Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 5

Exercise 71: Give the correct adverb, hard or hardly, in these sentences

1. The country was hit very _______ by the drought.

2. I ________ know how to thank you for your kindness.

3. He’s __________ recovered from his illness.

4. If you work __________ perhaps you’ll succeed.

5. Think _________ before you come to a decision.

Exercise 73: Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions

1. I wasn’t pleased ________ her.

2. Cats are afraid _______ dogs.

3. Look _______ this new book.

4. We’re proud ________ our country.

5. He feels ashamed _________ his low marks.

6. We arrived _________ the station late.

7. She’s very different _________ her sister.

8. Are you satisfied _________ your bicycle?

9. I’m not accustomed _________ life in a hotel.

10. Many people complain __________ their low wages.

Exercise 74: Rewrite the following sentences. using the correct prepositions

1. He was accused for lying.

2. I’m surprised from the news.

3. I’m interested for football.

4. Water is composed from oxygen and hydrogen.

5. Arc you wire for his honesty.

6. She’s very good in English.

7. When is he leaving to England?

8. That depends entirely from you.

9. She was dressed with a yellow dress.

10. He did his best to comply to the requirements.

Exercise 75: Write sentences, using the following words with suitable prepositions

aim                  boast                  insist                marry

deprive           die                      different          fail

repent             succeed             good                 interested

afraid              used                   look                  satisfied

pleased           ashamed           depend             prefer

Exercise 76: Make sentences of your own showing clearly the difference between the following

1. arrive at/arrive in

2. angry with/angry at

3. pleased with/pleased at

4. look at/look for

5. write with/write in

6. divide in/dividc into

7. die of/die from

8. disappointed in/disappointed of

9. sit at/sit on

10. tired of/tired with

Exercise 77: Use to or at in these sentences

1. He goes __________ the supermarket every morning.

2. Anne stood _________ the window.

3. Simon is ________ school.

4. I met him _________ the airport.

5. I’m going ________ a party tonight.

6. I enjoyed myself ________ the party.

7. The tourist stayed ________ the Palace Hotel.

8. After his illness, he returned _______ work.

9. I saw Lucy ________ the cinema.

10. Please wait for me ________ the gate.

Exercise 78: Use in or at in these sentences

1. There are skyscrapers _________ New York.

2. I live ________ a small village.

3. I spent my childhood _________ Greece.

4. My friend was born _______ Ceylon.

5. He studied _________ Oxford.

6. She lives ________ Luxor ________ Egypt.

7. It’s more expensive living _________ London than _________ Brighton.

8. He lives _______ Paris.

9. Diamonds are found Kimberley _________ South Africa.

10. He liver here __________ Hong Kong.

Exercise 79: Use in or into in these sentences

1. The fish swim _______ the river.

2. The man jumped ________ the pool.

3. They were standing ________ the room.

4. We’re ________ the classroom now.

5. There’s a bird ________ the cage.

6. We walked ________ the next room.

7. The children are playing _________ the field.

8. He poured the water _________ the jug.

9. She dived _________ the sea.

10. The river flows ________ the sea.

Exercise 80: Use at, in or on in these sentences

1. He was born _______ 1978.

2.  _________ winter the weather is cold.

3. _________ Christmas Day I received a lot of presents.

4. We reached Cairo ________ nine o’clock.

5. The train arrived ________ night.

6. There’s a holiday _________ the 11th of December.

7. People return from work _________ five o’clock.

8. _________ July the weather is warm.

9. _________ the afternoon I went for a walk.

10. The train will arrive ________ Tuesday _________ eleven o’clock __________ the morning.

Exercise 81: Use between or among in these sentences

1. The work was shared _________ all of them.

2. He divided the money __________ his three children.

3. He hid _________ the trees.

4. The President walked _________ the two lines of soldiers.

5. _________ all those children, he didn’t have a single friend.

6. There was a fight ________ the two gangs.

7. The ball passed _________ the goal posts.

8. We are _________ friends.

9. His subject was ” Life ______ the Eskimos.”

10. The cake was divided ________ the two girls.

Exercise 82: In the following sentences, choose the correct preposition in brackets

1. He’s been ill (from, since) last Friday.

2. You’ve sold your car (car, for) a good price.

3. I sold my bicycle (at, for) forty pounds.

4. I expect to return (after, in) a week.

5. I can wait (to, till) next Tuesday.

6. We draw lines (by, with) a ruler.

7. She’s been absent (since, for) a month.

8. They spoke (for, about) the weather.

9. He worked (with, by) candle light.

10. You can send the pared (with, by) post.

Exercise 83: Write sentences of your own to show clearly the difference between the following pairs of prepositions

1. between/among                        6. with/by

2.to/till                                           7. for/since

3. in/into                                        8. for/about

4. to/at                                            9. in/within

5. for/at (price)                             10. at/in

Exercise 84: Supply the prepositions omitted in the following

1. Somebody is knocking the door.

2. I’m searching my lost book.

3. He said me. “I won’t come.”

4. She explained the difficult words him.

5. She never listens her mother.

6. I replied his letter at once.

7. Would you like me to send it you?

8. I’m ton busy, I can’t wait you.

9. I asked his phone number.

10. She pointed the ship in the distance.

Exercise 85: Make sentences of your own using suitable prepositions after the following

1. ask               4. listen               7. search               9. wait

2. explain       5. remind            8. speak              10. wish

3. knock          6. say

Exercise 86: Use each of the following in a separate sentence

1. answer          2. enter               7. behind              9. outside

2. attack           5. reach               8. inside              10. around

3. approach     6. tell

Exercise 87: Fill in the blanks with prepositions where necessary

1. Let’s play outside ________ the house.

2. She’s searching ________ her Walkman.

3. I waited __________ him outside the cinema.

4. We entered __________ a long discussion.

5. I taught my dog to obey ___________ me.

6. He entered ________ the house by the back door.

7. Twins resemble __________ each other.

8. The poor always wish _________ riches.

9. I told ________ him the truth.

10. I promised to write __________ my mother.

Exercise 88: Correct the following sentences, giving reasons for your corrections

1. The book is neither green or red.

2. He can’t speak English and French.

3. It costs two, three pounds.

4. She not only spoke loudly, hot also dear.

5. He ate and the three oranges.

6. I counted one hundred seven people.

7. She wants to learn and French.

8. He said that, “You’ll be sorry for it.”

9. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go.

10. From now and on I will work hard.

Common mistakes in IELTS: Exercises Part 5
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