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Grammar and punctuation quiz
1. They don't need any help. They can do it ___.
2. “Her busy calender wouldn’t allow her a trip to the Caribbean untill the end of the year, but her disappointment was soon superceded by her desire to do well at work." Which words are spelled incorrectly?
a. untill, superceded
b. calender, Caribbean
c. calender, untill, superceded
3. Which word is spelled correctly?
4. Which word below does not require a double final consonant before “-ed”?
5. Determine if the following sentence is a run-on, fragment, or correct as is.
"Her pain was evident on examination, the medication did not help her pain management."
6. Determine if the following sentence is a run-on, fragment, or correct as is.
"Her pupils were reactive to light."
7. Determine if the following sentence is a run-on, fragment, or correct as is.
"Because we know it's right."
8. Which sentence is correct?
a. She said I don’t like going to the dentist.
b. She said, “I don’t like going to the dentist.”
c. She said “I don’t like going to the dentist”.
9. Which sentence is correct?
a. He took his A-levels in the 1990s.
b. He took his A-level’s in the 1990s.
c. He took his A-levels in the 1990’s.
d. He took his A-level’s in the 1990’s.
10. Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
After realising that our neighbours hadn’t actually invited ______ to ______ party, ______ excused ______ from the table and slipped out the back door.
a. us, their, we, ourselves
b. ourselves, theirs, we, us
c. them, our, they, themselves
d. us, our, we, himself
11. Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
a. Until the snow is melting, the car is not able to move.
b. Until the snow does not melt, the car will not be able to move.
c. Until the snow melts, the car will not be able to move.
d. Until the snow will melt, the car will not be able to move.
12. Which of the following sentences is NOT punctuated correctly?
a. “Five litres of water should be enough for the hike,” said Sarah.
b. Until the boiler is fixed, there’s no way you can have a hot shower.
c. The woman, whose name escapes me at the moment, disappeared into the darkness.
d. All of the apple’s at the grocer’s were rotten, so I bought oranges instead.
13. Which of the following sentences does NOT illustrate correct verb and verb tense usage?
a. These repetitive and misleading guidelines could easily be interpreted in several different ways.
b. Anne-Marie’s mother absolutely hated nicknames and always calls her daughter by her full name.
c. The Imagist movement in poetry is commonly regarded as having begun in the early twentieth century.
d. We all danced across the lawn and lifted Zoe above our heads in triumph.
14. Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Joanne says, “I get to work early every day.”
a. Joanne says she gets to work early every day.
b. Joanne said she gets to work early every day.
c. Joanne has said that she got to work early every day.
d. Joanne says she had gotten to work early every day.
15. Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
work is always to husband able not my
a. My husband is not able to work always.
b. My husband is not always able to work.
c. Is not able to work always my husband.
d. My work is not able to always husband.
16. Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentence.
We __________ too busy cooking and __________ the table __________ Jocelyn __________ the dog’s tail.
a. were, setting, to notice, pull
b. was, set up, noticing, to pull
c. is, setting up, to notice, pulling
d. were, setting, to notice, pulling
17. Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of commas?
a. Neil wanted to end the meeting, but Duncan wanted to prolong it.
b. After pouring herself a glass of water in silence, Nicola answered my question.
c. The committee, which had failed to come to a consensus decided to meet again on Tuesday.
d. Mr Smith is never home on the weekends, he always goes to his home in the country.
e. a and b
f. All of the above
18. Which of the following sentences illustrates correct usage of articles and conjunctions?
a. The cake that I ate was better that the one you had.
b. An house is not the home, or so the saying goes.
c. For my birthday, I would like a book, an hourglass and the keys to a new boat.
d. Has a package I’ve been waiting for been delivered yet, nor must I wait longer?
19. Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.
Mr Bouchard has sent his four children to good universities __________ he has sacrificed his health working day and night to save enough money.
20. Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of apostrophes?
a. Eloise borrowed her friend’s skates for the day but she failed to return them.
b. Thousand’s of bargains are available during the holiday season, but I cant find time to shop.
c. The koala bear closed it’s eyes and fell fast asleep.
d. Although I like the Joneses, I’m angry at them for breaking all of Ralphs’ tools.
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