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Practice 1

Choose the correct answer

1. The staff of this restaurant ________ their hands frequently for sanitation
purposes.
(1) wash
(2) washes
(3) washed
(4) are washing

2. When Mother ________ the kitchen cloth, bread crumbs and tea leaves
flew through the air and dusted the floor.
(1) shake
(2) shook
(3) is shaking
(4) shakes

3. Football is a subject I know very ________of.


(1) a lot
(2) few
(3) little
(4) some

4. ________people can live without money.


(1) A lot
(2) Much
(3) Little
(4) Few

5. I am glad there are ________students in the class who are interested in


learning
(1) much
(2) a lot
(3) many
(4) little

6. There are some leftovers for you ________ the refrigerator.


(1) on
(2) at
(3) in
(4) above

7. “You ________ prepare for your examinations!” screamed the frustrated


teacher.
(1) cannot
(2) can
(3) must
(4) may

8. In developing countries, people often have to be selfish for ________


reasons.
(1) survives
(2) survived
(3) survival
(4) survive

9. Our sales people should be more persistent when dealing


________customers.
(1) in
(2) at
(3) with
(4) to

10. I ________ go now or I will be late.


(1) must
(2) will
(3) can
(4) could

Practice 2
Choose the correct answer

1. After Timmy ________ Gina’s reaction to the present, he realized that he


had not made a favourable first impression.
(1) saw
(2) has seen
(3) seen
(4) see

2. There is ________ doubt that Ann’s team will win the quiz.
(1) no
(2) many
(3) several
(4) a few

3. The firemen rushed to the scene and put ________ the fire.
(1) in
(2) out
(3) off
(4) on

4. The lights were ________ all night long.


(1) blinks
(2) blinked
(3) blinking
(4) blink

5. Neither the girl nor boy ________ to come here today.


(1) want
(2) wants
(3) wanting
(4) wanted

6. It is not the committee members but the President who ________ what to
do.
(1) decide
(2) decides
(3) deciding
(4) decision

7. It is the speaker and not his ideas that ________inspired the students.
(1) have
(2) has
(3) is
(4) was

8. The boy was put ________ by the smell of raw fish and refused to eat the
sashimi.
(1) out
(2) of
(3) off
(4) up

9. Measles ________ an infectious disease.


(1) is
(2) was
(3) are
(4) were

10. He hopes to be ________ astronaut when he grows up.


(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) is

Practice 3
Choose the correct answer

1. Jennifer recently discovered that ________clothes in the open has its


disadvantages.
(1) dries
(2) dried
(3) drying
(4) has dried

2. Ms Ng ________ the day several deep breaths to keep from losing her
temper at the lazy student.
(1) taken
(2) took
(3) are taken
(4) taking

3. I ________ the day cleaning my new home yesterday.


(1) spend
(2) spending
(3) spent
(4) spends

4. The ________ response she got from him drove Mel crazy.
(1) little
(2) few
(3) much
(4) many

5. A ________ of rose was given to each teacher on Teacher’s Day.


(1) stalk
(2) group
(3) bunch
(4) set

6. This ________ of school swimmers became professional basketball


players.
(1) herd
(2) team
(3) choir
(4) gang

7. The ________ of dancers performed at the National Stadium.


(1) concert
(2) team
(3) troupe
(4) troop

8. I cannot ________ so many children at one time.


(1) look after
(2) look into
(3) look to
(4) look up

9. I will have ________ the leftover fruits from the cartoon.


(1) give out
(2) give in
(3) give away
(4) give together

10. I will need to ________ her name in the telephone book.


(1) look out
(2) look up
(3) look on
(4) look away

Practice 4
Choose the correct answer

1. He improved his guitar playing through constant practice, in a room by


________.
(1) herself
(2) himself
(3) themselves
(4) yourself

2. ________ is she? Her name sounds familiar.


(1) Who
(2) Whom
(3) What
(4) Whose
3. He decided to throw ________ the towel, after ten years of working for the
company.
(1) out
(2) in
(3) away
(4) off

4. I can always pick up another newspaper ________ the way home.


(1) in
(2) from
(3) to
(4) on

5. What ________ Malaysia be like ten years now?


(1) can
(2) must
(3) will
(4) shall

6. The strange thing about our body is the way it changes ________ age.
(1) from
(2) in
(3) with
(4) of

7. Diane always wonders where she will next discover her son’s toys
.Yesterday; he ________ a train set in the refrigerator.
(1) leaves
(2) has left
(3) left
(4) leaving

8. When Richard jammed the photocopier for the eighth time, Sara; the
department secretary, picked up a file and ________ it at him.
(1) thrown
(2) throwing
(3) threw
(4) throw

9. Good friend are hard to come by so we should treasure the ones we


________.
(1) have
(2) has
(3) having
(4) had

10. ‘You have given the boy too ________ money,” the old man said.
(1) many
(2) much
(3) some
(4) a few

Practice 5
Choose the correct answer

1. ”I ________ thirsty,” said the sick man.


(1) is
(2) am
(3) are
(4) be

2. I told Katherine and Jamilah that I would be ________ at the concert.


However, I have changed my mind.
(1) sings
(2) singing
(3) sang
(4) sung

3. “I was a professional dancer ________ ten years,” he stated.


(1) in
(2) of
(3) for
(4) with

4. I complained ________ my mother that my friends did not invite me to the


concert the years before.
(1) at
(2) with
(3) for
(4) to

5. She was ________ floor watching television just now.


(1) laying
(2) lay
(3) laid
(4) lying
6. She ________ when she said she liked the cake.
(1) lie
(2) have lied
(3) lied
(4) lying

7. He is ________ out his band uniform on the table.


(1) laying
(2) lay
(3) laid
(4) lays

8. He wonders if he is the ________ looking student in the school.


(1) good
(2) better
(3) best
(4) even better

9. He ________ cherries for the fruits salad he is making.


(1) buys
(2) are buying
(3) have brought
(4) buy

10. Mary dropped the balloon which ________ on the floor with a loud bang.
(1) bursts
(2) bursting
(3) burst
(4) was bursting

Practice 6
Choose the correct answer

1. Neither the girl nor her friend ________ ill last week.
(1) are
(2) were
(3) is
(4) was

2. Her car ________ sent to the workshop for repairs, but the engine is still
faulty.
(1) was
(2) has been
(3) were
(4) had been

3. He ________ so upset that he started to cry.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

4. The man pulled ________ of the competition when he realized he was


not good enough.
(1) out
(2) up
(3) in
(4) against

5. He was getting ________ when the chair broke.


(1) on
(2) into
(3) up
(4) across

6. The children could not believe that the Sun ________ actually a star.
(1) was
(2) were
(3) is
(4) are

7. The lift doors opened and let the people ________.


(1) go
(2) out
(3) along
(4) going

8. I love ________ in the bathroom.


(1) singing
(2) sing
(3) sung
(4) sang

9. Nervous about the meeting, John failed to notice the leavers that got
________ to his shoe as he walked from the parking garage to the lobby.
(1) sticking
(2) stuck
(3) stick
(4) sticks

10. You should not compare a cat ________ a dog.


(1) against
(2) on
(3) off
(4) with

Practice 7
Choose the correct answer
1. Do you work ________ on office?
(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

2. I have a meeting ________ New York.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

3. Do you live ________ Japan?


(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

4. There are no prices ________ this menu.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) at
(4) into

5. You are standing ________ my foot.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

6. The author’s name is ________ the cover of the book.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

7. I live on the 7thfloor ________ 21 Oxford Street in London.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) at
(4) from

8. There was a ‘No Smoking’ sign ________ the wall,


(1) on
(2) in
(3) at
(4) from

9. Why didn’t you inform us ________ the strike?


(1) on
(2) in
(3) of
(4) into

10. His colourful clothes ________ little trust in Joy’s mother, who had hoped
that he would be a decent tuition teacher.
(1) built
(2) build
(3) building
(4) builds

Practice 8
Choose the correct answer

1. Jim would have ________ doing the difficult and dirty job of cleaning the
window if it had rained.
(1) began
(2) begun
(3) beginning
(4) begins

2. During the blackout, Susan and her family ________ candles and read a
storybook aloud using a torch.
(1) lit
(2) light
(3) lighting
(4) are lighting

3. It was a good thing we managed to stop him ________ making that stupid
remark!
(1) before
(2) of
(3) for
(4) from

4. Jane congratulated her sister ________ her birthday.


(1) In
(2) on
(3) at
(4) because of

5. Jupiter is part of ________ Solar System.


(1) the
(2) a
(3) an
(4) few

6. Diehard is the ________ movie I’ve ever seen!


(1) excite
(2) most exciting
(3) more exciting
(4) exciting

7. His clothes are ________ expensive than his brother’s.


(1) fewer
(2) least
(3) less
(4) most

8. The ________ of trees block out the sun in the afternoons.


(1) set
(2) string
(3) team
(4) clump

9. The ________ of fruits for the star player was delivered to the wrong
building.
(1) crate
(2) bouquet
(3) flock
(4) rope

