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HAD BETTER OR…? (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - You ____do it again.

hadn't better, had better not, had better not to


2 - You ____ be better off staying at home and saving your money.

had, would


3 - You'd better try harder, ____ you?

had, hadn't, would, wouldn't


4 - He'd better _____anything about it at the meeting yesterday.

not say, not said, not have said, not to have said


5 - I _____ better their situation if I could.

had, would, would have


6 - It ____ better for them if they could leave a bit earlier.

had, would, would be


7 - It's getting late—you ____ better to take a taxi.

had, would, would be


8 - You'd better ____ by the time I get back.

to have finished, have finished, to finish




 

LIKE, AS or AS IF (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - He works ..... a clerk.

2 - She works ....... crazy.

3 - It looks ....... rain.

4 - He's retiring next month ..... you know.

5 - He looks ..... his brother.

6 - I feel ..... taking a break from work.

7 - ..... a child, I used to play the violin.

8 - Stop behaving ..... a child.

9 - He speaks ...... a politician, but he's a hairdresser.

10 - She runs ...... the wind.

11 - He drinks ..... a fish.

12 - ..... a parent with school children, I'm very concerned about the curriculum.

13 - He left the building ...... a bat out of hell.

14 - Everybody's behaving ........ we've already failed.

15 - He looks ...... his mother.

16 - ........ I didn't have enough to do, you want me to do your work, too.

17 - I did it ....... you told me, but it still won't work.

18 - He drives ...... a maniac.

19 - She smokes …... a chimney.

20 – I don’t like sushi ….. you do.

 

 


 

CAUSATIVE VERBS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

Which is the correct interpretation?


1 - I had my hair cut last week.

The speaker did not cut his own hair.

The speaker cut his own hair.


2 - They had their car stolen a fortnight ago.

The causative is used to show an experience.

The causative is used to show an arrangement.


3 - He had the decorators repaint the bedroom ceiling.

He worked with the decorators.

He told the decorators what to do.


4 - I'll get Claire to talk to him.

This means 'I'll have Claire talk to him.'

This means that something unfortunate will happen to Claire.


5 - I'd get somebody in to do it if I could afford it.

The speaker will do it herself.

It is not clear if she will do it herself or if it won't be done.


6 - I must get my computer fixed.

The speaker has made the decision.

Somebody has given the speaker instructions.


7 - I have to have my hair cut

The speaker has made the decision.

Somebody has given the speaker instructions.


8 - She had her dog vaccinated.

She gave the dog the injection.

The vet gave the dog the injection.


9 - He had a phone put in the day he moved in.

This is a formal way of using the past perfect.

An installer put the phone in on his instructions.


10 - Can you get it fixed for me, please?

This is asking the other person to fix it.

This is asking the other person to arrange for its repair.


11 - He had his car stolen.

He arranged for some car thieves to steal it.

He suffered something unfortunate.


12 - He had his flat burgled a few days ago.

He was responsible for the action.

He suffered something unfortunate.


13 - I'm going to get my car serviced this afternoon.

He will be responsible for the action, but will not do it himself.

He will suffer something unfortunate.

 

 


 

A FEW MORE CONNECTIVES (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - I was very happy ____ all my old friends living there.

that, with, which


2 - I didn't feel lonely ____ I had a lot of friends who could help me.

that, since, with


3 - They were very friendly ____ I felt at home.

and, but, because


4 - ____ I felt unhappy, but I came to like it.

At first, First, Firstly


5 - ____ I needed it, there was always someone willing to help.

Whether, If, Since

 


6 - ____ that, I always felt I would succeed.

Beside, Besides, Aside from


7 - Living there has many advantages, ____ there are problems.

however, though, since


8 - It was great ____ it made me feel at home.

because of, since, although


9 - They spent ages trying to prove themselves ____ getting accepted.

as, before, since


10 - ____ she saw it, she assumed it was an explosion.

While, When, However

 

 


 

 

CONNECTIVES AND CONTRASTIVES (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - He took his gloves as it was very cold outside.


'As' means ‘at the time’.

'As' means 'because'.


2 - Since she was the best worker, she was promoted quickly.


'Since' means ‘after’.

'Since' means ‘because’.


3 - He worked very hard for the test. However, he still failed it.


The speaker is surprised that the person failed.

The speaker is not surprised that the person failed.


4 - He wouldn't drive slower despite the thick fog.


The speaker thinks the other person's driving was well-considered.

The speaker thinks the other person's driving was ill-considered.


5 - She insisted on going for a walk in spite of the weather.


