Classroom Language 2 - Talking About Grammar

4 Questions
Classroom Language 2 - Talking About Grammar

If you teach English grammar, how do you talk about verbs? This little quiz is designed to make you think about it. You may think some of the answers are a little subjective so don't forget to look at the explanations in the detailed score report at the end.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    See, saw seen. The first word, 'see' cannot be called:
    • A. 

      Infinitive

    • B. 

      Verb 1

    • C. 

      Bare infinitive

    • D. 

      To-infinitive

    • E. 

      Base form

  • 2. 
    See, saw, seen. Many people call 'seen' the past form. All these sentences contain a so-called past form. Which of them refer to past time?
    • A. 

      If I ever saw a ghost, I think I'd faint.

    • B. 

      I wish didn't didn't have to go!

    • C. 

      It's time I was on my way.

    • D. 

      Client: Good morning. I'd like to make an appointment please. Receptionist: Certainly, Sir. What was the name please?

    • E. 

      We won 3-0 last night.

  • 3. 
    See, saw, seen. Many people call the word 'seen' Past Participle. Many learners find 'participle' difficult to pronounce and spell. We should call it
    • A. 

      'pp'

    • B. 

      'Verb 3'

    • C. 

      'past participle', because that is what it's called in textbooks

  • 4. 
    How should we decide what terminology to use when teaching language?
    • A. 

      Use what we believe is clearest for our students

    • B. 

      Use what the course book or text book uses

    • C. 

      Use what is clearest but tell learners that it is also sometimes called 'X'.