10. The star player owned a ________ of expensive cars.


(1) team
(2) flock
(3) set
(4) fleet

Practice 9
Choose the correct answer

1. She is probably the ________ salesgirl in the store.


(1) nice
(2) nicer
(3) more nice
(4) nicest

2. James is really ________ man.


(1) an old sweet
(2) a sweet old
(3) an sweet old
(4) the old sweet

3. The Dunnison is ________ sports car.


(1) a fine German
(2) a German fine
(3) an fine German
(4) the German fine

4. The family gathered for a reunion dinner, What could make a ________
Chinese New Year than that?
(1) merrier
(2) merriest
(3) more merry
(4) merry

5. The little bunnies grew up in ________ hole in Mr Green’s garden.


(1) a comfortable little
(2) a little comfortable
(3) the comfortable little
(4) the little comfortable
6. Audrey had just ________ into her first forkful of pancake when she
noticed the fly.
(1) bite
(2) bites
(3) bitten
(4) biting

7. Maria ________ from the glass of cold ice tea that he brought her.
(1) drink
(2) drank
(3) drunk
(4) drinking

8. The little boy ________ not play with fire.


(1) can
(2) does
(3) should
(4) do

9. The house ________ empty since its owner died.


(1) was
(2) has been
(3) was being
(4) were

10. My uncle is ________ factory worker.


(1) a
(2) the
(3) an
(4) be

Practice 10
Choose the correct answer

1. Ronald would have ________ jeans and a T _shirt to the interview if he a


choice.
(1) wearing
(2) wore
(3) worn
(4) wears

2. The whole room smells ________ lavender.


(1) for
(2) on
(3) at
(4) of

3. The inheritance was divided ________ the children.


(1) among
(2) in
(3) up
(4) with

4. A large percentage of the younger population is voting ________ her in


the election.
(1) after
(2) with
(3) against
(4) into

5. Two-fifths of the ________ of soldiers died in the battle.


(1) herd
(2) gang
(3) troop
(4) pack

6. The motorcycle ________ races around the block at midnight.


(1) herd
(2) gang
(3) crew
(4) pack

7. The boys and their father ________ a cake for Mrs Shi.
(1) bakes
(2) bake
(3) are baking
(4) is baking

8. How ________ pencils can this case hold?


(1) much
(2) little
(3) many
(4) some

9. ________ is coming to our house on Friday?


(1) Which
(2) Whom
(3) Whose
(4) Who

10. The fork and spoon ________ from the bag.


(1) missed
(2) are missing
(3) misses
(4) is missing

Practice 11
Choose the correct answer

1. At first, Rose ________ to go to the zoo with Raymond. However, she


changed her mind and went with Tim instead.
(1) chose
(2) choose
(3) choosing
(4) chooses

2. John was later blamed ________ the accident.


(1) from
(2) into
(3) of
(4) for

3. He reported that matter ________ me a few months ago.


(1) about
(2) to
(3) with
(4) about

4. Tan wanted to take a course with that ________ professor.


(1) interesting new Japanese Economics
(2) Japanese interesting new Economics
(3) Interested new Japanese Economics
(4) Interested new Economics Japan

5. Of all the plumbers in the shop, jack is surely the ________.


(1) more competent
(2) least competing
(3) competent
(4) competing
6. In the mornings, the valleys tend to be ________ than the hilltops.
(1) foggy
(2) more foggy
(3) foggier
(4) most foggy

7. My cough is definitely ________. I should see a doctor soon.


(1) worse
(2) worst
(3) worsen
(4) worsening

8. Sam and Tim borrowed ________ ideas.


(1) one another’s
(2) each
(3) each other’s
(4) the other’s

9. The scientists in this laboratory often use ________ equipment over


there.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) is

10. The aircraft took off arrived ________ Bangkok two hours later.
(1) at
(2) into
(3) to
(4) in

Practice 12
Choose the correct answer

1. When will you arrive________ the office?


(1) inside
(2) at
(3) on
(4) in

2. My mother ________ chillies in pots.


(1) grows
(2) growing
(3) grown
(4) have grown

3. Pollution, insects and birds did so ________ damage to the poor plants
that they died.
(1) many
(2) few
(3) much
(4) little

4. Mother ________ this from the supermarket yesterday.


(1) buy
(2) bought
(3) buying
(4) are buying

5. I agree ________ his proposal on the condition that he dropped all


charges against me.
(1) that
(2) on
(3) in
(4) to

6. Are we sufficiently insured ________ fires?


(1) by
(2) against
(3) for
(4) about

7. I ________ to find my bus pass at the bottom of the green knapsack.


(1) glad
(2) was glad
(3) are glad
(4) was gladder

8. You are surely ________ strangest child I have ever met.


(1) some
(2) a
(3) an
(4) the

9. When Susan was young woman, ________ earned her living asa cool
miner.
(1) he
(2) she
(3) it
(4) they

10. ________ many years, the workers returned to their homeland.


(1) Before
(2) Since
(3) Until
(4) After

Practice 13
Choose the correct answer

1. A strong wind ________ through the trees, loosening dead branches


which fell to the wet ground below
(1) had blown
(2) blew
(3) blow
(4) blown

2. We will meet at the library entrance ________ 3.30pm.


(1) on
(2) in
(3) at
(4) for

3. Where is my hamster? ________ is on counter.


(1) He
(2) She
(3) They
(4) It

4. The boy called James ________ in the room for three days.
(1) locked
(2) was locked
(3) was locking
(4) locks

5. He was hoping to buy a bag, a pen, a book ________ a notepad.


(1) and
(2) along
(3) but
(4) with
6. He ________ and he went, He saw nothing unusual.
(1) come
(2) comes
(3) came
(4) as coming

7. The cat sat under the tree. The tree was ________ a pond.
(1) by
(2) on
(3) against
(4) over

8. Why did he come to visit me? I ________ him not to.


(1) told
(2) tells
(3) are telling
(4) telling

9. Put ________ that pencil, please.


(1) down
(2) up
(3) out
(4) into

10. He remembered to buy ________ chicken, some oranges and a bag of


pears.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) some
(4) any

Practice 14
Choose the correct answer

1. Charlie believed that he had ________ his best.


(1) give
(2) gives
(3) given
(4) giving

2. More than one student ________ tried his.


(1) have
(2) has
(3) is
(4) are

3. Four times four divided by two ________ eight.


(1) are
(2) was
(3) is
(4) were

4. After reading the pamphlet, Judy threw ________ into the garbage can.
(1) her
(2) him
(3) his
(4) it

5. The calm assistant faced the angry mob and said, ”Our leader will
address ________ in five minutes,”
(1) them
(2) they
(3) you
(4) we

6. Deborah and Roberta will meet ________ at the newest café in the
market.
(1) they
(2) we
(3) she
(4) us

7. Could you please give the list to ________?


(1) I
(2) me
(3) they
(4) you

8. ________ do you think we should invite to the party?


(1) Where
(2) When
(3) How
(4) Who

9. To ________ do you wish to speak?


(1) which
(2) who
(3) whom
(4) that

10. ________ will meet the delegates at the train station?


(1) Which
(2) Who
(3) Whom
(4) That

Practice 15
Choose the correct answer

1. “I’m not sure if my contact will speak ________ you,” said the lawyer it his
friend.
(1) in
(2) at
(3) to
(4) between

2. This is ________. That is mine.


(1) you
(2) your
(3) yours
(4) our

3. ________ toy is on the kitchen counter.


(1) He
(2) Him
(3) His
(4) She

4. These are the goods. ________ will be delivered tomorrow.


(1) They
(2) Them
(3) She
(4) He

5. ________ is too small for me. That cap will fit me better.
(1) Those
(2) These
(3) This
(4) That

6. Three customers of mine ________ these.


(1) want
(2) is wanting
(3) wanting
(4) wants

7. ________were invited to lunch, but only twelve showed up.


(1) Much
(2) Them
(3) Many
(4) Few

8. We donated ________ we found in the box to the Salvation Army.


(1) nothing
(2) anything
(3) everything
(4) thing

9. Although they looked everywhere for extra copies of the magazine, they
found ________.
(1) some
(2) anything
(3) any
(4) none

10. Beng had an empty wallet and stomach, so he ________ a chocolate bar
from the store.
(1) stole
(2) had stolen
(3) steal
(4) stealing

Practice 16
Choose the correct answer

1. In her dreams that night, Diva ________ in a pool of warm Milo.


(1) swimming
(2) swam
(3) swim
(4) swims

2. When she awoke, the aroma of chocolate still ________ her nostrils.
(1) tickles
(2) tickled
(3) tickling
(4) tickle\

3. ________ wrong did she do to have incurred your wrath?


