Try my Quick Quizzes if you want to extend your English vocabulary and broaden your understanding of English grammar. Once you’ve tried a quiz, click on the arrow to reveal the answer. You’ll find a new quiz here every few weeks. Good luck!
Quick English Quiz 19
Which TWO answers are grammatically (and factually!) correct?
a) England is smaller than America
b) England is not as small as America
c) England is not as big as America
d) England is bigger than America
ANSWER: A and C are the two correct answers. You’ll see the pattern is: ‘thing + be + comparative adjective + than + thing’ e.g. My brother is older than me. I think rugby is more dangerous than football. Milk chocolate is better than dark chocolate. OR ‘thing + be + not as + adjective + as + thing’ e.g. Basketball is not as popular as cricket in England. I prefer Asda supermarket because it is not as expensive as Waitrose. Can you think of any of your own examples using these patterns?
To understand more about comparative adjectives, or for some lovely, natural uses of comparatives, have a read of this blog!
Quick English Quiz 18
All of the following terms are to describe leaving your job. However, some are your decision and some are your manager’s decision.
quit / hand in your notice / get fired / resign / be made redundant / walk out / retire / get sacked / be let go
Which ones are your decision? Do they sound positive or negative?
ANSWER: Quit, hand in your notice, resign, walk out and retire are all your decision. Quit, resign and walk out all sound slightly negative as though it was a sudden decision maybe based on a negative experience at work. Hand in your notice is neutral. All of these terms suggest that you will find another job whereas retire suggests you are ready to stop working completely. On the other hand, get fired and get sacked are the manager’s decision and suggest that you did something wrong in the workplace. We use either ‘get’ or ‘be’ to show the passive form (e.g. I was fired, I got sacked). Be made redundant or be let go suggest that perhaps the manager had to ask you to leave based on the company’s finances or downsizing.
There are a lot of ways to say you are leaving your job! Is any of that unclear? Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below!
Quick English Quiz 17
Which is the best answer – A,B,C or D?
“We’ve just come back from New York. We went for our anniversary.”
a) “Wow. I didn’t go to New York before. How was it?”
b) “Wow. I’ve never been to New York. How was it?”
c) “Wow. I haven’t gone in New York. How was it?”
d) “Wow. I wasn’t ever in New York. How was it?”
ANSWER: The answer is B. This structure “I’ve never + past participle” is great for talking about experiences. Let me give you some more examples: ‘I’ve never been on a plane, I’m nervous about flying.’ ‘I’ve never tried Japanese food but I’ve heard it’s delicious.’ ‘I’ve never seen snow. It doesn’t snow in my country.’ ‘I’ve never watched Titanic but I must be the only person who hasn’t!’ Can you think of any of your own examples to describe your experiences? Remember “I’ve never + past participle”.
Quick English Quiz 16
Which ONE word can fit in all the gaps?
make _____ / kill _____ / save _____ / call _____ / waste _____ / on _____
ANSWER: The answer is TIME. Here are some quick example sentences. 1. I know you’re busy but please can you make time to see me this week. I really need to speak to you. 2. I don’t really like twitter, I just use it to kill time when I’m bored on the bus. 3. If we cook the lasagne the night before, that will save time on the day of the dinner party. 4. I think we need to call time on this meeting, we’re not making any progress. Let’s meet again on Friday instead. 5. Don’t bother phoning her, you’re just wasting time, she never answers her phone! 6. I’m going to get an early train tomorrow, it’s really important that I’m on time.
Quick English Quiz 15
GO / DO / MAKE – Which of these verbs can fit before ALL of the following nouns?
shopping / housework / photography / hair and make-up / cooking
Can you make any natural example sentences? (You might need to add a pronoun or quantifier to make it sound better.) Happy learning!
ANSWER: The answer is DO. Here are some natural examples. 1. I need to do some shopping after work, my fridge is completely empty! 2. I really hate doing the housework, I’m thinking about hiring a cleaner. 3. I do wedding photography, here’s my business card. 4. Let me just do my hair and make-up and then we can go out. 5. Can you do the cooking tonight? I’m exhausted. Note – Often with nouns that are ‘chores’ we use ‘the’ before the noun (e.g. the cooking, the cleaning, the housework, the shopping, the hoovering)
Quick English Quiz 14
What is the best way to complete this conversation?
“We’re going to the pub tonight. Do you want to join us?”
“Yeah, sounds great. ___________ there!”
a) I’m going to see you
b) I’ll see you
c) I’m seeing you
d) I want to see you
What do you think? a, b, c or d?
