Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 4

Exercise 50: Use hung or hanged in the following

1. He was found guilty and ___________.

2. Mother _________ the clothes up to dry.

3. The picture __________ on the wall.

4. The criminal was __________.

5. She ________ his jacket up.

Exercise 51: Use the correct form of borrow or lend in the following

1. May I ________ your pen?

2. Please _______ me your book.

3. From whom did you ________ the money?

4. He’ll ________ you his knife.

5. You should avoid ________ ing things from others.

Exercise 52: Use the correct form of steal or rob in the following

1. They ________ the house and fled.

2. Someone has ________ his money.

3. “I’ve been ______.” cried the lady.

4. When the bank was _________, the thieves escaped.

5. The cat will _________ the dog’s food.

Exercise 53: Use a correct form of refuse or deny in the following

1. He ________ to do the work.

2. Clare _________ that she’d seen him.

3. Do you _________ that you broke the window?

4. I _________ to take the money.

5. I asked her to come with us, but she _________.

Exercise 54: Use a correct form of learn or teach in the following

1. She ________ her friends the new game.

2. Will you _________ me how so swim?

3. He __________ his lessons quickly.

4. My teacher __________ me English.

5. Susan wanted to __________ to drive.

Exercise 55: Use the correct form of win or beat in the following

1. We were sure to __________.

2. I can _________ him at chess.

3. The trophy was _________ by our school.

4. We’ve _________ your team several times.

5. We’ve always _________.

Exercise 56: Use the correct form of see or look in the following

1. We can’t __________ in the dark.

2. Don’t _________ out of the window.

3. Did you ________ that film?

4. When he __________ through the open window, he _________ it on the table.

5. The blind can’t _________.

Exercise 57: Use a correct form of hear or listen in the following

1. I __________ carefully but __________ nothing.

2. He can’t ___________ very well.

3. I was __________ ing to the music.

4. The deaf can’t __________.

5. Let’s _________ to my new CD.

Exercise 58: Use the correct form of like or want in the following

1. I _________ to go to Athens next year.

2. Children _________ to play computer games.

3. Do you _________ to come with me for a drive?

4. She always _________ to get up early.

5. Do you _________ to play tennis this afternoon?

Exercise 59: Use a correct form of read or study in the following

1. My father ________ The Times.

2. The boy is ________ ing for the exam.

3. When I finish _________ ing geography, I’ll _________ the letter.

4. She _________ a lot but she doesn’t _________ for her exams.

5. When the students had _________ the exam paper, they were advised to __________ the questions again.

Exercise 60: Use fall or fell in the following

1. Did the child __________ from the chair?

2. The plane _________ into the sea.

3. He _________ down and broke his leg.

4. In winter the leaves __________ from the trees.

5. You’ll _________ if you’re not careful.

Exercise 61: In the following sentences, choose the correct word from those in brackets

1. Who (discovered, invented) the telephone?

2. The judge was (persuaded, convinced) that the man was guilty.

3. When will the meeting (take place, take part)?

4. He (took, received) a price for his success.

5. It’s not wise to (interfere with, interfere in) family quarrels.

6. He (is, is found) at the school in the morning.

7. At what time do you (steep, go to bed)?

8. She didn’t (accept, agree) to go.

9. How does that roan (win, earn) his living?

10. Please (remember, remind) me to give you the change.

Exercise 62: Correct the following sentences, giving the correct idiom

1. Few people will admit that they have wrong.

2. Every day I put my watch with the school clock.

3. Will there be a game today afternoon?

4. He brought a good example.

5. Slowly, slowly, don’t make a noise.

6. The teacher didn’t put us a new lesson.

7. Come down from the bicycle.

8. When do you make your bath?

9. I have much work. I need an hour to finish it.

10. Many young people drink cigarettes.

Exercise 63: Put a suitable gerund in the following

1. Do this without _________ any mistakes.

2. We don’t enjoy _________.

3. He succeeded _________ in the door.

4. I can’t prevent you from ________.

5. It’s no use _________ about everything.

6. She stopped __________ in class.

7. I was busy _________ ready for dinner.

8. It’s worth _________ well.

9. I’m thinking of ________ to London next year.

10. It’s no use _________ over spilt milk.

Exercise 64: Make sentences of your own, using a gerund after each of the following

1. avoid                4. finish              7. interested           9. insist

2. instead of       5. tired                8. worth                 10. can’t help

3. stop                 6. prevent

Exercise 65: Make sentences of your own, using an infinitive after each of the following verbs

1. can             3. may            5. must         7. make           9. hear

2. could         4. might         6. let             8. see              10. feel

Exercise 66: Rewrite the following sentences, placing the adverbs or adverbial phrases in the right position

1. I can speak very well English.

2. I like very much music.

3. A beginner can’t speak correctly English.

4. The teacher explained very well the problem.

5. Michael recorded with his video camera the concert.

6. He put into his pocket the money.

7. He likes very much tea.

8. She learnt by heart the poem.

9. I received from my aunt a nice present.

10. He shut quickly the book.

Exercise 67: Correct the following sentences, giving reasons for your corrections:

1. I always am on time.

2. It rains seldom in the desert.

3. We went yesterday there.

4. I’m not enough tail.

5. He begged the teacher to not punish him.

6. I could have not arrived sooner.

7. She will have not finished her work by tomorrow.

8. I prefer usually coffee to tea.

9. They are leaving for London this evening at seven o’clock.

10. Peter yesterday did not come to school.

Exercise 68: Give the correct adverb, very or too in the sentences

1. It’s _________ cold today.

2. He’s ________ old to work.

3. I can’t drink that coffee, it’s __________ strong.

4. Sugar is _______ sweet.

5. These trainers are ___________ small for me.

6. The Eiffel Tower is  __________ high.

7. Concorde flies ___________ fast.

8. My little brother is __________ young to go to school.

9. I felt ________ tired to study.

10. He’s ________ rich, he’s a millionaire.

Exercise 69: Give the correct adverb, very or much, in these sentences

1. I’m ________ sorry that you can’t come.

2. I was _________ pleased to meet him.

3. She was _________ frightened of failing in English.

4. It was a __________ amusing game.

5. I feel _________ tired.

6. He plays _________ better than his brother.

7. Her essay is _________ worse than yours,

8. It’s a ________ interesting book.

9. I was ________ interested to hear what Becky said.

10. We’re ________ surprised at the news.

Exercise 70: Give the correct adverb, very much or too much, in these sentences

1. I like oranges ________.

2. Thank you ________.

3. I can’t study here, there’s _________ noise.

4. £25 is _______ for that book.

5. He ate _______ and felt sick.

6. I was _______ awake when the baby started crying.

7. She talks ________, she’s a chatterbox.

8. I’m ________ obliged to you.

9. She was _________ interested in the subject.

10. She helped us _________.

Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 4
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