English grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension exercises

HOLIDAYS: New Year's Eve/ New Year's Day

Choose the best response to complete each sentence.

1. New Year's Day (January 1st) is the first day of the year in the Gregorian (schedule/calendar).

2. New Year's Eve (December 31) is a time for (party/parties) and celebrations. These celebrations culminate with the (ringing/calling) in of the new year at midnight.

3. Many cities around the world have (spectacular/spectacled) fireworks displays at midnight on New Year's Eve. Some of the best known are in Sydney, New York, and London.

4. In New York City, a lot of people (gather/collect) on Times Square to watch the traditional "ball-dropping" ceremony (right/correct) before midnight.

5. A new year's (resolution/resolve) is a decision one makes to change something in the new year, for example - quitting smoking, losing weight, etc.

6. Many people don't follow (through/around) on these (resolutions/resolves).

7. It is quite common to (test/toast) the new year with champagne.

8. New Year's Day is an official holiday in many countries. People are most likely given the day off work to (recover/review) from the previous night's parties.

9. In the time before (and after) New Year's Day, many radio and tv stations (broadcast/publish) various "best of the year" lists. Numerous magazines and newspapers (broadcast/publish) the same types of lists.


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