Know Your Punctuation - Apostrophe And Ellipsis Quiz

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Know Your Punctuation - Apostrophe And Ellipsis Quiz - Quiz

The act of leaving out a word or words from a sentence deliberately, when the meaning can be understood without them. . . . . . . .
An apostrophe is a small punctuation mark ( ' ) placed after a noun to show that the noun owns something. The apostrophe will always be placed either before or after an s at the end of the noun owner. Always the noun owner will be followed (usually immediately) by the thing it owns.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I gave it to the ____ mother.

    • A.

      Children's

    • B.

      Childrens'

    Correct Answer
    A. Children's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "children's" because the possessive form of "children" is formed by adding an apostrophe and an "s" at the end. In this sentence, the speaker gave something to the mother of the children, indicating possession. Therefore, "children's" is the correct form to show that the mother belongs to the children.

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  • 2. 

    My mother in laws' dress.

    • A.

      Mother-in-lawes

    • B.

      Mother-in-law's

    • C.

      Mother-in-laws

    Correct Answer
    B. Mother-in-law's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "mother-in-law's". This is the correct possessive form of the phrase "mother-in-law" indicating that the dress belongs to the mother-in-law. The apostrophe ('s) is used to show possession in English grammar.

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  • 3. 

    Everybodys opinion is necessary.

    • A.

      Everybody's

    • B.

      Everybodies

    • C.

      Everybodys

    Correct Answer
    A. Everybody's
    Explanation
    The word "everybody's" is the correct form of the possessive pronoun "everybody" indicating ownership or belonging. It is used to show that something belongs to or is associated with every person. In this case, the possessive form is necessary to convey the idea that the opinion being referred to is required from each individual. The other options, "everybodies" and "everybodys," are incorrect spellings and do not convey the intended meaning.

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  • 4. 

    Jerry said its/it's his book.

    • A.

      Its

    • B.

      It's

    Correct Answer
    B. It's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it's." In this sentence, Jerry is referring to a book and indicating possession. The contraction "it's" is short for "it is" or "it has," which makes sense in this context. The pronoun "its" is used to show possession by something that is not a person, so it would not be appropriate in this sentence.

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  • 5. 

    An ellipsis is used as if it is a word.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An ellipsis is a punctuation mark that is used to indicate the omission of words in a sentence or to create suspense. It is not considered a word itself, but rather a set of three consecutive periods. Therefore, the statement that an ellipsis is used as if it is a word is incorrect. The correct answer is False.

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  • 6. 

    You should never use more than three dots for an ellipsis, no matter what it's being used for.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the use of ellipsis can vary depending on the context and purpose. While it is commonly used with three dots, it is not a strict rule. In some cases, more than three dots may be used to indicate a longer pause or omission of words. Therefore, it is not accurate to say that you should never use more than three dots for an ellipsis.

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  • 7. 

    The following poem has had its second line correctly omitted: Well, now, . . . I shall stop loving you little by little.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given answer is False because the second line of the poem has been correctly omitted. The poem starts with "Well, now," and the next line is omitted, leaving the third line as "I shall stop loving you little by little." Therefore, the correct answer is False as the second line has been correctly omitted.

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  • 8. 

    Choose the correct sentence.

    • A.

      Hey . . . what are you doing?

    • B.

      Hey. . .what are you doing?

    • C.

      Hey...what are you doing?

    Correct Answer
    A. Hey . . . what are you doing?
    Explanation
    The correct sentence is "Hey . . . what are you doing?" because it follows the standard punctuation rules. In this sentence, the ellipsis (...) is used to indicate a pause or hesitation in speech. The space before and after the ellipsis is necessary for proper punctuation.

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  • 9. 

    Correctly omit the second line from this poem excerpt: She walks in beauty like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and her eyes:

    • A.

      She walks in beauty like the night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And all that's best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and her eyes:

    • B.

      She walks in beauty like the night ................................... And all that's best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and her eyes:

    • C.

      She walks in beauty like the night And all that's best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and her eyes:

    Correct Answer
    A. She walks in beauty like the night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And all that's best of dark and bright meets in her aspect and her eyes:
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the second option. The second line is omitted, leaving a gap in the poem. This omission disrupts the flow and rhythm of the poem, creating a pause and emphasizing the beauty of the subject.

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  • 10. 

    Keep the wing's / wings in line with the barrier.

    • A.

      Wings

    • B.

      Wing's

    Correct Answer
    A. Wings
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "wings" because the sentence is referring to multiple wings, not just one wing. By using the plural form of the word, it indicates that both wings should be kept in line with the barrier.

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