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Advanced English Grammar Review 1

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While old-fashioned, I still find what I call "grammar banging" (intensive grammar review sheets) useful at the end or beginning of the year. The end of year calls for exam preparation and the beginning calls for some review to raise awareness of what has already been learnt and where problems still lie. The sheets provided in these "grammar banging" reviews are very effective because each question focuses on one important, specific area. I have included the answers and a short note of the grammar focus after the exercise.

Aim: Grammar review of the most important upper-intermediate level English tenses, structure and functions

Activity: Grammar banging multiple choice review lesson with each question focusing on a specific point

Level: Upper-Intermediate

Outline:

  • This is straight-forward stuff. Make the copies and give them to the students.
  • Have each student do the sheet by him/herself.
  • Ask students to compare answers and discuss differences, each student trying to explain his/her choice.
  • Correct sheet as a class. Review each grammar point quickly - you should get a lot of "Oh, yeah....".
  • Give the students an unmarked copy of the same exercise to repeat at home to solidify the review exercise.

"Grammar Banging" - Review your English - 1 - Upper-Intermediate Choose the correct word to fill in the gap

  1. If she ___________ about his financial situation, she would have helped him out.

    A) knew B) had been knowing C) had known D) have known

  2. I'll ______________ their cat while they are away on holiday.

    A) be looking into B) be looking at C) be looking after D) be looking over

  3. He made his children ______ their homework every afternoon.

    A) do B) to do C) studied D) to study

  4. The test was ____ difficult she had problems finishing it on time.

    A) such B) a C) as D) so

  5. By the time she arrives, we ________________ our homework.

    A) finish B) will have finished C) will finish D) were finished

  6. She _________________ lunch by the time we arrived.

    A) had finished B) finished C) have finished D) finishing

  7. The sun ______ at 9 last night.

    A) sat B) setted C) set D) was setting

  8. When I stopped __________ to Mary, she was picking some flowers in her garden.

    A) speaking B) speak C) to stop D) spoke

  9. Despite ______________ hard, he failed the exam.

    A) he studied B) he has studied C) studying D) study

  10. That room _______________ for a meeting today.

    A) is used B) is being used C) used D) is using

  11. We ____________ tennis every day when we were young.

    A) use to play B) would play C) were playing D) were used to play

  12. If I __________ you, I would wait a while to begin investing.

    A) was B) am C) were D) would be

  13. He'll give you a call as soon as he __________.

    A) will arrive B) arrives C) is arriving D) is going to arrive.

Answer Page with Grammar Focus Explained

Exercise 1 Printing Page

Intermediate Grammar Banging Page 2

Intermediate Grammar Banging Page 3

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