Verb Patterns (3): Gerund or Infinitive?

Add the gerund or infinitive form (with or without “to”) of the verb in brackets. 

  1.  “I don’t feel like __________ (cook) for so many people. How about __________
    (order) some pizzas?”
  2. Glen really enjoys __________ (read) books by Stephen King.
  3. We arranged __________ (meet) my cousins at the entrance to the amusement park.
  4. At work Sonia agreed __________ (take) a pay cut. However, she refused
    __________ (work) longer hours.
  5. I’m not sure it’s worth __________ (go) to the party now. It’s probably almost over.
  6. Julian spends all his time __________ (study) these days.
  7. When he graduates Boris would like __________ (work) for a national newspaper.
  8. Pamela can’t stand people __________ (wear) fur coats.
  9. Before __________ (become) a rock star, Sting used __________ (be) a teacher.
  10. The book was so funny it made me __________ (laugh) out loud.
  11. They were so busy __________ (look at) the cute dog that they didn’t notice the bus had arrived.
  12. __________ (Study) languages online is become more and more popular.

Answers

Definite and Indefinite Articles (1)

Complete the sentences with ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’ or ‘–‘ ( = no article).

1. I had ___ breakfast and then I took ___ shower.
2. ___ Spain is playing ___ Netherlands in the final.
3. Jon plays tennis twice _____ week.
4. ___ Everest is ___ highest mountain in ___ world.
5. He was driving at over 80 miles ___ hour.
6. Do you have ___ boyfriend?
7. ___ money can’t buy ___ happiness.
8. ___ rich should pay more taxes.
9. Linda doesn’t like ___ football.
10. Helena is ___ engineer.

 














Answers

1. –; a
2. –; the
3. a
4. –; the; the
5. an
6. a
7. –;–
8. The
9. —
10. an

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Confusing Words (5): As or Like?

Choose ‘as’ or ‘like’ to fill the gaps.

1. Walter used to work _____ a waiter at his father’s restaurant.
2. Jack’s been to some amazing places this year, _____ Argentina, India, and Borneo.
3. Did you hear that? It sounded _____ a phone ringing.
4. I think you should do _____ he asked.
5. He loves animals _____ much _____ I do.
6. She looks a little bit _____ Jennifer Lawrence, don’t you think?
7. It looks _____ if it’s going to rain.
8. Ian’s going to go to Edinburgh university _____ his sister. She studied there a few years ago.















Answers

1. as
2. like
3. like
4. as *
5. as … as
6. like
7. as
8. like

* You will hear people use ‘like’ here but many people consider it incorrect to use ‘like’ in this way, as a conjunction, so to be on the safe side use ‘as’, especially if you’re writing something formal or sitting an exam. 😉

Read more on Like vs. As: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/like-versus-as

Confusing Words (4): Job or Work?
Confusing Words (3): Say or Tell?
Confusing Words (2)
Confusing Words (1)

 

Adjectives + Prepositions (3): In and Out of Love

Choose the correct preposition in brackets. Sometimes no preposition is necessary. 

  1. Nick has fancied _____ Amy for ages.
  2. Maddox says he fell _____ love _____ Summer the moment he saw her.
  3. Sam used to have a crush _____ his German teacher.
  4. Patricia adores _____ Alexander but she doesn’t want to marry _____ him yet.
  5. Gwyneth was only engaged _____ Brad Pitt, she was never married _____ him.
  6. “Do you have to flirt _____ everybody?” – “Don’t worry, darling, I only have eyes _____ you.”
  7. I’m not surprised Lisa broke up _____ Edwin. Their relationship had been _____ the rocks for some time. She suspects he was cheating _____ her.
  8. Their marriage soon ended _____ divorce.
  9. Katherine and Tim are head _____ heels _____ love. Theirs is a match made _____ heaven.
  10. Do you believe in love _____ first sight?










    Answers

    1. —
    2. in; with
    3. on
    4. –; —
    5. to; to
    6. with; for
    7. with; on; on
    8. in
    9. over; in; in
    10. at

Spot the Mistakes (40)

Which of these sentences are gramatically incorrect? 

  1. “Hi! Are you Juan?” – “Yes, I’m.”
  2. May you help me move the sofa?
  3. He has forty years old.
  4. They’re on a ten-days trip to South Africa.
  5. I didn’t go for swim as the water was very freezing.
  6. We’re thinking to buy a house.
  7. Do you remember where you parked the car?
















Answers

  1. “Hi! Are you Juan?” – “Yes, I am.”
  2. Can/Could you help me move the sofa?
  3. He is forty years old.
  4. They’re on a ten-day trip to South Africa.
  5. I didn’t go for swim as the water was freezing.
  6. We’re thinking about/of buying a house.

Modals (2): Certainty (present) – Must vs. Can’t

Rephrase these sentences using ‘can’t’ or ‘must’:

Example: I’m sure Nick likes you as he’s always looking at you.
➡️ Nick must like you as he’s always looking at you.

1. I’m certain they aren’t at home as there are no lights on.
2. It’s impossible you are tired as you slept for ten hours!
3. I’m sure Jack knows Leo as I saw them talking the other day.
4. It’s definitely not their dog as their dog has a black tail.
5. I bet Australia is a wonderful place to visit.

 
















Answers

1. They can’t be at home as there are no lights on.
2. You can’t be tired as you slept for ten hours!
3. Jack must know Leo as I saw them talking the other day.
4. It can’t be their dog as their dog has a black tail.
5. Australia must be a wonderful place to visit.

 

 

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Spot the Mistakes (38)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes. Answers at the bottom of the page.

  1. Police have arrested a forty-three-years old man.
  2. I wish they stopped talking! I can’t hear the TV.
  3. I bought me a new pair of shoes.
  4. Ella knocked on the door and went in.
  5. Barry gave me a very useful advice.
  6. It’s quite a lot more expensive if you fly in August.












Answers

1. Police have arrested a forty-three-year-old man.
2. I wish they would stop talking! I can’t hear the TV.
3. I bought (myself) a new pair of shoes.
4. ✅
5. Barry gave me (some) very useful advice.
6. ✅