(1) Whom
(2) Which
(3) What
(4) Where

4. She went to investigate and found ________ man waiting for her.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) some
(4) few

5. My mother and I wear ________ skirts.


(1) each’s
(2) one another’s
(3) the other’s
(4) each other’s

6. I ________ a meeting at 9.a.m.


(1) has
(2) have
(3) have been having
(4) has been having

7. The shop ________ at eleven o’clock every night.


(1) close
(2) closes
(3) closed
(4) closen

8. Either you or your friend ________ to be there.


(1) need
(2) needs
(3) needed
(4) needing

9. There is ________ need to make a fuss over a small matter.


(1) any
(2) none
(3) no
(4) nothing
10. Gone ________ those days when you could eat a full meal for less than a
dollar.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) were
(4) was

Practice 17
Choose the correct answer

1. In England, it often snows ________ December.


(1) at
(2) on
(3) in
(4) while

2. Do you think we ________ be able to go to Jupiter in the future?


(1) are
(2) will
(3) shall
(4) must

3. Many changes will take place in ________ next century.


(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) some

4. Do you work ________ Mondays?


(1) in
(2) on
(3) at
(4) from

5. Charlie would have ________ some of the chicken had they not been
thrown away.
(1) ate
(2) eaten
(3) eating
(4) eats

6. “Call me if you need help,” he said, “I’ll see to your needs ________.”
(1) myself
(2) himself
(3) ourselves
(4) itself

7. He was always too ill ________ work anyway. Let’s carry on without him.
(1) from
(2) to
(3) in
(4) on

8. The girl has been supporting herself ________ her mother passed away.
(1) when
(2) as
(3) since
(4) though

9. The book, ________ a blue ribbon on it, is Cindy’s.


(1) along
(2) with
(3) and
(4) but

10. When John ________, he sounded like a horse with a sore throat.
(1) sing’s
(2) sing
(3) sang
(4) sung

Practice 18
Choose the correct answer

1. My grandmother does not trust banks with her money, so she ________
cash in all parts of the house.
(1) hid
(2) hides
(3) hidden
(4) hiding

2. Once, I pulled an old magazine off a shelf and found a $100 bill stuck
________ the pages.
(1) inside
(2) in
(3) with
(4) between

3. I told ________ mother who then spanked her child for misbehaving.
(1) the
(2) my
(3) a
(4) an

4. My grandmother ________ upset with me. She refuses to speak to me.


(1) is
(2) was
(3) am
(4) were

5. If I ________ do it all over again, I would not tell my mother about the
accident.
(1) shall
(2) will
(3) could
(4) would

6. Grandmother ________ finally persuaded to put her money into a bank.


(1) was being
(2) were being
(3) was
(4) were

7. It was a good thing ________ locker the door. A burglar tried to break in
to the house.
(1) he
(2) him
(3) her
(4) hers

8. The burglar ________ a purse filled with coins and a golden pen while
Grandma was asleep.
(1) took
(2) has taken
(3) have taken
(4) had taken

9. Grandma’s anger ceased and I could ________ her again.


(1) visited
(2) visit
(3) is visiting
(4) visits

10. I was ________ a big reward by my father.


(1) give
(2) given
(3) gave
(4) giving

Practice 19
Choose the correct answer

1. George would have ________ sooner if he had not missed the bus.
(1) came
(2) come
(3) coming
(4) is coming

2. The school of fish ________ hungry.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) were
(4) have been

3. The ________ of poems has been published.


(1) team
(2) bouquet
(3) collection
(4) cluster

4. The ________ of blocks can be seen from a distance.


(1) school
(2) host
(3) troop
(4) cluster

5. I gave her a ________ of dough to play with.


(1) herd
(2) team
(3) ball
(4) string
6. There is no reason ________ this to happen.
(1) of
(2) for
(3) from
(4) to

7. Here ________ two apples. You can have them later.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) were
(4) was

8. The equipment ________ damaged. You have to get it repaired.


(1) are
(2) is
(3) were
(4) was

9. The zookeeper takes us to see the ________ of elephants.


(1) flock
(2) herd
(3) pack
(4) pen

10. He brushes ________ teeth all by himself. He is a big boy now.


(1) he
(2) his
(3) him
(4) himself

Practice 20
Choose the correct answer

1. Ken had to escape to the library to cool ________ during recess. The
weather was unbearable.
(1) up
(2) out
(3) aside
(4) off

2. He would have ________ the plates had they not been made of plastic.
(1) broken
(2) break
(3) breaks
(4) breaking

3. Mrs Ng sent ________ her chicken for the fourth time and the cook was
furious.
(1) off
(2) back
(3) out
(4) away

4. He was upset, but listened ________ to her complaints.


(1) quieter
(2) quiet
(3) quietly
(4) quietest

5. My uncle spent many hours trying to locate ________ special nest.


(1) the
(2) a
(3) an
(4) any

6. Her husband quickly finished repairing ________ roof when he noticed


the approaching storm.
(1) the
(2) an
(3) a
(4) some

7. Wendy and Bala ________ excellent workers.


(1) are
(2) is
(3) was
(4) were

8. None of the boys ________ it past round one in last year’s competition.
(1) made
(2) making
(3) are making
(4) is making

9. In the future, I ________ practice harder for my violin examination.


(1) are going to
(2) was going
(3) am going to
(4) be going to

10. She is the ________ piano teacher in the neighbourhood.


(1) good
(2) better
(3) Best wishes, more good

Practice 21
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ down the hallway, Tuan slipped and fell.


(1) Dashed
(2) Dash
(3) Dashing
(4) Dashes

2. His elbow and nose ________ for a few days after a fall.
(1) hurt
(2) hurting
(3) had hurt
(4) was hurting

3. He had so much work that he could hardly keep his head ________
water.
(1) below
(2) above
(3) into
(4) outside

4. He needs to get ________ a proper routine.


(1) into
(2) with
(3) in
(4) to

5. Every morning , he gets ________ late and has to rush to school.


(1) down
(2) into
(3) up
(4) in

6. The milk ________ sour as it was left unrefrigerated.


(1) turns
(2) turn
(3) turned
(4) turning

7. He is ________ calm and collected. I cannot believe it when I saw his


outburst this morning.
(1) usually
(2) seldom
(3) rarely
(4) barely

8. He always says, “Time and tide ________ for no man.”


(1) wait
(2) waits
(3) waiting
(4) are waiting

9. They searched the whole room, but it was like looking for a ________.
(1) hair in a shack
(2) needle in a haystack
(3) pin in a cushion
(4) needle in the garden

10. They finally found their bags ________ in a bush.


(1) hiding
(2) hide
(3) hid
(4) hidden

Practice 22
Choose the correct answer

1. Gopal dreaded attending ________ Technical class.


(1) her
(2) his
(3) she
(4) he

2. Whenever Mr Don called on him, Jan felt as if he had ________ in his


chair.
(1) freezing
(2) froze
(3) frozen
(4) freezes

3. He could not open his mouth, let alone answer one ________ his
questions.
(1) of
(2) for
(3) to
(4) with

4. The animals in the zoo ________ restless in the afternoon heat.


(1) are
(2) was
(3) is
(4) be

5. The ________ of songs in Xin Xin’s new album is popular.


(1) set
(2) collection
(3) book
(4) group

6. The album is sold ________ in three countries. You won’t be able to find it
in the stores.
(1) up
(2) out
(3) into
(4) off

7. She wants to try to break ________ the American music scene.


(1) off
(2) in
(3) to
(4) into

8. She wants to break ________ with her boyfriend who treats her badly.
(1) in
(2) off
(3) up
(4) with

9. Ken is ________[[ the idea because he thinks it is not feasible to carry


out.
(1) for
(2) against
(3) off
(4) out

10. She ________ a big risk in wanting to leave the country alone.
(1) Take care, took
(2) Is taking
(3) Are taking

Practice 23
Chose the correct answer

1. A ________ kitten cried outside the back door.


(1) stay thin
(2) thin stray
(3) thins strayed
(4) strayed thin

2. As Ray felt sorry for the poor animal, he ________ it some leftover
noodles.
(1) fed
(2) feeds
(3) feed
(4) feeding

3. It was the ________ difficult moment of her life when she was pessed to
make a decision.
(1) most
(2) more
(3) any
(4) some

4. She ________ like Mother Hubbard when she looked at her cupboard
which was filled with foodstuff.
(1) feel
(2) feels
(3) feeling
(4) felt

