Grammar Exercises

NEW! Spot the Grammar Mistakes! (49)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes. There may be more than one mistake in a sentence. Scroll down for the answers.

1. I have a seventy-page report to read this weekend.

2. Someone told you, didn’t he?

3. Naomi isn’t Canadian and either am I.

4. It didn’t take me long to get used to wear contact lenses.

5. Can you tell me what is the problem?

6. “Were there any emails for me?” – “No, any at all.”

7. It was the best film I’d never seen.

8. We ought to have told her the truth.

Remember, dear English learner – it is okay to make mistakes. Your English doesn’t have to be faultless.

Mistakes are an essential part of the language-learning process – we make progress by learning from them.

However, to communicate effectively (and to pass official exams!), you do need a certain level of accuracy. I hope these short exercises, which focus on the most common errors, will help you in this regard.

More Spot the Grammar Mistakes exercises


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2. Someone told you, didn’t they?

3. Naomi isn’t Canadian and neither am I.

4. It didn’t take me long to get used to wearing contact lenses.

5. Can you tell me what the problem is?

6. “Were there any emails for me?” – “No, none at all.”

7. It was the best film I’d ever seen.

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When looking up grammar explanations I REALLY recommend doing it in your own language rather than in English. It will save you a lot of time and energy – it is a lot less effort for your brain if you read explanations that are written in your native language.

I know that traditionally English grammar is explained in English but there is no rule that you have to do it that way.

Try it and let me know. I bet you will find the process a lot smoother and quicker in the long run, especially when it comes to more complicated grammatical areas.

Here are just some of the free Grammar Exercises you will find here on Recipes for English.

Present simple or present continuous? Exercise 1

Present perfect continuous Exercise 1

Present perfect simple vs present perfect continuous Exercise 1

Question Tags, Basic  Exercise 1

Question Tags, Advanced  Exercise 1 Exercise 2

Reflexive pronouns – On my/your own vs. by myself / yourself, etc  Exercise 1

Reflexive vs Reciprocal pronouns  (myself, yourself, etc / each other) Exercise 1

Practice makes progress! 💪


Grammar Exercises

Past Simple (1)

Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple. 

  1.  Amelie ____________ (bring) some delicious biscuits to work. We ____________ (eat) them in no time at all!
  2. The school ____________ (hold) a parents’ meeting last night.  ____________ (you / go)?
  3. The meal ____________ (smell) and ____________ (taste) wonderful and it only ____________ (cost) ten Euros.
  4. Natasha always ____________ (keep) a photo of her beloved grandmother in her purse.
  5. The phone ____________ (ring) several times before Mateo ____________ (answer).
  6. Kerry ____________ (fall) and  ____________ (hurt) her leg so she ____________ (go) to see her doctor.
  7. Adam ____________ (drive) to London and then ____________ (take) a plane from Gatwick to Milan.
  8. Tim ____________ (get) an invitation to the party but he ____________ (choose) not to go.
  9. “____________ (Carol / teach) French?”  – “No, she ____________ (teach) German.”
  10. We ____________ (sit) for hours in the café, doing our homework.
  11. Charlotte ____________ (dress up) as a witch for the carnival parade while her brother ____________ (wear) a hobbit costume.
  12. I ____________ (not / feel like) going shopping. I ____________ (feel like) going to
    the cinema instead.

Full list of grammar exercises


1. brought; ate
2. held; Did you go?
3. smelled / smelt; tasted; cost
4. kept
5. rang; answered
6. fell; hurt; went
7. drove; took
8. got; chose
9. Did Carol teach; taught
10. sat
11. dressed up; wore
12. didn’t feel like; I felt like