Her decision seems illogical.

Her decision seems logical.


6 - Since he could speak several languages, he found a job without difficulty.


'Since' means 'because'.

'Since' means 'after'.


7 - Although it was freezing, he went out in a T-shirt.


The speaker thinks this is logical behaviour.

The speaker thinks that this is not logical behaviour.


8 - In spite of the problems, we managed to finish on time.


The speaker did not expect to finish on time.

The speaker expected to finish on time.


9 - Despite the police, the demonstration went ahead.


The police tried to stop the demonstration.

The police did not try to stop the demonstration.


10 - Even though he had not done any work, he still got the best mark.


The speaker thinks that this is logical.

The speaker thinks that this is illogical.


11 - It was easy as we had all the instructions.


'As' means 'when'.

'As' means 'because'.

 

 


 

CONTRASTS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - She was happy with her marks after the test, ___ she had hoped for a higher grade.

despite, although, however



2 - My son is going to get married ___ I may think.

although, whatever, however, nevertheless



3 - She does a lot of exercise, _____ she hasn't lost any weight.

despite, nevertheless, but, however



4 - _____ they are very rich, they are really mean.

But, Yet, Though, However



5 - Cars are very convenient. ____, parking is a major problem.

Although, Despite, However



6 - ____ the fact that it was cold, she went out in a t-shirt.

Despite, In spite, Although, Even though



7 - It was hard, ____ I managed to do it.

However, but, nevertheless

 

 


 

FORMALITY (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


Which is more formal?


1 - If I ____ you...

was, were


2 - I would be grateful if you ____ send me the cheque without delay.

Would, could


3 - I am available for interview ____.

at any time, at your convenience


4 - I look forward to an answer___.

Soon, as soon as possible, at your earliest convenience, ASAP


5 - ____. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks, Thank you, Thanking you in advance


6 - Dear _____,

Dear Mr John, Dear Mr John Jacobs, Dear Mr Jacobs


7 - It is ____ good.

Very, really


8 - ____ we forget.

Lest, In case

 

 


 

TIME IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


TRUE or FALSE?


1 - If you do something in ‘the nick of time’, you do it earlier than expected.


2 - 'Now and then' means 'frequently'.


3 - 'Zero hour' means that it is not important when something happens.


4 - If someone says that he was not ‘born yesterday’, he means that he is very old.


5 - If you ‘rue the day’ that you did something, you are proud to have done it.


6 - If something is ‘just a question of time’, it is certain to happen.


7 - If something happens ‘at the eleventh hour’, it happens late.


8 - If you ‘call it a day’, you are old-fashioned.


9 - If something is done ‘around the clock’, there is very little time to do it.


10 - If something happens ‘like clockwork’, it requires individual control.

 

 


 

 

INVERSION (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - No sooner ____ than I realised what was going on.

had I arrived; I had arrived


2 - Not until ...

had I got home, I remembered.

had I got home, did I remember

I had got home, I remembered.

I had got home, did I remember.


3 - Just as _____ leaving, the phone rang.

I was; was I


4 - Only by calling them every hour of the day _____ to get what I wanted.

did I manage; I managed


5 - Since ____ known her, we've never argued.

I have; have I


6 - Seldom _____ seen such a mess.

I have; have I


7 - Only when ...

I phoned did I hear what had happened.

did I phone I heard what had happened.

I phoned I heard what had happened.

did I phone did I hear what had happened


8 - So ____ said, so little done.

was much; much was


9 - So good ____ that he got the highest grade possible.

his marks were; were his marks


10 - Never ____ heard such an appalling speech.

I have; have I

 

 


 

 

Prepositions Quiz (copyright Jane Straus/GrammarBook.com)


Choose the correct sentence:

 

1. A) Where did you find the lost puppy at?

B) Where did you find the lost puppy?


2. A) Juanita is different from Scottie.

B) Juanita is different than Scottie.


3. A) We should have known not to leave our car doors unlocked.

B) We should of known not to leave our car doors unlocked.


4. A) How can I get this stain off of my jeans?

B) How can I get this stain off my jeans?


5. A) Just as LaMar, check your work carefully.

B) Just like LaMar, check your work carefully.


6. A) Cut the cake into small pieces.

B) Cut the cake up into small pieces.


7. A) Which address is Enrico at?

B) At which address is Enrico?

C) Both sentences are correct.


8. A) I dived in the pool.

B) I dived into the pool.

C) Both sentences are correct.


9. A) I fell off of the porch when I was sweeping it.

B) I fell off the porch when I was sweeping it.


