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In this English grammar quiz, we’ll be looking at the topic of prepositions. A preposition is a word that governs a noun and usually expresses a relation to another word or element in a cause. Do you understand them?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Q: Are you travelling to Paris ____ business or ____ holiday?

    • A.

      For

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      To

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    B. On
    Explanation
    The word "on" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate the specific time or day when an event or activity will happen. In this question, "on" is used to ask about the purpose of the person's travel to Paris, specifically whether it is for business or for holiday.

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  • 2. 

    Q: Have you read the article _____ Time magazine ____ Google?

    • A.

      On - on

    • B.

      to - on

    • C.

      in - on

    • D.

      from - on

    Correct Answer
    C. in - on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in - on". This is because when we want to refer to a specific article that is published within a magazine, we use the preposition "in". On the other hand, when we want to mention the source or platform from which the article is available, we use the preposition "on". Therefore, the correct sentence would be "Have you read the article in Time magazine on Google?"

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  • 3. 

    Q: What's that book _____?

    • A.

      About

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      From

    • D.

      of

    Correct Answer
    A. About
    Explanation
    The question is asking for the appropriate word to fill in the blank. The word that best fits the sentence and makes grammatical sense is "about." This is because when asking about the content or subject of a book, the word "about" is commonly used. The other options, "to," "from," and "of," do not convey the same meaning or fit grammatically in the sentence.

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  • 4. 

    Q: I stayed ____ the Ritz Hotel ________ my stay in New York.

    • A.

      In - to

    • B.

      To - while

    • C.

      at - while

    • D.

      At - during

    Correct Answer
    D. At - during
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at - during". This is because when we talk about staying at a hotel, we use the preposition "at". And when we want to indicate the duration of the stay, we use the preposition "during".

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  • 5. 

    Q: I looked this word ____ in the dictionary, but I still don't understand it.

    • A.

      from

    • B.

      on

    • C.

      up

    • D.

      over

    Correct Answer
    C. up
    Explanation
    The word "up" is the correct answer because the sentence suggests that the person looked up a word in the dictionary but still doesn't understand it. "Up" is commonly used when referring to looking up something in a dictionary or any other reference material.

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  • 6. 

    Q: We need some sugar. We're almost completely ____ it

    • A.

      Out

    • B.

      Out of

    • C.

      Over

    • D.

      Through

    Correct Answer
    B. Out of
    Explanation
    The phrase "We're almost completely out of it" indicates that there is very little or almost no sugar left. The phrase "out of" means to have none or to have used up all of something. Therefore, the correct answer is "out of."

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  • 7. 

    Q: Luckily, I made it to the station ___ time to catch the last train.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      For

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      To

    Correct Answer
    A. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because it indicates that the speaker arrived at the station within a certain period of time, specifically before the last train departed. The preposition "in" is commonly used to express a time frame or duration. In this context, it suggests that the speaker arrived at the station on time or within the necessary timeframe to catch the last train.

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  • 8. 

    Q: My house is ___ the end of the street ___ the right

    • A.

      In - on

    • B.

      At - in

    • C.

      In - at

    • D.

      At - on

    Correct Answer
    D. At - on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at - on" because the phrase "at the end of the street" indicates a specific location, while the phrase "on the right" indicates a direction or position. Therefore, "at" is used to indicate the location and "on" is used to indicate the direction or position.

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  • 9. 

    Q: The bank doesn't open _____ 10 a.m.

    • A.

      For

    • B.

      Until

    • C.

      Still

    • D.

      Just

    Correct Answer
    B. Until
    Explanation
    The word "until" is the correct answer because it indicates the time at which the bank opens. It implies that the bank remains closed before 10 a.m. and opens at that specific time. The other options do not convey the same meaning and are not suitable in this context.

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  • 10. 

    Q: Are you ___ or ___ the President?

    • A.

      Pro - con

    • B.

      For - against

    • C.

      With - against

    • D.

      Proto - contra

    Correct Answer
    B. For - against
    Explanation
    The question is asking whether the person is in favor or opposed to the President. The correct answer "for - against" indicates that the person can be either in support or against the President.

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  • 11. 

    Q: Were you ____ time for your appointment? Or were you late?

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      Of

    Correct Answer
    B. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on". This is because when asking about someone's punctuality for an appointment, we commonly use the preposition "on" to refer to the specific time or day the appointment was scheduled.

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  • 12. 

    Q: Throw the ball ___ Jack, please.

    • A.

      Next

    • B.

      beneath

    • C.

      To

    • D.

      Against

    Correct Answer
    C. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it indicates the direction in which the ball should be thrown. In this sentence, "to" is used to show that the ball should be thrown towards Jack.

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  • 13. 

    Q: I got ____ home late last night.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      I home late night

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    C. I home late night
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in". The sentence is referring to the location where the person arrived late last night. "In" is used to indicate being inside a place or location, which fits the context of arriving at home.

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  • 14. 

    Q: Please talk __ the manager and don't shout __ me!

    • A.

      To - to

    • B.

      at - to

    • C.

      to - at

    • D.

      With - to

    Correct Answer
    C. to - at
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to - at" because the sentence is asking the person to talk to the manager and not shout at the speaker. "To" is used to indicate the action of talking to someone, while "at" is used to indicate the action of shouting at someone.

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  • 15. 

    Q: You can start the computer ___ pressing that button.

    • A.

      With

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      By

    • D.

      From

    Correct Answer
    C. By
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by" because it indicates the method or action used to start the computer. "By" is commonly used to show the agent or means by which something is done. In this case, pressing the button is the action required to start the computer.

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  • 16. 

    Q: She was born ____ Italy ___ February 15, 1954.

    • A.

      In - in

    • B.

      in - to

    • C.

      In - on

    • D.

      To - in

    Correct Answer
    C. In - on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in - on" because it is the correct preposition combination to use when indicating a specific date. In this case, the sentence is stating that the person was born in Italy on February 15, 1954.

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  • 17. 

    Q: He was born ___ Germany ___ April

    • A.

      in - to

    • B.

      On - in

    • C.

      In - in

    • D.

      In - at

    Correct Answer
    C. In - in
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in - in" because it follows the standard format of stating the birthplace and birth month. "In" is used to indicate the birthplace, which is Germany in this case, and "in" is used to indicate the birth month, which is April.

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  • 18. 

    Q: I need to learn these verbs ___ heart ___ tomorrow.

    • A.

      by - on

    • B.

      by - to

    • C.

      From - by

    • D.

      By - by

    Correct Answer
    D. By - by
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by - by" because when we say "learn something by heart," it means to memorize it completely or thoroughly. So, in this case, the verbs need to be learned completely or thoroughly, and "by - by" accurately conveys this meaning.

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  • 19. 

    Q: She'll be finished ____ the end of the week.

    • A.

      By

    • B.

      From

    • C.

      To

    • D.

      In

    Correct Answer
    A. By
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by" because it indicates the time by which she will be finished, which is the end of the week.

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  • 20. 

    Q: You must take the medicine _____ the next ten minutes.

    • A.

      Since

    • B.

      Until

    • C.

      Within

    • D.

      At

    Correct Answer
    C. Within
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "within" because it indicates that the medicine must be taken before the time frame of the next ten minutes is over.

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  • 21. 

    Q: I haven't seen Tim ___ ages!

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      Since

    • D.

      Until

    Correct Answer
    B. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in". In this sentence, the phrase "I haven't seen Tim" indicates a period of time. The word "in" is used to indicate a specific period or length of time, such as "in ages" meaning a long time. Therefore, "in" is the most appropriate preposition to use in this context.

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