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Come And Try This! - Motion & Purpose

Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and technical at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about “Come and Try This!” but no doubt your teachers will talk about the “Motion & Purpose quiz”! If you hear a technical term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.

Often in English we will link together a verb of motion and a verb of purpose ~ 'Come and try this!'.

Motion and purpose is an important thing to understand. Here is your chance to practise making and using such everyday expressions.

  1. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    My cousin has invited me to ... ... the new restaurant in his village.
    It will be 'come' rather than 'go' ~ because from the cousin's point of view (when he made the invitation), we would be moving towards him. Also, we would hope to 'try' the restaurant ~ in other words, discover directly what their food is like ~ rather than just looking at the outside of it!
  2. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    ' (...) So we ... ... a meal there, and, frankly, we were a bit disappointed.'
    We 'have' a meal in English, rather than 'eating' or 'taking' it.
  3. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    I needed to ... ... before I drove any further.
    Answer 2 is the strongest and most natural combination. Note that the verbs are usually linked with 'and' rather than 'to' in English, even though the first verb is done for the reason of ('to') doing the second ('stop and think', 'come and see' etc.)
  4. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    As far as results are concerned, we shall have to ... ... .
    'Wait and see' (as you may well already know) is the classic phrase here!
    Meanwhile, Answer 4 didn't even contain two verbs!
  5. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    'You do not need to do anything active quite yet; just ... ... .'
    Another fairly classic phrase from schools and colleges in times gone by. We believe students these days are less happy to absorb learning in such a passive way ... it used to be called 'chalk and talk' (i.e. a teacher would write on the blackboard, using a stick of chalk, and speak about some facts). These days learning is a lot more interactive, like this Quiz!
  6. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    Predatory animals will not want to waste a lot of their precious energy on running and hunting: a clever animal will ... ... until a victim comes near enough for a quick successful attack.
    This pair, with its alliterative W's, is another classic phrase. It can also be used about people who observe a situation developing, without playing an active part in it. ('Let's watch and wait for the Council to make a decision')
  7. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    'I've no idea what they're up to next door, making all that noise. Why doesn't someone ... ... ?'
    Perhaps the most classic such phrase of all, with its two, short, common everyday verbs. We use 'see' in the sense not just of vision, but general discovery of what is going on (including hearing, presumably); once someone has explained something new to us, we may also say 'I see' ( = 'it is clear to me now; I understand').
    We talk about people 'being up to' something when we are not quite sure, but we have a strong suspicion that they are doing something ~ probably something that we would not approve of. ('It sounds as though that cat is up to something, out in the garden.')
  8. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    'At long last, we have an engineer ... ... tomorrow ... ... the washing machine.'
    'We have him coming to mend ... ' is the heart of this sentence. In this case, he will come specifically 'to mend' the machine, so we use 'to' rather than 'and' in the link.
    'Mend' and 'fix' mean pretty much the same (and so does 'repair'), but 'fix' is the most informal of the three words. We can also 'fix' an appointment ('If we're both free mid-morning, let's fix that for 11.15').
  9. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    During the afternoon the children ... ... the island.
    They swam 'out' ( ... away from the bank or shore, across a 'body of water' such as a lake) and then they explored the island. It seems to be suggested that they could see the island from the shore, and swam out with the specific purpose in mind of visiting it and having a closer look.
    Answers 2 and 3 come close to expressing the same sequence of actions, but their English is not so natural; 'try' (in Answer 4) is just about understandable in the context, but not good English either.
  10. Choose the answer which completes the gap/s in the best clear, sensible English.
    A classic line in a movie or soap opera may come when two characters (usually men) are having an argument somewhere indoors: one of them makes a provocative remark, and the other wants to 'sort it out' with a fight, so he says:
    'Just you ... ... that !'
    In such a context you might also hear ' ... step outside'; the idea being (presumably) that they need more space to fight, or would rather not do it in the presence of ladies or other people. It would be an invitation to 'come' rather than 'go' outside, because the speaker is already assuming that is where they will be (i.e. he is 'itching to get on with the fight').
    We are sure you would never be in such a situation, but you can see how useful phrases like this can be, and how easy they are to make!

Author: Ian Miles

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