Babies and Grammar
Read the text about how babies learn grammar. Some of the lines are correct; some have a
word, which should not be there. Write this word in the gap next to the line.

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
1 Scientists have succeeded in proving what every other parent
2 knows: babies are intelligent. All healthy babies are able to
3 put together rules of grammar almost before they can talk well.
4 At first, scientists could not understand how babies were being able
5 to do this. To find out, scientists had to invent such a new language
6 and speak it in front of babies. The babies quickly learned more
7 to make sense of the new language. They were able to do this
8 by listening to the sounds: even newborn babies can tell from the
9 difference between sounds like “pah” and “bah”.

10 When researchers also managed to show that children are sensitive
11 to grammatical information from the age of five months up. At
12 ten months an infant can use information about how the order of
13 nouns and verbs, and even at the age of 16 months they know where
14 nouns and verbs belong in a sentence.

15 However , although a baby may have a good idea about the
16 rules of a language it may be not know much about the meaning.