10. A) I saw my reflection in the mirror.

B) I saw my reflection into the mirror.




 

QUITE OR RATHER? (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - It was ____ good.

quite, rather, Either


2 - It's ___ the best restaurant I've eaten in.

quite, rather, Either


3 - It was ____ better than I had expected.

quite, rather, Either


4 - I ___ liked it.

quite, rather, Either


5 - It was not ____ good enough.

quite, rather, Either


6 - I'd ____ not do it, unless you really want to.

quite, rather, Either




 

TIME (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

Which meaning is correct?


1 - It's time we left.

They haven't left.

They've left.


2 - You chose a fine time to tell me.

This is a good time to tell him.

This isn't a good time to tell him.


3 - Isn't it about time you two were married?

They aren't married.

They are married.


4 - It's high time you did homework.

The person did her homework.

The person hasn't done her homework.


5 - She tried time and time again.

She tried many times.

She tried twice.


6 - It's time Sam grows up.

Sam's grown up.

Sam's immature.


7 - She arrived on time.

She had no difficulty on her way.

She had difficulty on her way.


8 - She arrived in time.

She had no difficulty on her way.

She had difficulty on her way.


9 - It's time we left.

They have left.

They are about to leave.


10 - Isn't it time for a break?

The break is scheduled.

The break is probably not scheduled.


11 - I'll do it sometime soon.

The speaker doesn't know when she'll do it.

The speaker knows when she'll do it




MORE INFINITIVES, PARTICIPLES & GERUNDS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - It gladdened me to see her......so well.

look, looking


2 - Did you remember.......your homework with you today?

Bringing, to bring


3 - He had no difficulty.......a place on the course.

getting, to get


4 - I regret......her about it now.

to tell, telling


5 - It was Paul; I saw him........it.

do, doing


6 - Sorry........you, but I need some help.

disturbing, to disturb


7 - I just can't get used.....in the city.

to living, to live


8 - I want you.......it soon.

finishing, to finish


9 - I'm sorry........inform you that your application was unsuccessful.

having to, to have to


10 - Please don't forget.......her the message.

giving, to give


11 - She tried........the mountain, but the weather forced her to give up.

to climb, climbing


12 - ........too much coffee is bad for you.

Drinking, To drink


13 - It's no use....... about the exam now.

to worry, worrying


14 - You've left it a bit late.........your work in.

handing, to hand


15 - I mustn't forget......her soon.

phoning, to phone


16 - It's no good......to convince her; she'll never listen.

to try, trying


17 - What would you like.......this evening?

Doing, to do


18 - I didn't have enough time.......the exam.

to finish, finishing


19 - I’d like........them again.

to see, seeing


20 - I spent two hours.......for him.

waiting, to wait


21 - It took her a while to get used........on the left.

to drive, to driving


22 - I am looking forward........her next week.

to meeting, to meet


23 - Does it need.......straightaway?

doing, to do


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

to close, closing


25 - I don't like.........early.

getting up, to get up


26 - I hate........interrupted!

being, to be


27 - I prefer........here to my old job.

to work, working


28 - If the program still doesn't work, try........the software.

to reload, reloading


29 - I can't stand.......them look so unhappy.

to see, seeing


30 - You had better.......it before you leave.

finish, to finish


31 - ........that film was a complete waste of time.

To watch, Watching


32 - I'm not used to......so hard.

work, working


33 - The rules are.......everybody work together.

to help, helping

 




 

WORD ORDER (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

Which is correct or more natural?


1

Rarely I have done it.

I have rarely done it


2

I yesterday saw them.

I saw them yesterday.


3

I don't know where they are.

I don't know where are they.


4

He has always done his best.

He has done always his best.


5

I never have said that.

Never have I said that.


6

We heard the same thing all night.

We heard all night the same thing.


7

I have done seldom it.

I have done it seldom.


8

I have managed to finish it in just time.

I have managed to finish it just in time.


9

It was only the thing that I did.

It was the only thing that I did.


10

I have yet to finish.

I have to yet finish.




 

GERUNDS, PARTICIPLES AND INFINITIVES (copyright UsingEnglish.com)



1 - I regret having invited them in the first place.


The speaker was not regretful when she invited them, but is now.

The speaker had to invite them and regretted it at the time.



2 - I like skiing.


The speaker is interested in trying the sport.

The speaker has already been skiing.



3 - Just imagine being stuck in a tiny office with Tom all day.


The speaker probably likes Tom.

