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Advanced Exam Traps 3B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


15 - She isn't really ......... for the job.

capable, suitable, adaptable, fitted


16 - The car pulled .... at the stop sign.

back, up, through, away


17 - The bedroom light is off, so they ......... be asleep.

can, would, must, need


18 - She .......... her flat burgled last week.

had, was, should have, would be


19 - They found it hard to ....... up to the fact that they had failed.

face, look, set, work


20 - There is a ........ of water because it hasn't rained enough this winter.

rarity, shortage, lacking, needy


21 - ...... we arrived, the fire alarm went off.

Just as, Hardly, So soon, Scarcely


22 - The writer ....... works have affected me the most is Tolstoy.

which, of which, whom, whose


23 - The police arrested them at the customs check at the …….

limit, boundary, divide, border


24 - Could you ....... me to pay the gas bill tomorrow?

remember, recommend, suggest, remind


25 - You had ......... hurry if you're going to get to the bank before it closes.

rather, to, sooner, better


26 - He realised that his wallet had been ....... after he'd left the tube.

robbed, broken into, stolen, thieved


27 - He's always on time, so he ........ got to the office by now.

will have, would have, might have, may have


28 - This is by ........ the funniest film I've seen in ages.

heart, far, then, chance






Advanced Exam Traps 3A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - ........... going for a drink after work?


Let’s, Shall we, How about, Why not


2 - I'm sorry, but I've ...... my homework at home.

forgotten, left, missed, not brought


3 - Could you ........ to the museum?

tell me the way, tell me what is the way, direct the way, indicate the way


4 - He tried to prevent the dogs .... fighting.

to, at, from, for


5 - The ....... of the test is to establish how much progress has been made.

idea, result, pass, aim


6 - ...... the lack of facilities, the centre was closed down.

Because, Since, According to, Due to


7 - I wish I ..... never told them about it.

have, had, would have, should have


8 - He ...... succeeded if he had tried harder.

should, ought to, would have, ought to have


9 - My flat was cheap because it ........ a lot doing to it before we could live there.

wanted, took, needed, had to


10 - I tried ...... several pairs of shoes before I found the ones I wanted.

for, out for, to, on


11 - Let's go and speak to her face ...... face.

to, at, for, by


12 - The snow ....... when the sun came out.

dissolved, liquidised, melted, thawed


13 - It took her a long time ........ to the station.

for getting, to get, getting, to have got


14 - I'm earning less now so I'll have to cut ......... my spending.

into, down on, up, off





Advanced Exam Traps 2B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


16 - Everybody ........ John left on time.

apart, except, without, not


17 - I'll be leaving ........

briefly, lately, awhile, shortly


18 - The shop has gone bankrupt so they’re having a closing ...... sale.

down, in, up, off


19 - There wasn't ........ to be done, so I left early.

everything, anything, nothing, something


20 - He spent ages ........ out the answer.

work, to work, working, having worked


21 - He's very ......... about his lack of progress.

worried, sick, sorrowful, tired


22 - I'd ..... it if you took them with you today.

rather, sooner, better, prefer


23 - He had an evil ..... in his eye.

gander,  glint, glimpse, glance


24 - My phone was ......... off because I forgot to pay the bill.

put, made, cut, set


25 - I've been ringing them for ages but still haven't got .......

through, over, out, in


26 - ........ he did, he still found it too difficult.

Even though, No matter what, Whatever, However


27 - If I ......... her, I would have told her about the party.

saw, would have seen, did see, had seen


28 - The shop has a wide ...... of goods.

style, choice, store, range


29 - When you go to the kitchen, can you ..... me a beer?

bring, fetch, take, carry





Advanced Exam Traps 2A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - The ....... procedure is to apply in person.

normal, ordinary, plain, regular


2 - We ...... bothered arriving so early as there were no queues.

should have, would have, needn’t have, mustn’t have


3 - You can do it this time, but please don't ......... a habit of it.

do, make, have, form


4 - The ....... press reports suggest that the premier will call an election.

newest, coming, current, latest


5 - Let's play a ......... of golf sometime.

round, set, match, hole


6 – When you go to France, could you ........ me back some cheese?