5. The kitten ________ hungrily when it was given some scraps.


(1) eat
(2) eats
(3) ate
(4) eaten

6. The tramp was ________ shabbily because of his wretched appearance.


(1) treated
(2) treating
(3) treat
(4) treats

7. The kitten appeared ________ of nowhere and give Mitch a scare.


(1) at
(2) in
(3) on
(4) out

8. The father welcomed the prodigal son ________ open arms.


(1) with
(2) against
(3) into
(4) up

9. The kitten ________ when it was awakened by a shrill sound.


(1) mew
(2) mews
(3) mewing
(4) mewed

10. Jim finally found himself ________ wife to share his lije with.
(1) a
(2) the
(3) an
(4) any

Practice 24
Choose the correct answer

1. Last week, Hamid ________ his girlfriend, Jess a present.


(1) giving
(2) gave
(3) given
(4) gives

2. It was ________ necklace.


(1) a gold new expensive
(2) an new gold expensive
(3) herself
(4) himself

3. When he saw her putting his gift for her aside, Hamid knew that he should
have bought a new watch for ________ instead
(1) ourselves
(2) themselves
(3) herself
(4) himself

4. I have ________ to him but he still refused to talk to me.


(1) apologised
(2) apologise
(3) apologising
(4) apologises

5. He ________ his eyebrows at her every time he sees her.


(1) raises
(2) raise
(3) raising
(4) is raising

6. She felt very sorry for the beggar but ________ not know how to help him.
(1) do
(2) did
(3) does
(4) doing

7. She decided to buy her father the ________ watch advertised in the
magazine.
(1) latest digital
(2) digital latest
(3) late digital
(4) digital late

8. He was surprised ________ hear of his promotion.


(1) to
(2) from
(3) in
(4) of

9. The two friends made ________ after an exchange of apologies.


(1) on
(2) up
(3) down
(4) along
10. Jacob was sorry ________ all the wrongdoings that he had done in the
past.
(1) for
(2) of
(3) to
(4) into

Practice 25
Choose the correct answer

1. I have to put ________ with my irritating sister all the time.


(1) against
(2) up
(3) out
(4) away

2. My sister, Ann, hardly does any ________. Yet, she performs wonderfully
in all her examinations.
(1) studies
(2) studying
(3) studied
(4) study

3. After Ann ________ all of her homework, she spent the rest of the
evening watching television.
(1) done
(2) had done
(3) is doing
(4) has bee doing

4. My shirt ________ torn. It cannot be mended.


(1) are
(2) were
(3) be
(4) is

5. A ________ of flowery trousers is hanging in the wardrobe.


(1) set
(2) pair
(3) twin
(4) couple

6. I would rather go naked than be ________ in them.


(1) seeing
(2) see
(3) seen
(4) saw

7. The earthquake has gotten from bad to ________. It is claiming mre lives
than ever with the damage it causes.
(1) worse
(2) worst
(3) badder
(4) more worse

8. He cannot come for the rehearsals ________ he can come for the
concert.
(1) but
(2) because
(3) and
(4) so

9. Although he was a powerful singer, the teacher would not let him perform
without ________ practice.
(1) some
(2) many
(3) a few
(4) several

10. He was very disappointed ________ he knew she was trying to be fair to
everyone.
(1) even though
(2) because
(3) as
(4) since

Practice 26
Choose the correct answer

1. On his way to an interview, Ganash ________ a hotdog to quiet his


rumbling stomach.
(1) buy
(2) buying
(3) bought
(4) is buying

2. While Mike was wolfing down a burger, tomato ketchup ________ all over
the front of his crisp white shirt.
(1) drips
(2) drip
(3) dripped
(4) dripping

3. Jon spilt some milk on himself in school. He had to ________ home to


change his shirt.
(1) run
(2) ran
(3) runs
(4) running

4. As a result of a miscalculation of time, Harold ________ late for his


interview.
(1) be
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

5. My bible ________ left on the bed last night.


(1) was
(2) is
(3) were
(4) are

6. I ________ not find my way to Jean’s house this morning.


(1) can
(2) do
(3) could
(4) must

7. Freddy bumped ________ me this morning, but I could not recognize him
after so many years.
(1) in
(2) onto
(3) into
(4) against

8. Father told me ________ happened at his office yesterday.


(1) why
(2) what
(3) where
(4) how

9. After speaking to his teacher, Nan fu ________ off to class.


(1) was speeding
(2) speed
(3) speeding
(4) sped

10. It was only ________ I sat down to do my homework that T realized I had
a test following day.
(1) where
(2) when
(3) while
(4) why

Practice 27
Choose the correct answer

1. Omar woke up ________ dawn and drove to Part Dickson in semi-


darkness.
(1) at
(2) after
(3) before
(4) as

2. As the sun ________ over the ocean, Kang Ni proposed to his


girlfriend.
(1) rise
(2) rising
(3) rose
(4) had risen

3. Grandmother watched the water sparkle like the beautiful diamond


ring Grandfather ________ her years ago.
(1) give
(2) gave
(3) has given
(4) had given

4. When his girlfriend turned down his proposal, Bernard ________ the
ring into the ocean before him.
(1) throws
(2) throw
(3) threw
(4) thrown

5. A ________ fisherman was found dead by the river.


(1) tried hungry poor
(2) poor tried hungry
(3) tried poor and hungry
(4) poor and tried hungry

6. His hook ________ something and the fisherman knew at once a fish
was not at the end of the line.
(1) strike
(2) struck
(3) striking
(4) is striking

7. Putting his anxiousness ________, Don walked into the operating


theatre.
(1) in
(2) out
(3) aside
(4) up

8. His eyes grew wide ________ amazement when he saw the sparkling
jewel
(1) of
(2) from
(3) at
(4) in

9. Upon hearing the news, Ali left everything ________ and hurried
home to tell his wife.
(1) ahead
(2) behind
(3) before
(4) back

10. It was a sad day for Muz as the supposedly ________ day of his life
became his worst.
(1) happy
(2) happier
(3) happiest
(4) more happy

Practice 28
Choose the correct answer

1. Daniel would have ________ his new car had he not been so worried
that someone would scratch it.
(1) driving
(2) drove
(3) driven
(4) drives

2. None of the students ________ done their homework.


(1) has
(2) have
(3) is
(4) was

3. The hinges ________ the door have been removed.


(1) of
(2) off
(3) into
(4) from

4. He quarrels ________ his neighbour over who should pay for the
gate.
(1) at
(2) with
(3) to
(4) about

5. His neighbour called the police when he made too ________ noise.
(1) many
(2) little
(3) much
(4) a lot

6. He called the Ministry of Environment to complain ________ the


mosquitoes.
(1) about
(2) from
(3) of
(4) to

7. The officers ________ their flower pots and found a afew packets of
drugs.
(1) inspects
(2) inspect
(3) inspected
(4) was inspecting

8. The speeding offenders were ________ fined.


(1) heavy
(2) heavier
(3) heaviest
(4) heavily

9. The cat ________ had eaten a few koi from the pond was chased by a
guard dog.
(1) who
(2) which
(3) whom
(4) when

10. Soon after his wife died, he moved ________.


(1) on
(2) out
(3) off
(4) away

Practice 29
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ weeks, Joon searched cookbooks and magazines for the


recipe to fish stew.
(1) Since
(2) After
(3) For
(4) Until

2. Sara found some information on ________ to grow crystals on the


Internet.
(1) who
(2) which
(3) whom
(4) how

3. Her parents could not bring ________ to tell her how awful she
looked.
(1) herself
(2) himself
(3) themselves
(4) one another

4. Nina’s friend were completely disgusted by the sight of the snack and
refused to have ________.
(1) none
(2) nothing
(3) any
(4) them

5. Mother had so ________ food left over that she fed all the cats in the
neighbourhood.
(1) many
(2) few
(3) little
(4) much

6. She admitted to her best friend that she disliked having to eat alone by
________.
(1) themselves
(2) itself
(3) herself
(4) himself

7. Her incredible story was a conversation topic ________ many months.


(1) from
(2) since
(3) until
(4) for

8. Some of the voters ________ still angry with the committee members
of the election for the miscalculation of votes.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) have
(4) has

9. Forty per cent of the student body ________ in favour of changing the
school uniform.
(1) are
(2) is
(3) was
(4) be

10. Two and two ________ four


(1) make
(2) makes
(3) making
(4) are making

Practice 30
Choose the correct answer

1. After cooking all night, Wei Ming brought a huge tray ________
chocolate-broccoli biscuits to the party.
(1) of
(2) off
(3) from
(4) to

2. Everyone ________ the delicious taste of sweet and sour fish at


dinner.
(1) enjoy
(2) enjoys
(3) enjoyed
(4) enjoying

3. ________ people turned up late for the wedding dinner, delaying the
event.
(1) Couple
(2) Many
(3) Little
(4) Any

4. He was eager ________ meet Joon, a famous author.


(1) of
(2) to
(3) with
(4) on

5. When Gale and Milly met, they ________ instant friends.


(1) become
(2) became
(3) are becoming
(4) had become

6. When the childhood friends grew ________ , they started a restaurant


together.
(1) into
(2) off
(3) up
(4) down

7. We went to a ashop called ‘The Home of ________ Unusual’.


(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) some

8. Our event was held at a very ________ restaurant by the the sea.
(1) popular fancy modern
(2) fancy popular modern
(3) popular modern and fancy
(4) modern fancy and popular

9. ________ heart stopped beating and the cat died.


