Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations

Quiz: Common Collocations for Household Chores

Question 1

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

A
water
B
wet
C
wash
Question 2

My mother asked me to _________ the floor.

A
broom
B
brush
C
sweep
Question 2 Explanation: 
The verb is "sweep," and the object we use to sweep the floor is called a "broom."
Question 3

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

A
rinsed
B
mopped
C
watered
Question 3 Explanation: 
The verb is "mop" and the object we use to do this is also called a "mop."
Question 4

Could you _______ the table? Dinner is almost ready.

A
put
B
make
C
set
Question 4 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 5

I always ________ the table after we finish eating.

A
clear
B
remove
C
take
Question 5 Explanation: 
Removing the dirty dishes from the table after a meal is called "clearing the table."
Question 6

Don't forget to _______ out the trash!

A
carry
B
put
C
take
Question 6 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 7

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

A
put
B
keep
C
save
Question 7 Explanation: 
The phrasal verb "put away" means to put an object in its correct place.
Question 8

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

A
make
B
set
C
arrange
Question 8 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 9

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

A
mow
B
shorten
C
weed
Question 9 Explanation: 
The verb is "mow" and the machine is called a "lawn mower."
Question 10

I spent the afternoon __________ the bushes.

A
cutting
B
shaving
C
trimming
Question 10 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 11

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

A
moved
B
shoveled
C
took away
Question 11 Explanation: 
"Shovel" is both the verb and the name of the object we use to do this.
Question 12

I accidentally broke a plate while __________ the dishes.

A
soaking
B
watering
C
washing
Question 12 Explanation: 
We can say "wash the dishes" or "do the dishes" for this activity.
Question 13

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

A
loading
B
filling
C
putting
Question 13 Explanation: 
"Loading the dishwasher" is putting dirty dishes into the machine. "Unloading the dishwasher" is taking clean dishes out of the machine.
Question 14

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

A
sponge
B
dry
C
wipe
Question 14 Explanation: 
To "wipe" is to pass a sponge or cloth over an area to clean it.
Question 15

I _______ the laundry every Sunday afternoon.

A
do
B
wash
C
make
Question 16

Please _______ the towels before putting them in the closet.

A
square
B
fold
C
make
Question 16 Explanation: 
You can "fold" towels, clothes, or paper.
Question 17

It's your turn to _______ the dog.

A
walk
B
go
C
run
There are 17 questions to complete.

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