Practice Quiz: Grammar Exam!

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Test your English grammar skills with our 'English Grammar Level Test' practice quiz. This interactive exam is designed to assess your proficiency in grammar, from the basics to the more advanced concepts. Whether you're preparing for an English exam or simply want to enhance your language skills, this quiz is a valuable resource. Dive into a variety of grammar questions and fine-tune your understanding of sentence structure, punctuation, and more. Challenge yourself, track your progress, and work towards mastering the art of English grammar. Go ahead and discover your level of expertise in the world of grammar!


Grammar Exam Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    ____ the music they make ____ the life they are living are good examples of how to be good people.

    • A.

      Both / and

    • B.

      Not only / but also

    • C.

      Although / nevertheless 

    • D.

      Only when / then

    Correct Answer
    A. Both / and
    Explanation
     The phrase "Both/and" is used to show that two complementary ideas are both true. In this case, it suggests that the music they make and the life they are living are both good examples of how to be good people. It emphasizes that both aspects are equally important and contribute to their character.

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  • 2. 

    She dyed her hair and wore dark glasses _____ people wouldn't recognize her.

    • A.

      In order to

    • B.

      Even though

    • C.

      So that

    • D.

      As well as

    Correct Answer
    C. So that
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "so that". In this context, the phrase "so that" is used to indicate the purpose or intention behind dyeing her hair and wearing dark glasses. By doing these things, she wanted to ensure that people would not recognize her.

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  • 3. 

    On the job application, I was asked to list my level of education,_____ any relevant training I had undergone.

    • A.

      As well as

    • B.

      Moreover

    • C.

      Because

    • D.

      So that

    Correct Answer
    A. As well as
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "as well as". This phrase is used to indicate that the applicant should list both their level of education and any relevant training they have undergone. It suggests that these two pieces of information are equally important and should be included together on the job application.

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  • 4. 

    Sam and Rose are fighting all the time ______ they are brother and sister.

    • A.

      Because

    • B.

      More so

    • C.

      While

    • D.

      Although 

    Correct Answer
    D. Although 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "although". This is because "although" is used to introduce a contrast or contradiction between two ideas. In this case, the contrast is between Sam and Rose fighting all the time and the fact that they are brother and sister.

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  • 5. 

    For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their mid-20s. _____, very sensitive people may continue to have the disorder until they reach their 40s.

    • A.

      However

    • B.

      Hence

    • C.

      Therefore

    • D.

      While

    Correct Answer
    A. However
    Explanation
    The word "However" is the correct answer because it indicates a contrast or contradiction to the previous statement. The previous statement states that acne tends to go away by the mid-20s for most people, but the word "However" introduces the idea that there is an exception to this. It suggests that despite the general trend, some individuals who are very sensitive may continue to have acne until their 40s.

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  • 6. 

    She was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts, _______________ the cold weather.

    • A.

      Although

    • B.

      Despite 

    • C.

      Unless

    • D.

      Whether

    Correct Answer
    B. Despite 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "despite". This word is used to show a contrast between the fact that she was only wearing a T-shirt and shorts and the cold weather. It indicates that despite the cold weather, she still chose to wear minimal clothing.

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  • 7. 

    Tim was very upset yesterday because he _____ that he ______ his wallet.

    • A.

      Realized / will lose 

    • B.

      Realized / had lost

    • C.

      Had realized / lost

    • D.

      Realizes / loses

    Correct Answer
    B. Realized / had lost
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "realized / had lost". The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the event already happened. "Realized" is the correct verb choice to show Tim becoming aware of something. "Had lost" is the correct verb tense to indicate that the loss of the wallet occurred before the realization.

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  • 8. 

    The injured_____ to the ambulance while the people _____ around the crime scene.

    • A.

      Have been taken / gathered

    • B.

      Were taken / have gathered

    • C.

      Were being taken / were gathering

    • D.

