Can You Get a Perfect Score on This Grammar Quiz?

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

"Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control." - Jeffrey Gitomer 

Have you had time to reflect on your grammar skills recently and what kind of impressions you leave on people when you send an email or write a note? After all, it can be embarrassing when a co-worker or friend lets you know what you spelled wrong or that you missed a comma. If you are tired of running into these grammar Nazis, it's time to go back to grammar school. Here's your chance with this grammar quiz! 

Good grammar is the essence of communication. It's how we appropriately describe an image or an idea for others to grasp so that a conversation can move forward. Without strong grammar skills, that conversation can derail or become complicated or confusing, and it can leave you feeling stupid or misunderstood despite having a full grasp on what you are trying to communicate. 

Don't let yourself be put in a situation where you can't get your point across. Instead, take this quiz and brush up on grammar tools that are easy to forget over time. Get started and test out your grammar knowledge!

What's the subject in the following sentence: The apple fell from the tree.

People often think that the English language is made up entirely of long and complicated sentences. However, the phrase "Go!" creates a complete sentence, which is the shortest sentence in the English language.

What's the subject in the following sentence: The flock of ducks landed near the bank on the other side of the river.

A sentence that contains every letter in the English language is called a pangram. One famous example is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

What's the subject in the following sentence: Trying to get home before the storm, Bill and Tucker started pedaling their bikes faster.

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest word in a major English dictionary. The word represents a type of lung disease also known as silicosis.

What's the predicate in the following sentence: The ball bounced down the road.

Titin, a protein, has a chemical name with 189,819 letters. However, it's not listed in an English dictionary.

What's the verb in the following sentence: With his head bleeding from the fall, Jeff was taken to the hospital by his mother.

Floccinaucinihilipilification is thought to be the longest non-technical term in the English language. It is the act of regarding something as unimportant.

Which of the following is a proper noun?

Oxford University Press did a study to come up with the most common words used in the English language. The most common word used was "the."

Which of the following is a linking verb?

The most common subject in the English language is "I." It's the tenth most common word.

What is "shall" in the following sentence: I shall take the cake with me.

The first 25 most common words in the English language make up a third of printed material. The top 100 most common words make up nearly half of all printed material.

What's the direct object in the following sentence: I took my friend some medicine.

New words are added daily to the dictionary. Over the course of a year, around 4,000 new words will be added to the dictionary.

What's the indirect object in the following sentence: The waitress brought us some water.

Do you have a friend who uses the word "like" all the time? This is a common example of a crutch word that doesn't add any value to the sentence.

What's the preposition in the following sentence: You can go inside the house.

You might notice that some words look the same when turned upside down such as "swims." These words are called ambigrams.

What's a noun that is affected by a preposition called?

English is the language used by pilots. If two planes come into contact with one another, the pilots must speak in English.

Which of the following is a possessive pronoun?

"E" is the most common letter in the English language. It shows up about 11% of the time.

Which of these is an object pronoun?

"Q" is the rarest letter seen in the English language. It shows up less than 0.20% of the time.

Which sentence is correct?

The most common noun in the English language is "time." The most common verb is "be."

Which of the following sentences is correct?

Do you like to describe things as good? That's not surprising because "good" is the most common adjective in the English language.

What is "there" in the following sentence: The ball is over there.

Contrary to popular belief, the United States does not have an official language. English is the most common, and Spanish comes in second.

What is "have accomplished" in the following sentence: I have accomplished my goal today.

If you're a poet, then certainly you like to rhyme words. However, words such as "orange" don't rhyme with anything else.

Where should a comma be in the following sentence: According to the weatherman it will rain tomorrow.

Computers are filled with the English language. In fact, 80% of information stored on computers is in English.

Where should a comma be in the following sentence: Harold cut the grass and trimmed the bushes.

The earliest form of the English language is known as Old English. It comes from Anglo-Saxon settlers in early-medieval Britain.

Where should a comma be in the following sentence: Jesse took her dress to the tailor and they shortened it for her.

Beowulf was one of the earliest English text. The manuscript was created between the 10th and 11th century.

Which sentence is correct?

Written in Old English, Beowulf is an epic poem set in Scandinavia. The poem consists of 3,182 lines.

Which of the following sentences is correct?

French was introduced into the English language with the Norman conquest in the 11th century. This was the birth of Middle English.

Which sentence is correct?

Two of the earliest examples of Middle English were Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain. Both poems helped usher in a new literary period in England.

What's the adverb in the following sentence: Her horse performed​ badly.

Sir Gawain is viewed as courtly literature with romance and humor. It tells part of the story of Arthurian legend.

What's the adverb in the following sentence: John arrives in an hour.

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to personally entertain the English court with his literature. He was appointed to the courts of both Richard II and Henry IV.

What's the adjective in the following sentence: She knows more than a college senior.

Geoffrey Chaucer's first great work was Troilus and Cressida in 1385. It describes a love story that ends in tragedy during the Trojan War.

What's the adjective in the following sentence: That sausage is hot.

The Canterbury Tales is Geoffrey Chaucer's greatest Middle English masterpiece. The tales follow a group of pilgrims who try to win a prize by telling the best story.

Where should the semicolon be in the following sentence: Although they played hard they lost.

A vowel shift began in the English language in the 14th century. By the 17th century, there was an evident move in literature to early-Modern English because of this shift.

Which sentence is correct?

William Shakespeare is the greatest example of early-Modern English. His poems and plays are still important today as they influence​ writers and artists.

Which sentence is correct?

Shakespeare actually introduced many words to the English language. Some words include addiction, fixture, and gossip.

What's wrong with the following sentence: John said "I don't like spam."

Before 1600, Shakespeare mastered both comedic and historic plays. After 1600, his tone shifted as he turned to tragedies, with Hamlet being his first true example.

What's wrong with the following sentence: Elaine told me her car was "completely totaled" and "wouldn't be ready for several weeks."

The Enlightenment had a major influence on published material. The movement helped bring about reason and scientific study as ideas flowed more freely.

Which sentence is correct?

Romanticism followed the Enlightenment in English literature. The intent of the movement was to elicit emotion through both horror and beauty.

Which sentence is correct?

Realism in American literature turned its attention to ordinary people. Popular realist writers included Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Edith Wharton.

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