English Grammar Quiz: Words And Phrases

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Take this English grammar quiz to review your knowledge of words and phrases. Click the answer choice that could replace the underlined expression in the sentence! Words are the combination of letters and sounds and are the basic building blocks of grammar. A phrase is a group of words in a sentence that does not contain a subject or a verb. Can you distinguish between these two? Play the quiz below and check your grammar skills.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The planet Mercury is visible to the naked eye but is not the easiest planet to spot.

    • A.

      Unclothed

    • B.

      Unaided

    • C.

      Unarmed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Unaided
    Explanation
    The word "visible" implies that the planet Mercury can be seen without the need for any additional tools or aids. However, it is mentioned that it is not the easiest planet to spot, indicating that it may require some effort or skill to locate. Therefore, the term "unaided" best describes the ability to see Mercury with the naked eye, without the assistance of telescopes or other instruments.

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  • 2. 

    Every atlas has its own legend.

    • A.

      Mythical story

    • B.

      Famous person

    • C.

      Explained of symbols

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Mythical story
    Explanation
    The statement "Every atlas has its own legend" implies that an atlas, which is a collection of maps, typically includes a legend or key that explains the symbols used on the maps. The term "mythical story" refers to a fictional or legendary narrative, which is unrelated to the topic of atlases and legends. "Famous person" is also unrelated to the topic of atlases and legends. "Explained of symbols" is grammatically incorrect and does not make sense in the context of the statement. Therefore, the correct answer is "mythical story" as it is not related to the topic of atlases and legends.

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  • 3. 

    Above the snowline, any mountain hollow is permanently occupied with snow.

    • A.

      Filled

    • B.

      Busy

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Filled
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "filled" because the sentence states that any mountain hollow above the snowline is permanently occupied with snow. The word "filled" implies that the hollow is completely filled with snow, leaving no empty space. The other options, "busy" and "Both A and B," do not accurately convey the idea of the hollow being completely occupied with snow. Therefore, the correct answer is "filled."

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  • 4. 

    The glass factories of Toledo, Ohio, boomed after Michael Owens invented a process that turned out bottles by the thousands.

    • A.

      Exploded

    • B.

      Resounded

    • C.

      Prospered

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Prospered
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "prospered". The sentence states that the glass factories in Toledo, Ohio, experienced a boom after Michael Owens invented a process that allowed them to produce bottles in large quantities. The word "prospered" accurately describes this situation, as it implies that the factories thrived and experienced success as a result of the new invention.

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  • 5. 

    Dr. Rene Dubos, a French physician who came to the United States in 1924, searched for substances that would check the growth of bacteria.

    • A.

      Restrict

    • B.

      Investigate

    • C.

      Explicit

    • D.

      Implicit

    Correct Answer
    B. Investigate
    Explanation
    The given passage states that Dr. Rene Dubos was searching for substances that would check the growth of bacteria. This implies that he was conducting a thorough examination or investigation to find such substances. Therefore, the most appropriate word that aligns with this meaning is "investigate."

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  • 6. 

    The root of the horseradish plant has a biting taste.

    • A.

      Chewing

    • B.

      Sharp

    • C.

      Keen

    • D.

      High

    Correct Answer
    B. Sharp
    Explanation
    The word "sharp" accurately describes the taste of the horseradish plant's root. This word suggests a biting or pungent flavor, which aligns with the strong and intense taste of horseradish. The other options - chewing, keen, and high - do not convey the specific taste characteristic of horseradish.

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  • 7. 

    The double-bass is shaped like a viola and has a deep, rich tone.

    • A.

      Valuable

    • B.

      Resonant

    • C.

      Abundant

    • D.

      Adamant

    Correct Answer
    B. Resonant
    Explanation
    The word "resonant" means producing a deep, full, and rich sound. In the given question, it is stated that the double-bass has a deep, rich tone. This aligns perfectly with the meaning of "resonant," making it the correct answer. "Valuable," "abundant," and "adamant" do not relate to the sound or shape of the double-bass, so they can be eliminated as options.

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  • 8. 

    A public library is a resource the entire community can draw on.

    • A.

      Illustrate

    • B.

      Approach

    • C.

      Strategy

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Illustrate
    Explanation
    The word "illustrate" means to provide examples or visual representations in order to clarify or demonstrate something. In the context of the statement, "illustrate" can be seen as the correct answer because a public library serves as a tangible example or representation of a resource that the entire community can utilize. It visually demonstrates the idea that a public library is accessible to everyone in the community.

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  • 9. 

    A business concern with two or more owners is referred to as a partnership.

    • A.

      Firm

    • B.

      Worry

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Firm
    Explanation
    A business concern with two or more owners is referred to as a firm. This term is commonly used to describe a business entity that is owned and operated by multiple individuals who share the profits and losses of the business. A partnership is a specific type of firm where the owners have a legal agreement to work together and share the responsibilities and liabilities of the business. Therefore, the correct answer is firm.

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  • 10. 

    Table salt is finer than rock salt.

    • A.

      Made up of smaller particles

    • B.

      Of better quality

    • C.

      Freer of impurities

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Of better quality
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "of better quality" because table salt is typically refined and processed to remove impurities and improve its quality. This process involves grinding the salt into finer particles, resulting in a smoother texture compared to rock salt. Therefore, the statement that table salt is finer than rock salt implies that it is of better quality.

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