Grammar Quiz: Identify The Correct Word!

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Grammar quiz: identify the correct word! Writing with the grammatically correct sentence is all about finding the right word to convey the intended messages and aligning them correctly. To help see how good you are when it comes to word choices, I have prepared this challenging quiz. How about you check it out and see how well you will do!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    …………..not a single hard-surfaced road during the entire colonial period aside from the city.

    • A.

      It was

    • B.

      There was

    • C.

      It

    • D.

      There were

    Correct Answer
    B. There was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there was". This is because the sentence is referring to the existence of hard-surfaced roads during the colonial period. The phrase "not a single" indicates that there were no hard-surfaced roads, so the correct verb form to use is "there was" to indicate a singular subject.

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  • 2. 

    . …………..in 1776 that Declaration of Independence was signed.

    • A.

      It was

    • B.

      There was

    • C.

      There

    • D.

      It

    Correct Answer
    A. It was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it was." This is because the sentence is referring to a specific event in the past, the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The pronoun "it" is used to refer back to this event, indicating that the signing of the Declaration of Independence was the subject of the sentence.

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  • 3. 

    …………..more than 300,000 people in Philadelphia by the end of the colonial period, making it the largest city in the colonies.

    • A.

      There was

    • B.

      It was

    • C.

      There were

    • D.

      They were

    Correct Answer
    C. There were
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there were." This is because the sentence is referring to the number of people in Philadelphia, which is a plural subject. Therefore, the correct form of the verb to use is "were."

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  • 4. 

    In the 18th century, ………….. not many women who had access to formal education in the colonies.

    • A.

      There were

    • B.

      It was

    • C.

      Were

    • D.

      Were there

    Correct Answer
    A. There were
    Explanation
    In the 18th century, there were not many women who had access to formal education in the colonies. This implies that the number of women with access to formal education was limited during that time period.

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  • 5. 

    After the Revolution, although some advances were made in education, …………..a slow process.

    • A.

      There were

    • B.

      It

    • C.

      It was

    • D.

      There was

    Correct Answer
    C. It was
    Explanation
    After the Revolution, although some advances were made in education, it was a slow process. This means that the progress in education was slow after the Revolution. The phrase "it was" refers back to the progress in education, indicating that the slow process was specifically related to education.

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  • 6. 

    …………..in fluorescent lamps, television tubes, and other devices.

    • A.

      Phosphore are used

    • B.

      It is phosphor

    • C.

      To use phosphors

    • D.

      Using phosphors

    Correct Answer
    A. Phosphore are used
    Explanation
    Phosphors are used in fluorescent lamps, television tubes, and other devices. Phosphors are substances that emit visible light when exposed to radiation or excited by an electron beam. They are used in these devices to convert the ultraviolet or electron beam radiation into visible light, which allows for the production of bright and colorful displays.

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  • 7. 

    The tips of some undersea mountains …………..islands in the middle of the ocean.

    • A.

      To form

    • B.

      They form

    • C.

      Form

    • D.

      Forming

    Correct Answer
    C. Form
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "form." This is because the sentence is talking about the process of the tips of undersea mountains creating islands in the middle of the ocean. The verb "form" accurately describes this process of the mountains creating the islands.

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  • 8. 

    …………..of fish; jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, and bony fish.

    • A.

      It is  three types

    • B.

      There are three types

    • C.

      Three types

    • D.

      Three types are

    Correct Answer
    B. There are three types
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there are three types." This answer accurately states that there are indeed three types of fish, which are jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, and bony fish.

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  • 9. 

     …………..to stop yourself from blinking except for a short period of time.

    • A.

      Impossible it

    • B.

      Impossible

    • C.

      It impossible

    • D.

      It is impossible

    Correct Answer
    D. It is impossible
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it is impossible" because the phrase "to stop yourself from blinking except for a short period of time" implies that the action of not blinking is not sustainable for a long time. Therefore, it is not possible to completely stop blinking except for a short period.

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  • 10. 

     …………..today was developed by Swiss scientist Horace de Sassure around 1773.

    • A.

      Mountaineering it as we know

    • B.

      Mountaineering as we know it

    • C.

      We know mountaineering it

    • D.

      We know there is mountaineering

    Correct Answer
    B. Mountaineering as we know it
    Explanation
    The phrase "mountaineering as we know it" suggests that there is a specific understanding or concept of mountaineering that exists. This implies that mountaineering has evolved or changed over time, and the development of this understanding can be attributed to the Swiss scientist Horace de Sassure around 1773.