take, get, bring, fetch


7 - Having pets is ...... to be good for your health.

made, said, intended, stated


8 - The golf ....... was flooded last night.

land, court, ground, course


9 - They gave her every ........ to apologise.

opportunity, possibility, way, means


10 - Although they are brothers, they have nothing in ..........

particular, general, common, each other


11 - I'm sorry; I must have taken your umbrella by ..........

chance, purpose, error, mistake


12 - Her main ....... to the plan is the high cost.

obstacle, objection, objective, avoidance


13 - Would you mind .......... the window?

open, to open, opening, be open


14 - ........ the appalling weather, they got to work on time.

In spite of, Even though, Whereas, Nevertheless


15 - It took them a long time to get ....... the shock.

on, by, over, to





Advanced Exam Traps 1B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


16 - According ...... the opinion polls, the opposition are losing.

for, with, by, to


17 - The company made a huge ........ last year.

profit, reward, bonus, money


18 - He ........... on the course because he was sick for three weeks.

left behind, fell behind, got through, got over


19 - I bought the car because it has a very low fuel .......

consumption, consummation, consummate, consuming


20 - It's time we ......

left, were to leave, leave, are leaving


21 - Get ...... the bus at the stop before the station.

through, over, on, in


22 - The factory chimneys give ......... too much smoke.

away, off, over, in to


23 - I'd be very grateful if you ........ me your reply.

could send, sent, had sent, send


24 - He won't get the job ....... he passes the exam.

if, when, whether, unless


25 - I've always wished I .......... play a musical instrument.

would, should, could, might


26 - I will not stand ....... any more of his rudeness.

up to, by, for, out


27 - Please tell ........ call me.

her to, her for, her, to her


28 - Call me the second you ........ anything.

hear, will have heard, will be hearing, will hear


29 - ........ it is supposed to be easy, they still found it very hard.

Despite, Nevertheless, Although, In spite of





Advanced Exam Traps 1A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - There was no ........ in waiting until six o'clock, so we left.

worth, point, value, time


2 - The fog has played havoc ....... the flight schedule.

of, with, for, to


3 - .......... all I know, he's still living there.

For, Much, That, If


4 - I look forward ........ from you.

to hear, to hearing, for hearing, hear


5 - I told you ....... it.

not touching, not to touching, not touch, not to touch


6 - ….. the time they get here, it will have finished.

In, On, By, Till


7 - The wound took a long time to ......

cure, heal, seal, remedy


8 - I took the stairs because the lift was out of .......

trim, condition, order, shape


9 - You ...... better take the books to the library today.

should, had, would, ought to


10 - His phone was ........ off because he hadn't paid his bill.

cut, turned, taken, set


11 - He burst ..... tears after failing the exam.

in, to, into, out of


12 - The plane left on time ............ the fog.

nevertheless, in spite, however, despite


13 - It seemed a good .... at the time, but it proved to be a disaster.

idea, thought, belief, reckoning


14 - ......... having a cold, he managed to get the work finished.

In spite of, Despite, Even though, Although


15 - I look forward ........... from you.

to hear, to having heard, to hearing, having heard

 

 


 

 

EXAM TRICKS 2B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


16 - Hunger has decreased in some areas, ........... in others it has increased.

unlike, despite, whereas, as opposed


17 - I didn't set ........ to cause any trouble; it just happened.

up, out, off, about


18 - The more expensive one seems to be a better choice ....... it will last a lot longer.

in view of, in that, by dint of, due to


19 - The workers went ....... strike for better working conditions.

to, in, on, for


20 - The company was ........ up after a disastrous year.

wound, folded, put, taken


21 - The company has to make thirty workers ....... to save money.

sacked, fired, redundant, unemployed


22 - We arrived in ..... time for the flight.

long, just, plenty, high


23 - It took him two weeks to get ........ the infection.

through, past, by, over


24 - ............ for the police, there would have been a lot more trouble.

