Grammar Review Practice Test (page 2)
Grammar Review Practice Test
Before you start your study of grammar skills, get an idea of how much you already know and how much you need to learn by taking this practice test. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
Take as much time as you need to finish the practice test. When you finish, check your answers against the answer key that follows the practice test. Good luck.
- Identify the common nouns.
- Identify the abstract nouns.
- Identify the proper nouns.
- Identify the nouns that are pluralized correctly.
- Identify the hyphenated nouns that are spelled correctly.
- Identify the nouns that have been made possessive correctly.
- Identify the antecedents/pronouns that agree in gender.
- Identify the antecedents/pronouns that agree in number.
- Identify the interrogative pronouns.
- Identify the subjective case pronouns.
- I went to his house and saw him.
- She brought me an apple and I thanked her.
- They went to Pat's and called me.
- Identify the objective case pronouns.
- He threw it toward me.
- Pass me the salt.
- We made them sandwiches.
- Identify the reflexive case pronouns and underline the possessive case pronouns.
- Carlo was angry, but stopped himself before he said something really mean to his brother.
- I was so tired I couldn't force myself to get dressed and join my friends at the mall.
- Some people take themselves too seriously and think it's their responsibility to solve everyone else's problems!
- Identify the demonstrative pronouns and underline the relative pronouns.
- That is the most annoying sound that I have ever heard.
- Those are the boxes of blankets that Mom plans to take to the SPCA.
- Is this the channel that you were watching?
- Identify the action verbs.
- Identify the linking verbs.
appear took become sat feel prove call grow study look is lose
- Identify the regular verbs and underline the irregular verbs.
- Identify the correct form of lay/lie in each sentence.
- Joy found her hairbrush (laying, lying) in the suitcase.
- The swing has (lain, laid) broken behind the shed for two years.
- The boy had (laid, lain) awake before getting up to play.
- Identify the correct form of sit/set in each sentence.
- The class (set, sat) patiently as the teacher took attendance.
- Claudia's aunt (sits, sets) the table while Gert cooks dinner.
- (Setting, Sitting) on the porch on a cool summer night is the best.
- Identify the correct tricky verb in each sentence.
- Sandy carefully (hanged, hung) her new curtains on the window.
- Peter tried to (accept, except) Jim's explanation, but it was difficult.
- You (can, may) take another glass of lemonade if you like.
- Identify the tense of each verb as present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect, future perfect, present progressive, past progressive, or future progressive.
- Identify the common adjectives in the following sentences.
- The pungent aroma of Italian spices filled the busy kitchen of the pizzeria.
- Shelley wore a blue dress to the wedding.
- We donated our old car to an automotive school where students practice doing repairs.
- Place the correct indefinite article in front of each noun.
- Change the following proper nouns into proper adjectives.
- Determine whether the boldfaced word in each sentence is a possessive pronoun or a possessive adjective.
- His sneakers were worn, so he bought new ones.
- Marissa crossed her fingers and hoped the winning ticket would be hers.
- My uncle showed me an autographed Babe Ruth baseball card and said it would one day be mine.
- Determine whether the boldfaced word in each sentence is a demonstrative pronoun or a demonstrative adjective.
- This is really over the top!
- Take this money and buy yourself a treat.
- Watch these carefully while they boil.
- Determine which form of comparative or superlative adjective best completes each sentence.
- Terry's (most high, highest) jump in the high jump was four feet, six inches.
- Sean's bank account was (larger, more large) than mine.
- Barbara was (best, better) at chess than her roommate Natalie.
- Identify the correct form of the comparative and superlative adverbs in the following sentences.
- Joel was (less, least) active during the winter than during the summer.
- The store brand's price was the (low, lower, lowest) of the three brands.
- This was the (long, longer, longest) day of the year.
- Determine whether the boldfaced word in the sentence is an adjective or an adverb.
- The accounting department ran at a fast but friendly pace.
- Cory worked hard on improving his tennis swing for the tournament.
- Nora was sent straight to her room for disobeying her parents.
- Identify the prepositional phrases in the following sentences.
- Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to sail around the world.
- Without a doubt, regular exercise is necessary for good health.
- The little monkey ran around Mom's living room and climbed up the drapes.
- Determine whether the boldfaced word is a preposition or an adverb.
- Holly was beside herself with fear when the child darted into the street.
- If we can reach Hightstown by five, we may be able to see the president's motorcade go by.
- Use caution when you walk across busy streets.
- Rewrite each sentence so that the misplaced modifiers are properly placed.
- The woman was walking her dog with hair curlers.
- Walking along the shore the sand burned my feet.
- Tina bought a guinea pig for her brother they call Butterscotch.
- Using the clues, write the homonyms or homographs.
