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Test 1. Fill in many, much, few, a few, little, or a little.


1. Most people in this city have jobs – there isn’t ___ unemployment.


2. I live in a small village. There is a church, a shop and ___ houses – that’s all.


3. How ___ apples are on the table?


4. We are late. We have very ___ time.


5. He spends too ___ money.


6. ___ effort had been made before the peace treaty was signed.


7. He needs to buy a lot of things but he hasn’t got ___ money.


8. There aren’t ___ chairs in this room.


9. This flat is small so there are very ___ rooms here.


10. I don’t know ___ about these people.


11. He comes here ___ times a week because he has ___ free time.


12. We are destroying ___ trees and forests.


13. We use ___ electricity.


14. We burn ___ coal.


15. People put ___ chemicals into the seas.


16. There is very ___ juice left. I must buy some.


17. There is ___ Coke in the bottle. Do you want some?


18. She hasn’t got ___ homework today.


19. I need ___ eggs and ___ butter to make a cake.


20. ___ people can’t find jobs nowadays.



Test 2. Fill in much, many, few, a few, little or a little.


1. He isn’t popular. He has very ___ friends.


2. Ann is very busy these days. She has ___ free time.


3. Did you take ___ photographs when you were on holiday?


4. I am not very busy today. I haven’t got ___ to do.


5. The museum was very crowded. There were too ___ people.


6. Most of the town is modern. There are ___ old buildings.


7. The weather has been very dry recently. We have had ___ rain.


8. Do you mind if I ask you ___ questions?


9. ‘Would you like milk in your coffee?’ ‘Yes, please. ___.’


10. This is a very boring place to live. There’s ___ to do.


11. Things are not going so well for her. She has ___ problems.


12. This town is not a very interesting place to visit, so ___ tourists come here.


13. Would you like ___ cake?


14. Would you like ___ apples?


15. There are lots of boys in our class, but very ___ girls.


16. Don’t eat too ___ sweets before lunch!


17. Eating too ___ fat is bad for your health.


18. I can’t do much I’m afraid. I have so ___ time.


19. Don’t buy any more cheese. We have ___ left.


20. How ___ cups of coffee do you drink a day?



Test 3. Fill in so, such or such a(an).


1. Helena has ___ good sense of humour.


2. She has ___ busy life that she always forgets my birthday.


3. You shouldn’t let ___ small child watch TV ___ much.


4. The weather is ___ nice today. Shall we go for a walk?


5. ‘Has he passed the exam?’ ‘Yes, I think ___.’


6. John is ___ interesting to talk to.


7. They said ___ nasty things about you.


8. Science is changing ___ rapidly.


9. I want to do ___ many different things.


10. He dressed ___ quickly that he put his boots on the wrong feet.


11. She got ___ shock that she dropped the bag.


12. I was ___ excited that I didn’t know it was him.


13. It all sounded ___ crazy that I laughed out loud.


14. They worked ___ quickly that there was no time for talking.


15. ‘Will you be home at 6?’ ‘I hope ___.’


16. The house was ___ untidy. I’ve never seen ___ mess.


17. I haven’t seen her for ___ long.


18. I haven’t seen her for ___ long time.


19. Why did you buy ___ much food?


20. Why did you buy ___ book?



Test 4. Fill in so, such or such a(an).


1. He’s difficult to understand because he speaks ___ quickly.


2. I like Tom and Ann. They’re ___ nice people.


3. It was a great holiday. We had ___ good time.


4. I was surprised that he looked ___ well after his recent illness.


5. Everything is ___ expensive these days, isn’t it?


6. I have to go. I didn’t realise it was ___ late.


7. He always looks good. He wears ___ nice clothes.


8. It was ___ boring film that I fell asleep while I was watching it.


9. I couldn’t believe the news. It was ___ shock.


10. They’ve got ___ much money, they don’t know what to do with it.


11. I didn’t realise you lived ___ long way from the city centre.


12. The food at the hotel was ___ awful. I’ve never eaten ___ awful food.


13. The weather is lovely, isn’t it? I didn’t expect it to be ___ nice day.


14. I think she works too hard. She looks ___ tired all the time.


15. I can’t decide what to do. It’s ___ problem.


16. It’s ___ hot here! Can’t we open a window?


17. She’s got ___ lovely hair!


18. We ate ___ delicious food.


19. There were ___ few people there.


20. We had to pay ___ high price for coffee in London.



Test 5. Complete the following sentences with an appropriate form of do or make.


