A Grammar Expert Should Be Able to Get 29/35 on This Quiz. Can You?

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Monica Lee

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Everyone who writes isn't a writer. As a grammar king or queen, you know that texts, tweets, blogs and other content in the public domain are not always grammatically correct. These days grammar acumen is a scarce skill and sorely missing from everyday life.  Do you find yourself noticing the incorrect grammar usage and having it get on your nerves? Then this quiz is for you. You can correct everything that is wrong!

Yes, in this quiz, you'll see that some of the verbiage in the questions looks similar to text messages, with much of the punctuation, capitalization and verb agreement missing. Plus, you'll have a chance to show off your smarts when quizzed on the different articles of speech, sentence construction and other basic grammar rules. 

Of course, there will be a few hard questions, as we separate the men from the boys or in this case, the "grammar experts" from the  "good-grammar wannabes". Isn't it time you find out where you fall in the grammar pecking order? Take the quiz now and don't look back. Or is it "don't look backward"?


"theres some bread in the refrigerator sue." How would you rewrite this sentence correctly?

Add one apostrophe and one comma. Make "There is" a contraction and put a comma before "Sue".

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What is the correct usage of parentheses?

Parentheses enclose things that clarify or numbers and letters that are part of a list.

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"whats the matter with janes brother" How would you rewrite this sentence correctly?

"Whats" in this sentence means "what is" or "what's". The subject "Jane" needs to be possessive (Jane's) when referring to her brother. The sentence is also a question and must be punctuated accordingly.

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Is this one too easy? How are commas correctly used?

Besides the above, commas are also used to separate the day of the month from the year in a date, and separate a town from the state. But you knew that!

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"his mothers english and his fathers swiss" How would you rewrite this sentence correctly?

Mother and father are not proper nouns so they don't need to be capitalized. However, English and Swiss are proper nouns and need to be capitalized. Be sure to end your sentence with a period.

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Which grammar rule is correct?

"I" before "e" except after "c" can be referenced when you are in doubt for how to spell a word correctly such as receive, believe, fierce, collie and friend.

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Which of these are types of conjunctions?

A conjunction is the glue that holds words, phrases and clauses (both dependent and independent) together. There are three different kinds of conjunctions--coordinating, subordinating and correlative.

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A sentence needs to express a _________ thought. What word should be in the blank?

In this context, a complete thought is a sentence with a subject and predicate as a minimum.

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What is wrong with this sentence? "While walking on the sidewalk, Mary found a sparkly girl’s bracelet."

The correct sentence is: Mary found a girl's sparkly bracelet while walking on the sidewalk.

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What statement(s) are true about nouns?

A noun names a person, animal, place, thing, quality, idea, activity or feeling. A noun can be singular, plural or possessive.

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What type of pronoun can take the place of a noun?

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun, like "I", "you","they", "he" or "she" for example.

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What is wrong with this sentence? "He gave his mother an extravagant gift after the argument. In spite of everything."

"In spite of everything" is a sentence fragment. This is the corrected sentence: In spite of everything, he gave his mother an extravagant gift after the argument.

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Which of these statements are correct regarding a verb?

A verb shows action and can be a main verb or a helping verb, like "were" or "has." Verbs also indicate tense and sometimes change their form to show past, present or future tense

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Which of these is a "linking verb"?

Linking verbs link the subject to the rest of the sentence. A couple of examples include "appear" and "seem."

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What is wrong with this sentence? She wore out less shoes because she walked shorter distances.

According to usage rules, use "fewer" when discussing countable things, while less is used for singular mass nouns such as money, love, sand, etc.

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Which of the following are conjunctions?

Conjunctions connect two words, phrases, or clauses. Common conjunctions are "and", "but" and "or." Moreover, "although" "however" and "because" are also conjunctions.

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Which of these is an adjective?

An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun. It adds meaning by telling which one, what kind, or describing it in other ways.

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"Enter current before-tax or tax-deductible contributions you, or your spouse, are making."How would you rewrite this sentence correctly?

Although "B" is a somewhat clumsy sentence, it is correct with the verb "is making" agreeing with the subject that is closer to the verb, "spouse.". My using the passive tense, "C" is better understood.

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Which of these is an adverb?

An adverb will modify a verb and tell more about it, like how much, when, where, why or how.

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What can a preposition communicate?

A preposition shows a relationship between nouns or pronouns. It is often used with a noun to show location, like "beside," "in" or "on". It can also show time, direction, motion, manner, reason or possession.

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Some people have trouble with this: When does one use a colon?

Besides the above, colons can also be used between two sentences when the second one explains the first.

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Which type of conjunction are "as", "because" and "since"?

These are subordinating conjunctions which introduce a dependent clause, tying it to an independent clause.

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Which type of conjunction are "both/and", "whether/or" and "either/or" ?

Correlative conjunctions come in pairs, and you have to use both of them in different places in a sentence to make them work.

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What is this an example of? "They wanted to go their. There mother was not home."

This is a misuse of homophones "there" and "their". A homophone is one of two or more words that sound the same but have different meanings.

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Which of these is an interjection?

An interjection shows emotion. A few examples include "hurray", "uh-oh" and "alas."

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Which of these is an indefinite article?

Articles are very useful little words. Indefinite articles are "a" and "an" and "the" is a definite article.

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What is wrong with this statement? "She doesn’t have no idea of what to do next."

The correct sentence is, "She doesn’t know what to do next." Always eliminate double negatives.

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Which of these is a possessive pronoun?

A possessive pronoun is a word that demonstrates ownership or indicates possession such as "mine," "yours," "hers" and "theirs".

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Which of these is a reflexive pronoun?

Reflexive pronouns are easy to remember because they are words ending in -self or -selves. They are used when the subject and the object of a sentence are the same (e.g., I believe in myself).

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When do you use a semicolon?

To clarify, the semicolon is used between two independent clauses that are not joined by a conjunction but could be, or the semicolon can join two complete sentences.

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Which of these is a relative pronoun?

Again, it's easy to remember this type of pronoun as it describes the relative relationship between an independent and dependent clause.

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Which type of conjunction are "but", "or" and "yet"?

These are coordinating conjunctions which join together words, phrases and independent clauses. There are seven of them in all.

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What's wrong with the following? "Tom is very cute, he is very popular at school."

This is a run-on sentence. The following is correct: Tom is very cute. He is very popular at school.

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Which of these is a reciprocal pronoun?

Here is another part of speech that is easy to remember. Whenever something is done or given in return, reciprocal pronouns are used.

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What is the future tense of this statement? "We walk to the store."

The future tense refers to a time later than now, and expresses facts or certainty. The verb is used with "will" or "shall".

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