ANSWER: The answer is B. In English, we normally use ‘will + base verb’ to express spontaneous decisions. In this conversation, the first speaker has a plan to go to the pub so he uses ‘be + going to’ but the second speaker decides spontaneously (on the spot!) so he uses the contraction of ‘will’. Can you write your own mini conversation with a spontaneous decision included?
Quick English Quiz 13
These 4 phrases all use the verb ‘give’ but the meanings are very different.
give up / give in / give way / give away
How could you use these phrases in a sentence?
ANSWER: As these are phrasal verbs, you may find other meanings for them but I will give you what I think are the most common uses. 1. Give up – stop doing something permanently, usually a habit or a hobby (I had to give up tennis when I damaged my knee / I gave up smoking last year) 2. Give in – let yourself be persuaded to do something that you initially didn’t want to do (After my daughter pestered me for 6 months to buy her a dog, I finally gave in and got her a black labrador) 3. Give way – Let other traffic have priority at junctions and roundabouts (In England, we give way to the right) 4. Give away – give something you own to someone else without asking for any money (When I lost weight, I gave away all my old clothes to charity and friends) Try making your own example sentences.
Quick English Quiz 12
Sophia is complaining about her flatmate. Which common phrases does she use?
I’m f_____ u_____ with Ben. He never does the washing up and he always leaves the kitchen in a mess. He smokes in his bedroom so the whole flat stinks and that really g_____ on my n_____. Oh and he leaves wet towels on the bathroom floor which d_____ me crazy! To top it all off, he plays heavy metal music day and night and I c_____ s_____ that type of music. I don’t think I can p_____ u_____ with him anymore, I’m going to ask him to move out.
ANSWER: These are common phrases for complaining or, in more informal English, moaning! 1. Fed up with sby/sth – It’s making me unhappy (I’m fed up with my job, I’m going to look for a new one) 2. It gets on my nerves – It makes me annoyed (Can you stop tapping your pen on the table, it’s getting on my nerves) 3. It drives me crazy – It makes me feel like I’m going to explode!! 4. I can’t stand it – I really don’t like it (I can’t stand the taste of coffee) 5. I can’t put up with it anymore – I’m not going to tolerate it. Have you ever had an annoying flatmate? Can you use these phrases to talk about their bad habits?!
Quick English Quiz 11
Which ONE word can you use before all of these phrases?
_______ up with somebody / ends meet / an effort / a plan / a living
What do the phrases mean?
ANSWER: The answer is MAKE. It’s found in lots of English phrases and here are some of the common ones: 1. Make up with somebody means to become friends again after an argument (We didn’t speak for a few days but we’ve made up now) 2. Make ends meet means you are surviving on your salary but it’s not easy (Since my paycut, I’m struggling to make ends meet) 3. Make an effort means to try hard to do something (he’s really making an effort to get on with his stepmum despite the difficult situation) 4. Make a plan means to decide what to do (We need to make a plan for the birthday party next month) 5. Make a living means to earn money (He makes a living selling his photographs). See if you can make your own example sentences.
Quick English Quiz 10
What is the difference in meaning between….
a) I used to drive an automatic car
b) I’m used to driving an automatic car
ANSWER: a) means that you did this in the past but you don’t do it anymore. So you can use USED TO + INFINITIVE to talk about past habits or past states. Here are real examples about my life. “I used to smoke but I gave up years ago” and “I used to live in Germany but I moved back to England in 2009” b) means that something is normal/easy/familiar for you, although it might be challenging/uncommon for others. In this situation you can use BE + USED TO + ING. Here are real examples from my life “I’m a teacher so I’m used to talking in front of lots of people” and “I’ve got a young child so I’m used to getting up very early in the morning”.
Quick English Quiz 9
Which ONE word can you use before all of these words?
_______ old / a text / to work / married / a parking fine / hungry / angry / a job / home – Do you notice any patterns?
ANSWER: The answer is GET – a very popular word in English with lots of meanings! These patterns might help you to use it and make your English sound very natural. 1) Before an adjective (old, married, hungry, angry) it usually means ‘become’ and it’s often used with present continuous. For example “Can we find somewhere to eat? I’m getting hungry.” or “This music is too loud. I must be getting old!” 2) Before a noun (a parking fine, a text, a job) it usually means ‘receive/obtain’. For example, “Did I tell you….I got a new job last week!” 3) Before a place (home, to work, to London), it usually means ‘arrive’. For example, “What time did you get to work this morning?” or “I usually get home about 6pm.” Notice that ‘home’ doesn’t need ‘to’. So there you go, a few natural ways to use GET. Well done to everyone who guessed the answer to the quiz and spotted some patterns 🙂
Quick English Quiz 8
Which phrasal verb fits in the gap?