1. Her job has something to ___ with marketing.


2. Girls ___ up half of the students in the school.


3. You’ll have to ___ without your dinner if you don’t get back in time.


4. She sits in front of the mirror for ages ___ herself up.


5. The government have decided to ___ away with the old tax law.


6. When the bell rang, the students ___ for the door.


7. Let’s ___ the store room into an extra kitchen, shall we?


8. Speak louder – I can’t ___ out what you’re saying.


9. ___ up your coat – it’s cold.


10. I was ___ out of ten pounds in the shop this morning.


11. They mugged the old lady and ___ off with her handbag.


12. If you ___ your best to explain the problem, I’m sure she’ll understand.


13. What did the robbers ___ off with?


14. It’s about time you ___ some exercise – you’re getting a bit overweight.


15. I don’t know what to ___ of Christina’s odd behaviour just lately.


16. I could have ___ it with more help.


17. I don’t believe him – he’s ___ it up!


18. How many times a week do you ___ the shopping?


19. You must ___ a decision now.


20. To ___ a fortune you have to ___ a lot of hard work.



Test 6. Complete the following sentences with the appropriate form of do or make.


1. I ___ an appointment to see the optician.


2. After he ___ his homework, he found he ___ a mistake.


3. This drug can ___ miracles for people with back problems.


4. They ___ a lot of changes in the town centre recently.


5. You ___ the right thing by telling the police.


6. He ___ an archaeological discovery.


7. After being ill for two weeks, he is now ___ an excellent recovery.


8. She ___ a lot of research in the field of medicine.


9. I ___ an arrangement to meet him at the cinema yesterday.


10. It is important that you ___ exercise in order to keep fit.


11. All that smoking ___ you harm.


12. He ___ an excuse and left the office in a hurry.


13. I always tried ___ my best, but she was never satisfied.


14. He ___ some research into ancient religions at the moment.


15. If you don’t ___ an effort, you won’t any progress.


16. If you pay in cash, we can ___ you a small discount.


17. Please let me know if you have any criticism to ___.


18. Tying a knot in my handkerchief ___ me remember what I have to do.


19. Your explanation simply doesn’t ___ sense.


20. I wonder if you could ___ me a small favour.



Test 7. Fill the gaps in the following text with one suitable word.


Overdoing It


‘OK, you can ___ (1) your shirt up now,’ said Doctor Hymes. He had just given me a thorough check-up and was ___ (2) detailed notes on a big sheet of paper.


‘What do you ___ (3) of it all, doctor?’ I asked anxiously.


‘Well, the first thing is that you could ___ (4) with a good rest. You’ve been overdoing it a bit, haven’t you?’ I admitted. I had been ___ (5) a lot of overtime recently. I had taken a lot on and had ___ (6) a bit of a mess of it all and was suffering from stress. He agreed that that probably had a lot to ___ (7) with it. I had also ___ (8) the mistake of starting to smoke again; in fact my diet was now largely made ___ (9) of coffee and cigarettes. The doctor then reminded me that coffee did a lot of ___ (10) to our nervous system and of course cigarettes ___ (11) a lot of damage to the whole system. He said I should try and ___ (12) without coffee for a few days and make a serious ___ (13) to cut out smoking altogether.


‘And make ___ (14) you have a proper meal every day,’ he warned. His last piece of advice was that I should find time to ___ (15) some jogging every day. I promised him I’d do my best.



Test 8. Say or tell? Choose the correct variant.


1. George couldn’t help me. He (said/told) me to ask Kate.


2. Kate (said/told) she had many pets at home.


3. Ann (said/told) goodbye to me and left.


4. Sam (said/told) me that Robert didn’t like porridge.


5. I asked him to (say/tell) the truth.


6. Don’t just stand there! (Say/Tell) something!


7. I (said/told) Jim not to shout.


8. Mother (said/told) her son to go to the dentist.


9. (Say/Tell) us about your holiday, please. Did you have a nice time?


10. My cousin (said/told) he could ski well.


11. She (said/told) us her knowledge of French was good.


12. I wonder where Sue is. She (said/told) she would be here at 8 o’clock.


13. Jack (said/told) me that he was fed up with his job.


14. The doctor (said/told) that I should rest for at least a week.


15. Don’t (say/tell) anybody what I (said/told). It’s a secret just between us.


16. ‘Did she (say/tell) you what had happened?’ ‘No, she didn’t (say/tell) anything to me.’


