Practical English grammar exercises: 50 helpful tips for beginners

Taking English grammar exercises can gauge your English level and help your progress as a beginner. Once you know your score, you will know by how much you need to study to progress to the level you need to be for a purpose.

If you know and understand the correct usage of Verbs, Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, and sentence structure, you will surely pass English grammar exercises. It will also help you in answering the other parts like Numerical Reasoning, Logic, Analogy, Reading and Comprehension since they are all in English.

English grammar exercises with tips

Here are grammar exercises with tips to help you progress in learning English Grammar by giving you the rules you need to apply in making the correct answer choice. Let’s try this.

A. Always he arrives at 2:30

B. He arrives at always 2:30

C. He always arrives at 2:30

D. He always at 2:30 arrives

Tip 1: The rule applied here is subject-verb sequence and adjective before the verb.

  1. George….. fly to Stockholm tomorrow.

A. to going

B. goes to

C. is going to

D. go to

Tip 2: When there is a future time stated, the progressive future form of the verb is used.

  1. David is the boss, you need to speak to …..

A. it

B. him

C. her

D. them

Tip 3: You need to use the pronoun for David, who is singular and male.

  1. I wanted an orange car, but they only had …..

A. a one red

B. one red

C. a red one.

D. a red.

Tip 4: You either use “a” or “the” in introducing a choice, and the color precedes the number.

  1. .

A. Give the Sarah book

B. Give the book to Sarah.

C. Give to Sarah the book.

D. Give the book at Sarah.

Tip 5: This is a command form of a sentence so the verb comes before the object and the receiver comes last.

  1. I’ve lost my passport. I can’t find it …..

A. anywhere.

B. nowhere.

C. everywhere.

D. somewhere.

Tip 6: When all option is exhausted, this is the term used.

  1. ….. sugar for my coffee!

A. There aren’t any

B. There is any

C. There isn’t no

D. There isn’t any

Tip 7: Sugar is taken as a singular noun and the corresponding verb should be negative singular. Generally, we use any in the same way as some: when we are thinking about a certain amount or number of something. 

  1. Michael………Paris in the morning

A. to leaving

B. leaves for

C. is leaving for

D. leave to

Tip 8: Singular noun goes with a singular form of the verb.  In general, the present continuous/progressive is used to indicate that the verb’s action is occurring over a period of time that includes now. When a definite time is given, simple present tense works.

  1. She has her German classes ……

A. in Tuesday mornings

B. at Tuesday mornings

C. by Tuesday mornings

D. on Tuesday mornings

Tip 9:

  1. I’m going out …….some cigarettes

A. to buying

B. for buying

C. to buy

D. for to buy

Tip 10: When you use an infinitive verb, the “to” is a part of the verb. It is not acting as a preposition in this case. And the verb is always just the verb. It’s not conjugated in anyway – no -ed, no -ing, no -s on the end.

  1. Suddenly, we heard a loud noise, but outside, there ……..there!

A. was nobody

B. is anybody

C. wasn’t nobody

D. was somebody

Tip 11: From the sentence, the word “but” indicates the absence of a person, so the best choice would be indicating this, Remember that a double negative like “wasn’t nobody” is positive, meaning, there is somebody,

  1. He says he’s been robbed. He can’t find his wallet …..

A. not anywhere.

B. nowhere.

C. anywhere.

D. somewhere.

Tip 12: The negative verb “can’t” would mean absence, so choose the adverb anywhere to provide emphasis, by describing the huge amount of possible places where something could be or where someone could go.

  1. He goes to work …..

A. by taxi.

B. on taxi.

C. with taxi.

D. in taxi.

Tip 13: For prepositions with transport, ‘In’ for public transport, ‘on’ for private transport, ‘by’ to describe a verb, so must come after the verb.

A. Always he wakes up at 9:00.

B. He wakes up at always 9:00.

C. He always wakes up at 9:00.

D. He wakes always up at 9:00.

Tip 14: As an adverb of time, always usually goes before the verb “to be” in simple tenses.


A. Where playing Manchester United?

B. Where is playing Manchester United?

C. Where is Manchester United playing?

D. Where playing is Manchester United?

Tip 15: The present progressive tense is used for ongoing action in the present. Here is a sample of a question form: Is Caroline looking for the latest brochure? Or when asking about a place, put the location before the rest of the sentence and the participle last.

  1. Mark ….. fly to London tomorrow.

A. to going

B. goes to

C. is going to

D. go to

Tip 16: The present progressive tense can also be used to describe an activity which is going to happen in the future (especially for planned activities). The present progressive tense is formed like this: [am, is, or are] + [verb] + ing

A. Mary usually drives carefully.

B. Mary carefully drives usually.

C. Mary carefully usually drives.

D. Mary usually carefully drives.

Tip17: Adverbs are often found between the subject and its verb. When there is more than one adverb in a sentence describing a verb, they usually go in this order: manner, place (location), frequency, time, reason/purpose. It is uncommon to use all five types of adverbs to modify the same word.

