Avoiding Sentence Errors Quiz

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When creating a sentence it is important to ensure that you can formulate a sentence with correct wordings so that you do not divert from what you meant to divert. The quiz below is designed to improve your sentence writing skills and help you in your future as a writer. Give it a shot!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Correct the following sentence:During the summer, flowers _____________ frequent watering.

    • A.

      Need

    • B.

      Needs

    Correct Answer
    A. Need
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "need" because "flowers" is a plural noun and requires a plural verb form. In this case, "need" is the correct form of the verb to agree with the subject.

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  • 2. 

    Neither ________ a skilled player

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because the subject "Neither" is used with a plural verb form. In this sentence, "Neither" is followed by a verb phrase "a skilled player," which does not affect the subject-verb agreement. Since "Neither" is singular, the verb form should be plural to match, hence "are" is the correct choice.

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  • 3. 

    Thirty cents ____________ my change

    • A.

      Was

    • B.

      Were

    Correct Answer
    A. Was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was" because "thirty cents" is a singular noun phrase and requires a singular verb to agree with it. In this case, "was" is the correct form of the verb to use.

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  • 4. 

    The frogs and toads ______________ across the road.

    • A.

      Hops

    • B.

      Hop

    Correct Answer
    B. Hop
    Explanation
    The sentence is asking for the correct verb form to complete the sentence. In this case, "frogs and toads" is a plural subject, so the correct verb form should also be plural. "Hops" is the correct plural form of the verb "hop," which means to jump or move by jumping. Therefore, the correct answer is "hop."

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  • 5. 

    The boxes in the garage _____________ empty.

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Are
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are" because "boxes" is a plural noun, and the verb should agree with it in number. "Are" is the plural form of the verb "to be," while "is" is the singular form. Therefore, "are" is the correct choice to indicate that the boxes in the garage are empty.

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  • 6. 

    Correctly rewrite this sentence:Baseball is a popular sport, it is more fun to watch at the ballpark than on television.

    Correct Answer
    Baseball is a popular sport. It is more fun to watch at the ball park than on television.
    Baseball is a popular sport; however, it is more fun to watch at the ballpark than on television.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Baseball is a popular sport; however, it is more fun to watch at the ballpark than on television." This answer correctly combines the two sentences into one using a semicolon and the word "however" to show contrast between the popularity of baseball and the preference for watching it at the ballpark rather than on television.

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  • 7. 

    Rewrite the following sentence:I eat a lot of vegetables, spinach is my favorite.

    Correct Answer
    I eat a lot of vegetables. Spinach is my favorite.
    I eat a lot of vegetables, and spinach is my favorite.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I eat a lot of vegetables. Spinach is my favorite." The original sentence is a run-on sentence, as it combines two separate thoughts without proper punctuation or conjunction. The correct answer provides two separate sentences, each expressing a complete thought.

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  • 8. 

    Choose the correct rewrite of the following sentence:Reading books is more fun than watching television, you imagine what happens in books instead of seeing what comes over the tube.

    • A.

      Reading books is more fun than watching television. You imagine what happens in books instead of seeing what comes over the tube.

    • B.

      Reading books is more fun than watching television, for you imagine what happens in books instead of seeing what comes over the tube.

    • C.

      Neither are correct.

    • D.

      Both are correct.

    Correct Answer
    D. Both are correct.
  • 9. 

    Choose the following correction of the sentence:Why would you argue with me, I'm just trying to keep us out of trouble.

    • A.

      Why would you argue with me? I am just trying to keep us out of trouble!

    • B.

      Why would you argue with me; but I am just trying to keep us out of trouble.

    • C.

      Why would you argue with me, I am just trying to keep us out of trouble?

    Correct Answer
    A. Why would you argue with me? I am just trying to keep us out of trouble!
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Why would you argue with me? I am just trying to keep us out of trouble!" because it correctly uses proper punctuation and capitalization. The sentence is split into two parts with a question mark at the end of the first part, indicating a question. The second part starts with a capital letter and ends with an exclamation mark, indicating an exclamation. This punctuation and capitalization follow the standard rules of grammar.

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  • 10. 

    Correct the following sentence by introducing "she" as the subject:A giant among a group of ordinary mortals.

    Correct Answer
    She was a giant among a group of ordinary mortals.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She was a giant among a group of ordinary mortals." This answer corrects the sentence by introducing "she" as the subject. By adding "she," the sentence becomes grammatically correct and clear in conveying that the person referred to is a giant among a group of ordinary mortals.

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  • 11. 

    Rewrite the following groups of words, creating either one or two complete sentences from each set.Jack stood nervously at the line.  Concentrating to make a basket.

    Correct Answer
    Jack stood nervously at the line, concentrating to make a basket.
    Jack stood nervously at the line. He was concentrating to make a basket.
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because it accurately rewrites the given groups of words into one or two complete sentences. The first sentence combines both phrases and maintains the meaning of the original sentence. The second sentence adds a pronoun and a verb to create a new sentence that provides more clarity about Jack's actions.

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  • 12. 

    Choose the correct rewrite of the following sentence:Keesha bought a new dress.  And some lovely shoes to wear with it.

    • A.

      Keesha bought a new dress! And some lovely shoes to wear with it.

    • B.

      Keesha bought a new dress; and some lovely shoes to wear with it.

    • C.

      Keesha bought a new dress and some lovely shoes to wear with it.

    • D.

      None are correct

    Correct Answer
    C. Keesha bought a new dress and some lovely shoes to wear with it.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Keesha bought a new dress and some lovely shoes to wear with it." This option combines the two sentences into one, using the coordinating conjunction "and" to connect them.

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  • 13. 

    Choose the correct pronoun for this sentence:Each of the maintenance vehicles has _________ doors locked at night.

    • A.

      Their

    • B.

      Its

    • C.

      Neither "their" nor "its"

    • D.

      Both "their" and "its"

    Correct Answer
    B. Its
    Explanation
    The correct pronoun for the sentence is "its" because "each" is a singular pronoun and requires a singular possessive pronoun to match. "Their" is a plural pronoun and would be incorrect in this context.

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  • 14. 

    Choose the correct pronoun for the following sentence:People must learn to wait __________turn.

    • A.

      Their

    • B.

      His or her

    • C.

      Its

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Their
    Explanation
    The correct pronoun for the sentence "People must learn to wait their turn" is "their." This is because "their" is the plural possessive pronoun that agrees with the plural noun "People." It indicates that each person has their own turn to wait for.

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  • 15. 

    Choose the correct rewrite of the following sentence:Dwayne guess the number of jelly beans in the jar, he won the prize.

    • A.

      Dwayne guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar: he won the prize.

    • B.

      Dwayne guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar; he won the prize.

    • C.

      Dwayne guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar and he won the prize.

    • D.

      A and C

    • E.

      B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A and C
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A and C. This is because both options A and C correctly rewrite the original sentence by using a colon or an "and" conjunction to connect the two independent clauses. Both options effectively convey that Dwayne guessed the number of jelly beans in the jar and as a result, he won the prize.

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