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English grammar is all about knowing how to use your words so that they can convey a given meaning to the receiver who the message is aimed at. Practice your English grammar and see where you need to improve. The quiz below is created especially for those associated with Baker Street International but you are all free to give it a try!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Jo hasn't arrived yet, and Peter hasn't ____

    • A.

      Neither

    • B.

      As well

    • C.

      Either

    • D.

      Himself

    Correct Answer
    C. Either
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "either". This is because "either" is used to show that Peter also hasn't arrived yet, just like Jo. It is used to indicate that both Jo and Peter have not arrived.

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  • 2. 

    What colour _____ the new logo?

    • A.

      Has

    • B.

      Is

    • C.

      looks

    • D.

      Are

    Correct Answer
    B. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because the verb "is" agrees with the singular subject "colour".

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  • 3. 

    The market is showing positive signs of _________

    • A.

      Growth

    • B.

      Grown

    • C.

      Grown up

    • D.

      Growing up

    Correct Answer
    A. Growth
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "growth" because the sentence is discussing the market's current state, which is showing positive signs of progress or increase. The word "growth" accurately captures this idea and is the most suitable option among the given choices.

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  • 4. 

    It's _______ to choose a password that's easy to remember.

    • A.

      Insensitive

    • B.

      Senseless

    • C.

      Sensitive

    • D.

      Sensible

    Correct Answer
    D. Sensible
    Explanation
    It is sensible to choose a password that is easy to remember because it reduces the chances of forgetting the password and having to go through the process of resetting it. Additionally, a password that is easy to remember is more likely to be used consistently, which is important for maintaining online security.

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  • 5. 

    The placement abroad should give you _______ experience.

    • A.

      Invaluable

    • B.

      Worthy

    • C.

      Priceless

    • D.

      Valueless

    Correct Answer
    A. Invaluable
    Explanation
    The word "invaluable" means extremely valuable or priceless. In the context of the sentence, it suggests that the placement abroad will provide an experience that is extremely valuable and cannot be measured in terms of monetary worth. Therefore, the correct answer is "invaluable".

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  • 6. 

    We've got two new people in the sales team. They are ____ German.

    • A.

      All

    • B.

      Each

    • C.

      Also

    • D.

      Both

    Correct Answer
    D. Both
    Explanation
    'Both' refers to two people. All would be the correct answer if there were more than 2 people.

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  • 7. 

    The recent drop in sales due to a logistics problem has taught us a ______ lesson.

    • A.

      Valueless

    • B.

      Valuable

    • C.

      Faultless

    • D.

      Priceless

    Correct Answer
    B. Valuable
    Explanation
    The recent drop in sales due to a logistics problem has taught us a valuable lesson. This implies that the lesson learned from the drop in sales was important and had a significant impact on the company. It suggests that the company gained valuable insights and knowledge from the situation, which can be used to improve and prevent similar issues in the future.

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  • 8. 

    She is no longer employed here. I think she has set up ________

    • A.

      Herself

    • B.

      On her own

    • C.

      On herself

    • D.

      Her own

    Correct Answer
    B. On her own
    Explanation
    "On one's own" is an English idiom which means independently. You need the preposition "on" for the phrase to be correct.

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  • 9. 

    Production costs have _____ by 5 per cent.

    • A.

      Raised

    • B.

      Lifted

    • C.

      Rose

    • D.

      Risen

    Correct Answer
    D. Risen
    Explanation
    risen = past participle of to raise. To lift is similar to the verb to raise, except to lift implies that someone else does the lifting. Production costs, for example, cannot lift on their own.

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  • 10. 

    There is always _______ traffic on the motorways during rush hour.

    • A.

      A few

    • B.

      A lot

    • C.

      Many

    • D.

      A lot of

    Correct Answer
    D. A lot of
    Explanation
    During rush hour, motorways experience a significant amount of traffic. The phrase "a lot of" accurately describes the high volume of vehicles on the road during this time.

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  • 11. 

    Have you ______ an appointment with the bank manager?

    • A.

      Done

    • B.

      Make

    • C.

      Taken

    • D.

      Made

    Correct Answer
    D. Made
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "made". In this context, "made" is the past tense form of the verb "make". It is used to indicate that someone has created or arranged something, in this case, an appointment with the bank manager.

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  • 12. 

    After a couple of disappointing years, the company _______ a profit last year.

    • A.

      Did

    • B.

      Made

    • C.

      Done

    • D.

      Had made

    Correct Answer
    B. Made
    Explanation
    After a couple of disappointing years, the company "made" a profit last year. This implies that the company was able to generate a profit in the previous year, indicating a positive financial outcome. The word "made" is commonly used to describe the act of achieving or obtaining something, in this case, a profit. The other options, such as "did," "done," and "had made," do not fit the context as they do not accurately convey the idea of the company successfully earning a profit.

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  • 13. 

    He ______ me he would come to the meeting.

    • A.

      Told

    • B.

