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

By: Monica Lee

A Grammar Expert Should Be Able to Get 29/35 on This Quiz. Can You?
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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?
There's some bread in the refrigerator, Sue.
Add one apostrophe and one comma. Make "There is" a contraction and put a comma before "Sue".
Theres some bread in the refrigerator, Sue
There are some bread in the refrigerator, Sue
There's some bread in the refrigerator Sue.

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What is the correct usage of parentheses?
Enclose words that clarify.
Separate numbers and letters that are part of a list.
Fully spell abbreviations.
All of the above
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 the matter with Jane's brother?
What's the matter with Jane's brother?
"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.
What's the matter with Jane's brother.
Whats the matter with Janes brother?

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Is this one too easy? How are commas correctly used?
To separate things in a series.
To indicate there is a pause in the sentence.
To surround the name of a person being addressed.
All of the above
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?
His mother's English and his father's Swiss
His mothers English and his fathers Swiss.
His mother's English and his father's Swiss.
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.
His Mother's English and his Father's Swiss.

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Which grammar rule is correct?
"I" before "e" except after "c"
"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.
"A" before "b" always.
A plural subject needs a singular predicate.
A singular subject needs a plural predicate.

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Which of these are types of conjunctions?
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions
Correlative conjunctions
All of the above
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?
Happy
Unique
Uncomplicated
Complete
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."
Vague pronoun reference
Misplaced or dangling modifier
The correct sentence is: Mary found a girl's sparkly bracelet while walking on the sidewalk.
Wrong word usage
Fine as is.

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What statement(s) are true about nouns?
It is a person, animal, place or thing.
It can be singular, plural or possessive.
It is a quality, idea, activity or feeling.
All of the above
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?
"I"
"You"
"They"
All of the above
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."
Missing comma after introductory element
Sentence fragment
"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.
Misplaced or dangling modifier
It's fine as is.

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Which of these statements are correct regarding a verb?
A verb shows action.
It can be a main verb or a helping verb.
Verbs also indicate tense.
All of the above
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"?
Rich
Seem
Linking verbs link the subject to the rest of the sentence. A couple of examples include "appear" and "seem."
However
Although

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What is wrong with this sentence? She wore out less shoes because she walked shorter distances.
Double negative
Misuse of homophones
Misspelled
Misuse of "less" and "few"
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?
Badly
However
Conjunctions connect two words, phrases, or clauses. Common conjunctions are "and", "but" and "or." Moreover, "although" "however" and "because" are also conjunctions.
Big
House

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Which of these is an adjective?
Warm
An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun. It adds meaning by telling which one, what kind, or describing it in other ways.
Oh, my!
Beautifully
Since

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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?
A. Enter current before-tax or tax-deductible contributions you, or your spouse, is making.
B. Enter current before-tax or tax-deductible contributions you or your spouse is making.
C. Enter current before-tax or tax-deductible contributions made by you or your spouse.
Both B and C
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?
Misunderstood
Grown
Carefully
An adverb will modify a verb and tell more about it, like how much, when, where, why or how.
Red

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What can a preposition communicate?
Location
Time
Reason
All of the above
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?
To separate a sentence from a list of items
To introduce a long, direct quote
Between two clauses when the second one explains the first
All of the above.
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"?
Correlative conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions
These are subordinating conjunctions which introduce a dependent clause, tying it to an independent clause.
Submarginal conjunctions

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Which type of conjunction are "both/and", "whether/or" and "either/or" ?
Submarginal conjunction
Correlative conjunctions
Correlative conjunctions come in pairs, and you have to use both of them in different places in a sentence to make them work.
Coordinating conjunctions
Subordinating conjunctions

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What is this an example of? "They wanted to go their. There mother was not home."
Using double negatives
Using the wrong verb tense
Misspelling words
Misuse of homophones
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?
Wow!
An interjection shows emotion. A few examples include "hurray", "uh-oh" and "alas."
Explosively
Bountiful
Mug

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Which of these is an indefinite article?
"A"
"An"
"The"
All of the above.
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."
Misspelled
Misuse of homophones
Double negative
The correct sentence is, "She doesn’t know what to do next." Always eliminate double negatives.
It is fine the way it is.

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Which of these is a possessive pronoun?
Mine
A possessive pronoun is a word that demonstrates ownership or indicates possession such as "mine," "yours," "hers" and "theirs".
Myself
Each other
Who

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Which of these is a reflexive pronoun?
One another
Yours
Whom
Yourself
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 take the place of a conjunction
Separate a list of things if there are commas within each unit
To add emphasis
A & B
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?
Hers
Themselves
Where
Again, it's easy to remember this type of pronoun as it describes the relative relationship between an independent and dependent clause.
One another

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Which type of conjunction are "but", "or" and "yet"?
Subordinating conjunctions
Correlative conjunctions
Submarginal conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions
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."
Tom is not cute.
Run-on sentence
This is a run-on sentence. The following is correct: Tom is very cute. He is very popular at school.
The comma should be a semicolon.
The comma should be a colon.

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Which of these is a reciprocal pronoun?
Theirs
Yourself
One another
Here is another part of speech that is easy to remember. Whenever something is done or given in return, reciprocal pronouns are used.
When

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What is the future tense of this statement? "We walk to the store."
We walked to the store.
We are walking to the store.
We will 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".
None of the above.

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