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C1/C2 Expressions using ‘brain, mind, head and wits

Here’s a quiz with words that are commonly found confusing, but not only have different meanings associated but also collocations. Sometimes an easy explanation can be made by saying that ‘mind’ is more related to thought or a thinking process such as making a decision (make up your mind), where brain is more related to intellect or the physical matter that we have in our head. Head is usually the solid thing (that nearly all of us) has just above our necks and we usually refer to its shape or size (a big-headed football player). And wit is usually associated to the ability to think or speak in a clever way, although it’s also sometimes used to speak about somebody’s emotional state. But even when this seems quite straightforward, there are many situations where the use is not really clear cut and it can get a bit challenging. A good way to get your head around these collocations and different uses of English words is to read, and read and read. In this way, without even realising it, you’ll know what sounds right and what sounds awkward. In any case, here’s a quiz with these words.

See how it goes.

Created by blogdeserena

C1/C2 Expressions using brain, head, mind and wits

Here you have a vocabulary quiz with collocations that use these words. Choose the best option regarding the usage.

It's a long quiz, so make sure you have enough time.


Quiz by Serena

I've been beating my ___ out all morning trying to understand this text Medina wrote! It's absolutely gobbledegook!

She was at her _______ end wondering how she was going to manage the situation.

When I saw the exam questions my ____ just went blank. I couln't remember anything.

 Keep your ____ on your work!

No matter how much I rack my ____, I can't remember his name.

My grandmother had a lively and enquiring _____.

 The winner reached the line by a short _____.

Pete paused and gathered his ____

 I can't get that tune out of my ____.

____ or tails? Come on I'll toss a coin.

The victim suffered severe ___ damage.

I was scared out of my ____.

You must have been out of your ____ when you married him!

She's the ____ of the family. She's always been so intelligent.

This is a chance to pit your ___ against our champion.

Avoid the boss. He's like a bear with a sore ____ this morning.

Stop picking on my ___! You'll find all the information on the internet.

 Sally tossed her _____ and walked off in a real huff.

 I really wish you'd use your ___ before making decisions.

The game was a long battle of ___

You must be careful. He has eyes at the back of his _____.

Chick lit has been dismissed as _____ candy.

He was in a disturbed state of ____.

He basically lived by his ____.

The album was the ____child of M. Garcia.

 She's in two ____ about going to the party.

 Bear in ___ that you'll have to stay during the whole weekend.

I really recommend reading this book full of ____ and wisdom.

I'll knock your ____ together if you don't stop squabbling!

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