Coca Top 300 Spelling Diagnostic

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Tests spelling on the top 300 most frequently used words in the English language, as measured by the COCA corpus.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I ate ___ sandwich.

    Explanation
    The word "the" is the correct answer because it is used before a specific noun, in this case, the noun "sandwich." The use of "the" implies that there is a particular sandwich that the speaker ate, rather than just any sandwich.

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  • 2. 

    We look so alike, she could ___ my sister.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "be". This is because the sentence is expressing a possibility or likelihood that the person in question could be the speaker's sister. The verb "be" is used to link the subject "she" with the noun "my sister" in this context.

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  • 3. 

    She ___ I went to the market.

    Explanation
    The word "and" is the correct answer because it is a coordinating conjunction that is used to connect two similar ideas or actions. In this sentence, "and" is used to connect the subject "She" with the verb phrase "I went to the market," indicating that both actions are being performed by the same person.

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  • 4. 

    The name ___ that game is "Go."

    Explanation
    The word "of" is the correct answer because it completes the sentence by indicating that the name belongs to the game. Without the word "of," the sentence would be grammatically incorrect and incomplete.

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  • 5. 

    I threw ___ rock.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a" because "rock" starts with a consonant sound, and the article "a" is used before words that begin with a consonant sound.

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  • 6. 

    What is ___ the box?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because the phrase "think outside the box" is a common idiom that means to think creatively or unconventionally. In this context, the word "in" is used to complete the phrase and convey the opposite meaning, suggesting that one should think within the confines or limitations of a situation.

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  • 7. 

    I do not know how ___ knit.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because in this sentence, the verb "know" is followed by an infinitive verb form ("to knit"). The infinitive form is used to express the purpose or intention of knowing something.

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  • 8. 

    We ___ no money.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have" because it is the correct form of the verb "to have" to use in this sentence. The sentence is stating that there is no money available, so the verb should be in the present tense to match the subject "we."

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  • 9. 

    How do you get ___ school?

  • 10. 

    I don't know the answer.  Can you think of ___?

    Explanation
    The answer "it" is the correct answer because the question is asking for a word that can fill in the blank. The word "it" is a pronoun that can refer to a previously mentioned noun or be used as a placeholder for something that has been mentioned before. In this case, "it" can be used to refer to anything that the person speaking is unsure of or cannot think of at the moment.

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  • 11. 

    Who am ___?

  • 12. 

    What is ___?

  • 13. 

    Who is that present ___?

  • 14. 

    It is for ___.

  • 15. 

    ___ is my brother.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "he" because the pronoun "he" is used to refer to a male person, and in this context, it is being used to refer to the speaker's brother.

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  • 16. 

    I like my eggs ___ ketchup.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "with" because it indicates that the eggs are being consumed along with ketchup.

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  • 17. 

    What are you wearing ___ your head?

    Explanation
    The word "on" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate the position of something above or covering a surface, which is the case when referring to something worn on the head.

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  • 18. 

    What ___ you like to read?

    Explanation
    The question is asking for the correct word to fill in the blank. In this case, the word "do" is the correct answer because it is the appropriate verb to use in the sentence. The sentence is asking about someone's preference or choice of reading material, so the word "do" is used to form the question correctly.

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  • 19. 

    He could not ___ his name.

    Explanation
    The word "say" is the correct answer because it fits grammatically in the sentence and makes sense in the context. The sentence suggests that someone was unable to perform an action with their name, and "say" is a verb that accurately describes this inability.

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  • 20. 

    ___ is not my pen.

    Explanation
    The word "this" is used to indicate that the pen in question does not belong to the speaker.

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  • 21. 

    ___ are my parents.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "they" because the word "parents" is plural, and the pronoun used to refer to plural nouns is "they".

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  • 22. 

    I left my book ___ school.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because it indicates the location where the book was left.

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  • 23. 

    I tried ___ failed.

    Explanation
    The phrase "I tried but failed" suggests that the person made an attempt at something but was unsuccessful in their endeavor. The word "but" is used to contrast the two actions, indicating that despite their effort, they were unable to achieve the desired outcome.

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  • 24. 

    ___ work together.

  • 25. 

    He left ___ phone at home.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "his" because the possessive pronoun "his" indicates that the phone belongs to the person who left it at home.

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  • 26. 

    I come ___ a family of readers.

    Explanation
    The word "from" is the correct answer because it correctly completes the sentence "I come from a family of readers." The word "from" indicates the origin or source of something, in this case, the family that the speaker belongs to. It shows that the speaker's family has a tradition or habit of reading, emphasizing their shared interest in books and literature.

