CT Quiz 353

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps)

he’s a pain in the _____;

a millstone around sb’s _____;

to breathe down sb’s _____;

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End the Confusion (2): Lend or Borrow?

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LEND sth (TO sb)  / LEND sb sth

Meaning: Give something to somebody temporarily but then they have to return it.

Michael lent his computer to Charlie for the weekend.

Quick, can you lend me a pen?

I lent the money to Nicola! It wasn’t a gift! I’m expecting her to give it back.


BORROW sth (FROM sb)

Meaning: Take something temporarily that belongs to sb else with the intention of returning it.

That’s not Charlie’s computer.  He’s borrowed it from Michael for the weekend.

Quick, can I borrow a pen?

Nicola’s not keeping the money. She’s just borrowing it from me.

TIP:  Although the prepositions TO and FROM are not always needed, by paying special attention to them, it will help you confuse ‘lend’ and ‘borrow’ less.


Fill in the gaps with ‘borrow’ or ‘lend’ (in the correct form):

1. Can I _____ ten pounds? It’s urgent.
2. Can you _____ me ten pounds?  It’s urgent.
3. If you’re not using your skateboard, can I _____ it?
4. I _____ your dictionary to John yesterday. I hope you don’t mind.
5. You don’t need to buy the book. I’m sure you can _____ it from the library.
6. Is that your coat? No, I’ve _____ it from my sister.
7. I’m not going to _____ my brand new camera to Alan. No way!

8. Did you _____ my scissors? I can’t find them anywhere.

Answers1. borrow  2. lend  3. borrow  4. lent  5. borrow  6. borrowed  7. lend  8. borrow


Word Formation (28)

Use the word in capitals to form a new word which fits the gap.

  1. Don’t worry about the treatment. It’s absolutely _____ .  PAIN
  2. Heavy snow has been _____ for tonight.  CAST
  3. They can’t expect us to work seven days in a row. That’s totally _____!  REASON



1.painless  2. forecast  3. unreasonable


Practising Through Songs (2): Winter Wonderland

Just in time for Christmas here’s a very well-known festive tune: Winter Wonderland. I have chosen Ella Fitzgerald’s version as I’m a big fan of hers. Here’s the link to the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_SkK4trIYE. There are other great versions but bear in mind that the lyrics may differ slightly.

You’ll find the answers at the bottom of the page. Hope you enjoy it! Merry Christmas! 🎄

Winter Wonderland

a) Fill the gaps with these words (2 are extra) 

along, away, bells, lane, love, play, sight, stay, street

Sleigh _______ (1) ring, are you listenin’? photos_snow_horse
In the _______ (2), snow is glistenin’
A beautiful _______ (3), we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone _______ (4) is the bluebird
Here to _______ (5) is a new bird
He sings a _______ (6) song as we go _______ (7)
Walking in a winter wonderland

b) Circle the correct word

In the garden/meadow (8) we can build/make (9) a snowman photos_cardinal_bird_snow
Then pretend that he is Mister/Parson  (10) Brown
He’ll say, “Are you married/worried? (11)” We’ll say, “No man”
But you can do the job/work  (12) when you’re in town

Later / Lastly  (13) on we’ll conspire
As we dance/dream (14) by the fire 
To face/meet (15) unafraid
The plans that we did/made (16) 
Walking in a winter wonderland

Are you listenin’?
Snow is glistenin’

A beautiful ……(repeat),







1. bells
2. lane
3. sight
4. away
5. stay
6. love
7. along
8. meadow
9. build
10. Parson
11. married
12. job
13. later
14. dream
15. face
16. made