(1) It is
(2) Its
(3) It’s
(4) It

10. Can you tell me which pencil is ________?


(1) yours
(2) your
(3) you
(4) our

Practice 36
Choose the correct answer

1. My old car broke down yesterday. I hope it can be ________


(1) repairs
(2) repairing
(3) repaired
(4) repair

2. He ________ take the bus today as his car broke down yesterday.
(1) must
(2) had to
(3) might have
(4) ought to

3. You ________ take off your shoes before entering a mosque.


Everyone has to do it.
(1) must
(2) might
(3) can
(4) may

4. His father ________ to the supermarket, so his mother expected him


to return with food and other essentials. Instead he bought a lottery
ticket with the money.
(1) has gone
(2) had gone
(3) goes
(4) go

5. When Henry opened the vegetable crisper at the bottom of the


refrigerator, the rotten eggs that he discovered ________ up the
kitchen for the rest of the day.
(1) stinked
(2) stank
(3) stanked
(4) stunken

6. Whenever Minnie ________ her small airplane, she worried about


running out of fuel, hitting birds, and being abducted by alien
spaceships.
(1) flied
(2) flown
(3) flew
(4) flying

7. “I will succeed, with ________ help from my friends,” he said.


(1) a little
(2) many
(3) several
(4) few
8. She’s gone already? I am only ________ minutes late!
(1) a little
(2) many
(3) several
(4) a few

9. I was told that ________ care could have prevented the accident.
(1) any
(2) many
(3) much
(4) a little

10. The Indonesian boy missed his friends in ________ Singapore.


(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) –

Practice 37
Choose the correct answer

1. The signboard says ‘Dog ________ be kept on leashes’.


(1) should
(2) may
(3) might
(4) will

2. You ________ leave now if you want to catch the last train home.
(1) are going to
(2) should
(3) will
(4) might

3. At the back of the lab, Ganesh had decorated the margins of his
biology textbook with caricatures. At the next test, he wished that
he ________ the different cell types Mr Lim was explaining to the
class.
(1) was drawing
(2) has drawn
(3) drew
(4) had
(5) drawn
4. The department members but not the chairperson ________
decided not to teach on Mother’s Day.

(1) has
(2) have
(3) having
(4) have been

5. Two-fifths of the vineyard ________ destroyed by fire.


(1) was
(2) were
(3) have
(4) had

6. Forty percent of the students ________ in favour of changing the


policy next years.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) has
(4) have

7. The flock of geese spends most of ________ time in the pasture.


(1) his
(2) their
(3) its
(4) her

8. The jury decides if an accused is guilty ________ an American


justice system.
(1) at
(2) in
(3) for
(4) by

9. The steering committee meets ________ Wednesday afternoon.


(1) any
(2) all
(3) every
(4) some

10. The class ________ started by the explosion of the light bulb.
(1) was
(2) had
(3) is being
(4) are being

Practice 38
Choose the correct answer

1. The average worker’s earnings ________ gone up dramatically.


(1) has
(2) have
(3) is
(4) was

2. Our thanks go to the workers ________ supported the union.


(1) that
(2) which
(3) who
(4) whom

3. Candy is trying to decide whether she ________ to go to medical


school or business school.
(1) wants
(2) want
(3) wanted
(4) has been wanting

4. Terry did not have all the ingredients the recipe called ________;
therefore, he decided to make something else.
(1) up
(2) of
(3) for
(4) to

5. To read quickly and accurately ________ Eugene’s goal.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) is being
(4) are being

6. The Arctic explorers were caught unawares ________ the


cracking iceberg.
(1) to
(2) from
(3) by
(4) against

7. Frankenstein ________ the name of the scientist and not the


monster.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) being
(4) were

8. Mr Tan saw his daughter ________ the book Moby Dick as a


coaster for her glass of cold tea.
(1) did use
(2) uses
(3) used
(4) using

9. She is going to the barbecue ________ her father;s prohibition.


(1) despite
(2) although
(3) except
(4) unlike

10. ________ down his briefcase, he lectured the poor girl on the
need to show proper respect for great literature.
(1) Throws
(2) Threw
(3) Thrown
(4) Throwing

Practice 39
Choose the correct answer

1. Jim’s last temper tantrum ________ $200.


(1) cost
(2) costs
(3) costed
(4) costing

2. He had thrown an expensive Ming vase into their koi pond, and
his wife ________ that he hire a diver to retrieve it.
(1) insists
(2) insist
(3) insisted
(4) has insisted

3. I consider Ginger ________ favourite cat.


(1) its
(2) me
(3) is
(4) my

4. My son-in-law locked his keys ________ the trunks of a borrowed


car.
(1) at
(2) on
(3) into
(4) inside

5. We saw Peter dashing ________ the field.


(1) into
(2) along
(3) across
(4) inside

6. Jon’s aunt picked ________ the plates broken in last night’s fight.
(1) off
(2) out
(3) from
(4) up

7. Lighting flashed ________ in the night sky.


(1) bright
(2) brighter
(3) brightest
(4) brightly

8. In early October, Eugene planted twenty onion bulbs;


unfortunately, squirrels ________ the bulbs and none bloomed.
(1) eat
(2) had eaten
(3) eating
(4) ate

9. The dogs ________ about the clown’s feet while he juggled those
bowling pins.
(1) are capering
(2) have capered
(3) were capering
(4) had capering

10. My favourite teacher’ a fine chess player in her own right,


________ won several state-level tournaments.
(1) has
(2) have
(3) having
(4) have had

Practice 40
Choose the correct answer

1. We shouted different sounds into the quarry and listened to the


________ that returned.
(1) echo
(2) echoes
(3) echoing
(4) echoed

2. He tripped over a box ________ carelessly in the hallway.


(1) leave
(2) leaving
(3) left
(4) leaves

3. Since we are moving soon, we ________ many boxes.


(1) needed
(2) needs
(3) will need
(4) am going to need

4. The harbour at Marblle Mountain ________ one wharf.


(1) has
(2) have
(3) is having
(4) are having

5. There are several wharves ________ Halifax Harbour.


(1) on
(2) at
(3) in
(4) by
6. Bali is my parents, favourite place because it recreates ________
idea of paradise.
(1) his
(2) her
(3) their
(4) theirs

7. The vacation my grandparents won includes trips ________


twelve European cities.
(1) in
(2) at
(3) between
(4) to

8. The children ran ________ from the big black dog.


(1) off
(2) away
(3) up
(4) past

9. The audience was shocked when ________ five men admitted


that they were afraid of mice.
(1) some
(2) every
(3) all
(4) any

10. We remember ________ off the lights when we left the room.
(1) switching
(2) to switch
(3) switched
(4) have switched

Practice 41
Choose the correct answer

1. Mr Bones was ________ very prominent eighteenth-century actor.


(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) any
2. Sarah Singer was ________ the height of her career as an
actress in the 1780s.
(1) in
(2) at
(3) out
(4) into

3. The manager was trying to write a job advertisement, but he could


not decide whether he was advertising ________ a waiter or a
waitress.
(1) about
(2) regarding
(3) from
(4) for

4. Young Mark rarely told the truth if he thought he ________ to be


punished.
(1) was gone
(2) were going
(3) had going
(4) was going

5. As Samy walked onto the silent house, he ________ by an


unexpected echo.
(1) startle
(2) startled
(3) was startled
(4) had been startled

6. Comparing the two, we prefer his painting to his ________.


(1) mother
(2) mother’s
(3) mothers
(4) mothers’

7. You ________ get your watch back tomorrow, I promise.


(1) may
(2) might
(3) will
(4) would

8. The best exercise, walking briskly, ________ also the least


expensive.
(1) are
(2) is
(3) are being
(4) is being

9. Tania’s goal in life, ________ an occupational, is within her grasp


this year, at last.
(1) to become
(2) become
(3) has become
(4) will become

10. ________ shirt do you want for Christmas—the red one or the
green one ?
(1) Whose
(2) What
(3) Which
(4) Whom

