Nouns and Articles Review Exercises for English Grammar
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In the following sentences, underline all nouns and identify them as proper or common as shown in these examples:
Mary submitted her paper in a folder.
Thomas Edison slept only four hours a night throughout the major portion of his life.
- The road was icy, so James advised his wife to have chains put on the family car.
- Siberia supports thousands of migratory deer.
- The Atlantic is polluted with congealed oil from New York to Portugal.
- Many students cannot finish college because of the high cost of tuition.
- Most physics textbooks, according to Lorimer, do not supply students with sufficient exercises.
- Theater seats in England are so inexpensive that some tourists see a play every night of the week.
- Rich people ordinarily find that expensive restaurants are eager for their patronage.
- Few lexicographers see themselves as guardians of their language.
- Bernard Malamud was the author of many fine stories and books.
- Roger Casement was an Irish patriot, an English traitor.
Give the plural forms of the words and phrases in the following list as shown in the examples. Consult a dictionary if necessary.
- fox __________
- chief __________
- attorney __________
- potato __________
- spoonful __________
- valley __________
- formula __________
- genus __________
- addendum __________
- knife __________
- laboratory __________
- vocabulary __________
- absence __________
- cupful __________
- babysitter __________
- crisis __________
- diagnosis __________
- synopsis __________
- athletics __________
- library __________
- Jones __________
- quota __________
- datum __________
- booth __________
- buzz __________
- axis __________
- locus __________
- sky __________
- echo __________
- preference __________
- loaf __________
- life __________
- matrix __________
- actuary __________
- basis __________
- neurosis __________
- privilege __________
- freshman __________
- parenthesis __________
- attorney general __________
- analysis __________
- psychosis __________
- thesis __________
- chassis __________
- quantum __________
- Smith __________
- symphony __________
- ax, axe __________
- secretary __________
- levity __________
In the following sentences, supply the missing possessive forms as shown in these examples:
- The music of the Beatles did not appeal to everybody.
- The Beatles' music did not appeal to everybody.
- A delay of one day will not bother me.
- One day's delay will not bother me.
- The shirt John will wear needs ironing.
- The performance of both teams in the first half was disappointing.
- Most meetings of the United Nations begin on time.
- He objected to the reunification of Korea.
- Who has not admired the batting of the 1998 Yankees?
- John Ruskin was known for more than art criticism.
- The child of my next-door neighbor had a party yesterday.
- The ambitions of most men are never realized.
- The best dishes of our cook are reserved for nights when company is expected.
- The poetry of John Keats will never go out of style.
- With a little luck, the scrambled eggs my wife makes will resemble the real thing.
- At midnight on December 31, I shall be celebrating with my family.
- The shoes Mickey wore had seen better days.
- Retirement for the Johnsons did not last long enough.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jones said all they could at the meeting.
__________ shirt needs ironing.
The __________ performance in the first half was disappointing.
The United __________ meetings mostly begin on time.
He objected to __________ reunification.
Who has not admired the __________ batting?
John __________ reputation extended beyond art criticism.
My next-door __________ child had a party yesterday.
Most __________ ambitions are never realized.
Our __________ best dishes are reserved for nights when company is expected.
John __________ poetry will never go out of style.
With a little luck, my __________ scrambled eggs will resemble the real thing.
I shall be celebrating New __________ Eve with my family.
__________ shoes had seen better days.
The __________ retirement years were too few.
Mr. and Mrs. __________ remarks bored everyone at the meeting.
In the following sentences, identify the collective nouns as singular or plural as shown in these examples:
- Humankind is coming to a decisive era in its history. singular
- The public makes known its wishes slowly but forcefully. singular
- The remainder are going to be left behind. plural
- In many universities, athletics is funded from football receipts. __________
- He decided that he would have to cut the herd so its weakest members would not deprive the strongest of food. __________
- The class agreed that their teacher should be encouraged to permit early adjournment. __________
- He asked the group to take their time in reaching a decision. __________
- A minister may find that his congregation speaks with a single voice in parish matters. __________
- The team has decided to appoint a new captain. __________
- The opposition are meeting quietly to develop an effective strategy. __________
- We wonder whether the remainder is sufficient to pay her way for the rest of her life. __________
- The majority must soon decide how to proceed. __________
- His offspring are now going their separate ways. __________
In the following sentences, underscore the noun clauses as shown in these examples:
- His position is that he was not to blame.
- How he can achieve his ambition bewilders me.
- Whether we go tomorrow or stay depends on my wife's health.
- Walter insisted that we pool our remaining capital.
- His answers usually were whatever came into his head first.
- He feels unhappy about what happened during his job interview.
- Dick cannot be held responsible for everything his children do.
- This building lacks what modern architecture can usually supply.
- The librarian told me that the book was on reserve.
- When the picnic is held is no concern of yours.
- Whatever you do will surely affect the remainder of your academic career.
- Whoever attends the meeting will have a vote in the election.
In the following sentences, insert a, an, or the where needed as shown in these examples:
- She gave the correct amount to me, but I dropped all of it.
- The conductor found a discarded wallet on the floor.
- His first job paid less than $6 an hour.
- Ellen intended to do the best she could.
- Acid rock is not the best music to play in an, the emergency room.
- Ballpoint pens have revolutionized __________ penmanship. (article unnecessary)
- My brother asked her whether she could spare __________ few dollars.
- No one knows __________ trouble I have made.
- The defendant decided to plead guilty to __________ charge.
- Poverty does not always lead to __________ unrest.
- One cannot live on ten dollars __________ day in Europe anymore.
- The lawyer showed that __________ shooting was accidental.
- __________ hour in her company goes by in no time at all.
- Frederick considered it __________ honor to receive __________ Alumni Award for Service.
- One of __________ cabdrivers warned me not to stay at __________ Gideon Hotel.
- __________ ambitious young man should not work so hard that he damages his health.
- Writing a letter to __________ editor is not easy for most of us.
- One of my dreams is to have __________ seaworthy sailboat, __________ ability to operate it, and __________ time to enjoy it.
- Many potential investors are frightened by __________ prospect of a major economic depression.
- The doctor cured her of __________ tuberculosis.
- Nowhere else in our town can one find __________ food as good as his wife's.
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