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Grammar 02
It's Mum's birthday tomorrow.

Grammar 02

Grammar is the set of rules for writing and language. Grammar exist does why? Can you imagine if there were no rules at all about which order words should follow in a sentence? How would we ever understand what people meant? And just think how impossible it would be to follow directions or instructions! Grammar exists because, in order to communicate with precision, languages need to follow rules.

This quiz tests a tricky rule about when to use 'she and I' and also gives you a chance to revise some grammar you know, but may have forgotten.

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1.
...... he hadn't considered applying in the past, a job at the stadium now seemed very enticing.
However
Therefore
Although
Despite
Although he hadn't considered applying in the past, a job at the stadium now seemed very enticing
2.
'...... too young to remember this,' sighed Uncle Ivan, 'but ...... Auntie Elise was once an opera singer.'
You're, you're
You're, your
Your, your
Your, you're
'You're too young to remember this,' sighed Uncle Ivan, 'but your Auntie Elise was once an opera singer'
3.
Despite being reminded several times, ...... were still many pupils who forgot they shouldn't bring ...... phones into the exam.
they're, their
they're, there
there, their
their, they're
Despite being reminded several times, there were still many pupils who forgot they shouldn't bring their phones into the exam
4.
Despite ...... chosen for the team, Raoul preferred playing computer games to spending time training.
having been
he was
was
been
Despite having been chosen for the team, Raoul preferred playing computer games to spending time training
5.
...... the mess she had just made of her bedroom, Stephanie's offer to tidy the kitchen seemed somewhat suspect.
Despite
Consequently,
Because
Given
Given the mess she had just made of her bedroom, Stephanie's offer to tidy the kitchen seemed somewhat suspect
6.
...... too quiet outside: ...... almost as if the road and all ...... traffic have disappeared.
Its, its, it's
It's, it's, it's
It's, its, its
It's, it's, its
It's too quiet outside: it's almost as if the road and all its traffic have disappeared
7.
Which of the following is NOT correct?
Although it was getting late and we'd already been out for hours, we decided to go for a run.
Although it was getting late and we'd already been out for hours, me and Ann decided to go for a run.
Although it was getting late and we'd already been out for hours, Ann and I decided to go for a run.
Although it was getting late and we'd already been out for hours, she and I decided to go for a run.
'She and I' are doing the action, therefore you need the subject pronoun 'I', rather than 'me'
8.
Which of the following is NOT correct?
It's Mum's birthday tomorrow, so Dad asked us to make her a cake.
It's Mum's birthday tomorrow, so Dad asked me and Jenna to make her a cake.
It's Mum's birthday tomorrow, so Jenna and I are going to make her a cake.
It's Mum's birthday tomorrow, so Dad asked Jenna and I to make her a cake.
Remember: you would say 'Dad asked me to make her a cake', so it's 'Dad asked me and Jenna to make her a cake'
9.
Which of the following is NOT correct?
They gave their spare tickets to Bill, Ann and I.
They gave their spare tickets to me, Bill and Ann.
They gave us their spare tickets.
They gave their spare tickets to us.
Here 'they' are performing the action (the subject is 'they'). You could say 'they gave the tickets to me', but you would not say 'they gave the tickets to I'. Therefore it is correct to say 'they gave the tickets to me, Bill and Ann'
10.
Which of the following is NOT correct?
Bill and I took a walk by the river this morning.
We took a walk by the river this morning.
Me and Bill took a walk by the river this morning.
He and I took a walk by the river this morning.
The subject of this sentence is 'Bill and I'. 'Me' cannot be a subject pronoun (it would be incorrect to say 'