Use it or lose it.
Ever heard this English expression?
It means that you have to keep working even if you’re already good at something.
For example, if you stop exercising, you’ll lose all the muscle you’d built up.
And if you stop using English, you’ll lose your language skills.
That’s why it’s so important for advanced English learners to use challenging grammar exercises.
The advanced English grammar exercises in this article will help you learn complex new grammar topics to keep moving towards English fluency.
Not convinced? Hear us out…
Do Advanced Learners Really Still Need Grammar Exercises?
Grammar is the backbone of any language. Memorizing vocabulary words and phrases can get you somewhat far, but you won’t truly become fluent in English unless you understand and can comprehend English grammar. Exercises can help with that, no matter what stage of English learning you’re at.
In fact, one could argue that grammar exercises are especially important for advanced English learners. Just reading complex grammar rules without actually trying them yourself really won’t help you remember them.
As you’ll see in our list below, advanced exercises usually target specific English grammar rules. This helps you focus on the most difficult elements and learn them effectively.
Even if you’ve managed to figure out English grammar on your own for the most part, there’s a good chance you’ll run into difficulties as things get more advanced. Using exercises designed for advanced ESL learners can help you overcome them.
10 Advanced English Grammar Exercises to Amp up Your English Game
esl-lounge Advanced Grammar Exercises
esl-lounge is a great website if you want a variety of ESL resources to sift through. Their advanced grammar exercises are one such awesome ESL resource.
These exercises cover a ton of complex grammar topics, including difficult verb tenses, direct speech vs. reported speech, inverted statements and a lot more. Each exercise is accompanied by “grammar references” where you can read about that particular grammar concept before diving into the exercises.
If you want a really thorough exercise resource that covers just about everything to do with advanced English grammar, this is the spot for you.
Who said advanced English grammar exercises can’t be fun?
FluentU puts a totally unique spin on the idea. With FluentU, you’ll learn advanced English grammar the way native speakers actually use it in real life.
Each video offers interactive transcripts, enabling you to break down sentences and new grammar terms into easy-to-digest bites. Also, FluentU’s video dictionary not only allows you to look up what each term means, but allows you to view the contexts in which they’re used.
Unlike traditional language learning sites, FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the English language and culture over time. You’ll learn English as it’s spoken in real life.
FluentU has a variety of engaging content from popular talk shows, nature documentaries and funny commercials, as you can see here:
FluentU makes it really easy to watch English videos. There are captions that are interactive. That means you can tap on any word to see an image, definition and useful examples.
For example, when you tap on the word "searching," you'll see this:
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning and gives you extra practice with difficult words. It even reminds you when it’s time to review! Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning with the same video.
You can start using the FluentU website on your computer or tablet or, better yet, by downloading the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
Practice Exercises by Oxford University Press
If quizzes help you memorize concepts and ideas with ease, you should try Oxford University Press’ page on advanced English grammar exercises. All 10 practice exercises are in quiz form and are very basic in concept. You either fill in blank spaces with the correct word, answer multiple-choice questions or click on grammar mistakes in the quiz sentences.
The focus of these exercises is mainly on advanced word order, sentence structure and prepositions.
You can retake the quizzes over and over until you’re satisfied that you’ve learned the correct grammar forms.
Preposition Exercises from Agenda Web
Are you really struggling with advanced prepositions in English? Agenda Web has collected grammar exercises from all over the internet that would be perfect for you, as they focus mostly on difficult or confusing prepositions.
Among several other topics, Agenda Web’s list of advanced English grammar exercises will teach you:
- Which verbs go with which prepositions
- Prepositions that are often confused
- Compound prepositions
The exercises vary greatly in form, so they won’t leave you bored. Some are flash games, others are quizzes, some are interactive lessons. If anything will get you through advanced English prepositions, it’s this list of exercises.
Advanced Exercise by St. George International
This quiz-based exercise from St. George International is designed to help you see exactly where you’re at with advanced English grammar. Being self-aware about your advanced grammar and vocabulary knowledge is important if you plan on taking English exams such as the TOEFL or IELTS. You’ll need to know what level of learner you truly are, and these quiz questions will help you assess that. Think of them as a sort of mental placement test.