The speaker probably doesn't like Tom.



4 - I'd love to meet her.


The speaker enjoyed meeting her.

The speaker hasn't met her.



5 - I'm sorry for letting you down, Steve.


The speaker won't be able to keep an appointment.

The speaker wasn't able to keep an appointment.



6 - I'm interested in finding out more about it.


The speaker has already started looking for information.

The speaker is probably going to start looking for information.



7 - I tried writing to my local MP, but it was a waste of time.


The speaker didn't finish the letter.

The speaker sent the letter.



8 - I was interested to hear the news about Chris.


The speaker heard the news.

The speaker wanted to hear the news but didn't.



9 - I regret to say that the wedding has been called off.


The speaker is breaking some bad news.

The bad news was already known to the listener.



10 - A lot of people have stopped buying petrol at that garage.


The garage has lots of customers at the moment.

The garage doesn't have many customers any more.



11 - I'm thinking of having a fortnight off.


I've not made my mind up yet.

I've already made up my mind.



12 - She's stopped to have a cigarette.


She doesn't smoke any longer.

She smokes.



13 - I saw her take it.


It probably took her a long time.

It probably didn't take her very long.



14 - I heard them talking about it.


The speaker probably didn't hear everything.

The speaker probably heard everything.



15 - She tried to contact him on his mobile.


She didn't manage to speak to him.

She managed to speak to him.



16 - I remember telling her.


The speaker told her.

The speaker is going to tell her.



17 - I tried speaking to her face-to-face to see if that would work.


The speaker spoke to her.

The speaker was unable to speak to her.



18 - I forgot to send it.


The speaker cannot remember whether they sent it or not.

The speaker knows they didn't send it.




 

DATES AND TIMES—CORRECT OR INCORRECT?



1. The last outbreak of smallpox occurred in the late seventy’s.


2. Can you get here by 12:00 midnight?


3. Please deliver the package by August 1st.


4. Her flight leaves at 5:00 a.m. in the morning.


5. The market is open from 9 am to 9 p.m.


6. Traffic will be detoured on Saturday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

 


 

FIRST CONDITIONAL OR SECOND CONDITIONAL?


Please use the verb in parentheses to make the appropriate verb form in the blank.


1—John doesn't do much sport. If he ________ (do) more sport, he _____ (be) much thinner.


2—Look at those clouds. If it ______ (rain), we ______ (get) wet.


3—The bus is late. If it ________ (not arrive) soon, we___________ (get) a taxi.


4—My sister is very clever. If I ________ (work) harder, I _____ (be) as clever as my sister.


5—I'm really tired. If I ______ (not be) tired, I ____ (come) over.


6—Susan usually does the cooking at home. If she ____________ (cook) tonight, we __________ (have) borsht.


7—It's only a short journey. If we ________ (get) there before lunchtime, we____________ (have)

time to go shopping.


8—Do you want my advice? If I ___________ (be) you, I __________ (find) a new girlfriend.

 



REMEMBERING (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - Did you remember ____ it off before you left?

turning, to turn


2 - I remember ____ smoke coming out of the engine.

seeing, to see


3 - If you remember doing something, the memory comes after the action.

True or False?


4 - If you remember to do something, the memory comes before the action.

True or False?


5 - They think I forgot all about it, but I clearly remember ____ it.

doing, to do


6 - The witnesses remember ____ two men steal it.

seeing, to see


7 - There's no difference in meaning between the infinitive and the gerund after 'remember'.

True or False?


8 - None of this would have happened if only I'd remembered ____ them beforehand.

warning, to warn


9 - Do you remember her ____ there?

being, to be


10 - In formal English, we don't use the infinitive after 'remember'.

True or False?

 

 



 


BABIES & CHILDREN IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - A ‘blue-eyed boy’ is someone's favourite person.

True or False


2 - If something is ‘child's play’, it is dangerous.

True or False


3 - A ‘tar baby’ is a difficult problem that gets solved when many people fix it.

True or False


4 - If a woman is ‘with child’, she has given birth.

True or False


5 - If you're ‘like a kid in a candy store’, you are excited.

True or False


6 - If you ‘rob the cradle’, you are dishonest with children.

True or False


7 - If a project is ‘in embryo’, it hasn't begun yet.

True or False


8 - People who help their team to get work ‘give jobs for the boys’.

True or False


9 - If a comment comes ‘out of the mouths of babes’, it is very silly.

True or False


10 - A new kid on the block’ is someone who has recently joined an organisation.