  1. She arrived ….. Victoria Station half an hour late.

A. in

B. at

C. on

D. by

Tip 18:

  1. There ….. hooligans at the match, for a change.

A. were no

B. weren’t no

C. were any

D. were not

Tip 19: The last part of the sentence “for a change,” indicates the absence of the hooligans. When choosing the answer, remember that double negative means positive. 

  1. We’re really looking forward ….. on holiday.

A. to go

B. going

C. go

D. to going

Tip 20: “Looking forward to” is a specific verb pattern in the English language. The “to” in the verb pattern is a preposition followed by a noun phrase or an -ing verb form. Consider that we’re talking about Present Continuous (expressing the future).

  1. Have you sent that email to Mr. O’Neill? Yes, I’ve …..done that.

A. still

B. already

C. yet

D. now

Tip 21: The answer starts by respondent saying yes, meaning that the email has already been sent. Rule out the answers that indicate the email has not yet been sent or is being sent currently. 

  1. “….. have you been going out with him?” “Only a few months”

A. How long

B. How long time

C. What time

D. For how long

Tip 22: To answer this question, look better into the Wh-questions in the Present Perfect Continuous. 

  1. We’ve been living in the new house…just over a year ago.

A. at

B. in

C. for

D. since

Tip 23: The last word – “ago” indicates that the respondent is trying to answer with the starting time in the past. See what you can learn from this grammar lesson.

  1. We were surprised that there ….. queues outside the cinema

A. were any

B. weren’t no

C. were no

D. were not

Tip 24: The “surprised” part shows the absence of queues. Try to find the answer that best suits the situation, and don’t forget that the double negative means positive. 

  1. I’m really looking forward ….. this exercise

A. to finish

B. finishing

C. finish

D. to finishing

Tip 25: “Looking forward to” is a specific verb pattern in the English language. The “to” in the verb pattern is a preposition followed by a noun phrase or an -ing verb form. Consider that we’re talking about Present Continuous (expressing the future).

  1. Don’t start ….. to me about it.You know I don’t care.

A. to complaining

B. complaining

C. complain

D. in complain

Tip 26: The verb “start” can be used with an infinitive or -ing. If you’re using an infinitive version, you should have start + to do (smth) and in the case of -ing, start + ing. See other examples of this case here: 

A. I told him that he come home at once .

B. I told he come home at once.

C. I told him to come home at once.

D. I told,’come home at once!’

Tip 27: The sentence describes a person directing someone to take action – “come here at once.” In this case, you have to use an element that represents an action – to do + something. Take into account that the verb “told” needs to have a direct object next to it. 

  1. Tom ….. Elizabeth to go to the hospital

A. told

B. said

C. saying to

D. telling to

Tip 28: This is another example of a person directing someone to do an action. Use to do + something and notice how Elizabeth is a direct object in the sentence. 

  1. Have you phoned the restaurant about the booking? Yes, I’ve …..done that.

A. still

B. already

C. yet

D. now

Tip 29: The answer starts by respondent saying yes, meaning that the respondent has booked the restaurant. Rule out the answers that indicate that the booking has not yet happened.

  1. There ….. spectators at the match.

A. were no

B. weren’t no

C. were any

D. were not

Tip 30: To form a, “there were” sentence, you will need to have There + were + determiner + object. Follow the logic of the sentence and disregard the answers that are double negative – double negative means positive. 

  1. If I won the lottery, I ….. a house in the country.

A. will buy

B. have bought

C. would buy

D. would have bought

Tip 31: To fill in the correct answer, revise the second conditional rules. The structure usually goes like this >> If + past tense + would + infinitive. Read more about it here: 

  1. Have you sent that fax to Mr. Smyth? Yes, I’ve …..done that.

A. still

B. already

C. yet

D. now

Tip 32:

  1. “….. have you been waiting?” “Only a few minutes”

A. How long

B. How long time

C. What time

D. For how long

Tip 33:

  1. They weren’t surprised and nor ….. I.

A. weren’t

B. wasn’t

C. were

D. was

Tip 34: Remember the difference between the subjunctive and the past tense of “to be” WAS and WERE. Use WERE when you’re describing a hypothetical situation and WAS when you’re describing a reality. 

Read more here:

  1. I …..getting up early.I do it every day.

A. used to

B. used

C. am used to

D. would

Tip 35: Revise the difference between used to + infinitive and used to + ing. They are similar but have different meanings and uses. We use “used to + infinitive” to describe a past situation that is no longer true. We use “used to + ing” to describe something that we know very well and is no longer strange to us. 