This exercise is very short at only 10 questions, but it’s great and accurate for placing your English grammar knowledge.
English Grammar Quizzes by Activities for ESL Students
Activities for ESL Students has so much content that’s helpful for any level of English learner. Their list of advanced English grammar exercises is thorough and covers many advanced grammar and vocabulary concepts, including difficult verb tenses and word forms, the order of adjectives, advanced subject/verb agreement and more. Another cool thing about this site is a lot of the exercises are based on history or culture from the English-speaking world, like American holidays or English news headlines.
This site is especially helpful because it caters to different types of advanced English learners. If you’re just starting with advanced grammar, try the “medium to difficult” exercises. If you’re on your way to fluency, skip to the “difficult” exercises.
Many of these exercises are accompanied by text or audio lessons as well, so you get everything you need when it comes to learning advanced English grammar all in one spot.
The Classroom’s Grammar Exercises
This a great resource to bookmark if you’re looking for physical grammar exercises, not just online interactive exercises. The exercises are very flexible and designed to test your overall advanced grammar knowledge.
Even though these exercises are intended for teachers, you can still use them yourself. Try them on your work break, at the gym and anywhere else where you can mentally practice grammar. The exercises include:
- “Fill in the blank:” Put together different sentences from an article or blog post and remove parts of the sentence. Use context clues and your previous grammar knowledge to fill in the blanks.
- “Change the place:” Look up sentences in either “active” or “passive” voice and rearrange them to be the opposite.
- “Share your mistakes:” Read articles online and try to find incorrect grammar. Correct them and analyze why they’re incorrect.
Advanced English Grammar Tests by English Tests Online
If you can never have enough online tests, English Tests Online is a website you’re going to love.
An interface that could seem not very user-friendly at first sight hides literally hundreds upon hundreds of grammar tests for advanced students on topics that go from word order and question tags to gerunds and conditional sentences (and everything in between).
You can also take several general advanced grammar tests that’ll assess your overall knowledge of English grammar, all just in a couple of clicks.
The tests normally come in the form of multiple-choice exercises, and every single one of them can be either taken online or downloaded for free.
If you want to have a quick glance at all the goodies they have to offer, click on the PDF tab, scroll down and click on “Advanced English Grammar Tests PDF.” You’re welcome.
CPE Grammar Test Level C2 by Exam English
Do you think you’re ready to get your Certificate of Proficiency in English? With Exam English, you can get your answer in 50 questions!
Don’t let the simplicity of this site fool you. Once you start taking this C2 Proficiency grammar test, you’re going to sweat. A lot! No wonder they called this level “Super Advanced.”
The test will let you choose answers for each question until you pick the correct one, but only those questions answered correctly on the first try are counted.
Even though the site doesn’t give you any kind of feedback other than the final number of correct answers, this number should be an indicator of whether you’re ready for the real deal or not.
The site also lets you practice other CPE exam parts such as reading, use of English and listening.
Do you have what it takes to pass them all?
Advanced Grammar by LDOCE Online
Longman wants to make sure you know everything about advanced English grammar, and to help you with that, it gives you free access to this superb website where you have hundreds of exercises on many different topics.
The tasks and tests are divided into five big categories:
- Modal verbs
- Conditionals, subjunctives and the “unreal” past
- Reported speech
- The grammar of formal English
- The grammar of spoken English
Each category is divided into several subcategories, which in turn include tons of exercises on a ton of different topics.
The site recommends you first take the diagnostic test for each category so that you can identify what you know and what you don’t. The diagnostic tests are divided into different parts and can also be considered a final “revision test” for each of the five categories.
There are so many handy advanced English grammar exercises out there, it’s pretty incredible! Bookmark a few of these great resources to use during study or practice. You’ll be glad you did.
Francisco J. Vare loves teaching and writing about grammar. He’s a proud language nerd, and you’ll normally find him learning languages, teaching students or reading. He’s been writing for FluentU for many years and is one of their staff writers.
Em Casalena is a published author, freelance writer and music columnist who writes about a lot of stuff, from music to films to language.
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