Word formation

Word formation is one of the most popular tasks given at international examinations (e.g. FCE, CAE, CPE etc.) and one of the best ways to boost your vocabulary. Enjoy our free word formation test builder that contains 100 tasks aimed at enhancing your knowledge and developing your skills.

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For each of the following sentences use the word in CAPITALS
to complete the gaps:

  1. This poem shows the wonderful …… (SENSITIVE) of the poet.
  2. My sister’s …… (SHY) makes her social life quite difficult.
  3. I am not sure at all; I really can’t say with …… (CERTAIN).
  4. There is always a traffic jam here. This road needs …… (WIDE).
  5. Due to the clerk’s …… (STUBBORN) we missed the train.
  6. Thousands of people are living in …… (MISERABLE) after the tsunami.
  7. I find ballets a terrible …… (BORING). They always make me feel sleepy.
  8. He’s been interested in music ever since he was a …… (YOUNG).
  9. The happy beggar thanked the passer-by for his …… (GENEROUS).
  10. We don’t have any watermelons. There is a …… (SHORT) at the moment.
  11. She passed all her exams without the slightest …… (DIFFICULT).
  12. What we saw was all beyond …… (EXPECT).
  13. What old people fear is …… (LONELY) according to the Social Services report.
  14. The main …… (WEAK) of the film was the predictable ending.
  15. In winter it is important for farmers to provide food and …… (WARM) for their animals.
  16. He isn’t happy with his job because he feels that he is …… (PAY).
  17. I just loved the place with all the cliffs …… (HANG) the stream.
  18. Don’t worry. You will soon …… (COME) all your problems, I am certain of that.
  19. You wouldn’t need to be a …… (MAN) to do this: ordinary human power is enough.
  20. He completed the report with the …… (ASSIST) of his secretary.
  21. The …… (ENGAGE) party is going to be in a week.
  22. They had a very interesting …… (DISCUSS) about pop music.
  23. She isn’t really a friend, only an …… (ACQUAINT).
  24. Very few countries have corporal …… (PUNISH) at schools.
  25. She found a very good job working in an …… (ADVERTISE) agency.
  26. Look at Ann and her father – you can see the …… (LIKE) clearly, can’t you?
  27. This company treats all its …… (EMPLOY) equally.
  28. After his …… (RETIRE) he wrote a book.
  29. Include details of all your …… (EARN) for last year.
  30. Last week he offered the boss his …… (RESIGN).
  31. Write all the details on this …… (APPLY) form.
  32. After leaving school she started a …… (TRAIN) course in a bank.
  33. I have decided to take up …… (PHOTOGRAPH) as a hobby.
  34. I prefer living in a quiet …… (NEIGHBOUR).
  35. Everyone in the country believed in the mother’s …… (INNOCENT).
  36. How can you account for so many …… (ABSENT)?
  37. The decision to stop the inquiry would have serious …… (IMPLY).
  38. The city council is searching for a …… (SOLVE) to the problem.
  39. Some young people today have a very strange …… (APPEAR).
  40. The President claimed that the …… (ALLEGE) against him were unfounded.
  41. The cost of …… (ADMIT) to the show is quite reasonable.
  42. He always does his hair with a …… (PART) in the middle.
  43. She was given a medal in …… (RECOGNISE) of her services.
  44. Barb can’t stand washing and ironing and other …… (HOUSE).
  45. I have read Hamlet – but only in …… (TRANSLATE).
  46. Mark should pay more …… (ATTENTIVE) in class.
  47. The …… (THIEF) of the car came as a shock to me.
  48. How do you like my latest …… (ACQUIRE) for my stamp collection?
  49. You need more confidence and …… (BELIEVE) in yourself.
  50. My first attempt to climb the mountain ended in …… (FAIL).
  51. I am filled with …… (ADMIRE) for your work.
  52. The storms caused widespread …… (DESTROY) in the countryside.
  53. Please accept this book as a token of my …… (GRATEFUL).
  54. Some people think that men are better …… (COOKING) than women.
  55. Their best designer went to work for their …… (COMPETE).
  56. What are the entry …… (REQUIRE) at this university?
  57. Our club has just purchased new sports …… (EQUIP).
  58. The meeting adopted a …… (RESOLVE) calling for the president to resign.
  59. I think that your …… (ASSUME) about the cost are wrong.
  60. There was a head-on …… (COLLIDE) between two trains last week.
  61. Now, we are safe at last! What a …… (RELIEVE)!
  62. I expect she will get the job, at least there’s a fairly high …… (PROBABLE).
  63. What is the exact …… (LONG) of your garden?
  64. He made a large profit from the …… (SELL) of his house.
  65. She has gone back to college to get a teaching …… (QUALIFY).
  66. He is very generous and everyone admires his …… (SELF).
  67. The passengers suffered only light …… (INJURE) in the accident.
  68. There is no …… (LIKELY) of the government calling an early election.
  69. As we approached the airport, the plane began its …… (DESCEND).
  70. The driver who gave us a lift refused to accept …… (PAY).
  71. The thick fog caused the …… (CANCEL) of many trains.
  72. We are expecting a …… (SHIP) of bananas from Africa this week.
  73. I would like to file a …… (COMPLAIN) about the quality of the goods.
  74. In India in the wet season the average monthly …… (RAIN) is over 250 mm.
  75. There is a lovely …… (DESCRIBE) of the author’s wife.
  76. I cannot help but remember my …… (CHILD) with a big smile.
  77. I couldn’t afford to buy a new car, so I decided to take out a …… (LEND).
  78. Do you know the …… (HIGH) of the Eiffel Tower?
  79. The soldier was accused of …… (COWARD) because he ran away.
  80. There are some good price …… (REDUCE) during the sale.
  81. He was famous for his …… (WISE) and courage.
  82. He was charged with four motoring …… (OFFEND).
  83. The judge told him that he was a hardened …… (CRIME).
  84. …… (PRODUCE) in our factories has fallen due to the virus outbreak.
  85. He couldn’t say anything in his …… (DEFEND).
  86. The …… (UNION) of Germany happened 150 years ago.
  87. The government is encouraging …… (INVEST) in heavy industry.
  88. Please give details of your present …… (OCCUPY).
  89. My sister gave a brilliant …… (PERFORM) as Lady Macbeth in the school play.
  90. The book contains some delightful …… (ILLUSTRATE).
  91. The audience gave the actors a long round of …… (APPLAUD).
  92. Watching videos is becoming a popular form of …… (ENTERTAIN).
  93. Drug …… (ADDICT) is a problem causing great concern.
  94. Police arrested well-known …… (TROUBLE) before the match.
  95. I think there are too many …… (ADVERTISE) on TV these days.
  96. The two brothers were accused of robbery with …… (VIOLENT).
  97. My son has always wanted to be a …… (SCIENCE).
  98. She took up …… (CARPENTER) as her hobby.
  99. John turned up on the wrong day because of a …… (UNDERSTAND).
  100. The rate of …… (EMPLOY) is increasing at an alarming pace.

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