Vocabulary: Prepositional phrases
For each of the six questions choose the one correct answer.
1. It all happened so quickly, one minute I was making chips and the next the whole
kitchen was _____ fire!
2. She never means to break anything, it’s always _____ accident!
3. He didn’t have a job for months, but _____ the end he found work as a waiter.
4. I was driving my car when __________ I heard a loud bang – I had driven over some
a) all at once
b) at the same time
c) in the end
d) at first
5. ___________! I thought the bus was never going to come.
a) At first
b) At last
c) In the end
d) At once
6. He looked so tired in class, ______ times I thought he was going to fall asleep.
Prepositional phrases – Answers
a) Correct. If something is burning, you can say it is ‘on fire’.
d) Correct. You can do something accidentally or ‘by accident’.
a) If something happens eventually, after a long time, you cannot say it happened
‘at the end’.
b) If something happens eventually, after a long time, you cannot say ‘it happened
‘on the end’.
c) Correct. If something happens eventually, after a long time, you can say ‘in
the end’ it happened.
d) If something happens eventually, after a long time, you cannot say it happened
‘to the end’.
a) Correct. If something happens suddenly and unexpectedly, you can say it
happened ‘all at once’.
b) In this case you want to stress that the second action happened suddenly and
c) If you want to say that something happened after a long time, you can say it
happened eventually or ‘in the end.
d) Use this if you want to put things in order, e.g. ‘At first I thought this, but now I’ve
changed my mind’.
b) Correct. When something happens after waiting a very long time, you say
d) ‘at times’ is correct; this phrase means ‘occasionally’ or ‘sometimes’.
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