Practice 42
Choose the correct answer

1. The gangster as well as his brother going to prison.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) is being
(4) are being

2. Neither the thief nor his brother ________ going to jail.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) is being
(4) are being

3. He works a lot ________ carefully than the other doctor on the


estate.
(1) less
(2) lesser
(3) least
(4) more less

4. When she came ________, she found that she had fained in the
field.
(1) off
(2) up
(3) to
(4) out

5. If you had listened to me, you ________ to work so late now.


(1) would not have
(2) would not have had
(3) would not
(4) would not having

6. The vain woman looked proudly at ________ own reflection in the


mirror.
(1) her
(2) herself
(3) hers
(4) her’s

7. The board of directors decided how much ________ each player.


(1) pay
(2) to pay
(3) having to pay
(4) paying

8. The boys ________ to the minimart to buy drinks for some time
now.
(1) have gone
(2) are going
(3) had gone
(4) have been going

9. I cannot get ________ how lazy you are !


(1) over
(2) up
(3) through
(4) in

10. Of the two brothers, Jimmy is ________ for the faster.


(1) to
(2) from
(3) by
(4) of

Practice 43
Choose the correct answer

1. Neither of the two toy cars working.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) has
(4) have

2. The weather this weekend has been somewhat ________.


(1) gooder
(2) better
(3) best
(4) well

3. Jimmy approaches his schoolwork a little less industriously than


his brother, Tim, ________.
(1) do
(2) does
(3) is doing
(4) are doing

4. You get ________ at one in the afternoon and do nothing.


(1) over
(2) up
(3) through
(4) in

5. We spent less than forty dollars ________ our trip.


(1) in
(2) on
(3) at
(4) for

6. The company spent less than four per cent of ________ budget
on office renovations.
(1) his
(2) it
(3) it’s
(4) its

7. We students are demanding that the administration ________ us


two hours for recess.
(1) gave
(2) give
(3) gives
(4) given

8. This dog ________ too much of my time when it fell ill.


(1) is demanding
(2) are demanding
(3) demands
(4) demanded

9. “we expect ________ older students to behave like adults,” said


the principal to the Primary six class.
(1) us
(2) they
(3) we
(4) you

10. Theirs is really ugly; ________ is beautiful.


(1) ours
(2) our
(3) us
(4) we

Practice 44
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ of the students is responsible for doing his or her work


in the library.
(1) Every
(2) Each
(3) Some
(4) All

2. Everyone ________ finished his or her homework.


(1) has
(2) have
(3) having
(4) has had

3. She ________ there for many years, ever since she ran away
from home.
(1) has lived
(2) lived
(3) having lived
(4) lives

4. It was getting chilly so she put ________ her jacket.


(1) up
(2) off
(3) together
(4) on

5. The lazy students turned ________ late as usual and was locked
out of the classroom.
(1) up
(2) in
(3) off
(4) on

6. Zoe arrived a whole ________ sooner than we expected.


(1) much
(2) many
(3) few
(4) lot

7. I asked her if she ________ the consent form but she did not
answer.
(1) signed
(2) has sign
(3) had signed
(4) had been signing

8. ________ socks are dirty. You cannot wear them again unless
you wash them.
(1) You
(2) Yours
(3) You are
(4) Your

9. Some of the people ________ off when the floor suddenly shook.
(1) dozed
(2) were dozing
(3) would doze
(4) have dozed

10. “Let me ________ if you have an infection,” said Dr Lim.


(1) see
(2) to see
(3) saw
(4) seen

Practice 45
Choose the correct answer

1. You’ll have to take the goldfish ________ my hands .I don’t want


them.
(1) on
(2) away
(3) into
(4) off

2. If you give me the leftovers, I ________ them away.


(1) throw
(2) will throw
(3) threw
(4) would throw

3. None of the food in the refrigerator ________ fresh.


(1) are
(2) is
(3) were
(4) was

4. The quicker you finish this project, the ________.


(1) good
(2) better
(3) Best
(4) more good

5. Why are ________ standing in the rain ?


(1) your
(2) his
(3) him
(4) you

6. She ________ her older brothers in the way she walks.


(1) takes on
(2) takes off
(3) takes after
(4) takes up
7. Cinderella’s ugly sisters are wearing their ________ outfit for the
ball.
(1) fine
(2) finest
(3) finer
(4) more fine

8. We are trying the very best ________ can to do well in the PMR.
(1) our
(2) they
(3) we
(4) us

9. Of all the wines produced in Australia, I like this one the


________.
(1) many
(2) much
(3) most
(4) lot

10. Some of the beads ________. Did you count them?


(1) are missing
(2) is missing
(3) have been missing
(4) has been missing

Practice 46
Choose the correct answer

1. A flight of birds ________ at the closing ceremony.


(1) release
(2) were releasing
(3) was releasing
(4) was released

2. My phone is newer than ________.


(1) you
(2) your
(3) yours
(4) your one

3. Diabetics give ________ insulin shots several times a day.


(1) ourselves
(2) themselves
(3) himself
(4) them

4. A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous
experience or when it ________ with another cat.
(1) has fought
(2) has been fighting
(3) fought
(4) have fought

5. This is ________ attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by


doing something natural and instinctive.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) some

6. Zoe’s uncle asked her to get ________ with her life and ignore
her classmate.
(1) up
(2) down
(3) off
(4) on

7. Always make sure you have time to reread and adit your work
________ you finish.
(1) during
(2) before
(3) after
(4) since

8. Much of the water ________. We need to get some more.


(1) is used
(2) are used
(3) has been used
(4) have been used

9. A giraffe ________ clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!


(1) can
(2) could
(3) will
(4) might
10. A crocodile cannot stick ________ tongue out.
(1) his
(2) it
(3) its
(4) it’s

Practice 47
Choose the correct answer

1. Here is ________ advice on how to write better.


(1) one
(2) many
(3) some
(4) an

2. The passive voice should only be used ________.


(1) never
(2) hardly
(3) unusually
(4) sparingly

3. There should be ________ between the subject and the verb in a


sentence.
(1) agree
(2) agreement
(3) agreeing
(4) agreements

4. Proofread your work to see if you ________ anything.


(1) leave out
(2) left out
(3) have left out
(4) have been leaving out

5. A writer must not shift ________ point of view.


(1) one’s
(2) its
(3) his or her
(4) their

6. In your writing, try not to start ________ sentence with a


conjunction or end with a preposition.
(1) some
(2) an
(3) the
(4) any

7. ________ not overuse exclamation marks!


(1) Must
(2) Do
(3) May
(4) Can

8. Place pronouns and their antecedents as close together


________ possible, especially in a long sentence.
(1) is
(2) as
(3) an
(4) if

9. Everyone should be careful ________ a singular pronoun with a


singular pronoun in his or her writing.
(1) using
(2) in use
(3) to use
(4) with using

10. Always ________ the correct idiom.


(1) picks
(2) pick
(3) picked
(4) picking

Practice 48
Choose the correct answer

1. One should ________ stand under a tree in o thunderstorm.


(1) never
(2) seldom
(3) hardly
(4) ever

2. They began to frightened after they haerd the eerie story.


(1) felt
(2) feel
(3) feeling
(4) feels

3. He had to get ________ on his hands and knees to look for his
missing contact lenses.
(1) up
(2) down
(3) off
(4) on

4. Everyone ________ his or her homework and can go cycling at


the park now.
(1) is doing
(2) are doing
(3) has done
(4) have done

5. ________ that walking down the street?


(1) Whose
(2) Who
(3) Who’s
(4) Whom

6. Richard usually remembers to send a copy of his e-mail to


________.
(1) him
(2) he
(3) himself
(4) his

7. Somebody ________ left her bag behind.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) has
(4) have

8. Going to Singapore ________ my own will be an exciting


experience.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

9. Friendship ________ a precious thing to be treasured.


(1) is
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

10. In the morning, you find many residents jogging ________ this
canal.
(1) inside
(2) towards
(3) along
(4) across

Practice 49
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ pen in this ?


(1) Whose
(2) Who
(3) Who’s
(4) Whom

2. Although the landlord promised to paint the apartment, we ended


up doing it ________.
(1) we
(2) they
(3) our
(4) ourselves

3. A pupil ________ see his or her teacher before leaving early. This
is a school rule.
(1) can
(2) might
(3) may
(4) must

4. ________ of her own books, Lydia went to the library to borrow


new ones.
(1) Tired
(2) Tiring
(3) To tire
(4) Tires

5. This money is for ________ and me.


(1) he
(2) him
(3) his
(4) they

6. This arrangement ________ between Fred and him since


January.
(1) was
(2) were
(3) has been
(4) onto

7. The cat ran along the side wall and ________ the roof..
(1) into
(2) on top
(3) inside
(4) onto

8. Neither the girls nor the boys ________ to go there.


(1) wants
(2) want
(3) are waiting
(4) is waiting

9. ________ of huts were destroyed by the typhoon.