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  • 11. 

    . …………..of the surface of the Earth is covered by water.

    • A.

      Three-quarters is nearly

    • B.

      There is nearly three-quarter

    • C.

      It is nearly three-quarters

    • D.

      Nearly three-quarters

    Correct Answer
    D. Nearly three-quarters
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "nearly three-quarters". This phrase correctly expresses that a significant portion of the Earth's surface is covered by water. The word "nearly" indicates that it is not exactly three-quarters, but very close to that amount.

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  • 12. 

    By the mid-eighteenth century………….. so many new immigrants entering North America from Europe that the original colonies in the Northeast were overcrowded.

    • A.

      It were

    • B.

      Were

    • C.

      There

    • D.

      There were

    Correct Answer
    D. There were
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there were." This is because the sentence is discussing the number of new immigrants entering North America, and "there were" is the correct phrase to indicate the existence or presence of something. It is used to describe the overcrowding situation in the original colonies in the Northeast due to the influx of immigrants from Europe.

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  • 13. 

    …………..not until the end of the seventeenth century that scientists began to stress the importance of experiments as a way of gaining knowledge.

    • A.

      There was

    • B.

      It was

    • C.

      There

    • D.

      It

    Correct Answer
    B. It was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "it was." This answer is chosen because the sentence is referring to a specific point in time, the end of the seventeenth century, when scientists started emphasizing the significance of experiments for acquiring knowledge. "It was" is the appropriate phrase to indicate this specific time period.

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  • 14. 

    ………..are the most poisonous fish in the world.

    • A.

      There are stonefish

    • B.

      That the stonefish

    • C.

      They are stonefish

    • D.

      Stonefish

    Correct Answer
    D. Stonefish
    Explanation
    Stonefish are the most poisonous fish in the world. They are known for their venomous spines, which can cause excruciating pain and even death if not treated promptly. Stonefish are masters of camouflage, blending in with their surroundings and making them difficult to spot. Their venom is released when their spines are triggered, usually by stepping on them. It is important to exercise caution when swimming or walking in areas where stonefish are known to inhabit.

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  • 15. 

    Seismic prospecting…………..used to map out rock structures below the ground.

    • A.

      Widely

    • B.

      Are widely

    • C.

      Is widely

    • D.

      It is widely

    Correct Answer
    C. Is widely
    Explanation
    Seismic prospecting is widely used to map out rock structures below the ground.

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  • 16. 

     ………..in space, a rocket has to be powerful enough to break out of the pull of the Earth’s gravity.

    • A.

      To travel

    • B.

      It is travel

    • C.

      That travel

    • D.

      Travel

    Correct Answer
    A. To travel
    Explanation
    In order to travel in space, a rocket needs to be powerful enough to break out of the Earth's gravity. This is because the Earth's gravity pulls objects towards its center, making it difficult for a rocket to escape its gravitational pull. Therefore, the correct answer is "to travel" as it accurately reflects the requirement of overcoming Earth's gravity to journey into space.

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  • 17. 

    When archeologist discovered the ruins of the Olympic Stadium, interest in the Games …………

    • A.

      Was renewed

    • B.

      Were renewed

    • C.

      They were renewed

    • D.

      Renewed

    Correct Answer
    B. Were renewed
    Explanation
    When archaeologists discovered the ruins of the Olympic Stadium, interest in the Games was renewed. The subject "interest" is singular, so the verb should agree with it and be in the singular form "was renewed."

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  • 18. 

    The ancient Olympic Games …………as amateur contests, but in time became professional.

    • A.

      Begun

    • B.

      Began

    • C.

      Beginning

    • D.

      They begin

    Correct Answer
    B. Began
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "began". The sentence is talking about the ancient Olympic Games and how they started as amateur contests but eventually became professional. "Began" is the past tense of the verb "begin" and accurately reflects the idea of the games starting in the past.

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  • 19. 

    The winners received a wreath …………from the branches of the sacred olive tree.

    • A.

      Made

    • B.

      Was made

    • C.

      Making

    • D.

      To make

    Correct Answer
    A. Made
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "made". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "made" is the past tense form of "make". Therefore, it is grammatically correct to say that the winners received a wreath that was made from the branches of the sacred olive tree.

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  • 20. 

    The marathon first staged in 1896, …………the legendary feat of a Greek soldier who carried news of victory from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens.

    • A.

      Was commemorated

    • B.

      Commemorated

    • C.

      Comemorates

    • D.