      Explained

    • C.

      Said

    • D.

      Tell

    Correct Answer
    A. Told
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "told" because it is the past tense of the verb "tell." In the given sentence, the subject is referring to someone informing the speaker that they would come to the meeting. Therefore, "told" is the appropriate verb to use in this context.

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  • 14. 

    He was tired. He stopped _____ down.

    • A.

      Sit

    • B.

      To sit

    • C.

      Sitting

    • D.

      To sitting

    Correct Answer
    B. To sit
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to sit" because the phrase "to sit" is the infinitive form of the verb "sit" and it is used after the verb "stopped" to indicate the purpose or intention of stopping.

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  • 15. 

    It is safer to deliver important documents _______ hand.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      For

    • C.

      By

    • D.

      With

    Correct Answer
    C. By
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by". This is because when we say "deliver by hand", it means to personally deliver something directly to someone, ensuring its safety and security. Using the preposition "by" in this context indicates the method or means of delivery.

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  • 16. 

    _____ we invested carefully, we still lost money.

    • A.

      Despite

    • B.

      Nevertheless

    • C.

      Although

    • D.

      Since

    Correct Answer
    C. Although
    Explanation
    The word "although" is used to introduce a contrast or contradiction between two ideas. In this sentence, it suggests that even though we invested carefully, we still lost money. It highlights the unexpected outcome of losing money despite the careful investment.

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  • 17. 

    I don't blame him _____ taking a new job.

    • A.

      About

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      Of

    • D.

      For

    Correct Answer
    D. For
    Explanation
    The word "for" is the correct answer because it is used in this context to indicate the reason or cause for not blaming him. It shows that the speaker understands and accepts his decision to take a new job.

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  • 18. 

    If you take the early flight, you should ______ to the conference centre by 10.30.

    • A.

      Arrive

    • B.

      Get

    • C.

      Enter

    • D.

      Reach

    Correct Answer
    B. Get
    Explanation
    "to get to..."
    "to arrive at...
    "to enter the..."
    "to reach the... "

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  • 19. 

    It's a big contract. Will he be able to do it by ______?

    • A.

      Self

    • B.

      His own

    • C.

      Himself

    • D.

      Alone

    Correct Answer
    C. Himself
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "himself". In this sentence, "by himself" means that the person will be able to complete the big contract without any help or assistance from others. Using "his own" would imply that the person will use their own resources or abilities to complete the contract, but it doesn't necessarily indicate that they won't have any help. "Alone" also suggests that the person will be working without any assistance, but it doesn't specifically refer to the person's abilities. "Himself" is the most appropriate choice as it directly refers to the person's ability to complete the contract on their own.

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  • 20. 

    We managed to install the new system just ___ time for the inspection.

    • A.

      By

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    D. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because it indicates that the new system was installed within the time frame required for the inspection.

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  • 21. 

    Our projections show that there _____ an increase in demand next year. (BE)

    Correct Answer
    will be
    Explanation
    The given correct answer "will be" is the correct form of the verb "be" in the future tense. The sentence is talking about a future event, specifically the increase in demand next year. Therefore, "will be" is the appropriate verb choice to indicate that the increase in demand is expected to happen in the future.

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  • 22. 

    They _____ on the project for two years when it was cancelled. (WORK)

    Correct Answer
    had been working
    Explanation
    past continuous interrupted by an action

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  • 23. 

    I'm not surprised Dave managed to finish the report. He ______ all night! (WORK)

    Correct Answer
    worked
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "worked." This is because the sentence is in the past tense, and the verb "worked" is the past tense form of the verb "work." It indicates that Dave completed the report by putting in effort and dedicating his time throughout the entire night.

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  • 24. 

    As well as ______ cars on the domestic market, they export a large number to the USA. (SELL)

    Correct Answer
    selling
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "selling" because the sentence is discussing the action of selling cars. It states that the subject sells cars on the domestic market and also exports a large number to the USA. Therefore, "selling" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 25. 

    Her partner persuaded her ________ the office. (MODERNISE)

    Correct Answer
    to modernize
    Explanation
    Her partner persuaded her to modernize the office. This means that her partner convinced her to update or make the office more modern in terms of its design, technology, or practices. The word "persuaded" indicates that her partner used their powers of persuasion to convince her to undertake this action.

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  • 26. 

    We couldn't fax you the results yesterday because they _________ until this morning. (ARRIVE)

    Correct Answer
    didn't arrive
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't arrive" because it indicates that the results were not received yesterday because they arrived later, specifically this morning. The past tense of the verb "arrive" is used to show that the action did not happen in the past.

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  • 27. 

    "Did you meet the new IT support manager earlier today?""No, I ______ lunch when he called in." (HAVE)

    Correct Answer
    was having
    Explanation
    past continuous interrupted by an action

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  • 28. 

