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Are you looking for some English grammar masterclass questions? The English language is one of the most spoken and written language in the world today and it is taught in many nations as a second language. To help you evaluate just how good your English skills we have prepared the trivia quiz below. Do give it a try and see how good your skills actually are by finishing the incomplete sentences correctly.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    'What time did you leave last night?' 'I went ___________ at 7 o' clock.'

    • A.

      To home

    • B.

      At home

    • C.

      To house

    • D.

      Home

    Correct Answer
    D. Home
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "home" because the sentence is asking about the place where the person went at 7 o'clock last night. "Home" is the appropriate response as it indicates the location where the person went.

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  • 2. 

    'Is that a bookcase you're building?' 'No, it's a record cabinet, and if you don't mind, I'll keep on _____________ while we talk.'

    • A.

      To work

    • B.

      To working

    • C.

      Work

    • D.

      Working

    Correct Answer
    D. Working
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "working". In this context, the speaker is indicating that they will continue their activity of working on the record cabinet while they talk. The verb form "working" is used as a gerund, which functions as a noun in this sentence.

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  • 3. 

    'How long did the meeting go on yesterday?' 'It went on for __________ hours.'

    • A.

      Several

    • B.

      A few of

    • C.

      Much

    • D.

      A little

    Correct Answer
    A. Several
    Explanation
    The word "several" indicates an indefinite but relatively small number of hours. It suggests that the meeting lasted for a moderate amount of time, more than just a few hours but not excessively long.

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  • 4. 

    'Were all the apples in the bag edible?' 'No, there were three _____________.'

    • A.

      Bads

    • B.

      Bads ones

    • C.

      Bad ones

    • D.

      Bads apples

    Correct Answer
    C. Bad ones
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "bad ones." This answer completes the sentence grammatically and makes sense in the context of the question. It implies that not all the apples in the bag were edible, specifically referring to the ones that were bad.

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  • 5. 

    'Where do you live, Peter?' 'I live ______________ Third Street.'

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      Next by

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    D. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when indicating a specific street, we use the preposition "on." Therefore, Peter lives on Third Street.

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  • 6. 

    'How many birthday presents did the little girl receive?' 'I don't know how many ______________.'

    • A.

      Received

    • B.

      Did receive

    • C.

      She received

    • D.

      Did she receive

    Correct Answer
    C. She received
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "she received." The question is asking about the number of birthday presents the little girl received. The phrase "she received" directly answers the question by indicating that the little girl is the one who received the presents.

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  • 7. 

    'Were you surprised to see George in class today?' 'Yes, I really didn't think ________________ there.'

    • A.

      He'd be

    • B.

      He been

    • C.

      Would he be

    • D.

      He being

    Correct Answer
    A. He'd be
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "he'd be". The speaker is expressing surprise at seeing George in class today, indicating that they did not expect him to be there. The contraction "he'd" is short for "he would," suggesting that the speaker did not think George would be present.

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  • 8. 

    'I was pleased to see Alex at the meeting today.' 'Unfortunately, he won't ______________ be present tomorrow.'

    • A.

      Can

    • B.

      Be able to

    • C.

      Be able

    • D.

      To be able

    Correct Answer
    B. Be able to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "be able to". This is because the sentence is expressing the speaker's disappointment that Alex will not have the capability or opportunity to be present at the meeting tomorrow. "Be able to" is the correct phrase to convey this meaning.

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  • 9. 

    'You learned to drive a car quite young, didn't you?' 'Yes, my father _____________ me when I was only thirteen.'

    • A.

      Would teach

    • B.

      Taught

    • C.

      Teaching

    • D.

      Would be teaching

    Correct Answer
    B. Taught
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "taught". In the given conversation, the speaker is talking about learning to drive a car at a young age. The past tense of the verb "teach" is used here to indicate that the speaker's father was the one who taught them how to drive when they were thirteen years old.

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  • 10. 

    'Is he the best painter of this decade?' 'Many people ____________ he is the best of the century.'

    • A.

      Thinks

    • B.

      Is thinking

    • C.

      Be thinking

    • D.

      Think

    Correct Answer
    D. Think
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "think". In the given conversation, the speaker asks if the person is the best painter of the decade. In response, someone else states that many people think he is the best of the century. The verb "think" is used to express the belief or opinion of many people regarding the person's painting skills.

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  • 11. 

    'How much did you pay for that hat?' 'It _____________ ten dollars.'

    • A.

      Cost

    • B.

      Costed

    • C.

      Was costing

    • D.

      Would be costing

    Correct Answer
    A. Cost
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "cost". In this context, the speaker is referring to the price they paid for the hat in the past. "Cost" is the correct past tense form of the verb "to cost".

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  • 12. 

    'When was this novel written?' 'It was written _________1913.'

