English Grammar Exercises for B2 – Articles and quantifiers

1. Complete the text with a, an, the or nothing (-), if no article is required.

Although 1) _____ British are more health-conscious than they used to be, many of them still like to eat 2) _____ bacon for breakfast once or twice 3) _____ week. But most are unaware that there is 4) _____ unusual custom surrounding bacon. 5) _____ custom is known to date back hundreds of years to 6) _____ 13th century or even earlier.

According to tradition, 7) _____ married couple could win a large piece of bacon if they could prove to a judge that they had not regretted their marriage or had 8) _____ argument for at least 9) _____ year and 10) _____ day. In one town, Dunmow, 11) _____ couple had to kneel on sharp stones and say 12) _____ special poem which ended with the lines: ‘For this is our custom at Dunmow well known, Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.’ After 13) _____ poem, there was a noisy parade around town. Dunmow claims to be the only town in 14) _____ Britain which still continues 15) _____ tradition to this day.

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1) the   2) –   3) a   4) an   5) The   6) The   7) a   8) an   9) a

10) a   11) a   12) a   13) the   14) –   15) the

2. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences.

1) parents __________ went to university, but neither of them finished their degree.

a both      b every      c either

2) Nearly __________ of classmates are going to the end-of-term party.

a every      b most      c all

3) grandfather left £1,000 to __________ of his grandchildren.

a each      b every      c either

4) The best thing about this Indian restaurant is that __________ dish tastes different.

a another      b all      c every

5) We’ve hardly spent __________ time together this holiday.

a all      b any      c whole

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1) a   2) c   3) a   4) c   5) b

3. Complete the sentences with few, a few, little or a little.

1) Your homework would be better if you spent __________ more time on it.

2) These days, there are so __________ opportunities to escape from technology.

3) I’ve invited Claudia to the party, but frankly there’s __________ chance she’ll come.

4) Anna is spending the weekend with __________ of her friends from school.

5) As the detective was leaving the room, he noticed __________ blook on the wall.

6) Soya beans contain a lot of protein and very __________ fat.

7) Many people start writing a novel, but __________ people actually finish.

8) grandmother spent __________ years in India when she was a child.

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1) a little   2) few   3) little   4) a few   5) a little   6) little

7) few   8) a few

4. Add of to these sentences only when it is necessary in order to make the sentence correct.

1) I gave Christmas presents to all ____ friends.

2) Lions spend much ____ their time sleeping.

3) Both ____ his sisters went to this school.

4) Each ____ us understood how serious the situation was.

5) It was so hot that I spent the whole ____ night awake.

6) Are many ____ your friends going to university?

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1) –   2) of   3) –   4) of   5) –   6) of

5. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. Use the words in brackets.

1) We didn’t see any polar bears in Alaska. (no)

  We __________________ in Alaska.

2) There were very few people in the square. (any)

  There __________________ in the square.

3) He gave each of the children a copy of his new book. (every)

 He gave __________________ of his new book.

4) We couldn’t eat all of the cake – it was huge! (whole)

  We couldn’t __________________ it was huge!

5) He spent most of his holiday in bed with sunstroke. (nearly)

     He spent __________________ in bed with sunstroke.

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1) saw no polar bears

2) were hardly any people

3) every child a copy

4) eat the whole cake

5) nearly all (of) his holiday/ nearly the whole of his holiday