    I have not decided yet. I _________ with you on the trip next week, but it depends on whether I finish my work this week. (COME)

    Correct Answer
    may come
    might come
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "may come" or "might come" because both phrases indicate uncertainty about whether the person will join the trip. The use of "may" and "might" suggests that the decision is dependent on whether the person finishes their work this week.

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  • 29. 

    Sales are down. They really ought _______ more on advertising. (SPEND)

    Correct Answer
    to spend
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to spend." The sentence suggests that sales are currently low, and the speaker believes that the company should allocate more resources towards advertising in order to improve sales. The phrase "ought to" implies a moral obligation or necessity, indicating that spending more on advertising is the right course of action.

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  • 30. 

    "Can you come on Saturday?""No I'm sorry. We _________ my parents outside of the city next weekend." (VISIT)

    Correct Answer
    will be visiting
    are going to visit
    are visiting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "will be visiting, are going to visit, are visiting". These three options are all correct because they all indicate a future action of visiting the speaker's parents. "Will be visiting" suggests a planned visit that will happen in the future. "Are going to visit" indicates a future intention or plan to visit. "Are visiting" implies that the visit is already scheduled or arranged.

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  • 31. 

    Since the new legislation came into force, smoking _________ in English pubs. (ALLOW)

    Correct Answer
    isn't allowed
    is not allowed
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "isn't allowed" or "is not allowed" because both phrases convey the same meaning. The verb "isn't" is a contraction of "is not," and when combined with the verb "allowed," it indicates that smoking is prohibited or not permitted in English pubs due to the new legislation.

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  • 32. 

    "Why aren't the samples ready yet?""I don't know but I'll check. The printer _______ " (BREAK DOWN)

    Correct Answer
    broke down
    has broken down
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "broke down, has broken down." In the given conversation, the speaker is referring to the printer experiencing a malfunction or failure. The phrase "broke down" is used to indicate that the printer stopped working in the past, while "has broken down" suggests that the printer is currently not functioning. Both options convey the same meaning, but "has broken down" implies a more recent occurrence.

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  • 33. 

    There is so much work left to do on the building that it _______ until next year. (FINISH)

    Correct Answer
    won't be finished
    will not be finished
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "won't be finished" or "will not be finished" because both phrases indicate a future event that will not occur. The sentence states that there is still a lot of work to be done on the building, implying that the completion of the work will not happen until next year. The use of "won't" or "will not" suggests a negative future outcome, indicating that the building will not be finished within the current timeframe.

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  • 34. 

    He _______ pay extra for his wife if she accompanied him on the business trip. (HAVE TO)

    Correct Answer
    would have to
    would have had to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would have to". This is because the sentence is in the present tense and the phrase "have to" is used to express obligation or necessity in the present. "Would have had to" is incorrect because it is in the past tense and does not match the tense of the sentence.

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  • 35. 

    I didn't go out in case he _______ (TELEpHONE)

    Correct Answer
    telephoned
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "telephoned" because the sentence is in the past tense and the word "in case" suggests a possible future event. Therefore, the verb should be in the past tense to indicate that the action of "telephoning" could have happened in the future from the speaker's perspective.

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  • 36. 

    Fifty employees _______ redundant last year because of the increased use of technology.

    Correct Answer
    were made
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were made". In this sentence, the word "redundant" suggests that the employees were no longer needed or their positions were eliminated. The phrase "were made" indicates that someone took the action of making the employees redundant. Therefore, the correct form of the verb "to make" in the past tense is "were made".

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  • 37. 

    Because of logistical problems, they _______ deliver the goods on time (BE ABLE TO)

    Correct Answer
    weren't able to
    were not able to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "weren't able to" or "were not able to." This is because the phrase "weren't able to" is the negative form of "were able to," indicating that they were not capable of delivering the goods on time due to logistical problems.

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  • 38. 

    You'll soon get used to _________ in the country (LIVE)

    Correct Answer
    living
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "living" because the sentence is discussing getting used to something in the country, and the word "live" is used as a verb. Therefore, the gerund form "living" is appropriate in this context.

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  • 39. 

    The company would have been in a better position if they ______ a wider range of products (DEVELOP)

    Correct Answer
    had developed
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past unreal conditional form, indicating a hypothetical situation that did not actually happen. The use of "had developed" suggests that the company did not actually develop a wider range of products, but if they had done so, they would have been in a better position. This implies that the company missed an opportunity or made a mistake by not expanding their product range.

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  • 40. 

    That printer is out of date, it's time we _______ it with a newer model. (REPLACE)

    Correct Answer
    replaced
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "replaced" because the sentence suggests that the printer is no longer up-to-date and needs to be exchanged or substituted with a newer model.

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  • 41. 

    "Should I arrive before 9 o'clock?""No, you _______ but you can if you'd like to." (NEED)

    Correct Answer
    don't need to
    Explanation
    The speaker is saying that it is not necessary for the person to arrive before 9 o'clock, but they have the option to do so if they want to. The phrase "don't need to" indicates that there is no obligation or requirement for the person to arrive early.

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