Grammar Exercises

Grammar Exercise: HAD BETTER

B1 Level / Intermediate English


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Complete these sentences using had better and the following verbs:

not arrive    book  call not miss    pay    put on    return    not wear   

 1.  You ________ those books to the library soon or you’ll get a fine.

2.  She ________ late again or she’ll get the sack.

3.  You ________  your electricity bill today or they’ll cut you off.

4.  It’s a formal occasion so you ________ jeans.

5.  That restaurant’s very popular and it’s Saturday night. We ________ a table.

6.  You ________ the train or you’ll be late for your interview.

7.  You ________ a coat. It’s freezing outside.

8.  I think we ________ David a taxi. He has had a lot to drink and he should go home.

Future Continuous Exercise 1

Future Perfect Exercise 1


1. had better return
2. had better not arrive
3. had better pay
4. had better not wear
5. had better book
6. had better not miss
7. had better put on
8. had better call

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


Verb Patterns (3): Gerund or Infinitive?

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

  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 Damian 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.

Verb Patterns (1): Gerund or Infinitive? 

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

Verb Patterns (4): Gerund or Infinitive?

Verb Patterns (5): Verb + Object + Infinitive

  1. cooking, ordering
  2. reading
  3. to meet
  4. to take, to work
  5. going
  6. studying
  7. to work
  8. wearing
  9. becoming, to be
  10. laugh (no ‘to’)
  11. looking at
  12. Studying