Grammar Exercises

The Passive (2)

Change these sentences from the active to the passive. (Answers at the bottom of the page)

eg. They told him to wait. ➜ He was told to wait.

  1. He hasn’t used his credit card.
  2. The fire destroyed several buildings.
  3. They are checking the passengers’ passports.
  4. They have informed everybody.
  5. Somebody stole Jack’s laptop yesterday.
  6. They have arrested five people in the connection with the incident.
  7. They are taking down the party decorations.
  8. They should give him a medal.
  9. They are holding the meeting on Friday.
  10. They will call off the match if it keeps raining.















    Answers

    1. His credit card hasn’t been used.
    2. Several buildings were destroyed (by the fire).
    3. The passengers’ passports are being checked.
    4. Everybody has been informed.
    5. Jack’s laptop was stolen yesterday.
    6. Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
    7. The party decorations are being taken down.
    8. He should be given a medal.
    9. The meeting is being held on Friday.
    10. The match will be called off if it keeps raining.

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.












    Answers

    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

Spot the Mistakes (14)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes.

  1. I phoned my aunt as it was her birthday.
  2. You had better go – it gets late.
  3. Diane gets on very well with her sister.
  4. The teacher always gives us lots of homeworks.
  5. My sister she lives in Germany.
  6. Charlie met his wife during he was working in Argentina.
  7. You shouldn’t  lie down straight after to eat.
















    Answers

    1. ✅
    2. You had better go – it’s getting late.
    3. ✅
    4. The teacher always gives us lots of homework.
    5. My sister lives in Germany.
    6. Charlie met his wife while/when he was working in Argentina.
    7. You shouldn’t  lie down straight after eating.

Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (10)

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Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes.

  1. Shall we go for a walk later?
  2. The exam was so difficult that anybody passed.
  3. I must to go to the doctor yesterday.
  4. I suggest to go early.
  5. We arrived at the airport at nine.
  6. He was so much tired he fell asleep straightaway.
  7. I used to eat too many sweets.

















    Answers

    1. ✅
    2. The exam was so difficult that nobody passed.
    3. I had to go to the doctor yesterday.
    4. I suggest going early. (or: I suggest you/we go early, etc)
    5. ✅
    6. He was so tired he fell asleep straightaway.
    7. ✅

Vocabulary Quiz

Phrasal Verbs (2)

test-your-phrasal-verbs

Fill the gaps with the phrasal verbs (in the correct form). There are two extra verbs.

catch on   chop up    fire away    fire back   go off   pour down   put out   shop around   stay up   turn up

  1. When we went into the cinema it was bright and sunny but by the time we left it was absolutely _____   _____.
  2. The match is on TV but it doesn’t finish until after midnight. Ask Mum if she’ll let us _____   _____ to see it.
  3. “Can I help you get dinner ready?
    – “Yes, can you _____   _____ that parsley first?”
  4. I usually like fish but I _____   _____ it when I was pregnant.
  5. Are you sure you don’t mind driving me home? I don’t want to _____   you _____ .
  6. The family were delighted when their dog  _____   _____ safe and sound. They thought they would never see him again.
  7. Nicole was able to find the computer at a much lower price after _____   _____.
  8. “Can I ask you a few questions about your work?”
    – “Sure, _____   _____.”
















    Answers
    1. pouring down  2. stay up  3. chop up  4. went off  5. put … out  6. turned up  7. shopping around  8. fire away

Grammar Exercises

The Passive


Change these sentences from the active to the passive. (Answers at the bottom of the page)

eg. They told him to wait. ➜ He was told to wait.

1.  We should discuss the matter straightaway.

2.  They are playing the match on Centre Court right now.

3.  The bad weather didn’t affect us very much.

4.  They asked Michael a lot of questions.

5.  They haven’t signed the contract yet.

6.  They give children too many exams and too much homework.

7.  You can’t sell the house until next year.

8.  They are renovating the hotel at the moment.

9. They have told everyone to stay at home.

10. They will play all matches behind closed doors.











Answers:

1.  The matter should be discussed straightaway.

2.  The match is being played on Centre Court right now.

3.  We weren’t affected very much (by the bad weather).

4.  Michael was asked a lot of questions.

5.  The contract hasn’t been signed yet.

6.  Children are given too many exams and too much homework.

7.  The house can’t be sold until next year.

8.  The hotel is being renovated at the moment.

9. Everyone has been told to stay at home.

10. All matches will be played behind closed doors.

Grammar Exercises

Spot the mistakes (5)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes.

1.  I’ll tell him when I will see him.

2.  Do your sister speak French too?

3.  Max works in the same company than me.

4.  Our mother made us tidy our bedrooms.

5.  I may to go to the party.

6. Can you help me? I’m not enough tall to reach the top shelf.

7. Careful! You keep making the same mistake.
















Answers

  1. I’ll tell him when I see him
  2. Does your sister speak French too?
  3. Max works in the same company as me.
  4. I may go to the party.
  5. Can you help me? I’m not tall enough to reach the top shelf.