If it were, Had it not been, Unless it had been, If it had been


25 - The management and union went to ............. to resolve the problems.

negotiation, discussion, agreement, arbitration


26 - Mrs Wright ........ the meeting.

chaired, captained, managed, directed


27 - I was ....... the impression that he was coming.

over, under, into, for


28 - Her work was praised for its ......... attention to detail.

subtle, concentrated, meticulous, significant


29 - The information was ....... to the press by a whistleblower.

filtered, said, passed, leaked


30 - I couldn't get a replacement because the shop didn't have any in ...........

stock, supply, store, shop

 

 


 

EXAM TRICKS 2A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - Everyone was ........ by her speech and listened intently.

captured, caught, captivated, taken up


2 - You are under no obligation ........... to sign the contract.

if ever, moreover, indeed, whatsoever


3 - The ............ of the contract state that employees must give two months' notice.

terms, regulations, laws, small print


4 - Could you ....... a few potatoes for me?

carve, peel, mince, shave


5 - ......... had the plane touched down than customs officials boarded it.

Hardly, Only when, Usually, No sooner


6 - The new motorway has three .......... in each direction.

roads, lanes, ways, lines


7 - I suggest .......... the small print before you sign that contract.

you read, you to read, do you read, for reading


8 - The TV show has been an instant success: it is doing well in the .......

ratings, polls, circulation, opinions


9 - Shoplifters will be ........

persecuted, prosecuted, prohibited, prevented


10 - If only people ...... be more considerate!

might, may, would, should


11 - He's happy because he ......... the exam.

passed, failed, succeeded, took


12 - She was ...... responsible for the accident.

made, taken, decided, held


13 - Early retirement gave him more time to .......... his own interests.

look for, chase, pursue, take after


14 - We are all well ....... of your qualifications; there's no need to tell us again.

understood, knowledgeable, aware, acquainted


15 - Several people were hurt when the train came to a sudden ........

delay, halt, stand, brake

 

 


 

 

EXAM TRICKS 1B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


15 - He ........ shout even though I asked him to keep the noise down.

would, will, insisted on, won’t


16 - I never buy expensive gloves because I’m always .......... them.

losing, used to losing, lost, loosing


17 - The results of the research were ...... convincing that we felt obliged to publish them.

so, such, really, very


18 - The scones were ..... hot that we had to wait for them to cool down.

such, so, as, really


19 - Under no circumstances ......... press that button.

you will, you should, must you, you must


20 - Hardly .................. her speech than the sound failed.

had she begun, did she begin, was she beginning, she began


21 - The police tend to do things ..... the book.

by, at, on, for


22 - He looked as though he............... some bad news.

gave, was given, has given, had been given


23 - I tried to learn from it by putting it ....... to experience.

up, away, down, over


24 - The project has been held ...... by her illness.

down, off, back, in


25 - When she found the purse, there was ........ any money in it.

no, some, never, hardly


26 - By the time we get there, it ........... finished.

will have, ought to, has, might


27 - You are always leaving the milk out of the fridge. I wish you ..........!

don’t, won’t, hadn’t, wouldn’t


28 - Despite the investigation, the ....... of the accident remains a mystery.

reason, start, result, cause

 

 


 

EXAM TRICKS 1A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - .......... the good reviews, the film was a box office failure.

Instead of, Apart from, In spite of, In the event of


2 - You should ....... two hours for the journey.

permit, allow, give, let


3 - He looked ........ his record collection to see if he could find the album.

at, up, through, into


4 - In the 1970s, she.................flared trousers like everybody else.

would have had, was used to have, used to having, used to had


5 - I finished two novels......... the holiday.

over, through, since, while


6 - He’s always complaining........ his flatmates.

about, of, over, at


7 - They are always shouting ..... their children.

to, about, down, at


8 - She was ........... with murder.

charged, accused, arrested, sentenced


9 - When I was 40, I wanted to do something new, so I took.... painting.

on, up, after, over


10 - The dog will not bite you.......... you leave it alone.

provided, unless, when, if ever


11 - I wouldn't recommend .......... that car; it's got a lot of faults.

you to buy, you buy, buying, that you would buy


12 - She resembles her mother very closely; she is very ...... her mother.

like, as, resembling, taking after


13 - We...........for a few hours when the lightning struck.

were walking, had been walking, have walked, walked


14 - This stew would taste better if you added a ........ of butter.

