Open cloze practice of storytelling phrases

Put ONE WORD into each of the gaps below.

1. _______________ little while later, he came back in and said he’d changed his mind.

2. _______________ having completed his homework, he reached under his bed and…

3. It was already ________________________________ dark when I left work and the streetlights were starting to come on.

4. It took __________________________________________ hour and a half to escape.

5. We looked at one _________________________, neither of us knowing what to do.

6. Without ________ warning, the jeep swerved off the road and headed into the woods.

7. He looked ___________________________________________ if he’d seen a ghost.

8. _______ first he thought it was a person knocking on the door, but he soon realized…

9. They had last met 30 years __________________________________________.

10. ___________________________ the time he arrived, the party had already finished.

11. He eventually ____________________________________ to the conclusion that…

12. _____________________ the smiles on their faces, I didn’t feel at all welcome there.

13. ________________ just a moment I thought that he was going scream, but instead…

14. The noise was ____________________________ quieter, so I assumed he had given up and was walking away.

15. No sooner __________________ he suggested it when she grabbed his hand and…

16. To _______________ complete surprise, he knelt and asked for her hand in marriage.

17. Despite ___________________________ initial misgivings, he soon began to enjoy…

18. He had started working for that company _______________________ the early 1970s.

19. Three hours ________________________, they met again outside her house and…

20. Right in the middle ______________ his speech, one of the students stood up and…

21. The court decided that he was guilty _________________________________ fraud.

22. He said he hadn’t done it ________________________ purpose, but I had my doubts.

23. He thought he heard gunshots, but they turned _______________ to be just fireworks.

24. We had last seen each other just the __________________________________ day.

25. He was ________________________________ tired that he collapsed into her arms.

26. He was surprised to find __________________________ the front door was unlocked.

27. In order ___________ lose him, I suddenly ran across the tracks just in front of a train.

28. _____________ his relief, his mobile phone was still on the same seat. However,…

29. My car _______________________________ being fixed, so I had to take the bus.

30. __________________________ he was exploring upstairs, I locked the doors and cut the phone lines.

31. ______________ thinking about the consequences, he jumped through the window.

Hint: The sentences are in alphabetical order by the word that goes in the gap

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Suggested answers

Other answers might be possible, so check with your teacher if you put other words in the gaps and think they might be possible.

1. ________A______ little while later, he came back in and said he’d changed his mind.

2. _______AFTER___ having completed his homework, he reached under his bed and…

3. It was already _________ALMOST/ NEARLY_________ dark when I left work and the streetlights were starting to come on.

4. It took __AN______________________________________ hour and a half to escape.

5. We looked at one ____________ANOTHER______, neither of us knowing what to do.

6. Without ___ANY__ warning, the jeep swerved off the road and headed into the woods.

7. He looked _______________AS__________________________ if he’d seen a ghost.

8. __AT___ first he thought it was a person knocking on the door, but he soon realized…

9. They had last met 30 years ______BEFORE/ EARLIER_____________________.

10. ____BY_____________________ the time he arrived, the party had already finished.

11. He eventually _______________CAME_________________ to the conclusion that…

12. ________DESPITE______ the smiles on their faces, I didn’t feel at all welcome there.

13. ________FOR_____ just a moment I thought that he was going scream, but instead…

14. The noise was ___GETTING/ BECOMING________ quieter, so I assumed he had given up and was walking away.

15. No sooner _____HAD__________ he suggested it when she grabbed his hand and…

16. To __HER/ HIS/ OUR/ MY__ complete surprise, he knelt and asked for her hand in marriage.

17. Despite _________HIS/ SOME_________ initial misgivings, he soon began to enjoy…

18. He had started working for that company _______IN______________ the early 1970s.

19. Three hours ____LATER/ AFTER________, they met again outside her house and…

20. Right in the middle ______OF______ his speech, one of the students stood up and…

21. The court decided that he was guilty _____OF__________________________ fraud.

22. He said he hadn’t done it ________ON______________ purpose, but I had my doubts.

23. He thought he heard gunshots, but they turned _____OUT_______ to be just fireworks.

24. We had last seen each other just the __________________PREVIOUS________ day.

25. He was _________SO_____________________ tired that he collapsed into her arms.

26. He was surprised to find ________THAT______________ the front door was unlocked.

27. In order _____TO____ lose him, I suddenly ran across the tracks just in front of a train.

28. _______TO____ his relief, his mobile phone was still on the same seat. However,…

29. My car _________WAS___________________ being fixed, so I had to take the bus.

30. ______WHILE/ WHEN_________ he was exploring upstairs, I locked the doors and cut the phone lines.

31. _____WITHOUT__ thinking about the consequences, he jumped through the window.

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