(1) A large number
(2) All
(3) Some
(4) Few

10. The child ran ________ the duck and fell into the pond.
(1) up
(2) behind
(3) after
(4) into

Practice 50
Choose the correct answer

1. Look at the sheep ________ in the window.


(1) graze
(2) grazes
(3) grazing
(4) grazed
2. The ox ________ its tail to chase away the fly that was buzzing
around it.
(1) swish
(2) swishing
(3) swishes
(4) swished

3. Shan Shan started at me strangely ________ I had said


something unusual.
(1) even though
(2) as if
(3) but then
(4) and so

4. The superhero hid ________ the tree and waited for the thief to
emerge from the building.
(1) behind
(2) on
(3) which
(4) that

5. The person ________ hit the school have to pay to fix the
damages.
(1) whose
(2) who
(3) which
(4) that

6. Those ________ have been standing in line the longest will get in
first.
(1) into
(2) by
(3) of
(4) for

7. The loaf of bread was cut ________ halves and given to each
child.
(1) into
(2) by
(3) of
(4) for

8. The ripe mango hanging from the branch was jus ________ my
reach.
(1) up
(2) below
(3) besides
(4) beyond

9. They ________ near the school when the fire broke out there.
(1) lives
(2) live
(3) lived
(4) were living

10. The teacher ________ our essays by this time next week, I
cannot wait to see my marks.
(1) will be marking
(2) will have been marking
(3) will have marked
(4) will mark

Practice 51
Choose the correct answer

1. The manager often does the photocopying herself so that the


secretaries ________ more important work.
(1) can do
(2) will do
(3) must do
(4) should do

2. Some like their food hot ________ some prefer it cold.


(1) unless
(2) while
(3) because
(4) despite

3. The ________ face was covered in cool dust.


(1) miner
(2) miners
(3) miner’s
(4) miners’

4. Since we have a complex appeal process, a ________ verdict is


not always final.
(1) jury
(2) juries’
(3) jury’s
(4) jurys’

5. Sam is ________ than Cindy although you cannot tell.


(1) old
(2) older
(3) oldest
(4) more old

6. Don’t worry, you still have time to practice ________ the final
examination.
(1) after
(2) during
(3) before
(4) beside

7. I have to call the plumber ________ the toilet is leaking.


(1) even if
(2) for
(3) of
(4) that

8. We have the same model ________ three different colours.


(1) at
(2) in
(3) of
(4) by

9. ‘Stop, thief!’ said the old lady ________.


(1) loud
(2) louder
(3) loudest
(4) loudly

10. Have you ever ________ such an ungrateful creature?


(1) came across
(2) come across
(3) came to
(4) come to

Practice 52
Choose the correct answer

1. The deer hid behind a clump of trees when it saw the group of
hunters ________.
(1) were coming
(2) was coming
(3) coming
(4) has come

2. A fleet of floats passed ________ our apartment on the way to the


parade grounds.
(1) through
(2) around
(3) by
(4) in

3. My grandmother ________ her string of pearls yesterday.


(1) has lost
(2) lost
(3) has been losing
(4) was losing

4. I prefer ________ to other pastimes.


(1) sing
(2) to sing
(3) singing
(4) song

5. The volcanic rocks ________ into the sky by the huge eruption
last month.
(1) threw
(2) thrown
(3) were thrown
(4) had been thrown

6. Malaysia ________ a warm and humid climate.


(1) had
(2) has been having
(3) has
(4) have

7. Singapore is also known as ‘The ________ City’.


(1) Lion
(2) Lion’s
(3) Lions’
(4) Lions

8. Malaysia is so warm because of its short distance ________ the


aquator.
(1) by
(2) from
(3) on
(4) towards

9. Malaysia has no seasons ________ it is an equatorial country.


(1) so
(2) being
(3) as
(4) but

10. Most visitors ________ how few races lives harmoniously in this
country.
(1) impress
(2) impressed
(3) is impressed
(4) are impressed

Practice 53
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ the fierce storm, the vegetable crop was not damaged.
(1) Although
(2) Despite
(3) Due to
(4) As a result of

2. I ________ my lunch now. Can I talk to you later?


(1) have
(2) have had
(3) is having
(4) am having

3. He found the puppy’s insistent whining so ________ that he left


the house.
(1) irritated
(2) irritating
(3) irritation
(4) irritate

4. Benjamin Franklin, an American, ________ the first lending


library.
(1) starts
(2) start
(3) started
(4) irritate

5. Did you know the ancient Chinese ________ silk to make their
paper?
(1) uses
(2) use
(3) used
(4) has been using

6. Did you ________ to collect the gift yourself or did they post it to
you?
(1) had
(2) having
(3) have had
(4) have

7. I ________ the smell of raw fish in my porridge.


(1) dislike
(2) dislikes
(3) am disliking
(4) have disliked

8. She selected the books she wanted to borrow and went to the
library counter to check them ________.
(1) in
(2) out
(3) up
(4) over

9. He likes to go ________ by himself to think.


(1) up
(2) into
(3) away
(4) off

10. I ________ she would win the tennis match but her opponent was
too skilful.
(1) am hoping
(2) was hoping
(3) have hoped
(4) have been hoping

Practice 54
Choose the correct answer

1. We ________ up the school for he minister’s visit next


Wednesday. Can you help us in repainting this wall?
(1) spruced
(2) spruce
(3) are sprucing
(4) have spruced

2. She has learnt ________ proper Malay.


(1) speak
(2) speaking
(3) to speak
(4) in speaking

3. I do not know the meaning of this word. Let me lock it ________


in the dictionary.
(1) on
(2) up
(3) in
(4) over

4. The show ________ by the time we arrived.


(1) begun
(2) began
(3) begins
(4) had begun

5. He brought ________ the date of the meeting, sending his staff


into a panic.
(1) backward
(2) forward
(3) out
(4) off

6. She is not very well as she suffers from frequent ________.


(1) blackness
(2) black spells
(3) blackouts
(4) black off

7. He was about to close ________ the road for the party.


(1) down
(2) up
(3) off
(4) by

8. I heard the ________ news and was happy for him.


(1) surprise
(2) surprises
(3) surprised
(4) surprising

9. He was the most ________ teacher I have ever had.


(1) understands
(2) understood
(3) understanding
(4) understandably

10. I would like to look ________ for a better deal.


(1) out
(2) back
(3) around
(4) at

Practice 55
Choose the correct answer

1. He looked at the evidence and ruled ________ the possibility of


foul play.
(1) out
(2) off
(3) in
(4) up

2. He needs to map ________ the shortest way to her house.


(1) out
(2) off
(3) in
(4) up
3. ________, he did not want to go again after his horrible first
experience.
(1) Understands
(2) Understood
(3) Understanding
(4) Understandably

4. Fermented cabbage is found in Korea and this ________ dish


has become a national icon.
(1) Korea’s
(2) Korea
(3) Koreas’
(4) Korean

5. To make kimchi, the cabbage ________ in a tub containing salt


and red pepper.
(1) is soaked
(2) is soaking
(3) will be soaking
(4) have been soaked

6. He needs to get ________ into momentum; otherwise he will


never finish.it.
(1) out
(2) back
(3) around
(4) at

7. My baby brother goes to kindergarten on Monday and Thursday


mornings twice ________.
(1) daily
(2) weekly
(3) fortnightly
(4) annually

8. He has some good ideas. Let us hope ________ will work.


(1) they
(2) it
(3) he
(4) we

9. There ________ more than one task you need to work on this
wee, so you had better start on them now.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

10. He slept ________ the movie The return of the Monsters.


(1) in
(2) on
(3) through
(4) by

Practice 56
Choose the correct answer

1. Twenty-four disciplines were taking place ________ 27 Olympic


competition venues.
(1) on
(2) at
(3) inside
(4) from

2. Athletics ________ again the highlight of the day, as it had been


over the years.
(1) was
(2) were
(3) was being
(4) were being

3. More than 160,000 spectators were going to overflow the Athens


Olympic Stadium ________ watch athletes from all over the world
compete.
(1) because of
(2) resulting from
(3) in order to
(4) as a result of

4. That day, ________ the last day of the swimming heats, the
swimmers were noticeably nervous.
(1) as
(2) were
(3) being
(4) had been
5. We can learn more about athletics through ________ special
website.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) any

6. ________ such a high selling rate, the tickets of the ATHNS 2004
Olympic Games were already hard to find.
(1) Within
(2) With
(3) From
(4) At

