This quiz was written by Tomoe, Adel and Jacqueline, who are students at Languages International Christchurch.

Fill in the gaps in the following sentences. In each number, the gaps are filled in with exactly the same word. Have a look at the example and then enjoy completing numbers 1 to 3! 

Example:
0. Katie is by ………… rather a shy person. (nature)
Generally, the ………… of a shop’s response should depend on the seriousness of a customer’s complaint. (nature)

Marc always had a keen love of …………, so I’m not surprised that he has chosen an outdoor job. (nature)

1. The victim suffered a dreadful injury and ………… a lot of blood.
I am sorry I am late. I completely ………… track of the time.

She ………… her balance and fell off the log into the river.

2. As a general ………… of thumb, a cup of coffee contains 60 milligrams of caffeine.
You should have used a slide …………, it would have been straighter then.

It is a ………… of English that prepositions are generally followed by a noun or verb + ing.

3. The shop’s opening coincided with the Christmas ………… .
A ………… of pure affection swept over him.

A ………… of air on my face woke me up.

You can find the answers under “Comments” below.