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      In

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    C. In
    Explanation
    The word "in" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate a specific year or time period. In this case, the novel was written in the year 1913.

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  • 13. 

    'Jerry isn't well; he ought to stay home.' 'I know, but he ___________ going with us.'

    • A.

      Insists on

    • B.

      Insists to

    • C.

      Insists

    • D.

      Insists that

    Correct Answer
    A. Insists on
    Explanation
    The phrase "insists on" is the correct answer because it accurately completes the sentence in a grammatically correct way. It conveys the meaning that despite Jerry not feeling well, he still strongly wants or demands to go with the speaker and the others. The other options, "insists to," "insists," and "insists that," do not fit the sentence structure or convey the same meaning.

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  • 14. 

    'Nancy shoudn't go out now. It's raining.' 'She __________ mail a package before the post office closes.'

    • A.

      Must to

    • B.

      Has to

    • C.

      Have to

    • D.

      Has

    Correct Answer
    B. Has to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has to." In the given context, the speaker is advising Nancy not to go out because it is raining. However, they mention that she "has to" mail a package before the post office closes, implying that it is necessary for her to do so regardless of the weather. "Has to" is used to express an obligation or necessity, making it the appropriate choice in this situation.

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  • 15. 

    'Henry is absent again today.' 'He's absent a lot, __________?'

    • A.

      Is he

    • B.

      Isn't

    • C.

      Isn't he

    • D.

      Doesn't he

    Correct Answer
    C. Isn't he
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "isn't he". This is because the phrase "isn't he" is used to form a tag question, which is a question added to the end of a statement to seek confirmation or agreement. In this case, the statement is "He's absent a lot" and the tag question is "isn't he", which expects the response to be in agreement with the statement.

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  • 16. 

    'Whose books are these?' 'They're ___________.'

    • A.

      Of Alice

    • B.

      Of Alice's

    • C.

      Alice's

    • D.

      Alices'

    Correct Answer
    C. Alice's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Alice's". This is because the possessive form "Alice's" indicates that the books belong to Alice. The other options, such as "of Alice" or "of Alice's", do not correctly convey possession in this context. "Alices'" is also incorrect because it suggests multiple people named Alice, rather than indicating that the books belong to a single person named Alice.

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  • 17. 

    'Paul looks very handsome today.' 'He just had __________.'

    • A.

      Cut his hair

    • B.

      His hair cut

    • C.

      Hair cut

    • D.

      Curing his hair

    Correct Answer
    B. His hair cut
    Explanation
    The phrase "He just had his hair cut" means that Paul recently got a haircut. The correct answer is "his hair cut" because it accurately describes the action of getting a haircut. The other options do not convey the same meaning or grammatical structure.

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  • 18. 

    'Do you know that girl with the long hair?' 'I don't think so, although she ____________ me of someone I know.'

    • A.

      Remembers

    • B.

      Recalls

    • C.

      Reminds

    • D.

      Suggests

    Correct Answer
    C. Reminds
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "reminds". In this context, the speaker is saying that the girl with long hair resembles or brings to mind someone the speaker knows. The word "reminds" is used to express this idea of similarity or resemblance.

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  • 19. 

    'Do you know the meaning of this word?' 'No, but I'll _____________ in the dictionary.'

    • A.

      Look it up

    • B.

      Look up it

    • C.

      Look up

    • D.

      Be looking up it

    Correct Answer
    A. Look it up
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "look it up." In this context, the speaker is expressing their intention to search for the meaning of the word in a dictionary. The phrasal verb "look up" means to search for information in a reference source, such as a dictionary. The word "it" refers to the unknown word that the speaker wants to find the meaning of.

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  • 20. 

    'Which season of the year do yo prefer?' 'To me, spring is ___________.'

    • A.

      Delighting

    • B.

      The delightful

    • C.

      More delightful

    • D.

      The most delightful

    Correct Answer
    D. The most delightful
    Explanation
    The given question asks for the preferred season, and the response indicates that spring is the most delightful season to the person. This suggests that out of all the seasons, spring brings the most joy and enjoyment to the individual.

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  • 21. 

    …………………… about the Organization?  

    • A.

      Anyone asked any questions

    • B.

      Were any questions asked

    • C.

      Any questions be asked

    Correct Answer
    B. Were any questions asked
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Were any questions asked." This is the correct form of the question in the past tense. The other options are not grammatically correct or do not follow the correct question structure.

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  • 22. 

    We walked………………the entrance of the library.

    • A.

      As far as

    • B.

      Until

    • C.

      On

    Correct Answer
    B. Until
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "until". This preposition indicates the point in time or the event that marks the end of a period of time. In this context, it suggests that the speaker and others walked until they reached the entrance of the library.

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  • 23. 

    It is time ………………to the meeting.    

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      To be going

    • C.

