the west and the north, where many people are yet to receive any help. Five Sherpas working for Guy Cotter, who __________ a commercial expedition on Everest, died in the avalanche which hit Base Camp and Mr Cotter has now called off his expedition.

  • was leading
  • is leading
  • leads
  • led

Another climber, Adrian Hayes, a former British army officer, __________ an expedition so that he could use his skills to take part in the relief effort for earthquake victims.

  • abandoned
  • is abandoning
  • has abandoned
  • will abandon

He is a trained paramedic and plans to head into the remote regions where it is still __________ to reach those in need. But despite the crisis, the government does seem in favour of re-opening the route up Everest, if it is safe to do so.

  • proving difficult
  • proved difficult
  • will prove difficult
  • prove difficult

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