Grammar Exercises

Verb Patterns (4): Verbs + Gerund or Infinitive?

Add the gerund or infinitive form of the verb in brackets.

  1. I really enjoyed ________ (meet) your parents.
  2. Did you manage ________ (get) an appointment?
  3. I’m so pleased that you’ve given up ________ (smoke).
  4. I don’t feel like ________ (go out) tonight.
  5. We’re hoping ________ (go) to Italy this year.
  6. We decided ________ (eat) in the garden.
  7. He suggested ________ (ask) an expert.
  8. Please can you stop ________ (shout)!
  9. I would prefer ________ (sit) over there.
  10. I meant ________ (buy) a newspaper but I forgot.
  11. For some reason the dog kept ________ (look at) the tree.
  12. I miss ________ (live) in London sometimes.
  13. We’re really looking forward to ________ (go) home.
  14. He pretended not ________ (hear) me.
  15. Do you mind ________ (wait) outside?
  16. We promised ________ (get) there early.
  17. What do you fancy ________ (do) tonight?
  18. I asked Steve ________ (join) us for dinner.
  19. Jeff spent the day ________ (work) on his new website.
  20. I’d really like ________ (see) you again.
  21. They used ________ (live) in New York so they know it pretty well.

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  1. I really enjoyed MEETING your parents.
  2. Did you manage TO GET an appointment?
  3. I’m so pleased that you’ve given up SMOKING. (smoke)
  4. I don’t feel like GOING OUT tonight.
  5. We’re hoping TO GO to Italy this year.
  6. We decided TO EAT in the garden.
  7. He suggested ASKING an expert.
  8. Please can you stop SHOUTING!
  9. I would prefer TO SIT (sit) over there.
  10. I meant TO BUY a newspaper but I forgot.
  11. For some reason the dog kept LOOKING AT the tree.
  12. I miss LIVING in London sometimes.
  13. We’re really looking forward to GOING home.
  14. He pretended not TO HEAR me.
  15. Do you mind WAITING outside?
  16. We promised TO GET there early.
  17. What do you fancy DOING tonight?
  18. I asked Steve TO JOIN us for dinner.
  19. Jeff spent the day WORKING on his new website.
  20. I’d really like TO SEE you again.
  21. They used TO LIVE in New York so they know it pretty well.
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Phrasal Verbs with ‘Out’

Add a suitable phrasal verb in the correct form.

blow out, carry out, let out, pass out, run out, throw out, try out, turn out

1.  It was so hot in the office that I thought I was going to ______ _____.

2. Do you want to come with me and _____ _____ that new Zumba class?

3. If you aren’t going to wear these clothes any more you should _____ them _____. I can take them to the charity shop for you.

4.  There are no more chocolate biscuits; we’ve _____ ______.

5.  The dogs want to go out into the garden. Shall I _____ them _____?

6.  The museum was closed for a few days while they ________  _______ repairs on the roof.

7.  I had dreaded going to the party but it _____ ______ to be a lot of fun.

8. Everyone clapped and cheered as the birthday girl _______   _______  the candles on her birthday cake.

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Answers
1. pass out
2. try out
3. throw out
4. run out
5. let out
6. carried out
7. turned out
8. blew out

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Key Word Transformation Exercise (3)

Complete the second sentence so that the meaning is very similar to the first, using the key word in bold. Use between two and five words, including the key word. Contractions (I’m, can’t, etc, count as two words)

1. I’m not in the mood to cook tonight. FEEL

     I ______________________________ tonight. 

2. They say the hotel is haunted. BELIEVED

     The hotel ______________________________ haunted.

3. “Where are you going?” he asked her.  ASKED

      He ______________________________ going.

4. Naomi has a good relationship with her in-laws. ALONG

     Naomi ______________________________ her in-laws.

5. Lexie started learning Portuguese six months ago.  FOR

Lexie ______________________________ six months.

6. Can you fetch the children from school today? PICK

   Can you ___________________________ the children from school today? 

7. We moved to Valencia a year ago today. TIME

     We moved to Valencia ______________________________ year.

