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.
Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (45)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Find the mistakes and correct them. Scroll down for the answers.

1. The guy which lives next door is a journalist.

2. I don’t want these pictures on the wall. I’m going to take it down.

3. “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?” – “They say it might to rain.”

4. Are you really serious about leave your job?

5. Had you to wear a uniform at your school?

6. It was the most beautiful sunset I’d ever seen.

7. I put away the childrens’ toys.

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Answers

1. The guy who lives next door is a journalist.

2. I don’t want these pictures on the wall. I’m going to take them down.

3. “What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow?” – “They say it might rain.”

4. Are you really serious about leaving your job?

5. Did you have to wear a uniform at your school?

6. ✅

7. I put away the children’s toys.


More Spot the Mistakes exercises

Test Your Idioms!

Grammar Exercises

Verb Training (7) – Advanced Irregular Verbs

Change the following sentences to the past simple
1. They seek help.
2. She sets her alarm clock for six thirty.
3. He sticks a label on the file.
4. She rings the bell twice.
5. I feed the cat.
6. They fight for justice.
7. He shines the torch into the basement.
8. I tread on a piece of chewing gum
9. The tyre bursts.
10. They creep downstairs.
11. She lets him stay.
12. They dig a hole for the new tree.
13. The kitchen stinks of cabbage.
14. I tear up the letter.
15. She lights the candle.
16. The path leads nowhere.
17. They flee the hurricane.
18. I spill red wine on the sofa.
19. Her words sting.
20. He strikes a match.
21. A car draws up.
22. He beats the world record.
23. She swears she didn’t do it.
24. We deal with the problem.
25. I hang my coat on the hook.


Answers
1. They sought help.
2. She set her alarm clock for six thirty.
3. He stuck a label on the file.
4. She rang the bell twice.
5. I fed the cat.
6. They fought for justice.
7. He shone the torch into the basement.
8. I trod on a piece of chewing gum
9. The tyre burst.
10. They crept downstairs.
11. She let him stay.
12. They dug a hole for the new tree.
13. The kitchen stank of cabbage.
14. I tore up the letter.
15. She lit the candle.
16. The path led nowhere.
17. They fled the hurricane.
18. I spilt / spilled red wine on the sofa.
19. Her words stung.
20. He struck a match.
21. A car drew up.
22. He beat the world record.
23. She swore she didn’t do it.
24. We dealt with the problem.
25. I hung my coat on the hook.

Grammar Exercises

ANSWERS – Past Perfect Simple or Past Perfect Continuous


Back to exercise

1.  had already started

2. had been talking 

3.  had been walking 

4.  had only known 

5.  had been crying

6.  had only been living 

7. had seen 

8. had never been 

9. hadn’t been listening / had been staring

10.  had left / had already discovered

Past simple  Exercise 1 Exercise 2

Present simple or present continuous? Exercise 1

Present perfect continuous Exercise 1

Present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous Exercise 1

TEST YOUR IDIOMS!

Parts of the Body Exercise 1

Animals  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Give’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Make’  Exercise 1  Exercise 2

Idioms with ‘Take’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Keep’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Think’  Exercise 1







Grammar Exercises

Past Perfect Simple or Past Perfect Continuous

Fill the gaps with either the past perfect simple or past perfect continuous.

1.  By the time we got to the theatre the play ____________________  (already / start)

2. When Diane walked into the room she could tell that everyone ____________________ (talk) about her.

3.  We were exhausted because we ____________________  (walk) around Manhattan all day.

4.  Veronica and Harvey ____________________  (only / know) each other for six months when they got married.

5.  When I saw Caroline this morning she looked like she ____________________ (cry).

6.  They ____________________  (only / live) in California for a month when they experienced their first earthquake.

7.  Even though Jeff ____________________ (see) the Grand Canyon before in photos, he was still amazed at the vastness of it.

8. I was so excited about going to Paris. I ____________________ (never / be) there before.

9. The science teacher asked Nora to explain the formula but she couldn’t because she ____________________ (not / listen). She ____________________ (stare) out of the window instead.

10.  By the time Jacqueline remembered that  she ____________________ (leave) the juicy steak out on the kitchen table, her dog ____________________ (already / discover) it. Yum yum ! 😂

ANSWERS

There are lots more free resources for self-study and the classroom here on my website, including…

Past simple  Exercise 1 Exercise 2

Present simple or present continuous? Exercise 1

Present perfect continuous Exercise 1

Present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous Exercise 1

TEST YOUR IDIOMS!

Parts of the Body Exercise 1

Animals  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Give’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Make’  Exercise 1  Exercise 2

Idioms with ‘Take’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Keep’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Think’  Exercise 1







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


Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (44)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Find the mistakes and correct them. Scroll down for the answers.

1. I couldn’t go to the party as I had too much work.

2. Rebecca lives in Turkey so she is used to drink very strong coffee.

3. Do you know where is Brad?

4. How long you have been working in United States?

5. You won’t pass the exam. You’ve hardly studied.

6. Call me as soon you’ll get to the office.

7. I need that you make the dinner tonight.

8. “Can you pick up the kids from school?” – ” Yes, I can pick up them.”



ANSWERS

1. ✅

2. Rebecca lives in Turkey so she is used to drinking very strong coffee.

3. Do you know where Brad is?

4. How long have you been working in the United States?

5. ✅

6. Call me as soon you get to the office.

7. I need you to make the dinner tonight.

8. “Can you pick up the kids from school?” – ” Yes, I can pick them up.”



Grammar Exercises

Verb Forms (1)

Complete the sentences with the correct form of ‘go’

1. Last night we __________ out with some friends from work.

2. Did you __________ to the match on Saturday?

3. We __________ to the cinema this evening. Do you want to come?

4. If you go to the shops this morning, I __________ with you if that’s okay.

5. I get up as soon as my alarm clock __________ off.

6. I’m not used to __________ to bed so late.

7. We’re thinking of __________ to New Zealand next year.

8. If I had known the party was going to be so boring, I wouldn’t __________.

9. She used to __________ horse riding when she was little.

10. You can learn English without __________ to an English-speaking country.





Answers

1. went
2. go
3. ‘re going
4. ‘ll go
5. goes
6. going
7. going
8. have gone
9. go
10. going


Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (43)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Find the mistakes and correct them. Scroll down for the answers.

1. We’d better take an umbrella in case it will rain.

2. Take my advise – stay away from that guy.

3. Marco drinks a great deal of coffee.

4. I wish I hadn’t spent so much money.

5. Emily is doing a six-weeks online course.

6. It’s time you start your homework.

7. Let me know when are you arriving.





Answers

1. We’d better take an umbrella in case it rains.
2. Take my advice – stay away from that guy.
3. ✅
4. ✅
5. Emily is doing a six-week online course.
6. It’s time you started/were starting your homework.
7. Let me know when you are arriving.


Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (42)

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Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Scroll down for the answers.

1.  I wish I had longer legs!
2.  I ate my lunch as fast as I could.
3.  The most early I can come to the restaurant is nine thirty.
4.  You couldn’t give me a lift to the station, could you?
5.  I’m very annoyed as the parcel should have arrive by now.
6.  He passed even though it was fairly difficult exam.
7.  We would all be very surprising if she got the job.
8. Gabriel tries to speak a bit of English everyday.

















Answers

1.  ✅

2.  ✅

3.  The earliest I can come to the restaurant is nine thirty.

4.  ✅

5.  I’m very annoyed as the parcel should have arrived by now.

6.  He passed even though it was a fairly difficult exam.

7.  We would all be very surprised if she got the job.

8.  Gabriel tries to speak a bit of English every day.