Quiz: Are You Smart Enough to Help a 5th-Grader With Their Grammar Homework?
Are You Smart Enough to Help a 5th-Grader With Their Grammar Homework?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

Grammar: the subject that makes strong grown men nervous (and probably strong grown women, too). No matter how much we've learned and how much we've achieved, deep down, a lot of us are worried that our grammar isn't up to par, and that we're being judged on it every day. 

The sad fact is, we probably are! It's OK not to know the "nomenclature" of grammar -- that is, the names for rules. No one will judge you for not knowing what a "phrasal adjective" is. But use one incorrectly in speech -- "While baking in the oven, we all agreed we were looking forward to eating the cake" --  and you'll look dumb in front of people you might want to impress. So where's a good place to start, if you want to check up on your grammar skills? With the basics, of course! That's why we've put together this fifth-grade-level quiz. We'll cover the parts of speech, how they're used, and some common grammar errors. Our quiz is a mix of straight-up questions, fill-in-the-blank, true/false and "identify the error." 

It doesn't matter if you have an actual elementary schooler to tutor or not -- everyone's welcome to take this basic quiz! No number-two pencil required, just a desire to brush up on your language skills!

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