English Grammar Exercises for B2 – Articles and quantifiers

1. Complete the text with a, an, the or nothing (-), if no article is required.

Although 1 _____ British are more health-conscious than they used to be, many of them still like to eat 2 _____ bacon for breakfast once or twice 3 _____ week. But most are unaware that there is 4 _____ unusual custom surrounding bacon. 5 _____ custom is known to date back hundreds of years to 6 _____ 13th century or even earlier.

According to tradition, 7 _____ married couple could win a large piece of bacon if they could prove to a judge that they had not regretted their marriage or had 8 _____ argument for at least 9 _____ year and 10 _____ day. In one town, Dunmow, 11 _____ couple had to kneel on sharp stones and say 12 _____ special poem which ended with the lines: ‘For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.’ After 13 _____ poem, there was a noisy parade around town. Dunmow claims to be the only town in 14 _____ Britain which still continues 15 _____ tradition to this day.

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1 the   2 –   3 a   4 an   5 The   6 The   7 a   8 an   9 a

10 a   11 a   12 a   13 the   14 –   15 the

2. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.

1 parents __________ went to university, but neither of them finished their degree.

a both      b every      c either

Nearly __________ of classmates are going to the end-of-term party.

a every      b most      c all

grandfather left £1,000 to __________ of his grandchildren.

a each      b every      c either

The best thing about this Indian restaurant is that __________ dish tastes different.

a another      b all      c every

We’ve hardly spent __________ time together this holiday.

a all      b any      c whole

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1 a   2 c   3 a   4 c   5 b

3. Complete the sentences with few, a few, little or a little.

1 Your homework would be better if you spent __________ more time on it.

2 These days, there are so __________ opportunities to escape from technology.

3 I’ve invited Claudia to the party, but frankly there’s __________ chance she’ll come.

4 Anna is spending the weekend with __________ of her friends from school.

5 As the detective was leaving the room, he noticed __________ blook on the wall.

6 Soya beans contain a lot of protein and very __________ fat.

7 Many people start writing a novel, but __________ people actually finish.

8 grandmother spent __________ years in India when she was a child.

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1 a little   2 few   3 little   4 a few   5 a little   6 little

7 few   8 a few

4. Add of to these sentences only when it is necessary in order to make the sentence correct.

I gave Christmas presents to all ____ friends.

Lions spend much ____ their time sleeping.

Both ____ his sisters went to this school.

Each ____ us understood how serious the situation was.

It was so hot that I spent the whole ____ night awake.

Are many ____ your friends going to university?

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1 –   2 of   3 –   4 of   5 –   6 of

5. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. Use the words in brackets.

1 We didn’t see any polar bears in Alaska. (no)

  We __________________ in Alaska.

2 There were very few people in the square. (any)

  There __________________ in the square.

3 He gave each of the children a copy of his new book. (every)

 He gave __________________ of his new book.

4 We couldn’t eat all of the cake – it was huge! (whole)

  We couldn’t __________________ it was huge!

5 He spent most of his holiday in bed with sunstroke. (nearly)

     He spent __________________ in bed with sunstroke.

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saw no polar bears

were hardly any people

every child a copy

eat the whole cake

nearly all (of) his holiday/ nearly the whole of his holiday