Test your basic knowledge |

Grammar Fundamentals

Subjects : english, grammar
  • Answer 50 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. Simple - Complex - Compound - Complex-compound

2. A phase that is related to a sentence in meaning though it has no grammatical relationship to the sentence.

3. A phrase beginning with a verb that describes the subject - e.g. Walking home from school - River Tam stopped by the store and bought candy.

4. Two sentences joined incorrectly with only a comma

5. Tells whom or what the sentence is about - the person place or thing doing the verb

6. When noun or pronoun is the subject of the verb

7. Tells what the subject is or does

8. An adjective used to compare two items; example: Today is HOTTER than yesterday. (Usually uses -er)

9. Subjective - Objective - Possessive

10. A word or group of words that can function as a noun

11. Names a person - place - or thing that can be perceived by one or more of the senses

12. A pronoun that points to or identifies a noun without explicitly naming it - This - that - these - those

13. Point of view presents the events of the story from a narrator's point of view (he - she - it - they - them - their - her - his - or character's names are used)

14. A word that begins a subordinate clause and relates it to another idea in the sentence: that - which - who - whom - whose

15. Names a quality of mental concept; intangible idea - feeling - quality - or characteristic: loyalty - curiosity - health - grace - sweetness

16. This error occurs when the number singular or plural pronoun does not match the subject is that they are replacing.

17. A sentence with two or more coordinate independent clauses - often joined by one or more conjunctions.

18. Used to show the relationship of a noun or pronoun to some other word in the sentence. Examples: in - under - near - behind - to - from - over

19. Is - seem - are - was - were - be - been - get - stay -become

20. Is the noun or pronoun that follows the preposition; example: The sands of the BEACH were white.

21. A group of words (usually two) that functions as a single part of speech

22. Words that show the relationship of dependent clause to the independent clause - e.g. as if than or as though once when

23. A pronoun that does not refer to a specific - person - place - thing - or idea; examples: everyone - everything - everybody - anybody - many - most - few - each - some - someone - all - nothing - nobody - and no one

24. The point of view in which the narrator is a character in the story - using words like I we - and us

25. A sentence that makes a command

26. It is supposed to be absolutely clear who is being referred to by a pronoun. If you cannot tell who a pronoun is referring to it is ambiguous and must be fixed.

27. Takes the place of a noun and begins with a capitol letter

28. Renames or describes the direct object

29. A verb used to state a fact or ask a question

30. The word - phrase - or clause referred to by a pronoun.

31. Verbal acting like a noun

32. The narrator tells a listener what he/she has done or said - using the personal pronoun "you." This point of view is rare.

33. Takes the place of a noun or nouns; they show number and gender; example: singular: I - me - my - mine - you - your - yours - he - him - his - she - her - hers - it - its / plural: we - us - our - ours - you - your - yours - they - them - their - the

34. A word that expresses action or a state of being

35. An expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence

36. A ___________ has one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.

37. Clause contains a subject and a verb - AND it can stand alone

38. Noun - Pronoun - Adjective - Adverb - Verb - Conjunction - Preposition - Article - Interjection - Expletive - Verbal

39. Sentence where independent clauses are joined incorrectly - Comma splice - I ate he slept. (Need semi-colon!)

40. Word or phrase that shows strong emotion or surprise (whoa - look - ah)

41. An infinitive with an adverb between 'to' and the verb (e.g. - 'to boldly go')

42. An uncommon construction used to express with exactitude how a verb usage is to be interpreted

43. Tells that something will happen in the future; uses WILL with the verb; example: Dena WILL LAUGH at the jokes

44. Must place your word next to the one you're modifying

45. Answer these 5 questions - how - when - where - why - how often - and NOT

46. Renames a noun

47. A verb that requires a direct object to complete its meaning: they WASHED their new car.

48. A sentence that makes a statement or declaration

49. A noun that can be made plural via changing the ending - usually by adding "s"

50. Describes a noun or pronoun on its own terms - without comparing it to anything else. example: This is a HOT day.