Sentence Pattern Quiz: Mastering English Structure

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Is English grammar a puzzle you enjoy solving? Dive into the fascinating world of sentence patterns with our Sentence Patterns Quiz. English offers a rich variety of structures to convey your message effectively. Are you ready to explore them?
This quiz is your opportunity to test your understanding of sentence patterns and their diverse applications. The English language allows for creative and precise sentence construction, and this quiz will help you sharpen your skills.
In this quiz, you'll encounter questions that challenge your ability to identify and create different sentence patterns. Whether you're a language enthusiast or someone Read morelooking to enhance your grammar proficiency, this quiz offers a valuable learning experience.
Are you up for the challenge? Dive into the quiz, tackle the questions, and see how well you can grasp the intricacies of English sentence patterns. Best of luck, and enjoy honing your grammar skills on this linguistic journey!


Sentence Pattern Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Choose the sentence pattern for the following sentence: The restaurant served three kinds of barbeque.

    • A.

      Subject + verb

    • B.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    Correct Answer
    B. Subject + verb + direct object
    Explanation
    The sentence "The restaurant served three kinds of barbeque" follows the pattern of subject + verb + direct object. The subject is "The restaurant," the verb is "served," and the direct object is "three kinds of barbeque."

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  • 2. 

    Choose the sentence pattern for the following sentence: The family hikes the Appalachian Trail every year.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + linking verb + complement 

    Correct Answer
    A. Subject + verb + direct object
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "The family" is the subject performing the action. "Hikes" is the verb that describes the action being performed. "The Appalachian Trail" is the direct object receiving the action of the verb. There is no indirect object or complement in this sentence, making the correct pattern "Subject + Verb + Direct Object."

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  • 3. 

    My mother gave me new shoes.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    Correct Answer
    B. Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object
    Explanation
    The given sentence "My mother gave me new shoes" follows the structure of subject + verb + indirect object + direct object. "My mother" is the subject, "gave" is the verb, "me" is the indirect object, and "new shoes" is the direct object. The verb "gave" shows the action of giving, the indirect object "me" indicates the recipient of the action, and the direct object "new shoes" is what was given.

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  • 4. 

    The people elected the young candidate governor.

    • A.

      Subject + verb

    • B.

      Subject + linking verb + complement 

    • C.

      Subject + verb + direct object + object complement

    Correct Answer
    C. Subject + verb + direct object + object complement
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "The people" is the subject, "elected" is the verb, "the young candidate" is the direct object, and "governor" is the object complement. The verb "elected" shows the action of the subject "the people" towards the direct object "the young candidate," and the object complement "governor" further describes or renames the direct object.

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  • 5. 

    Maryanne is one of the sisters in Sense and Sensibility.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    Correct Answer
    C. Subject + linking verb + complement
    Explanation
    The given sentence "Maryanne is one of the sisters in Sense and Sensibility" follows the pattern of subject + linking verb + complement. In this sentence, "Maryanne" is the subject, "is" is the linking verb, and "one of the sisters in Sense and Sensibility" is the complement that provides additional information about Maryanne.

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  • 6. 

    That boy never gave me the time of day.

    • A.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    • B.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object + object complement

    Correct Answer
    B. Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object
    Explanation
    “That boy” is the subject of the sentence. The subject is the person or thing that is doing or being something in the sentence.
    “gave” is the verb. The verb is the action or state of being.
    “me” is the indirect object. The indirect object is the person or thing to whom or for whom the action is done.
    “the time of day” is the direct object. The direct object is the person or thing that the action is done to.
    So, the correct structure for this sentence is: Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object. This structure describes a sentence where the subject performs an action (verb) for someone (indirect object) by giving something (direct object). In this case, “That boy” (subject) “gave” (verb) “me” (indirect object) “the time of day” (direct object).

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  • 7. 

    Jane Austen wrote six full novels.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    Correct Answer
    A. Subject + verb + direct object
    Explanation
    This question is asking for the correct sentence structure that applies to the statement "Jane Austen wrote six full novels." The correct answer is "Subject + verb + direct object" because “Jane Austen” is the subject, "wrote" is the verb, and "six full novels" is the direct object.

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  • 8. 

    Many consider Jane Austen, England's most celebrated novelist.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + verb + direct object + object complement

    • C.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    Correct Answer
    B. Subject + verb + direct object + object complement
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Subject + verb + direct object + object complement". In this sentence, "Many" is the subject, "consider" is the verb, "Jane Austen" is the direct object, and "England's most celebrated novelist" is the object complement. The object complement provides additional information about the direct object, describing Jane Austen as England's most celebrated novelist.

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  • 9. 

    Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's most famous novel.

    • A.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    • B.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • C.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    Correct Answer
    A. Subject + linking verb + complement
    Explanation
    The given answer is "Subject + linking verb + complement." In this sentence, "Pride and Prejudice" is the subject, "is" is the linking verb, and "Jane Austen's most famous novel" is the complement. The linking verb "is" connects the subject "Pride and Prejudice" to the complement "Jane Austen's most famous novel," indicating that the novel is Jane Austen's most famous work.

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  • 10. 

    Elizabeth I ruled England until 1603.

    • A.

      Subject + verb + direct object

    • B.

      Subject + linking verb + complement

    • C.

      Subject + verb + indirect object + direct object

    Correct Answer
    A. Subject + verb + direct object
    Explanation
    This sentence follows the structure of "Subject + verb + direct object." "Elizabeth I" is the subject, "ruled" is the verb, and "England" is the direct object.

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Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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