17. Please listen to me! I’ve got something important to (say/tell) you.


18. Fred (said/told) me that you were ill.


19. What did you (say/tell) the police?


20. He (said/told) he had just heard the news.



Test 9. Fill in a suitable form of a verb from the list: say, tell, speak, talk. You can use some verbs more than once.


1. Tom ___ ‘This is great!’


2. She ___ that she might be late.


3. He ___ us the answer.


4. I’m going to ___ something to the neighbours about the noise.


5. She ___ us about her travels around North.


6. ___ us about Africa.


7. I’m going to ___ something about my trip to Africa.


8. The clock ___ it’s five past ten.


9. The newspaper ___ there’s been a hijacking.


10. People ___ he’s a bit crasy.


11. ___ me what you need.


12. It’s impossible to ___ the twins apart.


13. ___ we do this, what would happen?


14. Have you ___ anything to in your defense?


15. She ___ them that she might be late.


16. The policeman ___ me to go with him.


17. I ___ you the reason why I was out late.


18. I’ve never ___ a lie in my whole life.


19. Let’s ___ about the problem.


20. She often ___ about her days as a student.


21. The lecturer is going to ___ about the modern art.


22. Let’s just ___ he doesn’t always ___ the truth.


23. The label ___ it was produced in America.


24. He ___ me to close the door.


25. ‘Close the door,’ he ___.


26. If you have something to ___, say it now.


27. ___ her how to do it.


28. The letter ___ we’ve won first prize.


29. I didn’t do it – somebody’s been ___ tales.


30. She ___ goodbye to her parents.



Test 10. Read the text and add the word which best fits each space: talk, give, say, turn down, persuade, tell, discuss, deny, refuse, convince.


A Friend In Need I can’t ___ (1) when I first realised that Billy was in trouble with the police. He had often ___ (2) to me about his problems and, as his friend, I had ___ (3) him the best advice I could. I also ___ (4) I’d let him come and stay with me but he ___ (5) my offer. I tried to ___ (6) him to stop spending so much money at his club and to sit down and ___ (7) his problems with me but he ___ (8) me to mind my own business. It was difficult to ___ (9) to him after this but I was ___ (10) he was getting into deeper trouble all the time. He had often ___ (11) having anything to do with the local gangs. But then the police came round and asked me to ___ (12) them information about Billy and I couldn’t ___ (13), though I avoided ___ (14) them anything that might do him harm. They asked me to ___ (15) them more details but I managed to convince them that I had (16) the truth.



Test 11. Phrasal verb to come: fill in the correct prepositions or adverbs.


1. It was some time before he came ___ after being knocked out.


2. He came ___ to my way of thinking after a good deal of argument.


3. It’s no use trying to keep this secret; it’s sure to come ___ in the end.


4. The question of salary increases will come ___ at the next general meeting.


5. Those rust marks will come ___ if you rub them with lemon.


6. Seeing me from across the room, she came ___ me.


7. He came ___ a fortune last year. (He inherited it).


8. Wait till prices come ___ again before you buy.


9. Come ___. It’s far too cold to wait here any longer.


10. The handle of the tea-pot came ___ in my hand as I was washing it.


11. I came ___ a vase exactly like yours in an antique shop.


12. I’m at home all day. Come ___ whenever you have time.


13. The expected answer came ___.


14. Has she come ___ the book yet?


15. Come ___ the taxi’s waiting for us.


16. They are coming ___ Sunday.


17. I came ___ to the country cottage in the morning.


18. The button has come ___.


19. He has come ___ the property.


20. The buds are coming ___ now.



Test 12. Phrasal verb to go: fill in the correct prepositions or adverbs.


