English Vocabulary Exercises for B1 – Ages and stages

1. Label the pictures with the life stages below.

centenarian      elderly      infant      in his / her teens

in his / her twenties      middle-aged      toddler      young child


1) She’s a ____________


2) He’s ____________


3) _________


4) _________


5) _________


6) _________


7) _________


8) _________

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1) toddler   2) in his teens   3) She’s middle-aged.  

4) He/ She’s an infant.   5) He’s a centenarian.   6) She’s elderly.

7) He/ She’s a young child.   8) He’s in his twenties.

2. Complete the life events with the words below. Use all the words.

be      be      emigrate      fall      get      get      go      inherit

learn      move      split      start

1) _________ born

2) _________ a business

3) _________ in love

4) _________ (money, etc.)

5) _________ to drive

6) _________ up

7) _________ to university

8) _________ house

9) _________ your first job

10) _________ engaged

11) _________ brought up (by)

12) _________ from abroad

away      a change of career      divorced      down

a family      from work      a grandparent      home

a house or flat  married      school      school      up

13) get ____________

14) leave ____________

15) start ____________

16) settle ____________

17) leave ____________

18) start ____________

19) have ____________

20) become ____________

21) grow ____________

22) pass ____________

23) buy ____________

24) get ____________

25) retire ____________

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1) be   2) start   3) fall   4) inherit   5) learn   6) split

7) go   8) move   9) get   10) get   11) be   12) emigrate

13) married   14) home / school   15) a family / school

16) down   17) home / school   18) a family / school

19) a change of career   20) a grandparent   21) up

22) away   23) a house or flat   24) divorced   25) from work

3. Write six true sentences about you or members of your family using different phrases from exercise 2.

grandad retired when he was in his sixties.

1) _________

2) _________

3) _________

4) _________

5) _________

6) _________

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your own answers

4. Listen to a teenage girl asking people in the street about the best age to do certain things in life. Complete the table.

Best age to leave home:

1) Woman

Best age to learn to drive:

2) Girl

Best age to start a family:

3) Boy

Best age to buy a house or flat:

4) Girl

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1) late twenties 2) early twenties  3) 30–35  4) 30 (or so)



Interviewer In your opinion, when is the best age for young people to leave home?

Woman Well, it obviously depends on the circumstances. But I wouldn’t advise young people to be in a hurry to leave home. The advantage of living with your parents, even when you’re working, is that you can save money. It can benefit your parents too, as you can pay them rent and also help out with housework, and so on. But I would say that your late twenties would be a good time to leave home.


Interviewer What’s the best age to learn to drive, do you think?

Girl Well, brother learned to drive as soon as he could, at the age of seventeen. But he couldn’t afford a car until he was 21. When he finally bought one, he’d forgotten a lot of what he’d been taught and had to have more lessons before he felt confident to drive. So, I’d say wait till you are in your early twenties, when you can afford a car.


Interviewer What’s the best age to start a family, in your opinion?

Boy I think most couples wait a few years before they start a family, and I think that’s quite sensible – it’s important to settle down first and have a nice home. And most people find themselves in the situation when they’re between about 30 and 35.


Interviewer In your opinion, what’s the best age to buy a house or flat?

Girl Most young couples in the UK want to own their own home and they usually try to do this when they are about 30 or so, and they are settled in their careers. And I think that’s about the right age. Before that, they don’t usually have enough money.

Extra exercises

1. Rewrite the sentences with the words below.

a centenarian      an infant      in (your) teens      in (your) twenties

middle-aged      a toddler      a young child

1) niece is only four months old.

2) little brother is six.

3) great-grandfather is over a hundred.

4) cousin Jack is fifteen.

5) mother is fifty next year.

6) nephew is two years old.

7) sister was twenty-three on her last birthday.

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1) niece is an infant.

2) little brother is a young child.

3) great-grandfather is a centenarian.

4) cousin Jack is in his teens.

5) mother is middle-aged.

6) nephew is a toddler.

7) sister is in her twenties.

2. Complete each pair of life events with a suitable verb.

1) _____.   born / brought up

2) _____.   a flat / a house

3) _____.   home / school

4) _____.   married / engaged

5) _____.   a business / a family

6) _____.   a house / money

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1) be   2) buy   3) leave   4) get   5) start   6) inherit

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

emigrate      grow up      move      pass away      retire      settle down

1) grandfather is in his seventies, but he has no plans to ______________ from his job.

2) I missed friends terribly when we ______________ house.

3) They’re thinking of leaving the UK. They’d like to ______________ to Australia.

4) best friend ______________ in France, so she’s bilingual.

5) When I leave university, I want to go travelling before I ______________ and have a family.

6) Tom’s grandmother is ill in hospital. He’ll be extremely upset if she ______________

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1) retire   2) moved   3) emigrate   4) grew up

5) settle down   6) passes away

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