      To go

    Correct Answer
    C. To go
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to go". In this sentence, the phrase "to go" is used to express the purpose or intention of the subject (It) - to go to the meeting. The infinitive form "to go" is commonly used after verbs like "is time" to indicate an action that is planned or expected to happen in the future. Therefore, the correct choice is "to go".

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  • 24. 

    Mr. Smith …………………..there because of the interesting work.

    • A.

      Is enjoying

    • B.

      Enjoyed

    • C.

      Enjoys it

    Correct Answer
    C. Enjoys it
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "enjoys it". This is because the sentence is in the present tense and "enjoys it" is the correct form of the verb to match the subject "Mr. Smith".

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  • 25. 

    My…………………….. is from 12.30 to 1.30.       

    • A.

      Hour of lunch

    • B.

      Lunch hour

    • C.

      Lunch's hour

    Correct Answer
    B. Lunch hour
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "lunch hour" because it is the only option that correctly describes the time period from 12.30 to 1.30 as the designated time for having lunch. The phrase "hour of lunch" and "lunch's hour" are not commonly used expressions and do not accurately convey the intended meaning.

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  • 26. 

    The plane ………………… in at seven o'clock last night.

    • A.

      Flied

    • B.

      Flew

    • C.

      Has flown

    Correct Answer
    B. Flew
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "flew." This is the correct answer because the sentence is referring to an action that happened in the past. "Flew" is the past tense form of the verb "fly," indicating that the plane performed the action of flying at a specific time in the past, which is seven o'clock last night.

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  • 27. 

    If it rains, you………………… take a taxi.

    • A.

      Will

    • B.

      Would

    • C.

      Should

    Correct Answer
    C. Should
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "should." This is because "should" is used to express an obligation or recommendation. In this context, it implies that if it rains, it is advisable or recommended to take a taxi.

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  • 28. 

    On the News. 'The President…………………shot.'

    • A.

      Is

    • B.

      Was

    • C.

      Has been

    Correct Answer
    C. Has been
    Explanation
    The use of "has been" in the given sentence suggests that the action of the President being shot happened in the past but has ongoing relevance or impact in the present. This tense is commonly used in news headlines to convey recent events or developments.

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  • 29. 

    I can't help ………………… her.

    • A.

      To like

    • B.

      Liking

    • C.

      Like

    Correct Answer
    B. Liking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "liking". In this sentence, the phrase "can't help" is followed by a gerund (-ing form) to express the inability to control or prevent an action. Therefore, "liking" is the correct form to use in this context.

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  • 30. 

    …………………he said made me very angry.

    • A.

      That

    • B.

      What

    • C.

      Which

    Correct Answer
    B. What
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "What" because it is used to introduce a clause that provides more information about something that was said. In this case, "he said" is the main clause, and "what" introduces the subordinate clause that explains the content of what was said.

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  • 31. 

    Have you seen the book …………………I was reading?

    • A.

      Who

    • B.

      That

    • C.

      What

    Correct Answer
    B. That
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "that". In this sentence, the word "that" is used to refer to the book that the speaker was reading. It is a pronoun that helps to clarify and specify the noun it is referring to.

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  • 32. 

    This time next week, I ………………… on the beach.

    • A.

      Was lying

    • B.

      Lie

    • C.

      Will be lying

    Correct Answer
    C. Will be lying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "will be lying". This is because the phrase "this time next week" indicates a future time, and the verb "will be lying" is in the future tense. Therefore, it suggests that the speaker will be lying on the beach at that time.

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  • 33. 

    He solved the problem…………………………two minutes.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      For

    Correct Answer
    B. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in". This preposition is used to indicate a period of time, such as "in two minutes". It shows that the person was able to solve the problem within a specific timeframe.

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  • 34. 

    Do you understand……………………………..?

    • A.

      What he means

    • B.

      What he is meaning

    • C.

      What he is meant

    Correct Answer
    A. What he means
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "what he means" because it is the most grammatically correct option. "Mean" is a stative verb, which means it does not typically take the continuous form (-ing form) or the passive form. Therefore, "what he means" is the correct way to ask if someone understands the intended meaning of something.

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  • 35. 

    ………………….his carelessness our work was ruined.     

    • A.

      As a result

    • B.

      As a result of

    • C.

      As a consequence

    Correct Answer
    B. As a result of
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "as a result of". This phrase is used to indicate that something happened because of a particular cause or reason. In this context, the phrase suggests that the work was ruined because of the person's carelessness.

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  • 36. 

    The President always works …………………

    • A.

      Hard

    • B.

      Hardly

    • C.

      Hardily

    Correct Answer
    A. Hard
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hard" because it is the adverb form of the adjective "hard," which means to put in a lot of effort or work diligently. "Hardly" means almost not at all, and "hardily" is not a word.