True or False



 



ANIMAL IDIOMS 2 (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - The shortest distance between two places is measured 'as the crow flies'.

True or False


2 - If you're nervous before doing something important, you have ‘butterflies in your chest’.

True or False


3 - If you ruin someone's plans, you ‘cook their ____’.

chicken, duck, goose, turkey


4 - If you get information directly from the person who knows, you get it ‘from the pig's mouth’.

True or False


5 - If you do something to its limits, you ‘go the whole ____’.

boar, hog, pig, sow


6 - The biggest part of something being divided is ‘the lion's share’.

True or False


7 - If you sense that something is wrong or suspicious, you ‘smell a ____’.

skunk, snake, mouse, rat


8 - If you ‘talk the hind legs off a donkey’, you talk plainly and honestly.

True or False


9 - Someone who works and functions well late at night is a ‘night ____’.

mare, owl, swallow, gull


10 - Someone that looks strong but is actually weak is a ‘paper ____’.

leopard, lion, panther, tiger


 



ANIMAL IDIOMS 1 (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - If you ‘bell the cat’, you try to do something that is very easy.

True or False?


2 - If someone is abandoned when they are in trouble, they are ‘thrown to the ____’.

devils, snakes, wolves, dogs


3 - A ‘grease ____’ is a slang term for a mechanic.

gun, dog, monkey, pig


4 - A difficult problem is ‘a ____ of fish’.

pool, pot, kettle, pan


5 - A ‘sitting ____’ is an easy target for criticism.

bull, goose, duck, horse


6 - Someone who ‘drinks like a fish’ drinks too much water.

True or False


7 - The ‘top ____’ is the most important person in an organization.

hat, cat, dog, cop


8 - If you grab the bull by its tail, you deal directly with a problem.

True or False


9 - If you have ‘a ____ in your bonnet’, you are very excited about something.

feather, hornet, bee, flea


10 - If you're like ‘a ____ out of water’, you are in an uncomfortable situation.

well, duck, fish, whale


 



BODY IDIOMS—FINAL SET (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - If people are ‘all ____’, they are clumsy at what they are doing.

toes, ear, jugulars, thumbs


2 - If you are ‘on the ____ foot’, you are at a disadvantage.

back, left, front, right


3 - An emotional speech is full of ‘____ and thunder’.

heart, lightning, blood, guts


4 - If you ‘get cold ____’, you lose the courage to do something.

ears, hands, feet, toes


5 - If you ‘get your ____ into’ something, you become deeply involved in a task or project.

fingers, teeth, claws, hands


6 - If you attack someone where they are vulnerable, you ‘go for the____’.

head, brain, jugular, heart


7 - If your ‘heart is in your ____’, you are very unhappy.

socks, shoes, slippers, boots


8 - If something ‘makes your blood ____’, it makes you furious.

hot, freeze, boil, frigid


9 - A ‘shot in the ____ ’ is something that gives you encouragement.

leg, arm, jugular, foot


10 - If you start on the wrong ____, you start something badly.

step, hand, foot, elbow


 



MORE BODY IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - If something costs ‘an arm and a foot’, it is very expensive.

True or False


2 - If there's ‘bad blood’ between people, they should not have children together.

True or False


3 - If you ‘get your fingers burned’, you are too greedy.

True or False


4 - If you do something ‘by the ____ of your teeth’, you only just manage to do it.

pain, gums, brush, skin


5 - If you ‘cool your ____’, you wait a bit to calm down.

head, heels, toes, shoes


6 - You ‘dip your ____ in the water’ when you test something carefully.

feet, heels, head, toes


7 - If you say something accidentally, it is a ‘slip of the lips’.

True or False


8 – If someone is ‘under your thumb’, you don’t notice him.

True or False


9 - A ‘smack in the face’ is an embarrassing obstacle to your progress.

True or False


10 - If someone is ‘long in the tooth’, they are very hungry.

True or False

 

 



BODY IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

1 - If someone is ‘all ears’, they are very generous.

True or False?

2 - If you make ‘a ____ ear’ of something, you mess it up badly.

cow’s,   pig’s,   sow's

3 - If you ‘give someone the elbow’, you give your approval.

True or False?

4 - If you ‘save your own skin’, you shirk responsibility.

True or False?

5 - If you ‘shake a leg’, you dance.

True or False?

6 - If you are ‘in over your head’, you can cope with a situation.

True or False?

7 - A ‘kick in the ____’ is a disappointment or setback.

jaw,   butt,   teeth

8 - If you need ‘elbow room’, you haven't got enough space.

True or False?

