Is Your Grammar Better Than a 5th Grader’s?

By: Lauren Lubas
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Which of these sentences means "he did a good job"?
He did good.
He do well.
He do good.
He did well.
If you say, "He did good," It means he did good the way that Superman does good. If you want to say that he did a good job, you'd say "He did well."

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Which of these words ISN'T a preposition?
Her
Propositions put things in places. They usually relate to the noun or pronoun in a sentence.
About
Near
From

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Which of these sentences is an example of a comma splice?
Therefore, we must remain vigilant.
There are seven animals, three of the animals are dogs.
A comma splice is when the writer uses a comma between two complete sentences or thoughts. The correct punctuation marks for these are either a period or a semi-colon.
When you work at a zoo, you have to like animals.
If you're at the zoo, be nice to the animals.

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Which sentence DOESN'T use the apostrophe correctly?
Who's going to the store with us?
Who's going out with you're mom?
The contraction "you're" means "you are." The sentence "Who's going out with you are mom" doesn't make sense.
I can't handle this anymore.
Grammar isn't that difficult.

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What is the plural form of the noun "church"?
Churches
Nouns ending in -sh or -ch take on an -es in their plural form. There are exceptions to the rule, of course.
Church's
Churchs
Churchi

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Which sentence has the proper punctuation?
Have you seen the dog?
Interrogative sentences, or questions, end with question marks. In English grammar, only one question mark is necessary.
I have seen the dog?
Where is the dog.
When is dinner.

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Which sentence is correctly punctuated?
He went to the store because he needed milk.
He went to the store because he needed milk?
He went to the store, because he needed milk.
In this sentence, "because" is a subordinating conjunction. It shows a reason why he went to the store.
He went to the store, because he needed milk?

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Which sentences uses apostrophes properly?
The bike is her's.
All church's are yellow.
We're you lost?
She's not going with us.
This apostrophe removes the letter "i" from the phrase "she is." Without the apostrophe, the sentence would read "She is not going with us."

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Which sentence is in the past tense?
He's hosting a wedding.
He hosted a wedding.
To understand the tense of a sentence, look for the verb. Regular past tense verbs are signaled by an -ed at the end of the word.
He will host a wedding.
None of these are in the past tense.

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What does an adjective do?
Modifies a noun and a verb
Modifies a verb
Modifies a noun
An adjective modifies a noun. An adverb modifies a verb. Adjectives can be colors, sizes, and other various traits that can help describe nouns.
Adds an -s to a noun

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Can you identify the run-on sentence?
Will wanted ice cream Jane wanted donuts.
A run-on sentence is when there are two subjects with verbs in the same sentence with no punctuation to separate them.
Will wanted ice cream. Jane wanted donuts
Will wanted ice cream; Jane wanted donuts.
Will wanted ice cream, and Jane wanted donuts.

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What is the article in this sentence: "She wanted to find a boat."?
She
To
Boat
A
Articles are considered adjectives. They are used to signal a noun or refer to nouns.

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What is a linking verb?
A verb that links two separate thoughts.
A verb that shows a state of being or states a condition.
Examples of linking verbs include: is, were, appear, look, and taste. These aren't actions; they're states of being and conditions.
A verb that connects to another verb.
It isn't a verb at all.

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Can you finish this sentence properly? "The _______ dogs had three bones."
Threes
Yellows
Spotted
For this sentence, the proper form of the adjective here should be singular. The spotted dogs had three bones.
An

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Their, there, and they're are all examples of what?
Homonyms
Homophones
Homophones are words that sound the same, but they are spelled differently and all of them have different meanings. With the exception of "your" and "you're," "there," "their," and "they're" are the most misused words on social media.
Homosapiens
Homogeneous Verbs

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Which of these verbs is NOT the correct form of a past tense verb?
Thought
Found
Finded
The past tense of "to find" is "found." It is considered an irregular verb.
Fought

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Can you identify what is wrong with this sentence? "She never had nothing bad to say about anyone."
There is nothing wrong with this sentence.
The pronoun doesn't have an antecedent.
The verb should be in past tense.
It has a double negative.
In the English language, the double negative is considered incorrect. While other languages allow multiple negatives in a single sentence, in English, they cancel each other out. This sentence should read "She never had anything bad to say about anyone."

