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This quiz is designed to help students of English practise the use of verbs. They will have to choose the right form of the verbs according to their position within the sentences


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    At weekends I need __________________ some time for myself

    • A.

      Having

    • B.

      To have

    • C.

      Have

    Correct Answer
    B. To have
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to have." This is because the sentence is expressing a need or requirement, and the infinitive form "to have" is used to indicate this need.

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  • 2. 

    __________________ to music are two of my favourite weekend activities.

    • A.

      Reading and listening

    • B.

      To read and to listen

    • C.

      Read and listen

    Correct Answer
    A. Reading and listening
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Reading and listening". The phrase "to music" indicates that the person enjoys engaging in the activities of reading and listening specifically in relation to music. The other options do not accurately convey this relationship.

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  • 3. 

    Saturday is the day for __________________  for food.

    • A.

      Shopping

    • B.

      Shop

    • C.

      To shop

    Correct Answer
    A. Shopping
    Explanation
    Saturday is the day designated for shopping for food.

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  • 4. 

    In the evening I usually prefer __________________ in so as not to face the Saturday night crowds.

    • A.

      Stay

    • B.

      To stay

    • C.

      Staying

    Correct Answer
    C. Staying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "staying". This is because the sentence is referring to a habitual action in the evening, indicating a preference for staying in rather than going out to avoid the Saturday night crowds. The verb "prefer" is followed by the gerund form of the verb, which in this case is "staying".

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  • 5. 

    __________________ friends over and __________________  dinner for them is what I enjoy most.

    • A.

      Have, cook

    • B.

      To have, to cook

    • C.

      Having, cooking

    Correct Answer
    C. Having, cooking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "having, cooking" because the sentence is describing an enjoyable activity. The phrase "having friends over" indicates the enjoyment of socializing with friends, while "cooking dinner for them" suggests the pleasure derived from preparing a meal for them. Both gerunds ("having" and "cooking") are used to express ongoing actions that are enjoyable to the speaker.

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  • 6. 

    In the evenings, I usually read a book before __________________ to bed.

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      Going

    • C.

      To go

    Correct Answer
    B. Going
    Explanation
    In the evenings, I usually read a book before going to bed. This sentence is discussing a habitual action that occurs in the evenings. The verb "read" is followed by the gerund form "going," which is used to indicate the action that follows the main verb. Therefore, "going" is the correct answer as it correctly completes the sentence and maintains the intended meaning.

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  • 7. 

    There are many films that are not worth __________________

    • A.

      To watch

    • B.

      Watching

    • C.

      Watch

    Correct Answer
    B. Watching
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "watching". In this sentence, the phrase "not worth" indicates that the films being referred to have little or no value or merit. The word "watching" is the gerund form of the verb "watch" and functions as the object of the preposition "worth". Therefore, the phrase "not worth watching" means that the films are not worth the time or effort of viewing them.

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  • 8. 

    I'm really into __________________horror films.

    • A.

      Watch

    • B.

      Watching

    • C.

      To watch

    Correct Answer
    B. Watching
    Explanation
    The phrase "into" suggests a preference or interest in something. The verb "watching" is the gerund form and functions as a noun in this sentence. Therefore, the correct answer is "watching" as it correctly completes the sentence by expressing the preference for horror films.

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  • 9. 

    In my opinion, it's really boring ________________________

    • A.

      Read long books.

    • B.

      Reading long books.

    • C.

      To read long books.

    Correct Answer
    C. To read long books.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to read long books." This answer completes the sentence and expresses the opinion that reading long books is boring. It implies that the speaker finds the activity of reading long books uninteresting or tedious.

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  • 10. 

    It's very pleasant ______________________________

    • A.

      To watch TV

    • B.

      Watching TV

    • C.

      Watch TV

    Correct Answer
    A. To watch TV
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to watch TV" because the phrase "It's very pleasant" suggests that the speaker finds watching TV enjoyable. The phrase "to watch TV" indicates the purpose or activity that brings pleasure.

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