Only Dummies Can't Pass This English Grammar Quiz! Can You?

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Only Dummies Can't Pass This English Grammar Quiz! Can You?
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About This Quiz

Understanding grammar is key to proper communication. That being said, most people forget the basic principles of grammar once they’re out of school. But you, Dear Quiz-Taker, are quite different. You’re changing the world, one prefix at a time.
How many parts are in a sentence?
1
2
There are two parts to a sentence; the subject and the predicate. The subject is the person or thing described, and the predicate is the action.
3

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Sentences can be broken down into ____ .
Clauses
Sentences can be broken down into clauses. There are independent and subordinate clauses.
Pauses
Maggots

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A phrase does not have ______ .
Subject
Predicate
Both
A group of two or more words that don’t have a subject or predicate makes a phrase. For example, “The silly girl” is a phrase.

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A noun describes a _____ .
Person
Place
Thing
All of the above
A noun describes a person, place, thing, event, idea and so on. Nouns can function as subjects or objects.

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What describes a noun?
Subjective
Adjective
An adjective describes a noun. There are attributive and predicative adjectives.
Participle

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“Good” is a _____ adjective.
Formulaic
Qualitative
“Good” is a qualitative adjective. So are “bad,” “happy,” or “blue.”
Substantial

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“My” is a _____ adjective.
Possessive
“My” is a possessive adjective. So are “thy,” “his” and “her.”
Problematic
Past

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“Which” is a/an ____ adjective.
Relative
Interrogative
Both
“Which is a relative and interrogative adjective. So are “what” and “whatever.”

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“One” is a _____ adjective.
Numeral
“One” is a numeral adjective. So are the words “single,” and “double.”
Systematic
False

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“A”, “an”, and “the” are ______ .
Pesticides
Articles
“A”, “an”, and “the” are articles. They’re immensely important in the English language.
Favorables

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“The” is a ____ article.
Dormant
Definite
“The” is a definite article. It points out a particular object or class.
Negative

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“A” is an ____ article.
Obstinate
Indefinite
“A” is an indefinite article. It points out an object, but not any particular thing.
Obvious

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Which of these is a kind of verb?
Transitive
Intransitive
Incomplete
All of the above
All three of these are kinds of verbs. There are only three kinds of verbs in the English language.

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Transitive verbs are carried across to a _____ .
Leader
Hoarder
Receiver
Transitive verbs are carried across to a receiver. For instance, “Bill grows potatoes.” What does Bill grow? Potatoes.

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Intransitive verbs involve no _____ .
Dominant
Receiver
Intransitive verbs involve no receiver. For instance, “The weed grows.”
Carton

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How many voices do English verbs have?
1
2
English verbs have two voices. These include active and passive voices.
3

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With an active voice verb, the subject ____ the action.
Performs
With an active voice verb, the subject performs the action. For instance, “Sally threw the ball.”
Obtains
Obstructs

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With a passive voice verb, the subject _____ the action.
Encourages
Belies
Receives
With a passive voice verb, the subject receives the action. For instance, “The ball was thrown to Sally.”

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How many verb moods are there?
2
4
The English language has 4 verb moods. These include indicative, imperative, subjunctive and infinitive.
6

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Which of these is a verb tense?
Past
Present
Future
All of the above
Past, present and future are the most simple verb tenses. That being said, there are six in total.

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Other verb tenses include ______ .
Perfect
Pluperfect
Future perfect
All of the above
Perfect, pluperfect and future perfect are the remaining verb tenses. These are formed with have, has and had.

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Adverbs are used to _____ a verb, adjective or clause.
Describe
Modify
Both
Adverbs are used to describe or modify a verb, adjective or clause. They can modify anything but nouns and pronouns. These are modified by adjectives.

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Prepositions link nouns and _____ to other words.
Adjectives
Pronouns
Prepositions link nouns and pronouns to other words within a sentence. The words linked to are called objects.
Prefixes

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Conjunctions _____ words.
Destruct
Join
Conjunctions join words or groups of words. There are two kinds of conjunctions; coordinating and subordinating.
Eliminate

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An interjection expresses _____ .
Emotion
An interjection expresses emotion. For instance, “Darn, I hate when that happens!” “Darn” is an interjection.
Sense
Numerals

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Detroit is a ____ noun.
False
Proper
Detroit is a proper noun. That’s because it’s a name of a specific thing.
Sideways

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Single: Mouse. Plural: ______ .
Mouses
Mice
Single: Mouse. Plural: Mice. This is an irregular count noun.

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Single: Child. Plural: _____ .
Childs
Children
Single: Child. Plural: Children. This is another example of an irregular count noun.

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“Of” is a ____ noun.
Reflexive
Possessive
“Of” is a possessive noun. Mary, Queen of Scots is a great example of this.
Transient

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A pronoun takes the place of a _____ .
Noun
A pronoun takes the place of a noun. For instance, “Mary thought she was late for work.” “She” is the pronoun. It is used so that you don’t have to repeat Mary’s name twice.
Verb
Tense

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How many people in the world speak English?
30 million
100 million
840 million
840 million people speak English as a first or second language. It’s the second most spoken language in the world.

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English actually originated in ______ .
England
Germany
English actually originated in northwest Germany and the Netherlands. Did you know that it was a Germanic language?
Russia

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What’s the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English?
I like you
Go!
“Go!” is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English. Use it when you can’t think of anything else to say.
Say Yes

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How many English words are added to the dictionary each year?
4,000
Roughly 4,000 English words are added to the dictionary each year. Many of these are slang words that have become mainstream.
40,000
400,000

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What is the most commonly used word in English?
I
You
Both
Both “I” and “You” are the most common English words. 11% of the English language is just the letter “E.”

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You Got:
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