Poll (6)

Which "ch" word has a /k/ sound?
  • headache (55%)     /ˈhedeɪk/
  • purchase (0%)       /ˈpɜːtʃəs/
  • chemist's (88%)    /ˈkemɪsts/
  • character (100%)  /ˈkærəktər/
  • chalk       (0%)     /tʃɔːk/
  • stomach  (77%)   /ˈstʌmək/
  • loch*        (44%)    /k/ (English pronunciation - Scottish pronunciation is different - not /k/)
  • chorus    (44%)   /ˈkɔːrəs/
* In Scotland lakes are called lochs. So the correct pronunciation is not with /k/.

Which sentence(s) is / are grammatically wrong?

That was by far the best film we have seen this year.  (83%)

by far + superlative + Present Perfect  (big difference with others)

It isn't nearly as warm as it was yesterday.    (33%)

nearly as + adjective + as     (almost the same)

Her English is a bit better than yours.   ✓   (16%)

a bit + comparative    (small difference)

The north is much expensive than the south.   ✘  (66%)

The north is much more expensive than the south.   

much + comparative    (big difference)

My chocolate cake is just as good that hers.       (50%)

My chocolate cake is just as good as hers.  

just as + adjective + as   (no difference)

Madrid is more fun than Rome.          (83%)

more + long adjectives      (general rule but there are exceptions)

It was one of the worse hotels that I have stayed in.       (50%)

It was one of the worst hotels that I have stayed in.  

one of  + superlative + plural nouns       

You couldn't possibly be further from the truth.        (50%)

far = irregular adjective  (far - further - furthest)

Which verb sequence is correct?

write - wrote - writen   ✘   (0%)
write - wrote - written  

take - took - token       (20%)
take - took - taken    

teach - tought - tought       (40%)
teach - taught - taught   

draw - drew - drown        (0%)
draw - drew - drawn    

choose - chose -choosen        (0%)    
choose - chose - chosen   

rise - rose - risen      (40%)

fly - flew - flewn         (0%)
fly - flew - flown  

become - become - became      (0%)
become - became - become  

Which Phrasal Verb(s) is / are used correctly?

I'm looking forward going on my holidays.     (33%)
I'm looking forward to going on my holidays.  

Can you pick up me from the airport on Saturday?       (33%)
Can you pick me up* from the airport on Saturday?   

He got out the train at the same stop as me.      (66%)
He got off the train at the same stop as me.    

Can you take your shoes off*? I've just mopped the floor.      (100%)

We are running out milk. Can you get some when you are out?      (66%)
We are running out of milk. Can you get some when you are out?  

If you don't know what a word means, look it up*.     (50%)

They say that I take my father after.       (0%)
They say that I take after my father.        

He fell down his bicycle and hurt his knee.       (50%)
He fell off his bicycle and hurt his knee.  

*Separable Phrasal Verbs - you can put a noun beween the verb and preposition or after the preposition.
eg look a word up  look up a word   / pick my son up  pick up my son   /  take your shoes off  take off your shoes
But when you use a pronoun it is always in the middle.
eg look it up   look up it  / pick him up  pick up him   / take them off   take off them

Which sentence(s) is / are correct?

She hardly said a word.      (80%)
hardly + verb      (= not much)

I had to think hardly before I replied.      (0%)
I had to think hard before I replied.  
verb + hard

She speaks really well German.       (40%)
She speaks German really well.  
verb + object + adverb

We didn't do bad considering we didn't practise.     (60%)
We didn't do badly considering we didn't practise.  

You are driving too fastly. Slow down.      (20%)
You are driving too fast. Slow down.   
(fast is an irregular adverb)

I arrived lately for the party because my car broke down.     (0%)
I arrived late for the party because my car broke down.     
(late ≠ early)

Have you seen any good films lately?       (80%)
(lately = recently)

We weren't so nervous when she smiled friendlily.       (20%)
We weren't so nervous when she smiled in a friendly way.    
(friendly is an adjective)