Grammar Exercises, Vocabulary Quiz

LINKING WORDS (2): although / despite / even so / even though, etc

Choose the correct option.

  1. Even so / Even though we worked very hard, we just couldn’t finish the project on time.
  2. It was pretty cold and cloudy at the beach. Still / Though, we enjoyed ourselves.
  3. Don’t call me at work this afternoon provided / unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  4. You can go to the concert provided / unless you’ve done all your schoolwork first.
  5. Georgina passed her driving test despite / in spite the fact she was very nervous.
  6. The airport remained open in spite / despite of the severe winds and torrential rain. Flights were temporarily suspended although / though.
  7. I’m going to finish this report, however / even if I have to stay up all night to do so.
  8. The reviews for the film aren’t great, but even if /even so, I want to see it.
  9. By / On the one hand I’d love to go on holiday with my cousin but by / on the other hand I should be saving money for a new car.
  10. The train was very crowded. We managed to find a seat, although / however.


    1. Even though
    2. Still
    3. unless
    4. provided
    5. despite
    6. in spite
    7. even if
    8. even so
    9. On / on
    10. however

Grammar Exercises

Verb Patterns (2): Remember, forget, stop, need, try

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Add the gerund or infinitive form of the verb in brackets.

  1. We had to stay indoors all day as it wouldn’t stop  ____________ (rain).
  2. To get to the zoo from here you need ____________ (take) the number 10 bus and remember ____________ (get off) at the third stop.
  3. “Don’t forget ____________ (check) your essays before you hand them in” reminded the teacher.
  4. Virginia’s never going to forget ____________ (swim) with sharks in Hawaii. It was a such a thrill.  In fact she’s now trying ____________ (persuade) her husband to go too.
  5. “Do you know how this coffee machine works?”
    – “I’ve no idea. Have you tried ____________ (press) the green button? That might help.”
  6. Before catching the train I stopped ____________ (buy) a drink and a doughnut.
  7. Your shirt needs ____________ (iron). It’s really creased.
  8. Poor Jack! He remembers ____________ (fall) down the stairs but he doesn’t remember anything else.
  9.  Honey, you need ____________ (stop) ____________ (worry). Everything will be okay.
  10.  Can you go and play somewhere else? I’m trying ____________ (study)


    1. raining  2. to take / to get off  3. to check  4. swimming/to persuade  5. pressing  6. to buy  7. ironing  8. falling  9. to stop / worrying  10. to study

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


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Phrasal Verbs (1)

Fill the gaps with the phrasal verbs (in the correct form). There is an extra verb.

drag on     drop off    go off     join in     run into     set off     squeeze in    stand for    stick around   

    1. The other day I _____   _____  a friend that I hadn’t seen since we were at university.
    2. There’s going to be a lot of traffic tomorrow so we should _____   _____ early.
    3. Ella asked the taxi driver to _____  her  _____ on the corner of King Street.
    4. Although I didn’t have an appointment the dentist was able to _____  me _____.
    5. I was late for work because my alarm clock didn’t _____   _____ and I missed my train.
    6. Sorry I’m so late – the meeting _____  _____ for ages!
    7. We didn’t go straight home after school – we _____  _____ to play football.
    8. At the party Doug didn’t want to _____  _____ with the dancing but after a while and after a few beers he changed his mind.

      1. ran into  2. set off  3. drop/off  4. squeeze/in  5. go off  6. dragged on  7. stuck around  8. join in


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