Verb + Preposition Collocations – English Grammar Exercise

Do you want to improve your English? English prepositions can be quite tricky, and practising is the best way to sharpen up your skills.

Look at the following table and try our English language prepositions exercise with Scrambled Eggs English School!

Verb + Preposition Collocations | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Let us know in the comments how you did on the quiz, and if you’d like to further improve your knowledge of English then check out our huge collection of exercises, audio quizzes and blog posts here!

Although, even though, in spite of and despite – English Grammar Exercise

Althougheven thoughin spite of and despite are all used to connect two different concepts or can even be used similarly to ‘nevertheless’, in that one of the ideas makes the other a surprising outcome. They can all be placed at any stage of a sentence.

E.g. Even though I slept for 10 hours, I’m still tired.

I’m still tired, even though I slept for 10 hours.

 The biggest difference between all of these words/phrases is that they are used with alternate sentence structures.

Although/Even Though

After although and even though, we use a subject and then a verb. They have the same meaning, but even though is stronger than although.

For example:

We liked the restaurant, although the service could have been better.
Although I use the car every day, I don’t actually like driving.
Even though they spoke different languages, they somehow communicated effectively.
She got a job in marketing even though she didn’t have any experience.

 

In Spite of/Despite

After in spite of and despite, we use a noun, gerund verb (-ing) or a pronoun.

For example:

He still jumped out of a plane for charity, in spite of his fear.
In spite of their age, my grandparents want to travel the world.
Despite having bad reviews, the movie was excellent.

We arrived late to the airport despite leaving on time.

 It is also very common to put the fact that after both despite and in spite of, followed by a subject and verb.

For example:

In spite of the fact that she always works overtime, she didn’t get the promotion.
Despite the fact that she always works overtime, she didn’t get the promotion.

 

Though

Though is slightly more complicated than the rest, as it is more flexible.

Firstly, it can be used in the same way as although.

For example:

Though I didn’t think I liked classical music, the opera was beautiful.

Although I didn’t think I liked classical music, the opera was beautiful.

However, it is also very common for though to be used at the end of the second sentence. This is a popular way for English speakers to express a contrasting idea or concept. Placing though at the end of the sentence is only used in spoken English and should not be used in formal writing.

For example:

The train arrived late as always. The carriages were extremely clean, though.

I didn’t study for the test at all. I still passed, though!

 

So now you’ve read the rules and seen some examples, do you think you can pass our quiz? Find out now!

 

Although, even though, in spite of and despite | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the correct words/phrases

10 More Important Irregular Past Verbs!

Those irregular verbs! They always cause problems – why do they have to be so different? It can seem like a big challenge to remember all of the irregular verbs, but you can do it if you memorise them in small groups.


It’s important to keep improving your knowledge of these verbs step by step, so here are a few exercises to help you remember 10 important past verbs:

Irregular Past Verbs Quiz

Choose the right irregular verb at the past.

 

How did it go? Did you learn some new words? Try to write a sentence with each of these irregular past verbs to help you to remember them. You can even write them in the comments below!

When you are done, try our most common irregular past tense verbs exercise to make sure you know the key verbs!

https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/most-common-irregular-past-tense-verbs/

 

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