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Which of these is NOT a subject pronoun?
Me
A subject pronoun can be used as the subject of a sentence. In this case, "me" cannot be used as a subject. The proper form of a first-person subject pronoun is "I."
I
You
She

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Which sentence is correct?
Its your fault I have to go to school.
It's you're fault I have to go to school.
Itsn't your fault I have to go to school.
It's your fault I have to go to school.
Working with homophones can be difficult. That is why it's so important to know everything there is to know about apostrophes.

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Can you fill in the blank to complete the sentence correctly? Winter is the ________ time of year.
Coldest
Winter is the coldest time of year. Regular adjectives, such as "cold," add an -est to modify them further.
Most cold
Mostest coldest
More coldest

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What is the correct form of the adjective in this sentence: "The _______ files were kept in a vault."
Most secret
Just like verbs, adjectives can take on several different forms. By adding more or most to an adjective, you are further enhancing the noun, and making it more specific.
Secretest
More secretest
Most secretest

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"The dog ate its bone": What is the pronoun and antecedent in this sentence?
The, Its
Its, Bone
Dog, Its
The pronoun in this sentence comes after the antecedent. The pronoun is "its" and the antecedent the pronoun replaces is "dog."
Bone, Dog

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Which of these is NOT a demonstrative adjective?
This
That
Those
They're
A demonstrative adjective signals "which one." Examples of demonstrative adjectives are this, that, these,and those.

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Which of these is a proper noun?
Dog
Cat
Chicago
A proper noun is a specific person, place, or thing. A city is general, but Chicago is a specific city.
City

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Is "her" a subject pronoun or an object pronoun?
It can be either.
It's a subject pronoun.
It's an object pronoun.
Object pronouns are always used after the action in the sentence. They cannot be used as the subject of the sentence.
"Her" isn't a pronoun.

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Which of these is NOT a form of the verb "to be"?
You
The verb "to be" takes on many different forms in the English language. They include, was, is, are, am, and were.
Was
Is
Are

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How can you identify an irregular verb?
They don't have past tense forms.
They are spelled with extra vowels.
They have multiple correct spellings.
They don't use -d or -ed in their past tense forms.
Irregular verbs are exceptions to the rules when it comes to forming tense. They don't take on the -d or -ed in the past tense. Irregular verbs include "to find" and "to think."

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Where does the comma go in this sentence: "First of all there are a lot of different types of snakes."?
First, of all there are a lot of different types of snakes.
First of all there are a lot of, different types of snakes.
There is no comma in this sentence
First of all, there are a lot of different types of snakes.
"First of all" is a transitional phrase. You always need a comma after transitional words and phrases.

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Which word is the conjunction in this sentence: "I have three dogs, but I only have two cats."?
Have
But
Conjunction words connect two sentences. Remember FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.
Only
Dogs and Cats are both conjunctions

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What error is in this sentence: "The dogs has to go to the vet."?
Subject-verb agreement
An error in subject-verb agreement happens when a plural noun takes a singular verb. Instead, the subject should be "dog" or the verb should be "have"
The proper noun isn't capitalized.
Too many plural nouns
There is no error.

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Which sentence DOESN'T have a subject?
The dog has three legs.
The cat has one eye.
Under construction.
A subject is a noun (person, place, thing, or idea) that is doing something. A sentence is not complete without a subject.
He took the money.

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"We aren't going to the grocery store today." Is this sentence in the past tense, present tense, or future tense?
Past
Present
Always look at the verb when you are considering tense. Regular verbs take on their normal form in the present tense.
Future
There isn't enough information.

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Of these contractions, which one is incorrect?
Canno't
Contractions take two words and shorten them. The apostrophe in a contraction signals letters that were taken out.
Don't
We're
Wasn't

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What is an antecedent?
A pronoun
A noun that is replaced by a pronoun
The antecedent of a pronoun is the noun that said pronoun replaces. When you use pronouns, it's important that the antecedent is clear to the audience.
A verb that is replaced with an irregular verb
A verb

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Which of these sentences is correct?
Whose going to the mall with us?
When are you and you're family leaving town?
Whose family is in your car?
Whose is possessive while who's is a contraction for "who" and "is." The correct sentence here is "Whose family is in your car?"
Why aren't you getting the mostest expensive one?

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