Grammar Exercises

Verb Patterns (5): Verb + Object + Infinitive

Use the structure Verb + Object + Infinitive to complete the sentences so that the meaning is similar to the first sentence.

I hope the bank will lend me a thousand pounds.
I want the bank to lend me a thousand pounds. * 

We were surprised that Manchester United lost the match.
We didn’t expect Manchester United to lose the match. *

1.  We would be very happy if you came on holiday with us.
     We would love _____________________

2.   Kevin said that we could ride his horse.
      Kevin allowed _____________________

3.   I was surprised that the bill was so expensive.
      I didn’t expect _____________________

4.   She said that I should remember to lock the door.
      She reminded _____________________

5.   Jennifer hopes her boss will give her a payrise.
      Jennifer wants ______________________

6.   George said to them “Don’t worry”.
      George told _____________________

7.   Dad said I must not go on my boyfriend’s motorbike.
      Dad forbade _______________________

8.   Shirley gave him singing lessons.
      Shirley taught _____________________

9. We would be so happy if she wrote more books.
      We would love _____________________

10. They believe he will win the election.
      They are expecting ____________________

11.  Our teacher said that we should read more.
      Our teacher encouraged ___________________

12. She said that they could use her printer.
      She allowed ______________________


1. you to come on holiday with us.
2. us to ride his horse.
3. the bill to be so expensive
4. me to lock the door.
5. her boss to give her a payrise.
6. them not to worry.
7. me to go on my boyfriend’s motorbike.
8. Sally taught him to sing.
9. her to write more books.
10. him to win the election.
11. us to read more.
12. them to use her printer.

Verb Patterns (1): Gerund or Infinitive? 
Verb Patterns (2): Gerund or Infinitive? (Special cases: Forget / Remember / Stop / Need)
Verb Patterns (3): Gerund or Infinitive?
Verb Patterns (4): Gerund or Infinitive?


Do you know your basic verb structures well and your irregular verb conjugations? If not, here are some drills to help you.

Verb Training 1: Present Perfect Simple (Positive) B1 / B2

Verb Training 2: Different Tenses (Elementary/Pre-Intermediate)

Verb Training 3: Past Simple (Elementary/Pre-Intermediate)

Verb Training 4: Present Continuous

Verb Training 5: Past Simple Questions

Verb Training 6: Mixed Tenses

Verb Training 7: Advanced Irregular Verbs

Grammar Exercises

Quick Verb Training (1): Passive

My “Quick Verb Trainings” which I also post on social media are a mini version of my Verb Trainings (Verb Drills).

These quizzes are a fast way for students and teachers to check where knowledge gaps are.

For longer exercises go to the links below.

Quick Verb Training (1)

Change these sentences to the passive (no need to add ‘by’)

eg. They sent emails β†’ Emails were sent.

1. They’ve found your wallet.

2. They didn’t invite us to the party.

3. They are building a new hospital

Scroll down for the answers πŸ˜‰

Here are longer Verb Training Exercises (Verb Drills):

Verb Training (1) – Present Perfect

Verb Training (2) – Mixed Tenses

Verb Training (3) – Past Simple

Verb Training (4) – Present Continuous

Verb Training (5) – Past Simple Questions

Verb Training (6) – Mixed Tenses

Verb Training (7) – Advanced Irregular Verbs


1. Your wallet has been found.
2. We weren’t invited to the party.
3. A new hospital is being built

Would you like some more practice on the Passive voice?

Passive (1)

Passive (2)

Grammar Exercises

Grammar Exercise: Relative Pronouns (1)

Fill the gaps with the relative pronouns who, which, where or whose

1.  We’re so grateful to the man _______ helped us.

2.  They are going to spend the summer in Malaga _______ they have an apartment.

3.  Drew Barrymore, _______ godfather is Steven Spielberg, comes from a famous family of actors.

4.  I’m not a fan of the music _______
they play on this radio station.

5.  This is the photograph _______ won first prize.

6.  The band, _______ album is at the top of the charts, is starting a world tour next month.

7.  Where are the biscuits _______ I bought this morning? Don’t tell me you’ve eaten them already!

8. I don’t know anyone _______ doesn’t like chocolate.

9.  The hospital _______ I was born has been demolished.

10. The pangolin, _______ is the world’s most trafficked mammal, may eat up to seventy million insects a year!

Bonus Question!

Which of the above sentences would still be grammatically correct if you omitted the relative pronoun?


1. who
2. where
3. whose
4. which
5. which
6. whose
7. which
8. who
9. where
10. which

Answer to the bonus question

You can omit the relative pronoun in 4. and 7.

Relative pronouns can be omitted IF they refer to the object of the verb and not the subject.

4.  I’m not a fan of the music they play on this radio station.
7.  Where are the biscuits I bought this morning? Don’t tell me you’ve eaten them already!

They (subject) play the music (object)
I (subject) bought the biscuits (object)

My advice: If you feel more comfortable NOT omitting the relative pronoun that is perfectly fine! Both ways are okay. What’s more, as you become more and more confident with your English skills you may start to know instinctively when you can leave out the relative pronoun.

Would you like to practise some more grammar topics?

Here’s the full list