English Vocabulary Exercises for B2 – Introduction – Verb patterns

1. Choose the correct verbs to complete the sentences.

1) Our teacher wondered / insisted / encouraged us to take part in the contest.

2) The student blamed / denied / managed taking the money from his classmate.

3) We all reminded / persuaded / agreed to meet in town at 8 p.m.

4) Did you mention / spend / tell the idea of going out for a pizza to Jessica?

5) Sean always denies / offers / mentions to help his friends.

6) If you keep / expect / agree trying, you will finally succeed!

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1) encouraged   2) denied   3) agreed   4) mention

5) offers   6) keep

2. Complete the sentences with the correct infinitive or -ing form of the verbs in brackets.

When I go shopping for clothes, I spend time 1) _____. (think) about what I’m going to buy. I usually can’t afford 2) _____. (buy) the brands I really like. If I spend all money on one piece of clothing, I end up 3) _____. (regret) it. However, if I really like something, I do occasionally decide 4) _____. (do) that. I enjoy 5) _____. (look) around the shops for cheaper clothes and I always ask the shop assistants 6) _____. (give) me a discount. They usually refuse 7) _____. (offer) me one, but occasionally I’m lucky and I manage 8) _____. (get) one!

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1) thinking   2) to buy   3) regretting   4) to do

5) looking   6) to give   7) to offer   8) to get

3. Match 1-6 with a-f to make sentences.

1) Kate always begs

2) Jake blamed

3) Anna suggested

4) This ice cream reminds

5) Tom won’t

6) Our neighbour didn’t thank us

a revising for the exams together.

b for finding his cat.

c his sister for their late arrival.

d mind waiting for us at the bus station.

e me to help her with her homework.

f me of our holiday in Italy.

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1) e   2) c   3) a   4) f   5) d   6) b

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

accuse      apologise      beg      blame      insist      thank      want      warn

1) A and Ewan don’t ______________ to go to the concert.

2) Our parents ______________ us against swimming in the river when we were on holiday.

3) Chloë ______________ on using her mobile phone in the cinema even though she was asked not to.

4) Alex didn’t ______________ for arriving late.

5) We ______________ them to take us on holiday.

6) Lucy always ______________ other people for her problems.

7) I ______________ Tom for helping me with homework.

8) They ______________ the students of lying.

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1) want   2) warned   3) insisted   4) apologise

5) begged   6) blames   7) thanked   8) accused

5. Complete the sentences with to do or doing.

1) He admitted ______________ badly in the exam.

2) Lucy has always enjoyed ______________ exercise.

3) dad persuaded me ______________ the course.

4) The organisers thanked us for ______________ the clearing up.

5) Mark insisted on ______________ his homework alone.

6) A has promised ______________ the washing-up.

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1) doing   2 doing   3) to do   4) doing   5) doing   6) to do

6. Complete the text with the correct infinitive or -ing form of the verbs below. Sometimes both forms are correct.

be      fall      go      snow      spend      take      turn into

I prefer 1) _________ on holiday in the winter rather than in the summer, so I’ll never forget 2) _________ in the mountains on a skiing holiday last year. I was really excited when it started 3) _________ during our first night at the hotel. However, the following morning, the snow hadn’t stopped 4) _____ The coach from the hotel tried 5) _________ us to the ski station, but the road was in a dangerous condition. The snow on the road had started 6) _________ ice and we had to return to the hotel. I remember 7) _________ time looking out of the hotel window, hoping that they would clear the road!

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1) going / to go   2) being   3) snowing / to snow   4) falling

5) to take   6) turning into / to turn into   7) spending

7. Complete the sentences with the infinitive or -ing form of the verbs in brackets.

1) Our teacher first taught us some vocabulary and then went on ______________ (explain) the meaning of the tenses.

2) Please remember ______________ (take) your keys with you when you go out tonight.

3) Jack will always remember ______________ (score) his first goal for the school football team.

4) We’ll stop ______________ (have) a break at 11 a.m. and then we’ll return to working on the project.

5) We’ll never forget ______________ (meet) our favourite actor at the airport.

6) I’m afraid that I forgot ______________ (buy) bread.

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1) to explain   2) to take   3) scoring   4) to have

5) meeting   6) to buy