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  • 37. 

    She said that I ………………… her to stop seeing him.

    • A.

      Tell

    • B.

      Had told

    • C.

      Told

    Correct Answer
    B. Had told
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had told". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the action of telling her to stop seeing him happened before the time of speaking. Therefore, the past perfect tense "had told" is used to indicate an action that occurred before another past action.

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  • 38. 

    He told us that before visiting James he ………………… the US.

    • A.

      Visits

    • B.

      Had visited

    • C.

      Was visiting

    Correct Answer
    B. Had visited
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had visited". The sentence is in the past tense and the word "before" indicates that the action of visiting James occurred before another action in the past. Therefore, the past perfect tense "had visited" is used to show that the visit to James happened before the visit to the US.

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  • 39. 

    John is very fond........................ learning English.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      Of

    • C.

      At

    Correct Answer
    B. Of
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "of". In this sentence, "fond" is followed by a preposition, and the most common preposition used with "fond" is "of". It indicates that John has a strong liking or preference for learning English.

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  • 40. 

    He put the papers …………………the drawer.

    • A.

      Into

    • B.

      Onto

    • C.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. Into
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "into". In this sentence, the verb "put" indicates that something is being placed inside the drawer. The preposition "into" is used to show movement or direction towards the inside of something, which fits the context of the sentence.

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  • 41. 

    The stolen car was found in the __________________ of the station.

    • A.

      Acceptance

    • B.

      Pleasure

    • C.

      Casualty

    • D.

      Vicinity

    Correct Answer
    D. Vicinity
    Explanation
    in the vicinity (of something)-in the area around a particular place

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  • 42. 

    Which sentence is grammatically incorrect ?

    • A.

      Any car must be insured.

    • B.

      I need visa.

    • C.

      It was an earthquake.

    • D.

      He is an actor.

    Correct Answer
    B. I need visa.
    Explanation
    The sentence "I need visa" is grammatically incorrect because it is missing the article "a" before the word "visa". The correct sentence should be "I need a visa." The article "a" is necessary to indicate that the speaker is referring to any visa, not a specific one.

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  • 43. 

    I felt __________________, shy and awkward at the party.

    • A.

      Clumsy

    • B.

      Attracted

    • C.

      Versatile

    • D.

      Sincere

    Correct Answer
    A. Clumsy
    Explanation
    clumsy - (adj.) moving in an awkward way and tending to make things fall over

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  • 44. 

    He __________________ expected to find himself in prison.

    • A.

      Few

    • B.

      A few

    • C.

      Little

    • D.

      A little

    Correct Answer
    C. Little
    Explanation
    The word "little" is the correct answer because it indicates a small amount or degree. In this context, it suggests that the person did not expect to find themselves in prison at all or only expected it to happen to a very small extent. The other options, "few," "a few," and "a little," imply a larger or more significant expectation of ending up in prison, which is not consistent with the given sentence.

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  • 45. 

    The bridge's architect was sued for criminal __________________.

    • A.

      Kindliness

    • B.

      Honor

    • C.

      Negligence

    • D.

      Reverence

    Correct Answer
    C. Negligence
    Explanation
    negligence - (noun) failure to take enough care over something that you are responsible for

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  • 46. 

    __________________ is very bright tonight.

    • A.

      The sky

    • B.

      Sky

    • C.

      A sky

    • D.

      Skies

    Correct Answer
    A. The sky
    Explanation
    The given sentence is referring to a specific sky, not multiple skies. Therefore, the correct answer is "The sky."

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  • 47. 

    I saw a ragged child with ___________________ feet.

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Bare

    • C.

      Somber

    • D.

      Light

    Correct Answer
    B. Bare
    Explanation
    bare - (adj.) not covered by clothes

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  • 48. 

    Which sentence is correct ?

    • A.

      What does that notice say ?

    • B.

      What do that notice say ?

    • C.

      What does these notice say ?

    • D.

      What do those notice say ?

    Correct Answer
    A. What does that notice say ?
    Explanation
    The correct sentence is "What does that notice say?" because it uses the correct subject-verb agreement. "That" is a singular pronoun, so it should be followed by the singular verb "does." Additionally, "notice" is a singular noun, so it should be preceded by the singular article "that."

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  • 49. 

    French cooking, she __________________, is the best in the world.

    • A.

      Endowed

    • B.

      Waked

    • C.

      Escaped

    • D.

      Asserted

    Correct Answer
    D. Asserted
    Explanation
    To 'assert' is to state firmly that something is true.

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  • 50. 

    Gerald was 38, and a confirmed __________________.

    • A.

      Old maid

    • B.

      Spinster

    • C.

      Bachelor

    • D.

      Old man

    Correct Answer
    C. Bachelor
    Explanation
    confirmed bachelor - a man who has decided that he will never marry

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