English Grammar Knowledge Test: Quiz

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Are you confident in your understanding of English grammar? Do you believe you have what it takes to ace this quiz? English grammar forms the base of our communication, shaping the way we convey our thoughts and ideas. It encompasses the structure of words, clauses, sentences, and even entire texts. A solid grasp of English grammar can significantly enhance your communication skills. This quiz is designed to gauge your knowledge of grammar, from the intricacies of syntax to the finer points of language usage. So, why not put your skills to the test and see how well you do? Take Read morethe quiz and strengthen your grammar prowess today!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Reading Comprehension  A dog is bigger than a mouse, but smaller than an elephant.

    • A.

      A dog is smaller than a mouse.

    • B.

      A dog is very big.

    • C.

      A dog is the biggest.

    • D.

      An elephant is bigger than a dog.

    Correct Answer
    D. An elephant is bigger than a dog.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "An elephant is bigger than a dog." This is because the given information states that a dog is bigger than a mouse but smaller than an elephant. Therefore, it can be inferred that an elephant is bigger than a dog.

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  • 2. 

    Verb Forms We usually ______ dinner at 8:00 p.m.

    • A.

      Eat 

    • B.

      Eating

    • C.

      Never have eaten

    • D.

      Will eating 

    Correct Answer
    A. Eat 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "eat". This is because the sentence is in the present tense and the verb "eat" is the correct form to use in this context.

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  • 3. 

    Verb Forms Yesterday, we ______ a very interesting conference call about the new ERP project. 

    • A.

      Are having

    • B.

      Have

    • C.

      Had 

    • D.

      Were had

    Correct Answer
    C. Had 
  • 4. 

    VerbThe plane _____ from Ottawa International Airport. 

    • A.

      Took off

    • B.

      Took down

    • C.

      Landed

    • D.

      Drove

    Correct Answer
    A. Took off
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "took off". In the context of an airport, "took off" refers to the action of a plane leaving the ground and ascending into the air. This is the most appropriate verb to describe the action of a plane departing from Ottawa International Airport.

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  • 5. 

    Compound Nouns Thomas White, who orchestrated ___________ rescue packages, will address the group.

    • A.

      Multibillion-dollars

    • B.

      Multibillions dollars

    • C.

      Multibillion-dollar

    • D.

      Multibillion dollar

    Correct Answer
    C. Multibillion-dollar
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "multi-billion-dollar". In this sentence, the compound noun "rescue packages" is modified by the adjective "multi-billion-dollar." This indicates that the rescue packages are valued in the multi-billion-dollar range. The hyphen is necessary to connect "multi-billion" and "dollar" because they function together as a single adjective modifying "rescue packages."

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  • 6. 

    Prepositions The computer printer is _______ the table ______ the computer.

    • A.

      On ---- at

    • B.

      On ---- next to

    • C.

      On ---- on

    • D.

      On ---- under

    Correct Answer
    B. On ---- next to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on ---- next to" because it accurately describes the position of the computer printer in relation to the table and the computer. The preposition "on" indicates that the printer is physically located on the table, while "next to" indicates that it is positioned beside or adjacent to the computer.

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  • 7. 

    Prepositions She always gets up early ______ the morning, so she can make it to work______ time.

    • A.

      By ---- in

    • B.

      In ---- in

    • C.

      On ---- on

    • D.

      In ---- on

    Correct Answer
    D. In ---- on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in ---- on". The preposition "in" is used to indicate a specific time period, such as "in the morning". The preposition "on" is used to indicate a specific point in time, such as "on time". Therefore, the phrase "in the morning" indicates the time when she gets up early, and "on time" indicates the goal of making it to work punctually.

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  • 8. 

    Context Clues I took the volume off of the shelf and resumed where I had left off. I finished it by the next morning. Volume means...

    • A.

      Food

    • B.

      Knitting

    • C.

      A book

    • D.

      A cigarette

    Correct Answer
    C. A book
  • 9. 

    Prepositions The professor said ________ the first day of the course that there would be a big final test _______ the end of the semester.

    • A.

      At ---- on

    • B.

      At ---- at

    • C.

      On ---- at

    • D.

      On ---- in

    Correct Answer
    C. On ---- at
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on ---- at". In this sentence, the preposition "on" is used to indicate a specific day or date (the first day of the course), while the preposition "at" is used to indicate a specific point in time (the end of the semester).

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  • 10. 

    Context Clues The thought of eating a rat is abhorrent to most people.

    • A.

      Fun, lively

    • B.

      Horrible, repugnant

    • C.

      Delicious, tasty

    • D.

      Weird,abnormal

    Correct Answer
    B. Horrible, repugnant
    Explanation
    The sentence states that the thought of eating a rat is abhorrent to most people. The word "abhorrent" means causing disgust or hatred. Therefore, the correct answer is "horrible, repugnant" as these words have similar meanings to "abhorrent" and accurately describe the feeling most people have towards eating a rat.

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  • 11. 

    Verb Tenses Usually, I ______________ as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I  ______________ French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.

    • A.

      Am working ---- was studying

    • B.

      Worked ---- studied

    • C.

      Work ---- am studying

    • D.

      Am working ---- am studying

    Correct Answer
    C. Work ---- am studying
  • 12. 

    Pronouns If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards.

    • A.

      WithIf you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards.

    • B.

      Him

    • C.

      Them

    • D.

      They

    Correct Answer
    C. Them
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "them". In this sentence, the pronoun "them" is used to refer to the parents. Since "parents" is a plural noun, the pronoun should also be plural. "Him" is singular and refers to one person, while "they" is also plural but is used as a subject pronoun. Therefore, "them" is the correct choice to indicate that the speaker wants their regards to be given to both parents.

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  • 13. 

    Tag Questions st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } You'll be leaving for Vancouver soon, __________ ? 

    • A.

      Won't you?

    • B.

      Don't you?

    • C.

      Aren't you?

    • D.

      Shouldn't you?

    Correct Answer
    A. Won't you?
  • 14. 

    Subject-Verb Agreement Choose the sentence in which the subjects and verbs have been correctly identified and in which the subjects and verbs agree.

    • A.

      At the end of the story, they was living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - was living

    • B.

      At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living

    • C.

      At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living happily ever after

    • D.

      At the end of the story, they was living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - was

    Correct Answer
    B. At the end of the story, they were living happily ever after. Subject - they; Verb - were living
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the subject "they" is plural, so the verb "were living" agrees with the subject.

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  • 15. 

    Context Clues You can trust the salesmen at that store because they always conduct business in an appropriate manner.

    • A.

      Honestly, openly

    • B.

      Sneaky, dishonest

    • C.

      Horrible, repugnant

    • D.

      Strange, unusual

    Correct Answer
    A. Honestly, openly
    Explanation
    The phrase "conduct business in an appropriate manner" suggests that the salesmen at the store are trustworthy because they are honest and open in their dealings. This indicates that they do not engage in any sneaky or dishonest practices.

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Juliette Firla |MA (Teaching Writing) |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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