Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations

Quiz: Common Collocations for Household Chores

Question 1

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Please _______ the towels before putting them in the closet.

A
fold
B
make
C
square
Question 1 Explanation: 
You can "fold" towels, clothes, or paper.
Question 2

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Don't come into the kitchen - I've just ________ the floor and it's still wet.

A
rinsed
B
mopped
C
watered
Question 2 Explanation: 
The verb is "mop" and the object we use to do this is also called a "mop."
Question 3

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I didn't have enough time to ________ the bed this morning.

A
arrange
B
make
C
set
Question 3 Explanation: 
"Making the bed" is organizing the sheets, blankets, and pillows so that everything is in the correct place and looks nice and organized.
Question 4

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I'm teaching my son to _______ away his toys after he's finished playing with them.

A
save
B
keep
C
put
Question 4 Explanation: 
The phrasal verb "put away" means to put an object in its correct place.
Question 5

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Please remember to _________ the plants every day while I'm gone.

A
wet
B
water
C
wash
Question 6

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I _______ the laundry every Sunday afternoon.

A
make
B
do
C
wash
Question 7

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

It's your turn to _______ the dog.

A
walk
B
go
C
run
Question 8

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Don't forget to _______ out the trash!

A
take
B
carry
C
put
Question 8 Explanation: 
We can say "take out the trash" or "take out the garbage" to describe the action of putting the garbage outside the house.
Question 9

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I spent the afternoon __________ the bushes.

A
shaving
B
trimming
C
cutting
Question 9 Explanation: 
The verb "trim" means to cut something only a little bit, so that it is the correct size or length. We also talk about "getting a trim" meaning a very small haircut.
Question 10

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

We pay our neighbor's son $25 to ______ our lawn.

A
shorten
B
weed
C
mow
Question 10 Explanation: 
The verb is "mow" and the machine is called a "lawn mower."
Question 11

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I always ________ the table after we finish eating.

A
take
B
remove
C
clear
Question 11 Explanation: 
Removing the dirty dishes from the table after a meal is called "clearing the table."
Question 12

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

My mother asked me to _________ the floor.

A
sweep
B
brush
C
broom
Question 12 Explanation: 
The verb is "sweep," and the object we use to sweep the floor is called a "broom."
Question 13

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

My shoulders are sore because I _________ snow for two hours yesterday.

A
moved
B
took away
C
shoveled
Question 13 Explanation: 
"Shovel" is both the verb and the name of the object we use to do this.
Question 14

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Could you _______ the table? Dinner is almost ready.

A
set
B
make
C
put
Question 14 Explanation: 
To "set the table" is to put all the plates, cups, forks, spoons, and knives in the correct places on the table before eating.
Question 15

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

Make sure you ________ down the counter - you spilled some ketchup near the sink.

A
wipe
B
dry
C
sponge
Question 15 Explanation: 
To "wipe" is to pass a sponge or cloth over an area to clean it.
Question 16

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I'll help you with your homework after I finish _______ the dishwasher.

A
loading
B
filling
C
putting
Question 16 Explanation: 
"Loading the dishwasher" is putting dirty dishes into the machine. "Unloading the dishwasher" is taking clean dishes out of the machine.
Question 17

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations Espresso English

I accidentally broke a plate while __________ the dishes.

A
watering
B
soaking
C
washing
Question 17 Explanation: 
We can say "wash the dishes" or "do the dishes" for this activity.
There are 17 questions to complete.

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