English Vocabulary Exercises for A1 – Family

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1. Complete the sentences with the correct family member from the words below.

cousins     granddaughter     grandfather     grandparents

grandson     nephew     niece     sister     uncle

son’s son is grandson.

dad’s brother is ____________

mum’s father and mother are ____________

parents’ daughter is ____________

father’s father is ____________

father’s sister’s children are ____________

brother’s daughter is ____________

daughter’s daughter is ____________

sister’s son is ____________

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2 uncle   3 grandparents   4 sister   5 grandfather

6 cousins   7 niece   8 granddaughter   9 nephew

2. Complete three more sentences like those in exercise 1.

_______ is grandmother.

_______ is aunt.

_______ are nieces.

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1 mother’s / father’s mother  

2 mother’s / father’s sister

3 brother’s / sister’s daughters

3. Add the apostrophes in the correct places. Then choose the correct answer, a or b.

mothers new husband is ____________

a father-in-law          

b stepfather

sisters husband is ____________

a brother-in-law       

b stepbrother

sons wife is ____________

a son-in-law              

b daughter-in-law

fathers wifes daughter is ____________

a sister-in-law           

b stepsister

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1 mother’s, b   2 sister’s, a   3 son’s, b   4 father’s, wife’s, b

4. Look at the apostrophes. Tick the correct sentence (a or b).

1   a  children’s dog is at their uncle’s house.

b children’s dog is at their uncles’ house.

2   a  That is wifes’ sister’s car.

b That is wife’s sister’s car.

3   a  nephew’s mother is brothers’ wife.

b nephews’ mother is brother’s wife.

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1 a   2 b   3 b

5. Look at the family tree. Write sentences about the people in brackets.

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1   (Mark / Andy)   Mark is Andy’s brother.

2   (Ben / Anna)   ________

3   (Joana / Rob)   ________

4   (Mark / Ben)   ________

5   (Rob / Lucy)   ________

6   (Zak / Emma)   ________

7   (Sam / Andy)   ________

8   (Amelia / Ellie)   ________

9   (Anna / Ellie)   ________

10 (Sam / Rob)   ________

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2 Ben is Anna’s cousin.

3 Joanna is Rob’s grandmother.

4 Mark is Ben’s uncle.

5 Rob is Lucy’s nephew.

6 Zak is Emma’s husband.

Sam is Andy’s father.

8 Amelia is Ellie’s mother.

9 Anna is Ellie’s sister.

10 Sam is Rob’s grandfather.

6. Listen to a girl and boy talking about a photo of the family in exercise 5. What is the girl’s name? Use the family tree to help you.

She is ________

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Anna

7. Listen again. Which four members of the family from exercise 5 are in the photo? Label them.

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Left to right: Emma, Anna, Ben, Zak

Transcript

Tim That’s a nice photo. Is that your dad?

Anna No, it isn’t. That’s Zak, uncle. He’s mum’s brother. And that’s his son, Ben.

So Ben is your cousin.

That’s right. And Ben has got a sister, Grace.

And is that Grace in the photo?

No, that’s me! But that isn’t mum, it’s aunt, Emma. She’s Zak’s wife.

Where are your brother and sister?

brother isn’t there. Ellie is behind the camera.

8. Write sentences about three members of your own family.

     I’ve got a sister. Her name is Olivia.

1 _____

2 _____

3 _____

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your own answer

Extra exercises

1. Complete the sentences with a family member.

1 mother’s sister is ________.

2 brother’s daughter is ________.

3 father’s mother is ________.

4 uncle’s daughter is ________.

5 brother’s wife is ________.

6 grandad’s mother is ________.

7 mother’s new husband is ________.

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1 aunt   2 niece   3 grandmother   4 cousin   5 sister in-law

6 great-grandmother   7 step-father

2. Match a word from A with a word from B to make housework activities. Then complete the sentences.

clean     cook     do     go     load     set

dinner     the dishwasher     the house     the table  the washing     to the supermarket

You ________. when you need to buy food.

You ________. when you’re hungry.

You ________. before you have dinner.

You ________. when you need some clean clothes.

You ________. after you have dinner.

You ________. when it’s dirty.

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1 go to the supermarket   2 cook dinner   3 set the table

4 do the washing   5 load the dishwasher   6 clean the house

3. Match the first parts of sentences 1-6 with the second parts (a-f).

1   We’re excited

2   town is famous

3   She’s frightened

4   A is good

5   I’m interested

6   brother is keen

a   in fashion.

b   on sport.

c   at tennis.

d   for its food.

e   about the holidays.

f   of big dogs.

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1 e   2 d   3 f4 c   5 a   6 b

4. Complete the sentences with the words below.

beard     blue     glasses     good-looking     medium-length     straight

1 dad has got ________. eyes.

2 She’s got ________., wavy, dark hair.

3 I wear ________.

4 English teacher has got a ________.

5 Jessie has got long, ________., fair hair.

6 Alex is ________.

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1 blue   2 medium-length   3 glasses   4 beard

5 straight   6 good-looking

5. Match the definitions with the words below.

creative     friendly     honest     patient     polite     sensible

A person who:

1 waits and doesn’t get angry. ________.

2 always says what is true. ________.

3 says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. ________.

4 is good at making things. ________.

5 always does the right thing. ________.

6 is kind and helpful. ________.

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1 patient   2 honest   3 polite   4 creative   5 sensible   6 friendly