Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function? A Grammatical Terms Quiz


How many articles are there in the English language?

There are only three articles in the English language. These are: the, a and an.

What describes a noun?

An adjective describes a noun or pronoun. Examples include: happy, sad, benevolent, crazy and absurd.

Which of these can be turned into a contraction?

A contraction is a combination of two words, connected with an apostrophe, with some letters removed. "We will" can become "we'll." Only certain pairs of words can be turned into contractions.

Which of these is a conjunctive adverb?

"But" and "and" are pure conjunctions. "However" is a conjunctive adverb. So are "therefore" and "hence."

Which of these has a dangler?

Both of these sentences have danglers in the beginning. The dangler is also known as a dangling modifier.

Which of these is in first person?

When speaking in first person, you're referring to yourself. The other sentences are in third person, because they're in reference to someone else.

Which of these contains a gerund?

In this example, "hiking" is a verb that's used as a noun. Another gerund is here: Cooking is very soothing.

Grammar is defined as what?

In essence, grammar is a set of rules you need to know in order to form a proper sentence. When life renders you speechless, even grammar can't help you.

"Wow" is _____.

Wow is an interjection. Interjections are short words that express emotion. "Oh" and "ahem" are other examples.

A noun is anything that can be ______.

A noun is defined as anything that can be named. For instance, an object, place, person or thing is a noun. Bacon? A noun.

The object is the thing affected by the _____.

The object is a noun that is affected by an active verb. For instance: The bear chased the girl. The girl is the object in this sentence.

Which of these is a participle?

The verb "swinging" is a participle when it's used as an adjective or noun - "swinging seventies" or "swinging is fun." Swimming, crying, hitting, talked, bumped, crammed, etc.

A phrase has how many words?

A phrase has two or more words, and there is no subject or predicate present. For instance: Thank you, excuse me, I'm sorry.

Which of these is not a preposition?

Prepositions indicate the relationship of one noun to another. Think about: on, over, inside, underneath, up, down, upon, etc.

Pronouns prevent what?

Pronouns basically stand in for other nouns to prevent repetition. For instance, "Diana went to HER room," as opposed to "Diana went to Diana's room."

Which of these sentences is in second person?

Second person is the perspective used when, say, instructing or advising others about what to do. "You" should do step one, then step two, and so on.

Is "All day long" an independent or dependent clause?

A dependent clause is not a full sentence. Here's an example of an independent clause: Sam thought about his girlfriend Darlene all day long.

Which of these contains an adverb?

The adverb is the word or phrase that modifies the meaning of a verb. Many adverbs end in "ly": stupidly, awkwardly, painfully.

Which of these contains an appositive?

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that comes right after a noun, to rename or describe it. For instance: Jackie, a famous dancer, broke her foot.

What is an auxiliary verb?

Auxiliary verbs, or helping verbs, help the main verb. Some auxiliary verbs are: be, do, have and will. I "will" drink a cup of coffee now!

Which of these is a comparative?

These are all comparatives. They're basically indicators that describe the differences between things, by degree: smarter, funnier, sexier, more tired.

"I'm writing a poem." What is the direct object?

Poem is the direct object in this sentence. It is the thing that is being referred to or acted upon. "Horse" is the direct object in "I bought a horse."

"I prepared a special dinner for her." What is the indirect object?

In this sentence, 'her' is the indirect object. In the sentence "I gave Fanny the book," Fanny is the indirect object. The book is the direct object.

"Very" is _______.

The word "very" is an intensifier. It amplifies the meaning of something.

"Sit down now!"

"Sit down now!" is a sentence in the imperative mood. "I think that robots are scary" is in the indicative mood.

"If I had wings, I would fly."

You can tell it's in the subjunctive mood when it begins with "if." The mood is used to explore imaginary situations.

How many moods are in the English language?

There are three moods in the English language: imperative, subjunctive and indicative. Mood refers to the quality of a verb, whether to state a fact, discuss a hypothetical or make a command.

How many tenses are there?

Some says there's only past and present, other will add future tense to this, and still others claim there are 13 tenses. Too much complication.

What is third person omniscient point of view?

A third person omniscient narrator knows all and sees all, and can enter the mind of any character as needed. Kind of like a god.

"My ex-lover" contains which of these?

There is a prefix in "my ex-lover." Prefixes include: ex-, de-, a-, in-, and many more.

Which of these is a suffix?

These are all examples of suffixes. Consider personify, suffragette, fanciful, shyly, etc.

How many English styles are there?

There are countless English literary styles. Publishers, editors, publications and authors will all have their own styles.

Which is a superlative?

"Smartest" is an example of a superlative. It indicates that something has a quality to the greatest degree or least degree. Smartest and stupidest are both superlatives.

Which of these is in the third person?

The last sentence is written in the third person. The first sentence is in the second person, and the second sentence is in first person!

"I go to church and prayed."

This is bad grammar. "Go" is in the present tense, and "prayed" is past tense. It should be: "I went to church and prayed" or "I go to church and pray."

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