Read though the sentences below, then decide which answer a, b, c or d best fits each space. There is an example at the beginning (0)
0 I’m sorry I said that, Mary. It wasn’t my ___ to hurt you.
a intention b purpose c meaning d plan
1 Take no ___ of him – he’s only teasing you!
a account b notice c attention d regard
2 She had a three-roomed flat in a new residential area on the ___ of Copenhaguen.
a border b suburbs c outskirts d near
3 He went to live on the coast for the ___ of his health
a reason b sake c care d improvement
4 When you buy shares, your investment is always at ___ since share prices can go down as well as go up
a danger b trouble c gamble d risk
5 You’re off to Bangkok, you say? What a __________! So am I.
a coincidence b chance c luck d fate
6 I wonder if you could give me a _____ with the washing-up?
a help b assistance c support d hand
7 Most of the ___ members aboard the new luxury liner were form Pakistan.
a team b crew c gang d staff
8 My parents were always making ___ in public. As I child I found it very embarrasing.
a quarrels b arguments c scenes d fuss
9 The Queen has no real power. She’s just a ___
a figurehead b mascot c sleeping partner d puppet
10 The child was throwing stones at the pigeons but his mother didn’t take any ___ of him
a attention b notice c control d regard
11 Take an umbrella with you ___ it rains
a in case b even though c despite d because
12 We’re going to miss the train___ we hurry up.
a provided b if c in spite of d unless
13 He went to live in France for a year __ he could pick up the language.
a because of b in order c so that d therefore
14 Everyone’s been invited to the party___ for Cathy.
a except b apart c but d with the exception
15 ___ than paying out all that money for a hotel, why don’t you come and stay with us instead? We’ve got lots of rooms.
a Instead b Better c Rather d In preference
16 In ___ ,women live longer than men in most countries.
a average b the whole c reality d general
17 There was a large notice in the hotel corridor saying: ‘___ fire, press the alarm bell.’
a If b On account of c In case of d Supposing
18 Who else went with you to the concert ___ David and Jean?
a apart b besides c except d beside
19 People in Wales are ___ Labour supporters.
a most b all in all c entire d predominantly
20 At the age of fifty, he finally admitted to himself that it was ___ unlikely that he was going to be a pop idol
a greatly b largely c highly d fully