- trade event/equitable
- the total/several
- dress in/goods for sale
- Identify the simple subject in the following sentences.
- Next week, Scott and Jennifer will get married.
- Shopping sprees can be fun, but very expensive.
- It may be too soon to tell.
- Identify the simple predicate in the following sentences.
- Reading is good exercise for the brain.
- Try again.
- The log, when turned over, revealed a whole different world.
- Identify whether each boldfaced word is a direct or an indirect object in the following sentences.
- Brandy took the pot of flowers and brought it into the garden window.
- Grumbling to himself, Stan dragged the heavy garbage cans out to the street.
- He gave her a high-five to assure her that all was well.
- Identify the verb that correctly agrees with the subject in each sentence.
- Patty (fly, flies) frequently for work.
- All of us (watch, watches) out for one another.
- Nobody (want, wants) to play croquet in the the backyard with me.
- Identify the verb that correctly completes the following sentences.
- Neither Jessica nor Marty (like, likes) to do the laundry.
- Spaghetti and meatballs (is, are) my favorite Italian meal.
- Sally or Zach (is, are) probably going to be the valedictorian this year.
- Identify the verb that agrees with the indefinite pronoun in each sentence.
- Everyone (need, needs) to get any homework I assign in on time!
- Will somebody (taste, tastes) this lasagna before I serve it to see if it's okay?
- Many (stop, stops) by my office to get directions to your cubicle.
- Determine which pronoun best fits for proper pronoun/antecedent agreement in each sentence.
- The boys took________time walking home from school.
- Nobody saw________name on the cast list.
- The scared joey hopped to________mother for security.
- Identify the adjective and adverb phrases in the following sentences.
- Books with weak spines need to be reinforced to lengthen their shelf life.
- The lizard scurried across the sidewalk and disappeared into the bushes.
- The cashier with the red hair and braces was especially helpful.
- Identify the participial phrases, infinitive phrases, and gerund phrases in the following sentences.
- Hoping to win the lottery, Harriet bought 50 tickets for tonight's drawing.
- To help pass the time, Jake reads a book that he takes along.
- Caring for her ailing grandmother is Lori's focus right now.
- Identify the appositive phrases in the following sentences.
- Ron, a referee and mentor, is a fair-minded and friendly man.
- Jeannine works for KTL, a public relations firm in Kansas City.
- Molly, my student, has a very fanciful imagination.
- Determine whether each group of words is an independent or a subordinate clause.
- If it doesn't rain
- We plan to go
- Take that back
- Because I overslept
- Cover your mouth
- Remember her birthday
- Identify the adjective clause in each sentence.
- Now I remember the guy that you described to me yesterday.
- The house at the end of the road is where my father grew up.
- The room next to the office is where the professors meet.
- Identify the noun clause in each sentence.
- I can see what you mean.
- What Wendy said took everyone by surprise.
- How it ends remains to be seen.
- Identify the adverb clause in each sentence.
- Unless he gets a pay raise, Brad won't be able to buy a new car.
- I could get this job done faster if there were not so many distractions!
- Although many cats are loners, they still look to humans for food and shelter.
- Identify the coordinating conjunction(s) and the word or group of words it is connecting in each sentence.
- Logan or Melanie can go to the retreat if they want to.
- Karla wanted to visit longer with her friend, but she had a long drive home and it was late.
- We signed up for the early class so we could have the rest of the afternoon free.
- Identify the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.
- We can go to dinner now or we can go after the concert.
- When the judge announced the winner, the audience clapped loudly and gave him a standing ovation.
- All of the graduates will receive a degree.
- If you try harder, you will certainly achieve success.
- Add punctuation where necessary in the following sentences.
- Nathans birthday is May 21 1991 which fell on a Monday this year
- Mr Roberts left a message asking me to pick up these items staples printer paper correction fluid and two boxes of paper clips I guess the supply closet got raided
- All of the girls dresses were pink with white eyelet ruffles on the sleeves edges.
- Correctly place quotation marks, commas, and end marks in the following sentences.