slice, piece, knob, rasher

 

 


 

EXAMINATION TRAPS 3B (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


14 - I'm earning less now, so I'll have to cut ......... my spending

into, down on, up to, off


15 - She isn't really ......... for the job.

capable, suitable, adapted, fitted


16 - The car pulled ...... at the stop sign.

back, up, through, away


17 - The bedroom light is off, so they ......... be asleep.

can, would, must, need


18 - She ........ her flat burgled last week.

had, let, saw, made


19 - They never ....... up to the fact that they had failed.

faced, looked, set, worked


20 - There is a ........ of water because it hasn't rained enough.

rare, shortage, lacking, need


21 - ...…. we arrived, the fire alarm went off.

Just as, Hardly, So soon, Scarcely


22 - The writer .......works have affected me most is Tolstoy.

which, of which, that, whose


23 - The police arrested them at the customs check at the ….

limit, boundary, divide, border


24 - Could you ....... me to pay the gas bill tomorrow?

remember, recommend, suggest, remind


25 - You had ......... hurry if you're going to get to the bank before it closes.

rather, to, sooner, better


26 - He suddenly realised that his wallet had been ........

robbed, broken into, stolen, thieved


27 - He's always on time, so he ........ have got to the office by now.

will, would, might, may


28 - This is by ........ the funniest film I've seen in ages.

heart, far, much, chance

 

 


 

EXAMINATION TRAPS 3A (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - .........going for a drink after work?

Let's, Shall we, How about, Why not


2 - I'm sorry, but I've......my homework at home.

forgotten, left, missed, not brought


3 - Could you.......the way to the museum?

tell me, guide me, direct, indicate


4 - He tried to prevent the dogs.…..fighting.

in, at, from, for


5 - The ....... of the test is to establish how much progress has been made.

idea, result, passing, aim


6 - ...... the lack of facilities, the centre was closed down.

Because, Since, According to, Due to


7 - I wish I......never told them about it.

have, had, would have, should have


8 - He .…...have succeeded if he had tried harder.

should, ought to, would, has to


9 - My flat was cheap because it ........ a lot doing to it before we could live there.

wanted, took, needed, had to


10 - I tried ...….several pairs of shoes before I found ones I wanted.

for, out, to, on


11 - Let's go and speak to her face ...….face.

to, at, for, by


12 - The snow ....... when the sun came out.

dissolved, liquidated, melted, thawed


13 - It took her a long time ........ to the station.

for getting, to get, getting, to have got


 

 


 

EXAMINATION TRAPS 2b (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


21 - The new magazine is aimed .......... the over-30 age group.

at, by, to, for


22 - Excuse me, can you ..... me whether this train goes to London?

speak, say, explain, tell


23 - He had to stand ......... his colleague and speak at the meeting when she was ill.

by, with, up to, in for


24 - He ........ to be an expert.

said, reckoned, claimed, admitted


25 - The strollers sought .......... from the torrential rain.

refuge, solace, escape, defense


26 - He went into hospital for several ........

checks, exams, tests, trials


27 - Some astonishing facts ....... to light when she published her autobiography.

turned, brought, came, set


28 - His career as a footballer was ruined by the .......... of an injury.

renewal, resumption, restart, recurrence


29 - Her argument was ......... up by a lot of well-researched facts.

filled, backed, supported, drummed


30 - In ........ to the fine, he had to pay legal costs.

addition, further, excess, surplus


31 - He ........ to the crime.

admitted, pleaded, confessed, apologised


32 - There had been a lot of changes ......... to the town since she had lived there.

made, done, brought, seen


33 - With all the ..... in the world, I can't do anything about it.

reason, intention, wish, will


34 - Reading ........ the lines, you can see that he was a disturbed individual.

in, between, behind, through


35 - It's standard ........ to charge a booking fee for theatre tickets.

custom, habit, rule, practice


36 - Certain dog breeds are ...... to breathing problems as they get old.

prone, likely, disposed, bound


37 - You ...... know better than to believe him.

ought, would, should, may


38 - It was ......... of a shock when he passed.

quite, rather, something, somewhat


39 - After he had been found guilty, the judge passed ......

verdict, sentence, prison, punishment


40 - The Government was .......... down by a vote of no confidence.

sent, put, brought, closed


41 - She's ready ....... you.

seeing, for seeing, and see, to see


42 - The traffic gets even worse during the tourist ........

term, period, season, peak


43 - ........ does she write well, but her books sell well, too.

