Exercises

Degrees of comparison exercise

September 28, 2014

An English adjective has three forms – positive, comparative and superlative. Complete the following sentences using the appropriate form of the adjective. 1. She is …………………… than her sister. a) pretty b) prettier c) prettiest 2. Martha is a …………………….. girl. a) nice b) nicer c) nicest 3. Supriya is the ……………………… girl in the […]

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Questions tags exercise

September 26, 2014

Add appropriate tags to the following questions. 1. That boy works very hard, ………………………? 2. She did not go to school yesterday, …………………..? 3. You won’t help him, ……………………………? 4. She knows everything, …………………………? 5. He speaks English very well, ………………………..? 6. Your friend is a good mechanic, ……………………….? 7. There is someone in that […]

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Infinitives and gerunds

September 26, 2014

Certain words cannot be used with an infinitive. They require a preposition followed by a gerund (-ing form). Complete the following sentences. 1. He is addicted ……………………… a) to gambling b) to gamble c) Either could be used here 2. I am interested ……………………….. to cook. a) in learning b) to learn 3. Several top […]

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Sentence transformation: affirmative to negative

September 24, 2014

Change the following affirmative sentences into negatives. In the simple present tense, we make negative forms by putting ‘not’ after ‘do’ or ‘does’. Note that ‘do’ is used when the subject is a plural noun or pronoun. The first person pronoun ‘I’ also takes the verb ‘do’. ‘Does’ is used when the subject is a […]

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Joining two sentences using participles

September 21, 2014

We can use participles to combine two sentences. Note that this technique is used when both clauses have the same subject. Study the example given below. She ran out of the room. She was screaming. We can rewrite this sentence as: She ran out of the room screaming. Another example is given below: I lost […]

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Combine the given sentences

September 18, 2014

Combine the following sentences using the word given in the brackets. 1. He worked very hard. Yet he failed. (Despite / In spite of) 2. You are honest. I will trust you. (Since) 3. The thief saw the policeman. He ran away. (As soon as) 4. He is strong. He can carry this box. (Enough) […]

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Conditional sentences

September 14, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate conditional verb form. 1. If I were you, I ………………… tolerate this. a) will not b) would not c) wouldn’t have 2. If she asked more politely, he …………………. her. a) will help b) would help c) Either could be used here 3. If she …………………… there, she […]

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Wish

September 8, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate word or phrase. 1. I wish I ……………… speak English. a) could b) would 2. I wish you ………………… stop making that noise. a) would b) could 3. I …………………….. to the manager. a) wish to talk b) am wishing to talk c) Either could be used here […]

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General grammar exercise

September 7, 2014

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate word or phrase. 1. I would rather you ………………….. home. a) went b) go c) Either could be used here 2. I decided to write rather than ……………………. a) phone b) phoning c) Either could be used here 3. I wish you …………………. that. a) hadn’t done b) […]

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So, for and to

September 6, 2014

The words for, so and to can all be used to indicate purpose, but they are not interchangeable. That means they are used in different structures. Complete the following sentences using so, for and to. 1. Susie talked to the girl …………………. that she wouldn’t feel left out. a) so b) for c) to 2. […]

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