      Will be taken / had gathered

    Correct Answer
    C. Were being taken / were gathering
    Explanation
    The answer "were being taken / were gathering" is correct because it describes the past continuous tense for both actions. The injured person was in the process of being taken to the ambulance, indicating an ongoing action. At the same time, the people were in the process of gathering around the crime scene, also indicating an ongoing action.

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  • 9. 

    By the end of this month, he ______ as one of Bill Gates’ assistants for five years.

    • A.

      Had worked

    • B.

      Will have been working

    • C.

      Will work

    • D.

      Had been working

    Correct Answer
    B. Will have been working
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "will have been working". This is because the sentence is referring to a future event that will be completed before a specific point in the future (the end of this month). The future perfect continuous tense is used to indicate an action that will be ongoing and in progress leading up to a certain time in the future. Therefore, "will have been working" accurately conveys the idea that he will have been working as one of Bill Gates’ assistants for five years by the end of this month.

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  • 10. 

    The application period  _____ over. We ______ fifty applications in all.

    • A.

      Had been/received

    • B.

      Is/receive

    • C.

      Is/have received

    • D.

      Was/had been receiving

    Correct Answer
    C. Is/have received
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is / have received." The sentence is in the present tense, so "is" is the correct form of the verb. "Have received" is the correct past participle form of the verb "receive" to indicate that the action of receiving has been completed in the past.

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  • 11. 

    No, I ______ buy a new one. My old watch was working perfectly after all.

    • A.

      Should not

    • B.

      Had to

    • C.

      Must

    • D.

      Didn't have to

    Correct Answer
    D. Didn't have to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't have to." This is because the speaker is saying that they did not need to buy a new watch because their old one was working perfectly.

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  • 12. 

    I've got a headache and I ________ terrible.

    • A.

      Feel

    • B.

      Am ill

    • C.

      Sleep

    • D.

      Cough

    Correct Answer
    A. Feel
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "feel" because feeling terrible is a common expression used to describe a state of discomfort or illness. In this context, having a headache often leads to feeling unwell or experiencing discomfort. Therefore, "feel" is the most suitable choice to complete the sentence and convey the intended meaning.

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  • 13. 

    Minnie: Why didn't you send him an invitation? Leesa: I ______ send him one, but I think it must have gotten lost in the mail.

    • A.

      Should

    • B.

      Might

    • C.

      Could

    • D.

      Did

    Correct Answer
    D. Did
    Explanation
    Leesa is explaining that she did send him an invitation, but it is possible that it got lost in the mail. The word "did" in the answer indicates that Leesa did send him an invitation, contrary to Minnie's assumption.

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  • 14. 

    There are some very funny-looking objects in the box. But, ______ they are, I have no time to look at them now.

    • A.

      Wherever

    • B.

      Whatever

    • C.

      Whichever

    • D.

      Whenever

    Correct Answer
    B. Whatever
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the speaker is referring to the funny looking objects in the box and stating that they don't have time to inspect them. The word "whatever" is used to convey that it doesn't matter what these objects are, the speaker simply doesn't have the time to pay attention to them.

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  • 15. 

    Don't you agree with me that learning a foreign language is fun? ________ is to pick up a little Korean.

    • A.

      A very easy language to learn

    • B.

      The language that I want to practice

    • C.

      What I am planning to do now

    • D.

      Korean is the place

    Correct Answer
    C. What I am planning to do now
    Explanation
    The given correct answer "What I am planning to do now" is the most appropriate completion for the sentence. The previous statement suggests that the speaker finds learning a foreign language to be great fun, and the blank is asking for a response that relates to the speaker's current plans. "What I am planning to do now" indicates that the speaker's current plan is to pick up a little Korean, aligning with the context of the sentence.

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  • 16. 

    Mary: How long has your husband been away now? Hera: Well, next Sunday he ______ for three weeks.

    • A.

      Will have been

    • B.

      Will be going

    • C.

      Has gone

    • D.

