Grammar Trivia Quiz: Common Errors In Sentence Structure!

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Below is a Grammar Trivia Quiz on Common Errors in Sentence Structure! Some of the common mistakes that people make in sentences are because they do not know how to use specific words correctly. Check out the questions in this quiz and get to see if you can form the sentences correctly. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Subject-Verb Agreement in Number: Select the correct verb from the choices below. Either of those services ___ a good source for articles on psychology.

    • A. 

      Is

    • B. 

      Are

    Correct Answer
    A. Is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is" because "either" is a singular pronoun and it is followed by the preposition "of" and a plural noun "services." In subject-verb agreement, when "either" is followed by "of" and a plural noun, the verb should agree with the noun that comes after "of." Since "services" is plural, the verb should be singular, which is "is."

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  • 2. 

    Appropriate Verb Tense: Select the appropriate verb(s) for the following sentence. If you consider the number of tests and missions in which astronauts ___ over the years, you ___ that the number ___ actually quite small.

    • A. 

      Participate, realize, be

    • B. 

      Participated, will realize, is

    • C. 

      Participates, will realize, is

    • D. 

      Participated, realized, is

    Correct Answer
    B. Participated, will realize, is
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "participated, will realize, is." In the sentence, the verb tense should be consistent throughout. "Participated" is the past tense of "participate," which matches the time frame of the sentence referring to the past. "Will realize" is the future tense of "realize," indicating a future action. "Is" is the present tense of "be," which is used to describe the current state of the number being small.

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  • 3. 

    Pronouns and Antecedents: Determine whether the collective noun has a singular or plural meaning, and select the appropriate pronoun. After the loss, the team bickered among ___.

    • A. 

      Itself

    • B. 

      Themselves

    Correct Answer
    B. Themselves
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the collective noun "team" refers to a group of individuals. Since the team is made up of multiple members, the correct pronoun to use is "themselves" to agree with the plural meaning of the noun.

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  • 4. 

    Pronouns and Antecedents: Determine whether the collective noun has a singular or plural meaning, and select the appropriate pronoun. The crowd booed heartily, expressing ___ disapproval.

    • A. 

      Its

    • B. 

      Their

    Correct Answer
    A. Its
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the collective noun "crowd" is singular, so the appropriate pronoun to use is "its" to refer back to the crowd's disapproval.

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  • 5. 

    A. I and he are friends B. He and I are friends.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because in English, when listing multiple subjects in a sentence, the first person pronoun "I" should come after the other person. Therefore, the correct sentence structure is "He and I are friends," not "I and he are friends."

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  • 6. 

    A. No less than fifty boys were present. B. No fewer than fifty boys were present.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct.

    • B. 

      Option B is correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct.
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because "no fewer than" is the correct phrase to use when referring to a minimum number of people or things. In this case, it means that there were at least fifty boys present, emphasizing that the number cannot be any lower. Option A, on the other hand, is incorrect because "no less than" is used when referring to a minimum amount or quantity, not a number of people or things.

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  • 7. 

    A. Cholera is a dangerous disease. B. Cholera is a dangerous disease.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Both options A and B are correct because they both state that cholera is a dangerous disease. Therefore, either option can be considered correct.

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  • 8. 

    A. The manager appointed him to be a clerk. B. The manager appointed him a clerk.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
  • 9. 

    A. No sooner he started, it began to rain. B. No sooner did he start than it began to rain.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because it follows the correct structure for the use of "no sooner...than." This structure is used to show that one event happens immediately after another. In this case, the sentence is saying that as soon as he started, it began to rain. The correct form is "no sooner did he start than it began to rain." Option A is incorrect because it does not use the correct structure and is grammatically incorrect.

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  • 10. 

    A. He did not comply with my request. B. He did not comply with my request.  

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
  • 11. 

    A. Death is preferable than dishonour. B. Death is preferable to dishonour.
    •  

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because it correctly uses the preposition "to" to show a comparison between death and dishonour. The phrase "death is preferable to dishonour" means that death is seen as a better or more desirable choice than living with dishonour. This phrase suggests that maintaining one's honour and reputation is highly valued, even to the point of choosing death over dishonour.

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  • 12. 

    A. The thief was able to easily make his escape. B. The thief was able to make his escape easily.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because the adverb "easily" should be placed after the verb "make" to modify it and indicate how the thief was able to make his escape. Placing the adverb before the verb would create a more awkward sentence structure.

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  • 13. 

    A. Gita is a ten years old girl. B. Gita is a ten-year-old girl.

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    Option B is correct because when expressing someone's age as a noun phrase, it should be hyphenated. In this case, "ten-year-old" is a compound adjective describing the girl, and the hyphens help to clarify the meaning and avoid confusion. Therefore, the correct way to write the age of Gita is "ten-year-old girl."

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  • 14. 

    A. It is Radio Mirchi. B. This is Radio Mirchi.
    •  

    • A. 

      Option A is correct

    • B. 

      Option B is correct

    Correct Answer
    B. Option B is correct
    Explanation
    The given answer states that "This is Radio Mirchi" is the correct option.

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