Subjective Vs. Indicative: The Ultimate Grammar Showdown Quiz

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Subjective Vs. Indicative: The Ultimate Grammar Showdown Quiz - Quiz

Ready to test your knowledge of the subjunctive and indicative moods in English grammar? Our quiz is designed to challenge your understanding of these important language constructs. Comprising 10 multiple-choice questions, this quiz will present various sentences where you must identify the correct mood to complete each statement.     The subjunctive and indicative moods are crucial for expressing hypothetical scenarios, desires, demands, or factual statements with precision. Recognizing their proper usage in different contexts is essential for effective communication in English.   Whether you're a grammar enthusiast or someone looking to refine your language skills, this quiz offers an engaging way to assess your proficiency in distinguishing between these moods.   As you embark on this quiz, you'll have the opportunity to sharpen your grammatical skills and deepen your understanding of the subjunctive and indicative moods. So, are you ready to take on the challenge? Dive into the quiz, tackle the questions, and see how well you can identify the correct mood for each statement. Best of luck, and enjoy the learning journey!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Choose the correct mood: If I ____ time, I would go to the movies.

    • A.

      Was (Indicative)

    • B.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    • C.

      Have (Indicative)

    • D.

      Had (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    D. Had (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct mood for this sentence is subjunctive:
    "If I had time, I would go to the movies."
    In English, the subjunctive mood is used to express hypothetical or unreal situations. In this case, the speaker is talking about a hypothetical situation where they don't currently have time to go to the movies, but if they did have time, they would go. The use of "had" in the subjunctive mood indicates this unreal or hypothetical condition.

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  • 2. 

    Select the right form: She wishes that he ____ more attentive.

    • A.

      Be (Subjunctive)

    • B.

      Is (Indicative)

    • C.

      Was (Indicative)

    • D.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    A. Be (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were" (Subjunctive) because the sentence expresses a wish or desire that he would be more attentive. The subjunctive form is used to express hypothetical or unreal situations, and in this case, it is used to indicate a desired state of being.

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  • 3. 

    Identify the correct mood: If he ____ working hard, he'll pass the exams.

    • A.

      Is (Indicative)

    • B.

      Are (Subjunctive)

    • C.

      Be (Subjunctive)

    • D.

      Was (Indicative)

    Correct Answer
    A. Is (Indicative)
    Explanation
    The correct mood in this sentence is indicative because it is stating a fact or making a statement about a real situation. The sentence is expressing a conditional statement, saying that if he works hard, he will pass the exams. The use of the indicative mood indicates that the speaker believes this to be a true or possible outcome.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the right form: If they ____ better teamwork, they could win the match.

    • A.

      Had (Subjunctive)

    • B.

      Has (Indicative)

    • C.

      Have (Indicative)

    • D.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    A. Had (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had (Subjunctive)". In this sentence, the use of the subjunctive mood is appropriate because it expresses a hypothetical or unreal condition. The sentence suggests that if the subject had better teamwork (which they currently do not have), they could win the match. The subjunctive form "had" is used to indicate this unreal condition.

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  • 5. 

    Pick the correct mood: She insists that he ____ on time tomorrow.

    • A.

      Be (Subjunctive)

    • B.

      Is (Indicative)

    • C.

      Was (Indicative)

    • D.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    A. Be (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct mood in this sentence is the subjunctive mood. The use of "insists that" indicates that the speaker wants the action of him being on time to happen in the future, but it is not certain or factual. The subjunctive mood is used to express hypothetical or unreal situations, and in this case, it implies that the speaker is emphasizing the importance of him being on time. Therefore, the correct answer is "be" in the subjunctive mood.

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  • 6. 

    Select the proper form: If you ____ the rules, you will be disqualified.

    • A.

      Breaks (Indicative)

    • B.

      Break (Indicative)

    • C.

      Broke (Subjunctive)

    • D.

      Breaking (Indicative)

    Correct Answer
    B. Break (Indicative)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "break (Indicative)". This is because the sentence is in the present tense and the verb "break" needs to agree with the subject "you". In the indicative form, "break" is the correct present tense form for the subject "you".

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  • 7. 

    Identify the right mood: They demanded that the refund ____ processed immediately.

    • A.

      Is (Indicative)

    • B.

      Be (Subjunctive)

    • C.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    • D.

      Was (Indicative)

    Correct Answer
    B. Be (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "be" (Subjunctive). In this sentence, the word "demanded" suggests that the person is expressing a command or a strong request. The subjunctive mood is used to express this kind of demand or wish. Therefore, the verb "be" is used instead of "is," "was," or "were."

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  • 8. 

    Choose the right form: If she ____ more confident, she would have applied for the job.

    • A.

      Was (Indicative)

    • B.

      Were (Subjunctive)

    • C.

      Is (Indicative)

    • D.

      Had been (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    B. Were (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were" because it is the subjunctive form of the verb "to be" used in hypothetical or contrary-to-fact situations. In this sentence, the use of the subjunctive form suggests that the person is not actually confident and did not apply for the job.

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  • 9. 

    Pick the correct mood: It's important that she ____ her homework.

    • A.

      Does (Indicative)

    • B.

      Do (Subjunctive)

    • C.

      Did (Indicative)

    • D.

      Done (Subjunctive)

    Correct Answer
    B. Do (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "do (Subjunctive)". In this sentence, the verb "do" is used in the subjunctive mood to express a hypothetical or unreal situation. The phrase "It's important that she" indicates that the action of doing her homework is necessary or required, but it may not have actually happened yet. Therefore, the subjunctive form "do" is used instead of the indicative forms "does" or "did". The option "done" is incorrect because it is a past participle and does not fit the sentence structure.

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  • 10. 

    Select the correct form: If I ____ the answer, I would have told you.

    • A.

      Know (Indicative)

    • B.

      Knows (Indicative)

    • C.

      Knew (Subjunctive)

    • D.

      Knowing (Indicative)

    Correct Answer
    C. Knew (Subjunctive)
    Explanation
    The correct form to complete the sentence is "knew" (Subjunctive). This is because the sentence is expressing a hypothetical or unreal condition in the past. The use of the subjunctive mood is appropriate in this context to indicate a contrary-to-fact situation.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
K-12 English Expert
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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