      Commemorating

    Correct Answer
    A. Was commemorated
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was commemorated". This is because the sentence is referring to a past event, the marathon that was first staged in 1896. The verb "was commemorated" indicates that the event was celebrated or remembered in some way.

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  • 21. 

    Winning first place in an event was the only glory in the ancient Games because second and third places………….

    • A.

      Did not recognize

    • B.

      Are not recognized

    • C.

      Was not recognized

    • D.

      Were not recognized

    Correct Answer
    D. Were not recognized
    Explanation
    In the ancient Games, only the winner of an event was recognized and celebrated. Second and third place finishers were not given any recognition or glory. Therefore, the correct answer is "were not recognized".

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  • 22. 

    After more than 1500 years, Athens …………for the site of the first modern Olympics.

    • A.

      Were chosen

    • B.

      Was chosen

    • C.

      Is chosen

    • D.

      Chosen

    Correct Answer
    B. Was chosen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was chosen". This is because the sentence is referring to an event that happened in the past (more than 1500 years ago), so the past tense "was chosen" is the appropriate form to use.

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  • 23. 

    The Olympic Games are held every four years in a selected country, and…………to athletes of all nations.

    • A.

      They are opened

    • B.

      Are opened

    • C.

      They are open

    • D.

      It is open

    Correct Answer
    B. Are opened
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are opened". The sentence is describing the Olympic Games and how they occur every four years in a selected country. The phrase "are opened" is the appropriate verb form to indicate the beginning or commencement of the games.

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  • 24. 

    Electronic timing …………..for the first time in the 1912 Olympics in Sweden.

    • A.

      Were used

    • B.

      Was used

    • C.

      Using

    • D.

      Used

    Correct Answer
    B. Was used
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was used". This is because the sentence is referring to a past event, specifically the 1912 Olympics in Sweden. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is the past tense "was used".

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  • 25. 

    The first systematic chart ever made of an ocean current …………..by Benjamin Franklin.

    • A.

      Published

    • B.

      Was published

    • C.

      Publishing

    • D.

      Has been published

    Correct Answer
    B. Was published
    Explanation
    Benjamin Franklin was the first person to create a systematic chart of an ocean current. The use of the past tense "was published" indicates that the chart has already been published in the past. This suggests that Franklin completed his work and made the chart available to the public at some point in the past.

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  • 26. 

    Petroleum …………..on every continent and beneath every ocean.

    • A.

      Is found

    • B.

      Found

    • C.

      Are found

    • D.

      Find

    Correct Answer
    A. Is found
    Explanation
    Petroleum is found on every continent and beneath every ocean.

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  • 27. 

    Animals …………..on Earth for at least 700 million years.

    • A.

      Living

    • B.

      Lived

    • C.

      Have lived

    • D.

      Have been lived

    Correct Answer
    C. Have lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have lived" because the sentence is referring to a period of time in the past (700 million years) and implies that animals are still living on Earth. The present perfect tense "have lived" is used to indicate an action that started in the past and continues up to the present.

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  • 28. 

    Some fish …………..distortion of electrical field through special receptors.

    • A.

      Sense

    • B.

      Are sensing

    • C.

      Are sensed

    • D.

      Senses

    Correct Answer
    C. Are sensed
    Explanation
    Fish have special receptors that allow them to sense distortions in the electrical field around them. This ability helps them navigate, communicate, and locate prey or predators. The phrase "are sensed" implies that the fish themselves are the ones being acted upon by the electrical field, indicating that they are the recipients of the sensory information.

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  • 29. 

    During the Ice Age, glaciers…………..and retreated several times over large areas of the earth.

    • A.

      Had been advanced

    • B.

      Were advance

    • C.

      Have advanced

    • D.

      Advanced

    Correct Answer
    A. Had been advanced
    Explanation
    During the Ice Age, glaciers had been advanced and retreated several times over large areas of the earth. This implies that the glaciers had moved forward or expanded and then moved back or retreated multiple times during the Ice Age. The use of "had been advanced" indicates that this action of advancement and retreat had occurred in the past before another event or time mentioned in the context.

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  • 30. 

    The authorities permitted women __________ in track and field events in the 1928 Winter Games.

    • A.

      To take part

    • B.

      Taking part

    • C.

      Took part

    • D.

      Takes part

    Correct Answer
    A. To take part
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to take part" because it is the infinitive form of the verb "take part" and is used to express the purpose or intention of the authorities permitting women. It indicates that the authorities allowed women to participate in track and field events during the 1928 Winter Games.

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