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Insert a, an or the if necessary:

1. There was…………knock on……….door. I opened it and found………..small dark man in…………


blue overcoat and…………woolen cap.
2. He said he was………..employee of……….gas company and had come to read……………meter.
3. He said, ‘As ………. matter of …………fact, there was ……………..explosion in………. last house I
visited; and Mr Smith, ………….owner of………..house, was burnt in……………..face.’
4. He said that he had had…………..book but that it had been burnt in……………fire in………….Mr
Smith’s house.
5. By this time I had come to…………..conclusion that he wasn’t……………genuine meter reader;
and………………moment he left……..house I rang…………police.
6. Are John and Mary………….cousins? No, they aren’t…………….cousins; they are……………brother
and………sister.
7. …..fog was so thick that we couldn’t see……….side of……….road. We followed……..car in front of us
and hoped that we were going………..right way.
8. I can’t remember …..exact date of……storm, but I know it was…………..Sunday because everybody
was at…………church. On ………Monday…………….post didn’t come because………..roads were
blocked by………..fallen trees.
9. Peter thinks that this is quite…………..cheap restaurant.
10. Number……………..hundred and two,…………….house next door to us, is for sale. It’s
quite……….nice house with……….big rooms. ………..back windows look out on………………park.

II. Complete the following sentences with an adjective formed from one of the verbs or nouns in the
box, plus a suffix:

care change describe forget grace


motion rely submit tire truth

1. He never remembers my birthday; I don’t know why he’s so ……………………. .


2. I believe what he says because he’s always been ………………………….. in the past.
3. She never seems to run out of energy; she’s completely…………………….. .
4. She’s a very……………… writer; she gives you a very good feel for the places and characters in her
stories.
5. Don’t worry. If he’s said he’ll be there, then I am sure he will. He’s very……………………….
6. His problem is that he always does exactly what people tell him to do: he’s just so……………………
7. You’re so …………………….: you’re always dropping things.
8. I love to watch good ballet dancers: they’re so……………………..
9. The cat stayed……………… as it waited to pounce on the bird.
10. It’s a very …………… climate; the weather can be completely different from one day to the next.

III. Find and adjective from the list above to fit each of the following meanings: boundless, rampant,
effective, ghostly, inaudible, massy, obvious, quarrelsome, spacious, usual, temperate, regretful, penniless,
legal, heroic, negligible, fabulous, dogmatic, cumbersome, affluent
1. having plenty of money to spend
2. without limits
3. difficult to carry
4. bold or disobedient, refusing to recognize authority
5. emphatic in expressing opinions, to do with dogmas
6. having an effect, to bring about the result intended
7. incredible or absurd, celebrated in fables
8. like a ghost, very bad, causing fear
9. like or fit for a hero
10. that cannot be heard
11. authorized by law
12. solid, heavy

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13. of little or no importance or size
14. easily seen or understood
15. without any money
16. quick tempered, fond of quarrels
17. sad, sorry
18. roomy, having plenty of space
19. showing temperance, behaving with temperance
20. such as commonly happens, customary
IV. Complete the sentences with adjectives ending in –able, -ible, -uble derived from the verbs given
in brackets:
1. His mood are……..(change).
2. He is in the………position of being completely independent (envy).
3. Children’s minds are very……………….(impress).
4. Britain has many miles of…………..waterways (navigate).
5. They complained of the………….smell from the factory (object).
6. Many currencies are now freely………(convert).
7. Airmen are supplied with…………..rubber dinghies to be used if they bail out over the sea
(inflate).
8. We spent a very………….evening talking about old times (enjoy).
9. In some countries many people live in a …………state (pity).
10. Only a limited number of types of fungi are……………(eat).
V. By adding –ful, -ous, -ed, -ent, -ant derive adjectives from the nouns in brackets:
1. She waited without complaining; she was very………….(patience).
2. That visit wasn’t ………….(pleasure).
3. Mary is always…………..that she is right (confidence).
4. His behaviour was always……………(courtesy).
5. Tommy was particularly………………..(mischief).
6. I like the privacy of a ………garden (fence).
7. It was a…………………..occasion (moment).
8. The ………………glass windows were very attractive (colour).
VI. Complete the sentences with negative adjectives derived from the verbs in brackets by using the
suffixes –able, -ible, uble and the negative prefixes in- or un-:
1. He will not change his mind. His decision is………….(revoke).
2. I have never met such a man. His energy seems…………..(exhaust).
3. Mozart’s style has been found to be…………….(imitate).
4. Many fabrics are specially treated so as to be ………………..(shrink).
5. Men die, but their words are…………….(destroy).
6. The constructors had to blast away tons of…………….rocks (penetrate).
7. Day changes to night by almost……………..stages (perceive).
8. Most people would agree that the greatest poets are ………………(translate).
9. He returned to his university after twenty years’ absence to find that……………….changes had
taken place (number).
10. The English now regard free education as an……………..right (alienate).
VII. Put the adjectives in brackets in the correct order:
1. Do you have…………………car? (a, racing, new)
2. The museum has………………..mirrors. (beautiful, very, some, Venetian, old)
3. …………blouse isn’t in the wardrobe. (green, nice, silken, her)
4. ……..names are Richard Christian. (first, son’s, his, two)
5. She is…………….doctor. (woman, English, young, a, pleasant)
6. I hate………….ladies. (three, ugly, those, old, boring)
7. …………books are on sale this week. (or, new, geography, old, and, good, bad)
8. ………classes ended at 8 o’clock. (teacher’s, the, interesting, afternoon)
9. ……………..blouses are for you. (up-to-date, silk, three, these)
10. Mr. Brown is wearing………………..suit. (long, a, becoming, very, grey)
11. Peter has already read…………books. (English, several, easy, very)
12. …….acts were presented in a Romanian film. (Michael, courageous, brave, the, Brave’s, and)