“I ____________ my Mum. We are both really stubborn!”
a)look like b)take care of c)take after d)look after
ANSWER: The answer is C)take after. Let me explain….TAKE AFTER is usually used to talk about character traits/personality you have ‘inherited’ from your parents or an older relative. So in my example, my Mum is stubborn and now so am I! (My Mum would like to say this is only an example, it’s not true :0) Sometimes we also use take after to talk about appearance too but usually when we talk about appearance we use LOOK LIKE, e.g. I look like my Dad, we both have dark skin and blue eyes. TAKE CARE OF & LOOK AFTER both mean to protect or take responsibility for someone who needs that. e.g. I look after my little brother when my parents are not at home OR the nurses are taking care of my grandmother. I hope that helps!
Quick English Quiz 7
What is the best way to finish this sentence?
“If I’d known it was your birthday…..
a) I’m going to buy you a present”
b) I’ll buy you a present”
c) I would buy you a present”
d) I would have bought you a present”
ANSWER: The answer is D. Imagine the situation: you meet your friend and she tells you it was her birthday yesterday. You feel bad because you didn’t know and you didn’t buy her a present so you say “Oh no! If I’d known it was your birthday, I would have bought you a present!” So we use this structure to talk about a situation in the past that we didn’t know about, we can’t change and maybe we feel bad about it. IF + HAD + KNOWN……, WOULD/COULD + HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE Some other examples: If I’d known you were visiting today, I would have cleaned the house! If I’d known you were vegetarian, I wouldn’t have cooked steak! If I’d known you were in trouble, I could have helped. It’s a lovely natural structure with a nice rhythmic sound. Can you think of any examples of your own?
Quick English Quiz 6
Which ONE word can you use before all of these phrases?
_______ up a hobby / the mick out of somebody / it on the chin / something for granted / advantage of somebody
What do the phrases mean?
ANSWER: The answer is TAKE. Take is a popular English word in lots of phrases. These are just a few examples: Take up a hobby means to start a new hobby (I’ve recently taken up photography). Take the mick out of somebody means to make jokes about them to their face, usually in a lighthearted way (My brother is always taking the mick out of me because I can’t do maths without a calculator). Take it on the chin means to accept a bad situation without complaining (She lost her job last week but she took it on the chin). Take something for granted means to forget to appreciate it daily (People in first world countries take clean water for granted). Take advantage of somebody means to use somebody’s kind character for your own benefit because you know they won’t say no (I think he takes advantage of his grandma, he’s always borrowing money from her and leaving his dirty clothes at her house to wash). Do those examples make sense? Feel free to email me with any questions or your own examples.
Quick English Quiz 5
Which words fit in the gaps – the first letters are there to help you.
“My sister and I are really close. I think the reason we g____ o___ so well is because we have a lot in c______ and we’ve got the same sense of h_______. Everyone says we’re like two peas in a pod!”
ANSWER: The answers are: get on / have a lot in common / sense of humour. Get on is a really nice phrasal verb to say you have a good (or bad) relationship with someone, e.g. I get on really well with my brother but I don’t get on with my manager – notice that the preposition after this is ‘with’. Have a lot in common means that you share similar hobbies or interests or you have similar lives, e.g. I have a lot in common with my neighbour. We’re both married with young children and we love outdoor sports. Notice again that the preposition is ‘with’. Sense of humour describes the sort of things you find funny, e.g. My cousin thinks Mr Bean is hilarious, he’s got a strange sense of humour! Oh, and there was a lovely phrase at the end of the quiz – like two peas in a pod means we are exactly the same. Who do you get on with? Who do you have a lot in common with? Who do you share a sense of humour with? Try writing your own examples.
Quick English Quiz 4
What do these 4 (Easter themed!) English phrases mean:
– (to have) egg on your face
– Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
– He’s a good/bad egg
– I feel like I’m walking on eggshells
ANSWER: 1. (to have) egg on your face means you feel embarrassed or foolish about something you did (e.g. the prime minister was forced to tell the truth about his taxes and now he has egg on his face). 2. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket means it’s a good idea to keep your options open (e.g. I think you should apply to three universities, not just Oxford. You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket). 3. He’s a good egg or he’s a bad egg is just a simple way to describe someone’s character – a good guy or a bad guy. 4. I feel like I’m walking on eggshells means that you are trying very hard not to upset someone and it’s a sensitive situation (e.g. my manager is under a lot of stress at the moment, everyone in the office is walking on eggshells so we don’t cause her even more stress.) I hope you liked the phrases and find a chance to use them.
