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Grammar Past Participles

For each of the six questions choose the one correct answer.

1. Did you know over 200 people have successfully _ _ solo across the
channel from England to France?

a. swimmed
b. swim
c. swam
d. swum

2. Hmmm, I love the smell of freshly _ coffee.

a. grind
b. grinded
c. ground
d. grounded

3. Why don't you throw that shirt away? You haven't _ _ it for years.

a. worn
b. worned
c. wear
d. weared

4. The lecture _ over an hour, I nearly fell asleep!

a. last
b. lasted
c. lost
d. losted

5. She's going to look lovely, she's _ a beautiful dress.

a. chosen
b. choose
c. chose
d. chosed

6. Ouch! I've been _ by a mosquito - again!

a. bit
b. bited
c. bitted
d. bitten
Quiz topic: Common collocations – nouns which naturally follow verbs

1. 3 of the following nouns follow the verb ‘catch’ very naturally. Which verb and noun
combination does NOT go together?

a) catch a fish
b) catch a bus
c) catch a cold
d) catch a new word in English

2. “Excuse me, would you mind __________ a photo of me and my girlfriend?”

a) making
b) taking
c) catching
d) doing

3. 3 of the following nouns follow the verb ‘have’ very naturally. Which verb and noun
combination does NOT go together?

a) have a meeting
b) have a baby
c) have a cup of coffee
d) have business with someone

4. “Could you _________ me a favour? Would you mind answering the phone for a minute
– I need to pop out to the post office.”

a) do
b) make
c) take
d) all of the above answers

5. Which of the following verbs do NOT fit into this sentence: “The Health Authority has
_____________ its decision and will now allow the fertility treatment to go ahead.”

a) altered
b) changed
c) moved
d) reversed

6. 3 of the following nouns follow the verb ‘make’ very naturally. Which verb and noun
combination does NOT go together?

a) make your bed in the morning


b) make progress
c) make a noise
d) make the weekly shopping
Quiz topic: Adjective and noun collocations

1. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) A strong exam
b) A strong woman
c) A strong cheese
d) A strong cigarette

2. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) A heavy smoker
b) Heavy rain
c) Heavy metal
d) A heavy problem

3. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) fair hair
b) A fair decision
c) A fair beer
d) A fair result

4. Which is NOT correct? They always drank wine with their dinner.

a) red
b) pink
c) white
d) sweet

5. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) A rich company
b) A rich dessert
c) A rich car
d) A rich text file

6. Which of the following adjective – noun collocations is NOT possible?

a) A tough decision
b) A tough steak
c) Tough drink
d) A tough woman
Colour expressions

1. "I feel sick." "Really? Well you do look a bit ________ ."

a) green
b) red
c) blue
d) black

2. When that car cut in front of me I just saw ________ and swore at the driver.
a) green
b) red
c) blue
d) black

3. "You can't put up my rent. Look at the contract, it's there in _____________ ."
a) black and blue
b) black and white
c) white and black
d) blue and black

4. I tripped over in the street yesterday and today I'm ______________ .

a) black and blue


b) black and white
c) white and black
d) blue and black

5. I said his new haircut made him look good. He spent so much on it that I had to tell a
little ________ lie. It really looks awful.

a) black
b) red
c) green
d) white

6. It's a very formal event. The dress code is strictly ___________ .

a) white shirt
b) black tie
c) black jacket
d) white socks