Grammar and Modifiers Practice Exercises 1

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Grammar and Modifiers Practice Exercise

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Practice Set 1


Practice Set 2

Fill in the blank with the correct adjective or adverb.

  1. In many popular movies today, the heroes are _____ armed than the villains.
    1. more heavily
    2. more heavy
    3. heavier
    4. more heavier
  2. The cake that I made last week tasted _____ than the one I made today.
    1. best
    2. more better
    3. better
    4. more good
  3. After winning the yo-yo contest, Lydia skipped _____ down the street.
    1. happy
    2. happiest
    3. more happily
    4. happily
  4. Of the three brothers, Andre is the _____.
    1. taller
    2. tallest
    3. more tall
    4. most tallest
  5. Riding the Tornado at the amusement park was _____ than I thought it would be.
    1. more terrifying
    2. more terrifyingly
    3. terrifying
    4. most terrifying
  6. This year our company sold _____ magazine subscriptions than ever before.
    1. less
    2. lesser
    3. few
    4. fewer


  1. b.   In this sentence, loud modifies the verb screamed. The adverb loudly should be used instead of loud.
  2. e.   There are no errors in this sentence; choice e is the correct answer.
  3. d.   This sentence makes a comparison between Frieda and three other girls; therefore, the superlative tallest should be used. Taller, the comparative form, is incorrect because it compares only two people.
  4. e.   There are no errors in this sentence; choice e is the best answer.
  5. e.   There are no errors in this sentence; choice e is the best answer.
  6. d.   The double comparative more cozier is redundant; just the comparative word cozier is sufficient to convey the idea that New York movie theaters will become more comfortable with the addition of love seats.
  7. e.   There are no errors in this sentence; choice e is the best answer.
  8. a.   The boy was describing his state of health, or well-being, so the adjective well should be used rather than good.
  9. d.   This sentence makes a comparison between many house guests. Therefore, the superlative word most should be used. More only compares two things.
  10. c.   In this sentence, hesitant attempts to modify the verb walked. The adverb hesitantly should be used instead of hesitant.
  11. a.   Use bad when modifying a noun; use badly when modifying a verb. The verb treated should be modified by the adverb badly, not the adjective bad.
  12. a.   The missing phrase modifies the verb are armed and creates a comparison between two types of people, heroes and villains. Therefore, you need a comparative form of the adverb heavily.
  13. c.   The comparison is between two things, a cake made last week and a cake made this week; choices a and d can be ruled out. Choice b, more better, is redundant. Choice c, better, is the best choice to make the comparison.
  14. d.   The missing phrase modifies the verb; therefore the sentence requires an adverb. Choices a and b are adjectives and can be ruled out. Choice c makes an unnecessary comparison.
  15. b.   The comparison is being made among three brothers; therefore, this sentence requires a superlative. Choices a and c only compare two things, and choice d is redundant.
  16. a.   The missing phrase modifies a noun and makes a comparison between two things, what he thought and what it was; therefore the sentence requires a comparative adjective. Choice b is an adverb. Choice c does not make a comparison, and choice d is a superlative, a comparison of three or more things. Choice a, more terrifying, is the best choice.
  17. d.   Use fewer with nouns that can be counted.
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