WORD FORMATION EXERCISES

FCE STYLE

Use the word at the end of each gap to form a new word with which to fill the gap. While doing this exercise, look for clues which tell you what kind of word is missing (adjective, noun, verb, adverb). Make sure to take into consideration forms using various prefixes and suffixes, as well as negative forms. Once you have decided on the correct form of the word, click on the arrow in the gap to check your answer.

 

EXERCISE # 1

This text was taken from "The Picture of Dorian Gray " by Oscar Wilde

 

In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of (ORDINARY) personal beauty, and in front of it, some little (DISTANT) away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden (APPEAR) some years ago caused, at the time, such public (EXCITE), and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.

As the painter looked at the (GRACE) and comely form he had so (SKILL) mirrored in his art, a smile of (PLEASE) passed across his face, and seemed about to linger there. But he (SUDDEN) started up, and, closing his eyes, placed his fingers upon the lids, as though he sought to (PRISON) within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might (WAKE).

EXERCISE # 2

This text was taken from "The Time Machine", by H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells

`It is simply this. That Space, as our (MATHS) have it, is spoken of as having three dimensions, which one may call (LONG), Breadth, and (THICK), and is always definable by (REFER) to three planes, each at right angles to the others. But some philosophical people have been asking why THREE dimensions (PARTICULAR) --why not another direction at right angles to the other three?--and have even tried to construct a Four-Dimension geometry. Professor Simon Newcomb was expounding this to the New York Mathematical Society only a month or so ago. You know how on a flat surface, which has only two dimensions, we can represent a figure of a three- (DIMENSION) solid, and (SIMILAR) they think that by models of thee dimensions they could represent one of four--if they could master the (PERCEIVE) of the thing. See?'