Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
1. We were very fortunate that the old lady had (told us to be careful of) us about the approaching storm.

2. The band put up (signs) all around town to inform the people of the concert.

3. The traffic policeman stood on the crossroads and (indicated to) the cars to slow down.

4. As her grandson was deaf, she took lessons in learning how to use (communication system using hands and face).

5. He wasn’t at home when I called round to see him, so I left him a (short message) to (phone) me.
She (raised her hand in greeting) to us out of the window as the train pulled out of the station.

6. The detective his partner with his elbow when he saw the door open and 2 men emerge from the house.

7. Maxwell’s put an (announcement) in the paper today saying they’re selling all their CDs at half price tomorrow. I think I’ll take a look.

8. When the professor returned from China, he gave (spoke in public) all over Britain on the Chinese way of life.

9. The assistant leaned over and (said in a low voice), ‘Mr President, your fly is open.’

10. The passengers became extremely noisy when the airline (stated aloud) a further delay of 2 hours.

11. When he saw a bus coming, he stood up, but on realising that it wasn’t his bus he (puffed in resignation) and sat down again.

12. Jodie (lowered her eyebrows) at the noise that was coming from the children’s room.

13. I usually video films I want to see. This way you can run the tape forward when you come to those annoying (advertisements) they show every 20 minutes or so.

14. There was a (sign) outside the consulate, saying that you had to make an appointment to apply for a visa.

15. The radio station (transmitted) the information before the security police were able to stop them.

16. She didn’t say anything; she just raised her hand and (indicated with her finger) at the ‘No Smoking’ sign on the wall.

17. Could we meet this afternoon? I’d like to (talk about) the new proposals with you.

18. Even though we had no language in common, we were still able to (get the message across) with each other on a simple level: a very simple level.

19. When the famous pop star turned and (lowered an eyelid) at the young girl, she turned pink with pleasure.

20. I (spoke informally to) to Paul about the problem of water on the tennis courts and he said he would speak to the council about it.

21. When you move, you need to (tell) people of your change of address.

22. My doctor examined me and (gave his opinion) me to stop doing whatever I had been doing.

23. The University asked the writer to give a series of on writing short stories.

24. The music was so loud in the Rock Factory that after a half hour of (shouting) to each other we were all (had rough cracked voices).

25. I wanted to break the bad news to her gently, but Michael it (said it suddenly and tactlessly) before I could stop him.

26. Mr Parker was furious when his daughter told him she’d had a small accident with his car, and he and (complained loudly and forcefully) around the house for about a half hour afterwards.

27. The police suspected that the 2 gang bosses would try to flee the country, so they (warned) the border posts at the harbours and airports.

28. Go down to the end of the road. You’ll see a white sign with a red (direction indication) pointing to the right. Follow this direction. It’s the second house on the left.

29. She took a sip of the vodka and (pulled a face).’ Ugh!’ , she said.

30. Sir John, would you kindly (pass on) our best wishes to Lady Sarah.

31. Heather’s white face suddenly appeared around the corner. ‘Th-th-there’s- s-s-someone i-i-in the c-c-cellar’, she (said in broken speech).

32. He’d somehow never been able to speak to his parents about his feelings. The only person he could in (trust enough to tell his secrets to) was his grandfather.

33. It’s really a torture being with him. He (talks so quickly that you can hardly understand him) for hours about nothing in particular and there’s no way you can him (silence him).

34. ‘Well, I don’t keep borrowing money from other people,’ said Jack. ‘What are you ‘ (saying indirectly), snapped Bob.

35. I yawned and said how tired I was, but they wouldn’t take the (subtle suggestion) and go home.

36. ‘But why did you steal the money? Why didn’t you ask me?’ She (raised her shoulders).’ I don’t know. Don’t tell Mum though,’ she (begged). He thought for a moment, then (moved his head up and down in agreement).’Okay, I won’t,’ he said.

37. He’s always (complaining) about the amount of work he has to do. He seems to think no-one else has this problem.

38. The other artists soon stopped (smiling with contempt) at her work when the famous art dealer ignored their pictures and walked over to hers.

39. It looked so preposterous. Little Mrs Martin standing in front of this gigantic man, (shaking threateningly) her tiny fist in his face.

40. We employ several words to describe how people speak: if people speak smoothly, accurately and easily, we describe them as ; if they speak skilfully and effectively, we describe them as ; if, however, a person speaks well, but one is left with the impression that the person is insincere or untrustworthy, we describe them as .
People who use too many words or say too much about unimportant things, we describe as , , or .
Speakers who have difficulty in getting the words out, we describe as - or . People who are fond of speaking, we describe as -, and people who use few words we describe as .