8. A nurse won the lottery. WHO

It ______________________________ won the lottery.

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Answers

1.  I’m not in the mood to cook tonight. FEEL

     I don’t feel like cooking tonight. 

2. They say the hotel is haunted. BELIEVED

     The hotel is believed to be haunted.

3. “Where are you going?” he asked her.  ASKED

      He asked her where she was  going.

4. Naomi has a good relationship with her in-laws. ALONG

     Naomi gets along (well) with her in-laws.

5. Lexie started learning Portuguese six months ago.  FOR

Lexie has been learning Portuguese for  six months.

6. Can you fetch the children from school today? PICK

     Can you pick up the children from school today?

7. We moved to Valencia a year ago today. TIME

     We moved to Valencia this time last year.

8.  A nurse won the lottery. WHO

     It was a nurse who won the lottery.

Key Word Transformation Exercises

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Vocabulary Quiz

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🔹 a ray of _____

🔹 to pin your _____s on something

🔹 where there’s life there’s _____

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Key Word Transformation Exercise (1)

Complete the second sentence so that the meaning is very similar to the first, using the key word in bold. Use between two and five words, including the key word. Contractions (I’m, can’t, etc, count as two words)

1. I can’t wait to go back to Costa Rica. FORWARD

I’m ______________________________ to Costa Rica.

2. It was the funniest thing I’d ever seen. SUCH

I’d ______________________________ thing.

3. George doesn’t like rugby. KEEN

George ______________________________ rugby.

4. Perhaps Sara already went home. MIGHT

Sara ______________________________ home.

5. It’s warmer in Rome than in Paris. AS

Paris ______________________________ Rome.

6. I think you should tell Isabel. WERE

If ______________________________ tell Isabel.

7. I’m going to remove my makeup. TAKE

I’m ______________________________ my makeup.

8. Can you do the dishes for me? MIND

Do ______________________________ the dishes for me?


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Grammar Exercises

Prepositions of Place (at, in, on)

Complete the sentences with ‘at’,’ in’ or ‘on’.

  1. We have offices  _____ Lisbon and London.
  2. Our offices are _____ Exeter Road.
  3. Our offices are _____ 10 Exeter Road.
  4. They live ____ number thirty.
  5. They live _____ Singapore.
  6. Shush! I’m _____ the phone.
  7. “Where are you?” – “I’m _____ work.”
  8. I’ll meet you _____ front of the station in five minutes.
  9. I’m _____ my way home now.
  10. Jack is _____ the meeting room.
  11. Patrick isn’t here. He’s _____ a conference _____ Berlin.
  12. Anna missed her son’s birthday because she was _____ a business trip.
  13. He said goodbye and got _____ the taxi.
  14. We got _____ the bus.
  15. I read the report _____ the plane.
  16. They met _____ university.
  17. Somebody’s phone rang _____ the middle of the meeting.
  18. George was sitting _____ his office.
  19. Don’t sit _____ this chair. It’s broken.
  20. There is a dirty mark _____ your computer screen.
  21. (in an office) Put the boxes _____ the corner.
  22. You can leave the boxes _____ the floor.
  23. _____ the end of the day I was ready to go home.
  24. I fell asleep _____ the sofa.

Answers

  1. in
  2. on
  3. at
  4. at
  5. in
  6. on
  7. at
  8. in
  9. on
  10. in
  11. at, in
  12. on
  13. in
  14. on
  15. on
  16. at
  17. in
  18. in
  19. on
  20. on
  21. in
  22. on
  23. at
  24. on


Exercises on Idioms

Test your Idioms: THINK

Use these words to complete the expressions with ‘think’.

better, come, coming, dread, hear, straight, twice

1. Angus tells the best jokes. _____ to think of it, where is Angus? I haven’t seen him all day.

2. The restaurant was so noisy I could hardly _____ myself think.

3. I _____ to think how much time she’s wasted on that stupid app!

4. If I were you, I’d think _____ before telling Robert all about your plans for a new business. I’m not sure he can be trusted.