If only, Not only, Furthermore, Sometimes

 

 


 

FAMILY PLURALS AND POSSESSIVES (copyright Grammarbook.com)

Choose the correct proper noun in each sentence below. The original family name is in parentheses.

1. I’m going to marry Ms. Straus’/Strauses’/Straus’s daughter. (Straus)

2. The Ortiz’/Ortizes’/Ortiz’s dog bit the mailman. (Ortiz)

3. My son can’t seem to get enough of Sandra Finches/Finches’/Finch’s fried chicken. (Finch)

4. The Ames/Ames'/Ameses are coming home from vacation tomorrow. (Ames)

5. The Birchs/Birches/Birchs' have arrived but the Bohmbachs/Bohmbaches/ Bohmachs' are running late. (Birch, Bohmbach)




 

EXAMINATION TRAPS 2a (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

 

1 - They hoped to ......... me to see their point of view.

persuade, insist, explain, suggest


2 - I find it hard to get .... on my salary.

over, by, through, into


3 - I refuse to put my position in ........ for something so petty.

stake, jeopardy, hazard, risk


4 - I hate having to ........ the turkey on Christmas day.

slice, cut, carve, chop


5 - He insisted ....... leaving early.

of, for, to, on


6 - Traffic was brought to a complete ....... by the accident.

stoppage, standstill, block, barricade


7 - Train ...... have increased again.

fares, fees, costs, prices


8 - I can't stand the .......... of blood.

view, show, look, sight


9 - These jeans will ....... when you wash them the first time.

diminish, lessen, shrink, reduce


10 - It's about time we ....... going.

have got, get, getting, to get


11 - It's high time you ........ that work.

finished, would finish, had to finish, should have finished


12 - Those windows need ..........

clean, cleaning, be cleaned, being cleaned


13 - You should always read the ............ print before signing a contract.

little, tiny, minuscule, small


14 - They came ....... a fortune when their father died.

into, upon, up to, for


15 - I prefer freshly ........ coffee.

grated, shredded, powdered, ground


16 - I don't ....... to know everything about it.

pretend, admit, suggest, state


17 - I chose this bank because it has the best interest ......

percentage, rate, level, range


18 - I don't know what is wrong with the car; it just ........ start.

shan’t, mightn't, won't, shouldn't


19 - I picked ...... a bit of German while I was staying there.

up, off, out, at


20 - It was the first time she ........... to the opera.

went, had been, would go, would have gone

 

 


 

 

EXAMINATION TRAPS 1 (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - Whenever he felt cross, he ......... bite his nails.

will, may, had, would


2 - Phoning at ........ rate costs more than in the evening.

Full, high, top, peak


3 - It is the first time I ............. squid.

eat, have eaten, ate, had eaten


4 - The opposition hope to get elected ......... the poor results of the opinion poll.

despite, nevertheless, apart, in spite


5 - There's been a lot of concern about the environmental ......... of the new oil refinery.

affect, pollution, impact, emission


6 - I'm getting the manufacturers ....... it with a new one.

replace, replacing, be replaced, to replace


7 - The new laws will become ....... as of Friday.

in effect, efficient, affective, effective


8 - Weren't you .... to have completed the work by now?

supposed, reckoned, told, managed


9 - As ...... as I am concerned, that was all finished ages ago.

well, far, good, much


10 - I only caught a ........ of her.

glance, gander, glimpse, glimmer


11 - They were .......... to justice years ago.

made, done, taken, brought


12 - I read a newspaper every day to stay in touch with ......... affairs.

current, news, actual, modern


13 - There isn't any milk, so we'll have to make ...... with powder.

up, do, over, use


14 - He can't be so keen, ...... that he's never on time.

judging, seeing, viewing, noting


15 - He found ....... his horror that his car had been stolen.

with, from, to, by

 

 



 


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