Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 1

Exercise 1: Give the correct number, is or are in the following

1. The news I’ve received  ________ good.

2. Where _______ the money?

3. His trainers ________ worn out.

4. Maths _______ my poorest subject.

5. Riches _______ sought after by all.

6. Our furniture _________ getting old.

7. This pair of scissors _________ not sharp.

8. Eating fish  ________ very healthy.

9. The number of mobile phones _________ increasing.

10. The sheep _________ grazing in the field.

Exercise 2: Correct the following sentences, giving reasons for your corrections

1. Her advices were very wise.

2. You was the first to do it.

3. The class wasn’t able to agree.

4. I’ve many works to do this morning.

5. The thunders and lightnings frightened the little girl.

6. I’ve more than two dozens of books at home.

7. The poors say that riches does not make a man happy.

8. She waited at the terminal for her luggages.

9. You should go and have your hairs cut, they’re too long.

10. I’m waiting for more informations about this matter.

Exercise 3: Write sentences showing whether the following nouns car: be used in the singular or in the plural

1. news               4. riches                 7. spectacles                9. furniture

2. money           5. dozen                 8. gymnastics             10. damage

3. advice            6. knowledge

Exercise 4: Use house or home in these sentences

1. I live in a ________.

2. My _______ is in Cyprus.

3. Many ________ are being built this year.

4. East or West, _________ is best.

5. The ________ was sold for £150,000.

Exercise 5: Use habit or custom in these sentences

1. You should get into the _______ of brushing your teeth after meals.

2. It’s the _________ of many people to pray for min

3. He has a _________ of biting his nails.

4. Smoking isn’t a good ________.

5. The ________ of showing hospitality to strangers is ancient.

Exercise 6: Fill in the blanks with one of the nouns in brackets

1. The ancient _________ of Greece is an interesting subject. (story, history)

2. His _______ was swollen and he couldn’t get his shoe on. (fool, leg)

3. The strong ________ spoilt the game, (wind, air)

4. Mr Brown is my lawyer and I’ve been his _________ for many years. (customer; client)

5. We’ve been given a long _______ to learn by heart. (poem, poetry)

6. She can play the violin and other _________. (organs, instruments)

7. The _______ of Switzerland is very beautiful. (scene, scenery)

8. There wasn’t much _________ anywhere. (shade, shadow)

9. The ship was sunk in the ________ of the Atlantic. (middle, centre)

10. The students will do a _______ at the end of the year. (theatre, play)

Exercise 7: Rewrite the following with the correct adjectives in brackets

1. He’s the (strong) boy in the whole school.

2. Of the two sisters, Mary is the (beautiful).

3. Ann is the (young) of four sisters.

4. John is the (old) of ail my friends.

5. This is the (good) novel I’ve ever read.

6. Which do you think is (good), tea or coffee?

7. Iron is the (useful) of all metals.

8. The Nile is the (long) river m America.

9. Which of the two girls is (tall)?

10. David is (bad) than his brother.

Exercise 8: Correct the following, giving reasons for your corrections

1. Alexandria is smaller from Cairo.

2. New York is the larger city in the United States.

3. He’s the better student from all.

4. John is more stronger than his brother.

5. My handwriting is more bad than my lister’s.

6. Which is the heaviest you or I?

7. Which of these three girls is the elder?

8. This boy’s manners arc more good than his brother’s.

9. Which of the girls is the taller in the class?

10. Mount Everest is the higher mountain of the world.

Exercise 9: Use many or much in these sentences

1. He hasn’t ______ money.

2. Have they ______ books?

3. There isn’t ______ food in the house.

4. Does she take _______ interest in it?

5. I haven’t ________ time.

6. Are there _______ pupils absent today?

7. How ______ does this book cost?

8. _______ rain has fallen on the mountains.

9. He doesn’t know ________ English.

10. Too _______ people went to the concert.

Exercise 10: Use few or a few, little or a little in these sentences

1. As he has _______ books, he isn’t able to study.

2. Will you have _______ tea?

3. He’s very ill, there’s _______ hope for him.

4. There are ________ apples in the bowl, help yourself to some.

5. ________ people study Latin nowadays.

6. He can’t afford it as he only has _______ money left.

7. As she didn’t speak clearly, ________ people understood what she said.

8. _______ people will admit their faults.

9. We must save _______ money for our journey home

10. I have _________ friends in London who will help me.

Exercise 11: Use ill or sick in these sentences

1. She was suddenly taken ______.

2. The meat was bad, and made everybody ________.

3. He went to the hospital to visit the ________.

4. The _______ man died yesterday.

5. When we’re ________ we go to the doctor.

6. Those who are in bad health are said to be _______.

7. The ________ and the wounded were taken to hospital.

8. He’s _______ with a bad cold.

9. When I travel by boot I’m always ________.

10. She felt ________ and left in the middle of the game.

Exercise 12: Use some or any in these sentences

1. I’ve got ________ new CDs at home.

2. There aren’t ________ flowers in the garden.

3. Have you ________ brothers in this school?

4. Did you buy ________ stamps at the post office7

5. Have I got _______ e-mails the morning?

Exercise 13: Use his or her in these sentences

1. The father told _______ daughter to come back.

2. She gave the money to ________ uncle’s neighbor.

3. He sent a letter to _______ niece.

4. The woman lost ______ son.

5. The grandfather gave a nice gift to _______ daughter’s eldest son.

Exercise 14: Use interesting or interested in these sentences

1. I’m ________ in English.

2. Was the film ________ last night?

3. The book is _______ from beginning to end.

4. She’s a most ________ lady.

5. Are you _______ in computers?

Exercise 15: Fill in the blanks with one of the adjectives in brackets:

1. He sat down and said nothing ________. (farther, further)

2. Is that the _______ edition of The Times? (last, latest)

3. Wish your hands if they’re not _______. (clean, clear)

4. A prize was given to ______ one of the two best pupils. (each, every)

5. She knows ________ words than her brother, (less, fewer)

6. Several people were _______ when the train ran off the track. (wounded, injured)

7. Jane is ________ than her cousin. (higher, taller)

8. Tom is three years old, he’s too ________ to go to school. (small, young)

9. James is my ________ brother. (older, elder)

10. My sister Emma is __________ than I am. (older, elder)

Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 1
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