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Intermediate grammar revision

Organise the class into groups of 4 to 6. Give each group a pile of face-down cards. The first student takes a card and reads it out. The others in the group have to secretly write down an answer, a, b or c. Then the answer is revealed. Each student who guessed correctly can award themselves a point.


Which is not possible?


a. I’ve been waiting for two hours.


b. I’ve been waiting since two hours.


c. I’ve been waiting since ten o’clock.


When you’re old…


a. to go up stairs can be difficult


b. going up stairs can be difficult.


c. go up stairs can be difficult.



What’s another way of saying, “It wasn’t necessary to wait”?


a. You needn’t have waited.


b. You mustn’t have waited.


c. You shouldn’t have waited


“We’d talk for hours”. Did this happen…


a. once?


b. never?


c. regularly? 


I’m not very interested…


a. in politics.


b. about politics.


c. for politics.



“She tends to be late” means:


a. She’s sometimes late.


b. She’s usually late.


c. She likes being late.   



Our team is not capable…


a. to win.


b. for winning.


c. of winning.



“I’ll have finished by Friday” means:


a. I’ll finish on Friday or before.


b. I’ll finish on Friday or after.


c. I’ll finish on Friday.


The less I do,


a. …the less I’d want to do.


b. …the less I want to do.


c. …the less I’m wanting to do.



I wish I….


a. didn’t tell him.


b. hadn’t told him.


c. wouldn’t have told him.



Which is not possible?


a. I wasn’t able to speak to them.


b. I didn’t able to speak to them.


c. I haven’t been able to speak to them.


He couldn’t resist…


a. to have another piece of cake.


b. have another piece of cake.


c. having another piece of cake.



I’d read more books…


a. if I have more time.


b. if I’ve got more time.


c. if I had more time.



The Crown Hotel…


a. is situated in the city centre.


b. situates itself in the city centre.


c. is in the city centre situated.



“If only I’d known,” means the same as


a. I didn’t know.


b. I would like to know.


c. I wish I’d known.


“Fred’s watch, which he bought in 1963, still works well.” How many watches has Fred probably got?


a. One


b. More than one.


c. None.                                         (a)

Which is correct?


a. They said me to come back later.


b. They told to me, “Come back later.”


c. They told me to come back later.


“They’d never eaten Indian food before,” means…


a. They have no experience of Indian food.


b. It was the first time they tasted Indian food.


c. They refuse to try Indian food.


© / Jon Marks. This activity first appeared in English Teaching Professional Magazine