Quick English Quiz 3
Which ONE word fits in all of these gaps?
Never ______ / ______ how you go / I don’t ________ / I’m in two _______s / put your _____ to something / ____ your own business / give somebody a piece of your ____ / I’ll bear that in _____ / make your _______ up
ANSWER: The answer is MIND. A very popular little word in English, used in lots of phrases. I’ve mentioned a few of the most common ones in my quiz. 1. Never mind means don’t worry about it, it’s not important (“We’ve missed the bus.” “Never mind, we’ll catch the next one.”) 2. Mind how you go means be careful (“Mind how you go. There’s ice on the pavement.”) 3. I don’t mind means either option is fine for me (“Would you prefer sausages or chicken?” “I don’t mind.”) 4. I’m in two minds means I can’t decide (“I’m not sure whether to apply for that sales job. I’m in two minds.”) 5. Put your mind to something means focus and work hard to get what you want (“You can learn English if you put your mind to it!”) 6. Mind your own business means don’t ask me personal questions or don’t be nosy – it is not polite to say this so be careful how you use it! (“How old are you?” “Mind your own business!”) 7. Give somebody a piece of your mind means to tell somebody your opinion in a direct, maybe aggressive, way (“He said I was too old to work in his company so I gave him a piece of mind!”) 8. Bear something in mind means I’ll remember that useful information (“I’m free next weekend if you need help moving house.” “Oh thanks, I’ll bear that in mind.”) 9. Make up your mind means make a decision (“I’m not sure if I want to go out tonight, I really can’t make up my mind.”) I hope you can use some of those common phrases next time you are speaking English!
Quick English Quiz 2
Read Simon’s story. Which phrasal verbs fit in the gaps?
“I failed my exam on Friday. I feel awful because I know I’ve l____ my parents d_______. They were expecting me to pass with flying colours. And my little brother l_______ u________ to me and respects me so I wanted to be a good role model for him. I don’t want to tell my mates about my result in case they l______ d_______ on me and think I’m stupid. I’m going to ask my teacher if I can re-take it next month and hopefully I can m_______ u_________ for my mistakes then.”
What do you think about Simon – is he a lazy student?
ANSWER: Phrasal verbs (verb + adverb/preposition) are really common in English. They are a very natural way of speaking and the meaning can change depending on the context which is why it’s very important to learn them in context – don’t try to learn lists of phrasal verbs, they don’t make sense that way plus it will be boring for you and you won’t remember them 🙂 In the story the answers are 1. I’ve let my parents down (let somebody down means to disappoint them) 2. My little brother looks up to me (look up to somebody means to respect or admire them) 3. ….they look down on me (look down on somebody means to think you are better than him) 4. make up for my mistakes (make up for something means to correct a mistake you’ve made in the past) Hopefully you could guess the meanings of the gaps from the story. Would you like to try making your own examples with these 4 phrasal verbs? Feel free to have a go and email me your ideas!
Quick English Quiz 1
Each of these idiomatic phrases contains a body part (e.g. nose, arm, stomach etc) Which body parts fit in the gaps?
1. Can you keep an _______ on my daughter for a minute?
2. I’ve got butterflies in my _________.
3. Keep your ______ out of my business!
4. Haha, I’m just pulling your _______!
5. I’m getting cold _______ about Saturday.
6. I heard it from the horse’s ______!
ANSWER: 1. Can you keep an EYE on my daughter for a minute is a nice way to ask somebody to look after somebody or something for you “I’m just popping to the toilet, can you keep an eye on my bag?” 2. I’ve got butterflies in my STOMACH is a phrase we use to describe the feeling when we are nervous or anticipating something, perhaps before an exam or going on a date. 3. Keep your NOSE out of my business is a very direct way to tell somebody that they are asking too many questions about your life. 4. I’m just pulling your LEG is a phrase we use to explain to somebody that we were just joking about something we said or we were misleading them for fun. 5. I’m getting cold FEET is a phrase to describe being so nervous that you might change your mind about something. We often use this one before a wedding “Are you getting cold feet about marrying him?” 6. I heard it from the horse’s MOUTH means that the person with the news told you directly, you didn’t hear the news from a 3rd party “Sarah’s pregnant.” “Are you sure?” “Yes, I heard it from the horse’s mouth!” Well done to everyone who knew the answers and the meanings! I hope you get a chance to use the phrases 🙂
How did you do?! Are there any quizzes you need more help with? Just write the number of the quiz and your question in the comments box and I’ll reply with explanations 🙂