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

vocabulary exercises

Quiz Your English! (3)

A.  General Vocabulary

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

1.  Sorry I didn’t call you yesterday but I had a really he_ _ _c day. (= busy)

2.  We’re going to plant a he_ g _ at the end of the garden to give us more privacy.

3.  Jack’s not very confident about his French so he hes_ _ _ _ _ _  a lot when he speaks. (= pauses)

4. Firefighters wear he_ m _ _ _ to protect them from heat and falling objects.

5.  Do you mind listening to your music with he_ _ _ h _ _ _ _ on? I can’t concentrate.

B.  Food Idioms

Complete the expressions using the words below. There are two extra words.

apples   gooseberries   grapes   nuts   peppers   salts

1.  Daniel was criticising how his team played on Saturday but it’s just sour _____ because he wasn’t chosen to play.

2.  I don’t know what on earth was in that smoothie but it went through me like a dose of _____ and I had to rush to the nearest bathroom.

3. Come on, you can’t compare heavy metal to jazz! That’s like comparing _____ to oranges. 

4.  The crowd went _____ when Lady Gaga walked onto the stage.

C.  Word Building

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

1.  What __________ will we need for our camping trip?  EQUIP

2.  Ugh! What on earth is that __________  smell!  DISGUST

3.  To my __________ Grant apologised. He never apologises for anything!  AMAZE

4.  Nobody lives on the island – it’s __________.  INHABIT






Answers

A. 1. hectic  2.  hedge  3. hesitates  4. helmets  5. headphones

B. 1. grapes  2. salts  3.  apples  4. nuts

C. 1. equipment  2. disgusting  3. amazement  4.  uninhabited

Verb Conjugation Exercises, Verb Drills

Verb Training (5) – Past Simple Questions

Change these past simple sentences into questions.

You spoke to him. → Did you speak to him?

1. He grew up in Kenya.
2. She caught the bus.
3. We sorted out the invitations.
4. He accepted the job.
5. She was born in France.
6. You walked home.
7. I didn’t tell you.
8. You lied to me.
9. I made a mistake.
10. They did the shopping.
11. It was funny.
12. They brought the cake.
13. It mattered.
14. It was a good idea.
15. They met her parents.
16. We ran out of paper.
17. You weren’t surprised.
18. He used to smoke.
19. He forgot the meeting.
20. You cut your finger.
21. He didn’t give you the book.
22. She sold her business.
23. You didn’t hear the news.
24. You meant to do it.
25. They fell in love.



Answers

1. Did he grow up in Kenya?
2. Did she catch the bus?
3. Did we sort out the invitations?
4. Did he accept the job?
5. Was she born in France?
6. Did you walk home?
7. Didn’t I tell you?
8. Did you lie to me?
9. Did I make a mistake?
10. Did they do the shopping?
11. Was it funny?
12. Did they bring the cake?
13. Did it matter?
14. Was it a good idea?
15. Did they meet her parents?
16. Did we run out of paper?
17. Weren’t you surprised?
18. Did he use to smoke?
19. Did he forget the meeting?
20. Did you cut your finger?
21. Didn’t he give you the book?
22. Did she sell her business?
23. Didn’t you hear the news?
24. Did you mean to do it?
25. Did they fall in love?

Verb Training 4 – Present Continuous

Spot the Mistakes (1)
Spot the Mistakes (2)
Spot the Mistakes (3)
Full list of Spot the Mistakes exercises

Idioms with Make (1)
Idioms with Know
Idioms with Keep

vocabulary exercises

Idioms with Keep

Fill the gaps using these words:

amused, bay, loop, profile, tabs, toes, voice, watch

1.  Lucy does yoga to help keep her anxiety at _____.

2.  Nora uses a notebook to keep _____ on how much she spends on groceries and so on.

3.  While I’m away on my trip I want you to keep me in the ____ about what’s happening at the office.

4.  Max keeps his students on their _____ by asking them lots of challenging questions.

5.  I’ve got to make a phone call so please can you keep your _____ down.

6.  We took some colouring books, stickers and games to keep the children _____ on the flight.

7.  There are pickpockets on the train sometimes so keep a close ____ on your camera and your bag.

8. The film star spends every summer in the village but keeps a low _____ – you’d barely know she was there.

………………………………………………………………………….

Answers

1. bay 2. tabs 3. loop 4. toes 5. voice 6. amused 7. watch 8. profile


vocabulary exercises

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)

Quiz Your English! (1)

Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 687

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🔹 to _____ something at your fingertips

🔹 to _____ your heart in your mouth

🔹 to _____ it in for somebody

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🔹 to be left with _____ on your face

🔹 to walk on _____ shells

🔹 to teach your grandmother to suck ___s

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vocabulary exercises

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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Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 685

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🔹 to _____ stars

🔹 to _____ how the land lies

🔹 what the eye doesn’t _____, the heart doesn’t grieve over

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