Quiz: How Well Do You Know English Grammar?
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How Well Do You Know English Grammar?
By: Tasha Moore
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About This Quiz

When was the last time you brushed up on your grammar? An opportunity awaits with this English grammar quiz! It's a simple and fun way to assess your language skills. Just about every area of syntax is covered on this test. Gaining a basic understanding of how words are meant to work can go a long way. The ultimate goal for all who seek to enhance their language mechanics skills is better communication.

After taking this quiz, you'll see that a pronoun, for example, can be many things in the English language. The "noun substitute" can be demonstrative, intensive, interrogative, nominative, possessive, relative, reflexive, etc. Did you know that something so simple as a pronoun can take on so many forms? It's worth your while to find out just how special, special cases like these are. And as you may have guessed already, there are exceptions to certain grammar rules, a few of which we explore in this exam. Don't worry, though. The holders of the holy grammar grail have provided us clues concerning when and when not to use aspects of the language and why. We present simple examples on this quiz so that you might best appreciate grammar principles at work.

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll on and flex your grammar might!

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Identify the article in the following sentence: "Mary purchased a dog for her birthday."
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Which punctuation reduces a statement whose meaning can be implied or deduced?
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Can you identify the predicate in the following sentence? "Peter studied for his physics exam."
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Which of these choices is not an example of a determiner?
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What basic form of grammar are infinitives?
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How does "Carter" function in the following sentence? "Jessie slipped Carter the secret note."
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Which of the following words cannot introduce an adjective clause?
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Can you identify the preposition in this question?
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What part of speech are possessives?
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An antecedent is referred to by which type of word?
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What is the interjection in the following sentence? "Darn, I just missed the bus."
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What is the superlative form of the word "big"?
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What is the gender of the pronoun "he"?
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Which of the following is not an example of a past participle?
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Which of the following examples is an attributive adjectival case?
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Can you spot the indefinite quantity?
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What type of phrase is "than I am" in the following sentence? "Sharon is taller than I am."
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Which of the choices is an example of a hyphenated compound noun?
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What is the qualifier in the following sentence? "Barry is usually attentive in class."
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Identify the appositive in the sentence, "My sister Felicia has returned from the hairdresser."
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Which type of punctuation usually follows a participial phrase?
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Which of the following grammatical forms does an adverb not modify?
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Which grammatical form in a sentence usually acts as a substitute for a noun?
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What is the grammatical form that describes other nouns?
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Which of the following is an example of an exclamatory sentence?
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What is another grammatical term for "helping verb"?
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Which grammatical term describes the sensible arrangement of linguistic elements to create clauses or phrases?
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What is the past tense form of the verb "take"?
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Which of the following choices is not a demonstrative pronoun?
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