      Will have been gone

    Correct Answer
    D. Will have been gone
    Explanation
    Hera is referring to a future point in time, next Sunday, and is talking about how long her husband will have been away by then. The phrase "will have been gone" indicates a duration of time in the future that will have passed since her husband's departure.

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  • 17. 

    The ambassador does nothing _______ sit around and complain all the time.

    • A.

      But

    • B.

      Besides

    • C.

      Nevertheless

    • D.

      Because

    Correct Answer
    A. But
    Explanation
    The word "but" is the correct answer because it is used to contrast two ideas. In this sentence, it shows a contrast between the ambassador's lack of action and their constant complaining. The word "but" suggests that despite the expectation of the ambassador to be proactive, they instead choose to be idle and complain.

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  • 18. 

    He has been living _____ since he left Turkey.

    • A.

      Foreigner

    • B.

      Out

    • C.

      Adventure

    • D.

      Abroad

    Correct Answer
    D. Abroad
    Explanation
    The word "abroad" is the correct answer because it is used to describe someone living in a foreign country. In this context, it suggests that the person has been residing in a different country since they left Turkey. The other options, "foreigner," "out," and "adventure," do not convey the same meaning and are not suitable in this sentence.

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  • 19. 

    The members have been ______ the subject for six hours but they haven't come to an _________ yet.

    • A.

      Debating / common point

    • B.

      Debating / agreement

    • C.

      Discussing / accepting

    • D.

      Arguing / ordeal

    Correct Answer
    B. Debating / agreement
    Explanation
    The first answer is debating, illustrating that the members have been discussing the subject for six hours. However, they have not yet come to an agreement. It must be “agreement” because the article is “an” illustrating the next word must start with a vowel, and it must be a noun. 

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  • 20. 

    We stopped to let each other talk, then we started talking ______, and laughed at each other.

    • A.

      Same time

    • B.

      Punctually

    • C.

      Simultaneously

    • D.

      Meantime

    Correct Answer
    C. Simultaneously
    Explanation
    The word "simultaneously" means that two or more actions are happening at the same time. In the given sentence, it implies that both individuals started talking at the same time and laughed at each other. This word accurately conveys the idea of synchronized actions and is the most suitable choice among the options provided.

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  • 21. 

    Coffee and tea include caffeine which is a _______.

    • A.

      Stimulant

    • B.

      Influence

    • C.

      Movement

    • D.

      Encouraging

    Correct Answer
    A. Stimulant
    Explanation
    Coffee and tea both contain caffeine, which is a stimulant. A stimulant is a substance that increases activity or energy levels in the body. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, making individuals feel more awake and alert. It can also improve focus and concentration. Therefore, the correct answer is "stimulant."

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  • 22. 

    Most paragraphs have a beginning sentence that expresses the general idea or _______ of the paragraph.

    • A.

      Title

    • B.

      Theme

    • C.

      Headline

    • D.

      Topic

    Correct Answer
    D. Topic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "topic." In most paragraphs, there is usually one sentence that expresses the main subject or focus of the paragraph. This sentence is known as the topic sentence and it helps to establish the central idea or theme that will be discussed in the paragraph. The topic sentence sets the tone for the rest of the paragraph and provides a clear direction for the reader to follow.

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  • 23. 

    He asked me _____ questions every _____ minutes.

    • A.

      Several / many

    • B.

      The number of / other

    • C.

      A number of / few

    • D.

      Less / a few

    Correct Answer
    C. A number of / few
    Explanation
    The phrase "a number of" indicates that there were multiple questions being asked. The word "few" suggests that the number of questions asked was small or limited. Therefore, the correct answer indicates that he asked me multiple questions, but the number was relatively small.

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  • 24. 

    I was thinking of buying a laptop ______, but ______ was given one as a present by my brother.

    • A.

      Me / mine

    • B.

      It / she

    • C.

      Mine / I

    • D.

      Myself / I

    Correct Answer
    D. Myself / I
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "myself / I." The sentence suggests that the speaker was considering buying a laptop, but ultimately they received one as a gift from their brother. The use of "myself" emphasizes that the speaker received the gift personally, and "I" indicates that the speaker is the one who received the gift.

