Can You Pass This Grammar Quiz for ESL Students?

EDUCATION

Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you are an English language expert? ESL, or English as a Second Language, are classes taken by countless people in the U.S. English is a confusing language with more exceptions to the rules than rules, and often even those who grow up speaking it have trouble reading, writing and spelling from time to time.

ESL students come from a number of entirely different language backgrounds. Their birth language is different than many of the people living in the United States but they need to be able to understand English well in order to work and live smoothly in America. This can make things quite tricky.

ESL students are of all ages and backgrounds, but they all have to take on the English language, despite not speaking it from birth and coming from families who often do not speak the language very well. The English language is one of the most spoken languages in the world, with one of the largest vocabularies of any language. English is a hodgepodge of Greek, Latin, and more, making it a truly difficult language to learn and excel at.

If you think you have mastered English language grammar, put your skills to the test with this quiz!

Where is John?

Where is a question word which is used to find the location of someone or something. The third option is correct.

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The sign is right:

There is used to indicate a location. Their is used to indicate ownership.

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Which sentence is correct?

This sentence uses the correct subject and verbs. Also, when split in two, every day means something that happens every day, but when combined, everyday is an adjective meaning ordinary.

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Marilyn Monroe was ________ famous actress.

Marilyn Monroe is a singular proper noun, but she was not the only famous actress in history. This is why the second option is correct.

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What is the common plural form of the word person?

While many words become plural in English when an "s" is added, some are irregular. Person is irregular and becomes people when plural.

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How often do you play basketball?

The correct answer is "3 times a week." This question is asking about how often you play basketball, making that the relevant answer.

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Bob is _______ teacher.

"A" is generally used before nouns that begin with consonants. The correct answer is "Bob is a teacher."

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Where do you usually have dinner?

Where is a question word that asks about the location of an event. "At home" is the only answer that contains a specific location.

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Which of these nouns is irregular in its plural form?

If it were a regular plural noun, "woman" would become "womans." Instead, the grammatically correct plural form of "woman" is "women."

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Which sentence is correct?

Until is a conjunction. Conjunctions are used to connect two separate ideas in a sentence.

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The spoon is _______ the table.

In this sentence, on is used as a preposition meaning that the spoon is supported by the table. The first answer is correct.

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I think Anna is pretty.

The third answer choice is correct. This indicates that you share the same opinion as another.

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Barack Obama was __________ first African-American person elected President in America.

The is a definite article used when a speaker believes a listener already knows what they are talking about. The is the only definite article in English and one its most common words.

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What did you do yesterday?

Yesterday indicates the day before today, so a past action is an appropriate answer. The other answers illustrate a present or future action.

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What is your favorite drink?

What is a question word which is used to ask about specific events, actions or objects. The second answer is the only object.

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What is the correct plural form of sheep?

Sheep is the same in both its singular and plural form. Context clues have to be used to figure out whether there is one sheep or multiple sheep.

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What will you do tomorrow?

Tomorrow is in the future, so it requires an answer that uses a future tense verb. The first answer is correct.

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Leonardo di Caprio is ______ actor.

"An" is used before nouns that start with vowels. The correct answer is "Leonardo di Caprio is an actor."

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Which word is spelled correctly?

"Dog" is spelled correctly. The correct spellings of the other words are "cat", "kid," and "man."

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Adam Lee is 41 _________ old.

"Adam Lee is 41 years old." is a correct sentence. The second option is the only choice that is both grammatically and contextually correct.

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What are you doing?

This question asks what you are doing right now, in the present. The answer must also be in the present tense to be correct.

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John _______ a house plant.

The second option is correct, as "has" is the only correct form of the verb that should be used in this simple sentence. "John has a house plant." is right.

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Linda is _______ accountant.

"An" is used before nouns that begin with vowels. The correct answer is "Linda is an accountant."

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How long have you been playing the piano?

This question is asking the length of time you have played the piano. In order to be correct, the answer must express an amount of time.

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Which sentence is incorrect?

All complete sentences should end with a period. This sentence incorrectly ends with a comma.

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What is the correct plural form of "tooth"?

Tooth is irregular when plural. Instead of "tooths," it becomes "teeth."

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Do you feel homesick?

This question asks after a specific feeling. The first option is correct.

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Wash the dishes ________ dinner.

Before is the correct word to use in this case. In this sentence, it is being used as a preposition.

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Which sentence is correct?

Because is a conjunction. It is used to introduce a clause that presents a reason or explanation.

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Beth is rich, _____ her sister is poor.

However is the proper connective to use in this case. It helps to connect and contrast these two clauses without any extra implications.

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Which sentence is correct?

The second option is correct. Here it is used as a preposition.

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Were you ______ Jane's party last night?

At is a proposition. Here, it is used to express being present at a particular location.

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Which sentence is correct?

"Can't" is a grammatically correct contraction of "cannot." It is used to express an inability to do something

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What is the correct plural form of "watch"?

If "watch" were regular, the plural form would be "watchs." Many words that end in -tch follow this pattern when made plural, such as "hatch" and "patch."

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I am going ___ the store.

In this case, "to" is a preposition used to express motion toward a particular location. "Two" is a number, "Too" means also, and "Toe" is a body part.

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