  1. The letter ….. yesterday, but I don’t know for sure.

A. may arrive

B. might arrived

C. should arrive

D. may have arrived

Tip 36: In this sentence, we are talking about probability in the past with the least certainty. Use Perfect Infinitive “to have + past participle.” 

  1. We ….. better study more if we want to pass the exam

A. would

B. should

C. had

D. ought

Tip 37: In this sentence, we are talking about the use of modal verbs in obligation and advice situation. We can clearly see the suggestion in the present with advice to avoid a negative effect in the future. 

  1. That’s the woman ….. I saw stealing the handbag!

A. whom

B. where

C. what

D. whose

Tip 38: Revise the rule of using relative pronouns.

  1. ….. is it from Istanbul to Baghdad?

A. How much distance

B. How long

C. How far

D. How many

Tip 39: In the sentence, we are trying to define the distance between to places. Remember the modifiers that you can use with distance and choose the correct answer after thinking it through. 

This might also help: 

  1. If you get bored, call me ….. you like, and we can go for a drink.

A. whenever

B. soon

C. always

D. whatever

Tip 40: Use the adverb that suits the situation that is not unique, and the time is uncertain. 

  1. In the beginning the street was noisy, but now I…………it

A. used to

B. used

C. am used to

D. would

Tip 41: The sentence describes something that was unusual, at first, but now the speaker got accustomed to it. Revise the difference between “used to” and “am used to.” They have different meanings but look alike. 

  1. After his girlfriend left him, his boss was the …….of his worries

A. less

B. least

C. fewer

D. last

Tip 42: The sentence means that the speaker has more important problems than his boss. Less and least are used to talk about inequality by focusing on the ‘lower’ end of the cycle. Less is the comparative form. It is followed by than. Least is the superlative form.

  1. The woman…. by the table is his sister, not his mother.

A. whose

B. is standing

C. standing

D. stands

Tip 43: You need a participle (a word formed from a verb that can be used as an adjective) to describe the woman.

  1. ….. is it from Barcelona to Madrid?

A. How far

B. How long

C. How much distance

D. How many

Tip 44:

  1. I have to catch the 5.00 am train tomorrow, so I ….. go to bed early.

A. needn’t

B. haven’t

C. have to

D. have had to

Tip 45: The modal verb ‘have to’ is used to mean that something is necessary. It is used in affirmative way in sentences.

  1. She ….. go to the dentist’s yesterday.

A. must

B. had to

C. ought to

D. must to

Tip 46: The word “yesterday” indicates the action happening in the past. Use the modal verb, which is in the past tense. See how you can use modal verbs in the past tense here:

  1. The man ….. in the corner is my boss.

A. whose


C. is sitting

D. sits

Tips 47: You will need to use a participle phrase to answer this question correctly. A participle is a word formed from a verb that can be used as an adjective. Participle phrases also act as adjectives and describe the objects. In this case, our participle phrase (which you have to find) describes the man.

  1. “Those cases look heavy” “….. carry one for you?” “That’s very nice of you”

A. Will I

B. Do I have

C. Shall I

D. Do I

Tip 48: The speaker makes an offer in this sentence. Try to remember the modal verb, which can be used in a situation like this. Need help? Review the material here: 

  1. Don’t forget ….. those letters.

A. to post

B. posting

C. to posting

D. post

Tips 49: Some verbs can be followed by either a gerund and infinitive. See how meanings change when Remember and Forget are followed by a gerund or an infinitive. 

  1. I thought you …..

A. will come to the party.

B. were coming to the party.

C. come to the party.

D. have come to the party.

Tip 50:  Even when you’re talking about the present or future tense, when you are expressing a thought by saying “I thought…”, you use the “were” negating what you previously idea.

Memorizing rules and applying them is the rule of thumb. Not everything can be explained but there are rules as those for conjugating irregular verbs which one must apply regularly to everyday conversation.

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Refer to the key to get the correct answers AFTER doing the exercises. Use the answer key to get your score: correct answers/50 x 100%

Proficiency level:

100 –  90 Excellent

  89 –  80 Good

  79 –  70 Fair

  69 below   Poor

Answer key

1.  C11.  A21.  B31.  C41.  C
2.  C12.  C22.  A32.  B42.  B
3.  B13.  A23.  C33.  A43.  C
4.  C14.  C24.  C34.  C44.  A
5.  B15.  C25.  D35.  A45.  C
6.  A16.  C26.  B36.  D46.  B
7.  D17.  A27.  C37.  B47.  B
8.  B18.  B28.  A38.  A48.  C
9.  D19.  A29.  B39.  C49.  A
10. C20.  A30.  A40.  A50.  B