Test your basic knowledge |

Basics Of Composition

Subject : english
  • Answer 36 questions in 15 minutes.
  • If you are not ready to take this test, you can study here.
  • Match each statement with the correct term.
  • Don't refresh. All questions and answers are randomly picked and ordered every time you load a test.

This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. Must use proper pronoun - Don't use nominative pronoun in objective form (He gave it to I NOR Ricky and me jump up - I can't be used as a IO and me can't be a subject/nominative)

2. Two independent clauses joined by a (FANBOY) coordinating conjunction that are then joined by a (www.asia.b) subordinating conjunction one or more dependent clauses. (ind + ind + dep)

3. Difference in quantity or extent - 'further from the truth' or studies are moving further along' are correct

4. The pronoun must be in first - second or third person in agreement with the noun (I am an American and you are an Australian and he is a Turk NOT 'If one wants to go home - you must ask first' b/c you does not agree with one which is third person whi

5. A sentence with just one subject and one predicate (no D.O and verb is NOT linking)

6. Two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction (FANGIRL) (Ind+ ind)

7. Government building

8. There = place; Their = belongs to them; They're = they are

9. An independent clause joined to one or more dependent clauses by a subordinating clause (www.asia.b) (ind + dep)

10. Who refers to a subject while whom refers to object (replace who with he and whom with him to test!)

11. List person; each; every; no one; everyone; anyone; either

12. Draw a conclusion from evidence (the one giving the evidence in NOT inferring - the one hearing the evidence is inferring.)

13. 'Suddenly - he walked - talked and jumped' has the same subject noun doing all the actions BUT 'He walked - talked and then there was a loud noise.' is not parallel b/c the subject is not doing the third item on the list.

14. Illegal

15. Has either a subject or a predicate but not both or is a dependent clause without an independent clause - FRAGMENTS ARE NEVER ACCEPTABLE AS A SENTENCE ON THE CLEP EXAM - though they might be ok in a paper!

16. Who refers to people; that/which refer to groups or things or events. Use in the who/which IEW dress up!

17. The city where the government is located OR money/valuable resource used to invest

18. Left out or an exception

19. Plural subject needs singular verb and vice versa (The boxes were carried or the box was carried - verb changes to agree with number of subject.)

20. 'Either you will love this movie - or you will be refunded.' is parallel BUT 'Either you will love this movie or obtain a refund for your ticket.' is NOT b/c after the or there should be the subject noun just like the SN followed the 'either' in the

21. When using 'a series' construction - you have to stay with the pattern.

22. Next; in addition; at that point in time; next; therefore - e.g. He ran faster then he stopped. This refers to what happened at a certain point in time and is not comparing.

23. Both...and/ - either...or/ - just as...so/ - neither...nor/ - the more...the more/ - whether...or

24. Hint at something (this is done by person making the remark NOT by the one hearing it.)

25. Refers to a physical distance (we have 15 miles farther to go)

26. Between subject and pronoun ('Either Jack or Annie will give his or her report' and NOT 'Either Jack or Annie will give his report b/c the pronoun 'his' does not agree with Annie - can't just add 'her' either...must say 'Either Jack will give his rep

27. Rules for order of words and phrases - meaning changes if order changes

28. To receive or say yes

29. To recline - I lay down is correct or I have lain down NOT I have laid down!

30. Between subject and verb (He is leaving NOT He are leaving.)

31. To put or place something - I lay it down or I have laid it down or I am laying it down NOT I have lain it down.

32. Hint at something negative (the one making the remark in insinuating NOT the one hearing it.)

33. To draw out

34. Conjunction for comparasin 'I run faster THAN you.' Usu preceded by and '-er' word

35. A series of verbs in a sentence must stay in same tense (like present - past - future - but okay to change tenses from one clause to the next if the events require it: 'He fell and now he is hurt changes tenses from past to present but the events req

36. Two or more independent sentences that LACK a conjunction (FANGIRL) but are incorrectly joined by a comma. (if joined by a semi-colon it is OK!)