- Why do we need to know how to add or subtract fractions anyway Chris asked Mr. Bowen the math teacher
- Im glad you came to the beach with me my cousin whispered because without you I couldnt make the most awesome sand castle and win the contest
chair joy knitted Australia supermarket Ohio Monticello understanding toddlers saucepan dancing hostess
peace telephone livelihood deceit cheerfulness jungle NASA smile rubber band test eyelash patience
Texas Work Clock Puzzle Nancy Mr. Klondike Licorice Mexico City Basketball IBM Spiderman Mt. Everest
halves theorys oxen casinoes inchs dishes valleyes houses mother-in-laws booths tooths hippopotami
sister-in-laws kilowatt-hours runner-ups forget-me-nots follow-ups sticks-in-the-mud
child's her's Jody's Congress' tooth's cactus's puppies' moms' Jason's women's his' dress's
tree/it Anthony/she King Henry/he passenger/it kangaroo/his Alice/her
kids/him everybody/they Kathy and I/it fish/they each/he or she woman/we both/they
who when whose which whom whomever how where what
wash be hold cook would buy pray gnaw put write loan marry
forgive grow buy walk wash hide sew pet sit hear play throw
will drive am driving had driven drove drive has driven drives will have driven
___house ___elephant ___unicorn ___yellow flower ___one-way street ___honor ___underdog ___loafer ___unopened gift ___orange ___hour ___occasion ___wrist ___admirer ___upper level
Italy Bahama Africa Texas France Hawaii America Virginia Denmark California Belgium China Japan Inca England
- chair, supermarket, toddlers, saucepan, hostess
- peace, livelihood, deceit, cheerfulness, patience
- Texas, Nancy, Mr. Klondike, Mexico City, IBM, Spiderman, Mt. Everest
- halves, oxen, dishes, houses, booths, hippopotami
- kilowatt-hours, forget-me-nots, follow-ups, sticks-in-the-mud
- child's, Jody's, Congress', tooth's, cactus's, puppies', moms', Jason's, women's, dress's
- tree/it, King Henry/he, Alice/her
- fish/they, group/it, fish/it, each/he or she, both/they
- who, whose, which, whom, whomever
- I, She/I, They
- it/me, me, them
- himself/his, myself/my, themselves/their
- That/that, Those/that, this/that
- wash, hold, cook, buy, pray, gnaw, put, write, loan, marry
- appear, become, feel, prove, grow, look
regular verbs: walk, wash, play
irregular verbs: forgive, grow, buy, hide, sew, pet, sit, hear, throw
- lying, lain, lain
- sat, sets, Sitting
- hung, accept, may
- will drive (future), had driven (past perfect), drive (present), drives (present), am driving (present progressive), drove (past), has driven (present perfect), will have driven (future perfect)
- pungent, busy, blue, old, automotive
- a house, a unicorn, a one-way street, an underdog, an unopened gift, an hour, a wrist, an upper level, an elephant, a yellow flower, an honor, a loafer, an orange, an occasion, an admirer
- Italian, Bahamian, African, Texan, French, Hawaiian, American, Virginian, Danish, Californian, Belgian, Chinese, Japanese, Incan, English
- His: possessive adjective; her: possessive adjective; hers: possessive pronoun; My: possessive adjective
- This: demonstrative pronoun; this: demonstrative adjective; these: demonstrative pronoun
- highest, larger, better
- less, lowest, longest
- fast: adjective; hard: adverb; straight: adverb
- around the world; Without a doubt; for good health; around Mom's living room; up the drapes
- beside herself: preposition; by five: preposition; by: adverb; across busy streets: preposition
The woman with hair curlers was walking her dog.
The sand burned my feet while I was walking along the shore.
Tina bought a guinea pig they call Butterscotch for her brother.
- Scott and Jennifer; Shopping sprees; It
- is; Try; revealed
- pot: direct object; it: direct object; garbage cans: direct object; her: indirect object; high-five: direct object
- flies, watch, wants
- likes, is, is
- needs, taste, stop
- their, his or her, its
- with weak spines: adjective phrase across the sidewalk: adverb phrase; into the bushes: adverb phrase with the red hair and braces: adjective phrase
Hoping to win the lottery: participial phrase
To help pass the time: infinitive phrase
Caring for her ailing grandmother: gerund phrase
- a referee and mentor, a telecommunications company in Kansas City, my student
If it doesn't rain: subordinate clause
We plan to go: independent clause
Take that back: independent clause
Because I overslept: subordinate clause
Cover your mouth: independent clause
Remember her birthday: independent clause
that you described
where my father grew up
where the professors meet
what you mean
What Wendy said
How it ends
Unless he gets a pay raise
if there were not so many distractions
Although many cats are loner
Logan or Melanie
Karla wanted to visit longer with her friend, but she had a long drive home and it was late.
We signed up for the early class so we could have the rest of the afternoon free.
- a. compound; b. compound-complex; c. simple; d. complex
Nathan's birthday is May 21, 1991, which fell on a Monday this year.
Mr. Roberts left a message asking me to pick up these items: staples, printer paper, correction fluid, and two boxes of paper clips; I guess the supply closet got raided.
All of the girls' dresses were pink with white eyelet ruffles on the sleeves' edges.
"Why do we need to know how to multiply or divide fractions anyway?" Chris asked Mr. Bowen, the math teacher.
"I'm glad you came to the beach with me," my cousin whispered, "because without you I couldn't make the most awesome sand castle and win the contest!"
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