9 - If you ‘pay lip service’ to something, you support it fully.

True or False?

 



CLOTHING IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)


1 - If ‘the gloves are off’, people are behaving in a more polite manner.

True or False?

2 - If you are wearing very smart clothes, you are ‘dressed to the ____’.

teeth,   nines,  best,   tune

3 - If someone has ‘deep pockets’, they are ____.

miserly,   poor,   generous,   rich

4 - A ‘feather in your cap’ is an achievement.

True or False?

5 - If you keep something secret, you keep it ‘under your ____’.

collar,   hat,   vest,   bonnet

6 - If people are ‘hand in glove’, they are always fighting or arguing.

True or False?

7 - ‘If the ____ fits, wear it.’

tie,   shoe,   belt,   cap

8 - If you have a ‘trick up your sleeve’, you have an urgent problem.

True or False?

9 - If you say you'll ‘eat your ____’, you don't believe something.

cap,   shoe,   shirt,   hat

10 - If you ‘fly by the seat of your pants’, you do something easily because you are skilled.

True or False?

 


CRIME IDIOMS (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

1 - If something is 'a steal', it costs more than it's worth.
True or False

2 - If someone is 'on the lam', they're in prison.
True or False

3 - Someone who is '____ the run' is avoiding capture and arrest.
at,   in,   on,   for

4 - If people are 'as thick as thieves', they don't trust each other.
True or False

5 - If someone is 'in the dock', they are aboard ship.
True or False

6 - If someone does something very wrong but doesn't get caught, they 'get away with ____'.
murder,   robbery,   crime,   theft

7 - If someone is very unsuccessful in a venture, they 'make out like a bandit'.
True or False

8 - If people leave a restaurant without paying the bill, they '______ a runner'.
go,   are,   do,   catch

9 - Something that is too expensive is  'highway ____'.
theft,   robbery,   steal,   fraud

10 - When someone is ' ____ time', they are in prison.
making,   marking,   serving,   playing for

 

 

 


 

 

DEATH QUIZ (copyright UsingEnglish.com)

TRUE or FALSE?

1 - If someone's a ‘dead man walking’, they are a zombie.

2 - If someone ‘falls on their sword’, they escape punishment.

3 - If someone has ‘a skeleton in their closet’, they have a secret about their past.

4 - We have an English proverb that ‘the sword is mightier than the pen’.

5 - If something is ‘dead in the water’, it will make slow progress.

6 - If someone ‘gives up the ghost’, they pray a lot in church.

7 - If you are ‘dead to the world’, no one will listen to you.

8 - A ‘grass widow’ is a woman whose husband is dead.

9 - If something is ‘a matter of life and death’, there is no solution possible.

10 - If someone is ‘at death's door’, they have died.

11- If a destination is ‘dead ahead’, it is unreachable.



Year-End Quiz

To say goodbye to 2016, GrammarBook.com put together a comprehensive quiz based on the year’s grammar posts. The quiz comprises 23 sentences that may—or may not—need grammar or spelling fixes plus two multiple-choice questions. Do you think you can fix the ones that need to be fixed?

1. The author stood behind the podium and checked his notes.

2. Her shoes were so wore out the heel fell off.

3. I wonder what Sam is making for dinner?

4. Jack's and mine house is now completely furnished

5. He used a tricky parking manuever in order to get out of the tight space.

6. Julie loves to sing at the café’s open mic night.

7. James is trying to decide between three college majors; accounting, finance, or economics.

8. The two sisters can wear each others clothes.

9. Have any issues arose regarding changing your flight?

10. A couple of dollars more could make a big difference.

11. You would think she may be used to the cold weather by now.

12. Choose the correct definition for the word ‘obfuscate’:

complain, clarify, confuse, mumble

13. Apparently she fainted in the womens’ restroom.

14. Evidentally you did not study for the test.

15. I hope the restaurant we chose is alright with you and your wife.

16. The baby has already outgrew her birthday dress.

17. Since the company was purchased, the website has underwent a complete makeover.

18. We plan to watch Clemson verse Alabama in the football championship next week.

19. The officer pointed out the no parking sign on that side of the street.

20. During the blizzard, the Chicago bound passengers were stranded.

21. Choose the correct definition for the word ‘gratuitous’:

wide-eyed, generous, costly, unnecessary

22. Orthoepy is the study of proper pronunciation.

23. We are having dinner with the Joneses’ tonight.

24. The glasses’s frames were bent.

25. After the accident, he was unable to lay flat on his back.

 

 

 

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