1. I had to wait for permission from the Council before I could go ___ with my plans.


2. The guard dog went ___ the intruder and knocked him down.


3. He had a sandwich and a cup of tea, then he went ___ working.


4. I went ___ the proposal very carefully with my solicitor and didn’t accept the order.


5. The gun went ___ by accident and wounded him in the leg.


6. Wearing black for mourning went ___ many years ago.


7. She went ___ a beauty contest and got a prize.


8. The price of tomatoes usually goes ___ in summer in England.


9. If there isn’t enough soup to go ___ just put some hot water in it.


10. The early colonists of America went ___ many hardships.


11. You can’t go ___ ___ your promise now; we are depending on you.


12. I’ve changed my mind about marrying him; I simply can’t go ___ ___ it.


13. The plane crashed and went ___ in flames.


14. I refused to go ___ now. I’m going forward.


15. They have gone ___ all the calculations again but they still can’t find the mistake.


16. The party went ___ very well; we all enjoyed ourselves.


17. Mary went ___ in such a hurry that she left her passport behind.


18. Why don’t you go ___ ___ stamp collecting if you want to have a quiet hobby?


19. Her weight went ___ to 70 kilos when she stopped playing tennis.


20. Don’t go ___ food if you want to economize. Just drink less.



Test 13. Phrasal verb to give: fill in the correct prepositions or adverbs.


1. She won $300 and gave it all ___.


2. Riding is getting too expensive; I’ll have to give it ___.


3. He gave ___ all the books he had borrowed.


4. After two days of freedom, the escaped prisoner gave himself ___ to the police.


5. Your secret is safe with me. I won’t give you ___. (betray you).


6. He didn’t want to go to the cinema but they begged him so hard that he gave ___.


7. After his third attempt he gave ___ trying to pass the driving test.


8. The names of the winners were given ___ on the radio.


9. If you want to save money, give ___ eating in expensive restaurants.


10. There was a man giving ___ leaflets outside the church.


11. Don’t give ___ the ending of the story, it will spoil it.


12. What wouldn’t I give ___ a cool drink!


13. The news was given ___ that the political leader had died.


14. Ann gave ___ her college course and left the town.


15. I hope that the holiday will give me ___ my good spirits.


16. Give your examination papers ___ to the teacher when you finish.


17. You would never give ___ your friend’s secret, would you?


18. The liquid gave ___ a strong smell.


19. When are you going to give him ___ his camera?


20. Don’t forget to give ___ your exercise-book.



Test 14. Phrasal verb to put: fill in the correct prepositions or adverbs.


1. Put ___ the clock, it is twenty minutes fast.


2. I’ll put ___ my visit till you can go with me.


3. She had invited me to dinner but had to put me ___ as she was taken ill.


4. Put ___ the light. It’s getting quite light again.


5. That vase is very valuable. Put it ___ before you drop it.


6. He was very much put ___ when she rang off angrily during their conversation.


7. I wish you would put ___ the dishes instead of leaving them on the table.


8. He is not really angry. He’s only putting it ___.


9. The boy is hyperactive. I put it ___ ___ wrong diet.


10. Here’s a crash helmet. Put it ___.


11. I don’t know how you put ___ ___ the noise; it would drive me mad.


12. If you can’t find a room in a hotel, I could always put you ___.


13. The shortage of eggs has put ___ their price considerably.


14. The government put ___ the rebellion with great severity.


15. This clock is always slow; I put it ___ ten minutes every day.


16. He put ___ his name for the excursion.


17. Can you put ___ impractical people?


18. Automation puts ___ profits.


19. Then he put ___ the water to boil and brought out my laundry bucket.


20. He put ___ a whole week of work on that article.



Test 15. Phrasal verb to take: fill in the correct prepositions or adverbs.


1. I couldn’t take ___ the lecture. It is out of my capacity.


2. When he offered me only $3, I was too taken ___ to say a word.


3. She took ___ riding because she wanted to lose some weight.


4. He takes ___ his mother; he has blue eyes and fair hair too.


5. I am sorry I called you a liar. I take it ___.


6. He took ___ going for a walk every night before he went to bed.


7. I wish we could sell the piano; it takes ___ too much space here.


8. You’d better take ___ your coat if you’re too hot.


9. We took ___ each other the first time we met and have been friends ever since.


10. When his father died, Tom took ___ his business.


11. I saw in the water only an old tree. I took it ___ the Lock Ness Monster.


12. People often take me ___ my sister. We look alike.


13. He always takes ___ his false teeth before he goes to bed.


14. I took ___ Tom at chess and beat him.


15. Even a child wouldn’t be taken ___ by such an obvious lie.


16. The policeman took ___ the number of the stolen car.


17. If she takes ___ the job of director, she’ll have to work harder.


18. She makes a little extra money by taking ___ paying guests in summer.


19. He took ___ sister to the concert.


20. Try to take the chairman ___ after the meeting to discover what he thinks.




Test 16. Choose the correct word in each of the following sentences.