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  • 27. 

    ___ woman is my mother.

    Explanation
    The word "that" is used to specify a particular woman as the speaker's mother. It indicates a specific person and helps to distinguish the mother from other women.

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  • 28. 

    I am ___ guilty.

    Explanation
    The word "not" is used in the sentence to indicate the absence of guilt. By including the word "not" before the word "guilty," the sentence is expressing that the speaker is innocent or free from any wrongdoing.

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  • 29. 

    I like to be ___ myself.

    Explanation
    The word "by" is the correct answer because it completes the sentence and makes it grammatically correct. The phrase "I like to be ___ myself" implies that the speaker enjoys being alone or independent. The word "by" is commonly used to indicate the means or method by which something is done, so in this context, it suggests that the speaker prefers to rely on themselves rather than others.

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  • 30. 

    ___ is my sister.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "she" because it is the correct pronoun to use when referring to a female sibling.

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  • 31. 

    Would you like paper ___ plastic bags?

    Explanation
    The question is asking for a preference between two options, paper or plastic bags. The correct answer "or" indicates that either option is acceptable.

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  • 32. 

    ___ I told you before, I don't know.

  • 33. 

    ___ is the answer?

  • 34. 

    I want to ___ home.

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "go" because it completes the sentence and makes it grammatically correct. The phrase "I want to go home" expresses the desire or intention of the speaker to leave their current location and return to their residence.

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  • 35. 

    They got in ____ car.

    Explanation
    The word "their" is the correct answer because it is used to show possession. In this sentence, it indicates that the car belongs to a group of people.

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  • 36. 

    ___ you read?

  • 37. 

    ___ are you?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "who" because it is the correct pronoun to use in the question "___ are you?" when asking for someone's identity.

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  • 38. 

    I need to ___ my keys.

    Explanation
    The word "get" is the correct answer because it accurately completes the sentence "I need to ___ my keys." The verb "get" implies the action of obtaining or acquiring something, which in this case refers to the speaker needing to obtain their keys.

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  • 39. 

    ___ you are thirsty, drink.

  • 40. 

    I ___ advise you to study for the test.

    Explanation
    The word "would" is the correct answer because it is used to express a conditional or hypothetical situation. In this context, it suggests that the speaker is giving advice or making a recommendation to study for the test.

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  • 41. 

    She did not have ___ notebook.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "her" because the sentence is referring to a notebook that belongs to someone else, specifically a female. The word "her" is used to indicate possession or ownership by a female.

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  • 42. 

    I do not have ___ of them, only some.

    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the person does not have the entire quantity of something, but only a portion of it. The word "all" implies that the person does not possess the entirety of the items in question.

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  • 43. 

    I gave ___ dog a biscuit.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "my" because it shows possession. The sentence is indicating that the speaker gave a biscuit to their own dog.

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  • 44. 

    My uncle knows how to ___ yogurt.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "make" because it indicates the action of creating or preparing yogurt. In this context, the sentence suggests that the speaker's uncle possesses the knowledge or skill required to produce yogurt.

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  • 45. 

    We talked ___ the book.

    Explanation
    The word "about" is the correct answer because it is the preposition that is commonly used when talking about a specific topic or subject. In this sentence, "about" is used to indicate that the conversation or discussion is focused on the book.

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  • 46. 

    I ___ a lot about dinosaurs.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "know". The word "know" fits grammatically and semantically in the sentence. It is used as a verb to indicate knowledge or awareness about dinosaurs.

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  • 47. 

    What ___ the weather be like tomorrow?

    Explanation
    The word "will" is used as the auxiliary verb in this question to indicate future tense. It is asking about the weather conditions that are expected to occur tomorrow.

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  • 48. 

    The night was black ___ coal.

    Explanation
    The phrase "black as coal" is a common simile used to describe something that is extremely dark or black. In this case, the word "as" is used to compare the darkness of the night to the darkness of coal. By saying "The night was black as coal," it emphasizes the intensity of the darkness, implying that the night was very dark.

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  • 49. 

    What goes ___ must come down.

    Explanation
    The phrase "What goes up must come down" is a common saying that implies that anything that rises or goes higher will eventually fall or come back down. It suggests that there is a natural balance or cycle in the world where things that go up or rise will eventually return to their original position or lower.

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  • 50. 

    There was only ___ way out.

    Explanation
    The given sentence suggests that there was only one possible solution or option available.

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