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  • 25. 

    American Indians often sold ______ land to white people or gave it away without realizing that it would no longer be ______.

    • A.

      Its / them

    • B.

      Their / theirs

    • C.

      Theirs / them

    • D.

      Their / themselves

    Correct Answer
    B. Their / theirs
    Explanation
    American Indians often sold their land to white people or gave it away without realizing that it would no longer be theirs. This means that the land originally belonged to the American Indians, but they transferred ownership to white people or gave it away, resulting in the land no longer being under their possession or control.

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  • 26. 

    Because of the storm and the heavy rain, the flight was _____.

    • A.

      Checked out

    • B.

      Called off

    • C.

      Carried out

    • D.

      Called out

    Correct Answer
    B. Called off
    Explanation
    Due to the storm and heavy rain, the flight had to be canceled or postponed for safety reasons. The phrase "called off" means to cancel or terminate an event or activity, which accurately describes the situation in this context. The other options, "checked out," "carried out," and "called out," do not convey the same meaning and are not appropriate in this scenario.

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  • 27. 

    We have to _______ these mosquitoes in order to sleep without being interrupted.

    • A.

      Get rid of

    • B.

      Counting on

    • C.

      Fall in with

    • D.

      Cut down

    Correct Answer
    A. Get rid of
    Explanation
     To "get rid of" something means to eliminate it completely. In the given context, the mosquitoes are causing interruptions during sleep, so the action needed is to eliminate or get rid of them in order to sleep without interruption. Therefore, the correct answer is "get rid of."

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  • 28. 

    You have to ______ your assignments on Friday.

    • A.

      Take after

    • B.

      Settle down

    • C.

      Take down

    • D.

      Hand in

    Correct Answer
    D. Hand in
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "hand in". This means that you have to submit or turn in your assignments on Friday.

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  • 29. 

    We have to ______ all these old houses in order to build new ones.

    • A.

      Demolish

    • B.

      Demobilize

    • C.

      Devalue

    • D.

      Deform

    Correct Answer
    A. Demolish
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "demolish" because it means to destroy or knock down something, which is necessary in order to build new houses. The other options, demobilize, devalue, and deform, do not convey the same meaning and are not suitable in this context.

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  • 30. 

    Physical _____ and first impressions are very important in our business.

    • A.

      Experience

    • B.

      Conference

    • C.

      Appearance

    • D.

      Preference

    Correct Answer
    C. Appearance
    Explanation
    In our business, physical appearance and first impressions play a crucial role. How a person presents themselves visually can greatly impact how others perceive them and their credibility. This is especially important in industries where personal image and professionalism are highly valued, such as customer service, sales, or public relations. A person's appearance can convey their attention to detail, professionalism, and overall competence.

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  • 31. 

    Yoon says that Harry is lying, but he cannot prove it. Yoon is ______ that Harry is lying.

    • A.

      Complaining

    • B.

      Claiming

    • C.

      Wishing

    • D.

      Protesting

    Correct Answer
    B. Claiming
    Explanation
    Yoon is asserting or stating that Harry is lying without being able to provide evidence. He is making a claim.

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  • 32. 

    " Do not touch these cables, " the mechanic said. He  _____ the cables.

    • A.

      Requested us to touch

    • B.

      Claimed not touching

    • C.

      Denied us touching

    • D.

      Warned us not to touch

    Correct Answer
    D. Warned us not to touch
    Explanation
    The mechanic's statement "Do not touch these cables" indicates that he is advising or cautioning against touching the cables. Therefore, the correct answer is "warned us not to touch."

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  • 33. 

    " I am leaving the city tomorrow, " the lecturer said. He said ______ leaving the city ______.

    • A.

      He is / yesterday

    • B.

      He was / the following day

    • C.

      He was / that day

    • D.