1. I thought you said you (were going to/should) give up smoking.


2. Our new neighbours invited me in for a cup of tea. I must say they seem a very (nice/sympathetic) couple.


3. Was it Bell who (invented/discovered) the telephone?


4. I wonder if I might have a (recipe/receipt) for the things I’ve bought.


5. Oh, Jan, could you (remember/remind) me to phone the dentist this afternoon?


6. I wonder if you’d mind (bringing/fetching) John from next door? He’s wanted on the phone.


7. What (more/else) did you do in Spain, apart from swimming and sun-bathing?


8. I’ve just bought a record of Beethoven’s Fifth symphony (conducted/directed) by Karajan.


9. When we moved into our new flat I had to sell my (grand/wind) piano.


10. We’ll have to change the curtains, darling. They don’t (pass/match) the new suite.


11. A (classical/classic) example of actors and actresses playing love scenes was when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were filming ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’.


12. Many people nowadays are changing from large cars to small ones because they are far more (economic/economical).


13. If you try long enough then you’ll (eventually/possibly) succeed.


14. Miss Bright’s really (effective/efficient), isn’t she?


15. 1066 is one of the most (historical/historic) moments in British history.


16. I can’t read David’s handwriting at all; it’s quite (eligible/illegible).


17. The Centre Party has been (consequential/consistent) in its policy of opposing nuclear power.


18. The new price increases will take (affect/effect) on April 1st.


19. If animals have to be killed for food, then it should be done as (humanly/humanely) as possible.


20. Did you have (an opportunity/possibility) to visit the Louvre when you were in Paris?



Test 17. Choose the correct word in each of the following sentences.


1. There is a very good (Technological/Technical) College not far from where I live.


2. Did you know that Peter had arranged the party (specially/especially) for you?


3. I couldn’t care less one way or the other. I’m completely (uninterested/disinterested).


4. I hear that Manchester United beat Liverpool two – (nil/nought) in the last Cup match.


5. There is a very strong (possibility/opportunity) that man will land on the planet Mars.


6. South Wales was once a flourishing coal-mining area, but today there are hundreds of (misused/disused) coal mines scattered throughout the valleys.


7. My uncle has just got a divorce, which is very strange since he is a marriage guidance (councillor/counsellor).


8. I’m afraid the boot is full. There is no (room/space) for any more suitcases.


9. It’s much too hot. Let’s go and sit in the (shadow/ shade) for a while.


10. I’ll see you next week – (eventually/possibly) on Friday.


11. The tennis match was held up for ten minutes when the (umpire/referee) fainted.


12. Any idea what the present Government’s (politics/policy) is on defence?


13. They climbed up the steep stone (stairs/steps) leading to the old church.


14. I hope he has got a good (solicitor/barrister) to represent him in court.


15. What did you think of the (critic/write-up) we got in the paper this morning?


16. His (financial/economic) worries were solved when he suddenly won $25,000.


17. During the war, Vera Lynn’s songs contributed greatly to the (morals/morale) of the troops.


18. My flat is just around the corner from my office, which is (convenient/comfortable) for me.


19. The house I have just bought is close to shops, schools and other local (amenities/facilities).


20. Do you think the new tax changes will (affect/effect) you very much?


Test 1. Add a prefix to the verb and put it in a proper tense. appoint


Attempts to communicate in a foreign language can easily misfire.


My friend is always ___ (1) by his attempts to speak French. understand


Once a waiter in Paris ___ (2) what he wanted and instead of


beetroots brought him potatoes. He ___ (3) potatoes but when like


he asked a waiter to ___ (4) them with beetroots the waiter smiled, place


and ___ (5) with a plate of aubergines. The waiter also ___ (6) turn


my friend attitude towards everyone he meets and when my take


friend complained that they had ___ (7) the meat, Paul (that was his cook


name if my friend isn’t ___ (8)) grinned. To cap it all my friend take


___ (9) the bill and accused the waiter of ___ (10) him. It was just my read


friend’s awful French again! charge



Test 2. Add a correct prefix to the following adjectives.


1. dependent; 2. polite; 3. logical; 4. historic; 5. Atlantic; 6. moral; 7. national; 8. relevant; 9. regular; 10. direct



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