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Adjective exercises

much vs many

Decide whether you have to use much or many:

  1. We saw _____ animals at the zoo.
  2. How _____ oranges did you put in the box?
  3. There isn’t _____ sugar in my coffee.
  4. I don’t have ______ friends.
  5. The old man hasn’t got _____ hair on his head.
  6. I’ve packed _____ bottles of water.
  7. I didn’t get _____ sleep last night.
  8. How _____ fruit do you eat in an average day?

Answers:

  1. many
  2. many
  3. much
  4. many
  5. much
  6. many
  7. much
  8. much


 

a little vs a few

Decide whether you have to use a little or a few:

  1. Can you please buy _______ apples.
  2. We need _______ water.
  3. I have _______ money left.
  4. I take _______ sugar with my coffee.
  5. We had _______ pints of beer there.
  6. You have _______ time left.
  7. There are _______ chairs in the room.
  8. He only spent _______ dollars there.

Answers:

  1. a few
  2. a little
  3. a little
  4. a little
  5. a few
  6. a little
  7. a few
  8. a few

some vs any

Decide whether you have to use some or any:

  1. Is there _______ milk left?
  2. There is _______ juice in the bottle.
  3. Do you have _______ coffee?
  4. I don’t have _______ money left.
  5. She has _______ money.
  6. Do you know _______ of these singers?
  7. I don’t know _______ of them.
  8. I know _______ of them.

Answers:

  1. any
  2. some
  3. any
  4. any
  5. some
  6. any
  7. any
  8. some

some vs many

Decide whether you have to use some or many:

  1. The child put _______ sand into the bucket.
  2. I can lend you _______ money if you need it.
  3. There aren’t _______ pears left. Only two.
  4. We had _______ cake with the tea.
  5. Don’t eat so _______ sweets or you’ll get fat.
  6. I had _______ beer last night at the bar.
  7. I don’t have _______ friends.
  8. He brought _______ food with him.

Answers:

  1. some
  2. some
  3. many
  4. some
  5. many
  6. some
  7. many
  8. some

little vs less

Decide whether you have to use little or less:

  1. I have _______ interest in classical music.
  2. I have _______ faith in him.
  3. We need _______ furniture in this dance hall than in the big one.
  4. You have to drink _______ coffee.
  5. He has _______ money than I thought.
  6. Tonight I drank _______ wine than last night.
  7. She dedicates _______ time to her homework than to her hobbies.
  8. This will take _______ time to finish than the last time we tried.

Answers:

  1. little
  2. little
  3. less
  4. less
  5. less
  6. less
  7. less
  8. less

a little vs a lot

Decide whether you have to use a little or a lot:

  1. That may cost you _______ of money.
  2. I added _______ sugar to the mix.
  3. You’ll have to spend _______ of cash on this car. (a lot)
  4. I can do it with _______ help from my friends.
  5. _______ change can really make a difference.
  6. I don’t have _______ of free time today.
  7. He left _______ of laundry for me to do.
  8. She gave him _______ attention.

Answers:

  1. a lot
  2. a little
  3. a lot
  4. a little
  5. a little
  6. a lot
  7. a lot
  8. a little

few vs little

Decide whether you have to use few or little:

  1. There’s _______ point in calling.
  2. _______ people understood what he said.
  3. There is _______ use in trying to do this.
  4. There’s _______ space here as it is.
  5. There’s _______ I can do about this.
  6. Dan is a great student. He has _______ problems with history.
  7. There was _______ traffic on the road.
  8. I think Coventry will win the match but _______ people agree with me.

Answers:

  1. little
  2. few
  3. little
  4. little
  5. little
  6. few
  7. little
  8. few

fewer vs less

Decide whether you have to use fewer or less:

  1. There were _______ days below freezing last winter.
  2. I drank _______ water than she did.
  3. I have _______ than an hour to do this work.
  4. People these days are buying _______ newspapers.
  5. I have _______ time to do this work.
  6. _______ than thirty children each year develop the disease.
  7. I wear _______ makeup on weekdays.
  8. He worked _______ hours than I did.

Answers:

  1. fewer
  2. less
  3. less
  4. fewer
  5. less
  6. fewer
  7. less
  8. fewer

farther vs further

Decide whether you have to use farther or further:

  1. How much _______ do you plan to drive tonight?
  2. I just can’t go any _______.
  3. Do you have any _______ plans for adding on to the building?
  4. That’s a lot _______ than I want to carry this heavy suitcase!
  5. The _______ that I travel down this road, the _______ behind schedule I get.
  6. How much _______ do you intend to take this legal matter?
  7. It’s not that much _______ to the gas station.
  8. How much _______ do I have to run, coach?

Answers:

  1. farther
  2. further
  3. further
  4. farther
  5. farther, further
  6. further
  7. farther
  8. farther

later vs latter

Decide whether you have to use later or latter:

  1. My neighbours have a son and a daughter : the former is a teacher, the _______ is a nurse.
  2. I will address that at a _______ time.
  3. Of the first two Harry Potter books, I prefer the _______.
  4. John arrived at the party _______ than Mary did.
  5. I prefer the _______ offer to the former one.
  6. I will be back _______.
  7. I was given the choice between a hamburger or a hotdog, I chose the _______ of the two; the hotdog.
  8. When it comes to soy burgers or a juicy cow burger, I prefer the _______.

Answers:

  1. latter
  2. later
  3. latter
  4. later
  5. latter
  6. later
  7. latter
  8. latter

last vs latter

Decide whether you have to use last or latter:

  1. Jack, Jill and Bob went up the hill; the _______ watched the other two fall down.
  2. The former half of the film is more interesting than the _______ half.
  3. Out of chapters 1, 2, and 3, the _______ one is the most difficult to learn.
  4. Dan is now friends with Ruth, Maya and Ben. The _______ is his cousin.
  5. Jane speaks Italian and English : the former language fairly well and the _______ fluently.
  6. There are two versions, A and B, but the _______ is more popular.
  7. Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the _______ is remembered today.
  8. I study math, English and history. I enjoy the _______ one most.

Answers:

  1. last
  2. latter
  3. last
  4. last
  5. latter
  6. latter
  7. latter
  8. last