      He will / the next day

    Correct Answer
    B. He was / the following day
    Explanation
    The lecturer is referring to a future event (leaving the city) from the perspective of the past. Therefore, the correct answer is "he was" instead of "he is." Additionally, the lecturer states that they are leaving the city "tomorrow," which implies the following day. Hence, "the following day" is the appropriate phrase to complete the sentence.

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  • 34. 

    "Go to the blackboard, " said the teacher. The teacher _____ to the blackboard.

    • A.

      Ordered me to go

    • B.

      Advises me going

    • C.

      Asked me to went

    • D.

      Recommended me go

    Correct Answer
    A. Ordered me to go
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ordered me to go". In the given sentence, the teacher instructs the speaker to go to the blackboard. The word "ordered" implies a command or directive, indicating a strong and authoritative instruction. The phrase "me to go" indicates that the speaker is being told to go to the blackboard.

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  • 35. 

    I hate _____ money from other people.

    • A.

      To borrow

    • B.

      Borrow

    • C.

      Borrowing

    • D.

      To be borrowing

    Correct Answer
    C. Borrowing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "borrowing" because the sentence is expressing a dislike for the act of taking money from other people. "Borrowing" is the gerund form of the verb "borrow" and functions as a noun in this sentence, indicating the action of borrowing money.

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  • 36. 

    I want ______ Spanish as it's becoming more important.

    • A.

      Learning

    • B.

      To learn

    • C.

      To learning

    • D.

      Learned

    Correct Answer
    B. To learn
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to learn" because the sentence expresses a desire or intention to acquire knowledge of Spanish in the future. The phrase "to learn" indicates the purpose or goal of the speaker, emphasizing their intention to acquire the skill of speaking Spanish.

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  • 37. 

    Imagine ______ with a roommate who never stops _______

    • A.

      To lived / to talk

    • B.

      Live / talking

    • C.

      Living / talking

    • D.

      Living / being talked

    Correct Answer
    C. Living / talking
    Explanation
    This question is testing the correct usage of verb forms in a sentence. The phrase "with a roommate who never stops" indicates an ongoing action, so the correct verb form to use is "living" rather than "to lived" or "live". Additionally, the phrase "who never stops" suggests that the roommate engages in continuous action, so the correct verb form to use is "talking" rather than "to talk" or "being talked". Therefore, the correct answer is "living / talking".

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  • 38. 

    If I were in your shoes, I would drink _______ cool in this hot weather.

    • A.

      Something

    • B.

      Anything

    • C.

      Somebody

    • D.

      Anybody

    Correct Answer
    A. Something
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the speaker is expressing a hypothetical situation where they imagine themselves in the listener's position. They are suggesting that if they were in the listener's shoes, they would drink something cool in the hot weather. The word "something" is the correct answer because it is used to refer to an unspecified thing, which fits the context of the sentence.

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  • 39. 

    Can you see the black clouds up in the sky? So, let's go ______ to protect ourselves from the rain.

    • A.

      Anyone else

    • B.

      Nowhere else

    • C.

      Nobody else

    • D.

      Somewhere else

    Correct Answer
    D. Somewhere else
    Explanation
    The sentence suggests that there are black clouds in the sky, indicating that it is likely going to rain. In order to protect ourselves from the rain, the speaker suggests going "somewhere else." This implies that the current location is not suitable for avoiding the rain and that moving to a different place is necessary.

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  • 40. 

    The man _______ we are looking at now lives in a hotel _____ there is a big pool.

    • A.

      Who / which

    • B.

      Whose / which

    • C.

      Who / where

    • D.

      Whom / where

    Correct Answer
    D. Whom / where
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "whom / where". In this sentence, we are referring to a man who lives in a hotel. "Whom" is the correct pronoun to use because it is the object of the verb "looking at". "Where" is the correct relative pronoun to use because it refers to the location of the hotel, which has a big pool.

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Juliette Firla |MA |
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 (2016-2020) and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2023-Dec 2025). She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education, obtained in July 2021. 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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