7. In the Men’s 10,000 m Final, Kenenisa Bekele was ________ first


to cross the finishing line, thus continuing Ethiopia’s tradition of
winning gold in this event.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) amongst the

8. His teammates, Sileshi sihine and Haile Gebreselassie who


________ the Olympic gold winner of the Men’s 10,000 m event
in 2000 Sydney and 1996 Atlanta Games, finished in the second
and sixth place.
(1) win
(2) wins
(3) won
(4) winned

9. The ________ hockey team will be playing as soon as the


women’s team is finished.
(1) mans
(2) man’s
(3) men
(4) men’s

10. The Olympic Games ________ every four years.


(1) is holded
(2) was holded
(3) is held
(4) was held
Practice 57
Choose the correct answer

1. ________ thousands of youths who auditioned in front of a panel


of judges, only a hundred made it to the theatre auditions
(1) For
(2) From
(3) Amongst
(4) Between

2. Then in the ________ round of auditions, only thirty will go on to


the piano shows.
(1) two
(2) twice
(3) second
(4) secondly

3. Hosted ________ popular host Cheryl and Soo Kui Jien, the show
is made even more popular/
(1) with
(2) by
(3) for
(4) of

4. Known as the ‘Idols Phenomenon’ ________ the world, this


programme format has managed to hold the attention of people of
all nationalities.
(1) of
(2) for
(3) from
(4) around

5. The Idols format, on which Malaysia Idol is based, ________


jointly owned by FremantleMedia and 8TV.
(1) was
(2) were
(3) is
(4) are

6. The winner ________ be richly rewarded.


(1) can
(2) may
(3) will
(4) might

7. Not only will the winner attain fame and ridiculous amount of
media exposure, ________ he or she will also walk away a
recording contract.
(1) and
(2) after
(3) but
(4) before

8. Singapore Idol will utilize the format where contestants are


chosen from mass auditions around the nation, then whittled
________ a group of just ten finalists.
(1) into
(2) onto
(3) down to
(4) up to

9. Each week, the finalist with the least with the least votes from the
viewing public will be sent home, until only one remains – he or
she ________ the Malaysia Idol.
(1) will be crowned
(2) is crowning
(3) is being crowned
(4) crowns

10. Kelly Chew, Managing Director of BMG Singapore says, “We are
already in talks ________ renowned songwriters and we hope to
invite them to compose original songs for our winner.”
(1) to
(2) with
(3) around
(4) amongst

Practice 58
Choose the correct answer

1. Sir Stamford Raffles ________ Singapore in the early nineteenth


century.
(1) had found
(2) found
(3) founded
(4) has founded
2. Durians are banned on buses and the LRT ________ their
overpowering smell.
(1) because
(2) due to
(3) since
(4) despite

3. No one ________ why durians usually drop from the tree only at
night.
(1) known
(2) knows
(3) know
(4) knew

4. To Asians, eating durians is almost equivalent ________ eating


meat.
(1) with
(2) as
(3) to
(4) for

5. Thai are sometimes preferred to Malaysian durians because they


have ________ flesh.
(1) most
(2) some
(3) more
(4) less

6. Durian plantations are often robbed in Malaysia. During the durian


season, armed men ________ keep a watch over their precious
trees.
(1) seldom
(2) rarely
(3) hardly
(4) often

7. There are some pocket of rainforest in Singapore ________ wild


durian trees can be found.
(1) when
(2) which
(3) where
(4) that
8. The durian is crowed ________ King of Fruit by Asians.
(1) a
(2) an
(3) the
(4) some

9. After eating durians, one’s ‘durian breath’ can linger ________ up


to six hours.
(1) of
(2) from
(3) for
(4) by

10. Durian is made into many other forms ________ durian ice cream.
There is durian candy, durian custard and durian cake.
(1) but
(2) like
(3) besides
(4) beside

Practice 59
Choose the correct answer.
1. Nearly every culture ________ a food that is weird or disgusting to
outsiders.
(1) invent
(2) invents
(3) invented
(4) inventing

2. Sometimes, strange foods from around the world are cultural


markers to differentiate members ________ non-members.
(1) or
(2) for
(3) against
(4) from

3. People from the same country nudge ________ and laugh when
outsides gag at the sight of some strange native foods.
(1) other
(2) each other
(3) one another
(4) the others
4. In northern Australia, a favourite snack among the native people
________ the abdomen of small green ants.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) being
(4) have

5. Green ants have brown bodies and legs, but a large green
abdomen ________ curiously shares a similar to lemon sherbet.
(1) who
(2) whom
(3) which
(4) who’s

6. To eat ants, one picks them up by their heads and squashes them,
before ________ off the abdomen and enjoying the taste.
(1) bite
(2) bites
(3) biting
(4) bitten

7. Occasionally after good lunch, my cousins ________ go and dig


the ant nest from behind the farm, taking out all the ant eggs.
(1) must
(2) will
(3) would
(4) ought

8. An unusual food in the North of Phnom Phen is ________.


(1) a spider
(2) spiders
(3) the spiders
(4) some spiders

9. I have never had the guts to try them ________ but people say the
taste like buttery chicken.
(1) myself
(2) ourselves
(3) themselves
(4) itself

10. Hundreds of spiders re hunted, cooked and ________ every day


in what must be one of the more unusual ‘fast food’ arrangement I
have seen.
(1) sells
(2) sell
(3) sold
(4) seld

Practice 60
Choose the correct answer

1. He doesn’t have any more money with him, ________?


(1) does the
(2) doesn’t he
(3) did he
(4) has he

2. He is the only one able to follow ________ the project that he


started because it is so complex.
(1) on
(2) back
(3) through
(4) up

3. Preserved Korean cabbage is usually6 left for several weeks


________ serving, but can be stored for mouths in clay pots
burled underground.
(1) after
(2) before
(3) since
(4) unless

4. Neither of you ________ the agony that Ronnie is going through.


(1) understand
(2) understands
(3) understanding
(4) have understood

5. Taro is poisonous in its raw form, ________ the Polynesians


smash taro into paste.
(1) although
(2) so
(3) since
(4) as

6. After trying many different kinds of food, I ________ prefer plain


steamed rice.
(1) also
(2) only
(3) still
(4) even

7. I keep my old photographs in a/an ________ tin.


(1) round old biscuit
(2) old biscuit round
(3) biscuit old round
(4) old round biscuit

8. If it did not rain, I ________ to the supermarket.


(1) will cycle
(2) would cycled
(3) would have cycled

9. “Whose shoes are ________?” Jim asked, pointing to the shoes


in front of him.
(1) this
(2) that
(3) these
(4) those

10. Raw eggs in porridge ________ my brother’s favourite breakfast


and he asks for it even when we are on holiday.
(1) is
(2) are
(3) was
(4) were

Practice 61
Choose the correct answer

1. I was toying with the idea of making a game for my students that
was a bit like Trivial Pursuit, but with the questions ________
towards learning English rather that general knowledge.
(1) gears
(2) geared
(3) gear
(4) to gear

2. I made a board with squares for each type of ________, made


some scoring tokens out of coloured paper, got some dice, and
what was it.
(1) question
(2) questions
(3) questioning
(4) questionable

3. The special squares and the World Up cards came along later, but
the basic format was there ________ the star.
(1) on
(2) in
(3) from
(4) for

4. The game worked with my own students and I was getting


________ of positive feedback from other teachers.
(1) some
(2) a little
(3) a few
(4) a lot

5. I decided to have a go at a more substantial version, ________ to


get it produced commercially.
(1) hope
(2) hopes
(3) hopeful
(4) hoping

6. It took me about 18 mouths to write the first batch of question,


________ ended up being over 5,000 altogether.
(1) they
(2) that
(3) which
(4) it

7. Then they had to be graded into levels of difficulty and ________


into sets.
(1) arrange
(2) arranges
(3) arranged
(4) arrangement

8. That took another few months as I wanted ________ set to


include a fairly consistent range of material.
(1) a
(2) any
(3) each
(4) all

9. I also had to make sure that each set was balanced in terms of the
number of difficult and easy question it ________.
(1) contains
(2) contains
(3) containing
(4) contained

10. After I had managed to get a company interested in producing it,


the questions ________ be edited and proofread.
(1) should
(2) ought to
(3) had to
(4) have

Practice 62
Choose the correct answer

1. The players of Words Up ________ their reading, pronunciation


and listening skills
(1) practice
(2) practices
(3) practise
(4) practises

2. This game was specially designed for students like Bobby and
________.
(1) I
(2) me
(3) mine
(4) myself

3. Students seem to remember the material they are exposed


________ in games.
(1) with
(2) to
(3) for
(4) against
4. This is not because they particularly
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10. .

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