English Vocabulary Exercises for B2 – Introduction – Verb patterns

1. Choose the correct verbs to complete the sentences.

1 Our teacher wondered / insisted / encouraged us to take part in the contest.

2 The student blamed / denied / managed taking the money from his classmate.

3 We all reminded / persuaded / agreed to meet in town at 8 p.m.

4 Did you mention / spend / tell the idea of going out for a pizza to Jessica?

5 Sean always denies / offers / mentions to help his friends.

6 If you keep / expect / agree trying, you will finally succeed!

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1 encouraged   2 denied   3 agreed   4 mention

5 offers   6 keep

2. Complete the sentences with the correct infinitive or -ing form of the verbs in brackets.

When I go shopping for clothes, I spend time 1 _____. (think) about what I’m going to buy. I usually can’t afford 2 _____. (buy) the brands I really like. If I spend all money on one piece of clothing, I end up 3 _____. (regret) it. However, if I really like something, I do occasionally decide 4 _____. (do) that. I enjoy 5 _____. (look) around the shops for cheaper clothes and I always ask the shop assistants 6 _____. (give) me a discount. They usually refuse 7 _____. (offer) me one, but occasionally I’m lucky and I manage 8 _____. (get) one!

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1 thinking   2 to buy   3 regretting   4 to do

5 looking   6 to give   7 to offer   8 to get

3. Match 1-6 with a-f to make sentences.

1 Kate always begs

2 Jake blamed

3 Anna suggested

4 This ice cream reminds

5 Tom won’t

6 Our neighbour didn’t thank us

a revising for the exams together.

b for finding his cat.

his sister for their late arrival.

d mind waiting for us at the bus station.

e me to help her with her homework.

me of our holiday in Italy.

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1 e   2 c   3 a   4 f   5 d   6 b

4. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs below.

accuse      apologise      beg      blame      insist      thank      want      warn

1 A and Ewan don’t ______________ to go to the concert.

2 Our parents ______________ us against swimming in the river when we were on holiday.

3 Chloë ______________ on using her mobile phone in the cinema even though she was asked not to.

4 Alex didn’t ______________ for arriving late.

5 We ______________ them to take us on holiday.

6 Lucy always ______________ other people for her problems.

7 I ______________ Tom for helping me with homework.

8 They ______________ the students of lying.

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1 want   2 warned   3 insisted   4 apologise

5 begged   6 blames   7 thanked   8 accused

5. Complete the sentences with to do or doing.

He admitted ______________ badly in the exam.

Lucy has always enjoyed ______________ exercise.

dad persuaded me ______________ the course.

The organisers thanked us for ______________ the clearing up.

Mark insisted on ______________ his homework alone.

A has promised ______________ the washing-up.

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1 doing   2 doing   3 to do   4 doing   5 doing   6 to do

6. Complete the text with the correct infinitive or -ing form of the verbs below. Sometimes both forms are correct.

be      fall      go      snow      spend      take      turn into

I prefer 1 _________ on holiday in the winter rather than in the summer, so I’ll never forget 2 _________ in the mountains on a skiing holiday last year. I was really excited when it started 3 _________ during our first night at the hotel. However, the following morning, the snow hadn’t stopped 4 _____ The coach from the hotel tried 5 _________ us to the ski station, but the road was in a dangerous condition. The snow on the road had started 6 _________ ice and we had to return to the hotel. I remember 7 _________ time looking out of the hotel window, hoping that they would clear the road!

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1 going / to go   2 being   3 snowing / to snow   4 falling

5 to take   6 turning into / to turn into   7 spending

7. Complete the sentences with the infinitive or -ing form of the verbs in brackets.

1 Our teacher first taught us some vocabulary and then went on ______________ (explain) the meaning of the tenses.

2 Please remember ______________ (take) your keys with you when you go out tonight.

3 Jack will always remember ______________ (score) his first goal for the school football team.

4 We’ll stop ______________ (have) a break at 11 a.m. and then we’ll return to working on the project.

5 We’ll never forget ______________ (meet) our favourite actor at the airport.

6 I’m afraid that I forgot ______________ (buy) bread.

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1 to explain   2 to take   3 scoring   4 to have

5 meeting   6 to buy