5. “If he thinks I’m going to get up at 6am to make him breakfast, he’s got another think _____!” Maya said.

6. Luka was going to phone Sonia but then he thought _____ of it. She probably didn’t want to speak to him at the moment.

7. Nicole was so tired after her long shift at work that she could barely think _____ .




Answers

1. come
2. hear
3. dread
4. twice
5. coming
6. better
7. straight

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Quiz Your English! (2)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters  MA and an extra letter has also been given.

1.  Jack lives in Los Angeles ma_ _ _ y.  (= mostly)

2.  Cats and humans are ma_ _ _ l _, whereas snakes and crocodiles are reptiles.

3.  Wearing a seatbelt is ma_ d _ _ _ _ _. It’s the law.

4.  Thank you so much for all your help. I don’t know how I would have ma_ _ g _ _ without you.

5.  It’s ma_ _ _ l _ _ _ _ what technology can do these days.  (=amazing)

B.  Idioms: Parts of the body

Choose the correct word to complete the idiom.

1.  When you do an online class, make sure you have everything you need at _____ (= nearby) so you don’t have to get up. (chest, finger, hand)

2. I’m sorry I bit your _____ off earlier. I was a bit stressed about my job interview.  (hand, head, heart)

3.  Julian decided to set up his own business because he was tired of working his _____ to the bone for someone else for so little pay.  (fingers, shoulders, teeth)

4.  We caught the train by the _____ of our teeth. If we’d arrived a minute later we would have missed it. (hair, gum, skin)

C.  Practical English

 Choose the right response.

1.  “I can’t make the party on Friday night. I have to work the whole weekend.” – “__________”

a)  Oh, poor you!

b) Oh, what pity!

2.  “Somebody’s just rung the doorbell. Can you answer it?” – “__________”

a)  Yes, I go. 

b)  Yes, I’ll go.

3.  “There you go. I’ve fixed your computer.” – “__________”

a)  “Thanks so much! I owe you one. 

b)  Thanks a thousand! You’re the best.”



Answers

A.  1. mainly  2. mammals  3. mandatory 4. managed 5 marvellous
B.  1. hand 2. head 3. fingers  4. skin
C.  1. a)  2. b) 3 a)

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Quiz Your English! (1)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters AN and an extra letter has also been given.

1. Amy and Leonard are celebrating their 50th wedding an_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ y  this Saturday.

2. Cinzia isn’t an_ t _ _ _ _ like her sister. She is far more outgoing.

3.  John isn’t playing basketball at the moment as he has sprained his an_ l _.

4.  The money was donated by someone who wishes to remain an_ n _ _ _ _ s.

5.  Deer, moose and caribou have an_ l _ _ _ .

B.  Idioms 

Choose the correct verb to complete the idioms.

1.  “I’m not usually one to _____ my own trumpet but I think I’m a pretty good cook,” said Julia. (blow, push, turn)

2.  You’re a bit tense about the meeting tomorrow. Why don’t you go for a run and _____ off some steam? (break, go, let)

3. The children are _____ under my feet. Do you mind taking them to the park so that I can get on with making lunch? (getting, going, running)

4.  We _____ the house upside down trying to find Ben’s football shoes but we couldn’t find them anywhere.  (lifted, ran, turned)


C.  Practical English

Choose the correct response.

1.  “Shall I carry that for you?”  – “No, don’t worry. _______________”

a)  I can do.  b) I can manage.

2.  “Can you lend me your pen?” – “_______________.”

a)  Yes, here you are.  b)  Yes, here you have it.

3.  “Do you know how to do this?” – “_______________.”

a)  Sorry, I have no idea.  b)  Sorry, I don’t have idea.




Answers

A. 1. anniversary 2. anything 3. ankle 4. anonymous 5. antlers.
B. 1. blow 2. let 3. getting 4. turned
C. 1. b) 2. a) 3. a)

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Improve Your Accent! (26) – Tennis

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Can you decipher these 10 tennis-related words?

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1. alike
2. considerable
3. embarrassment






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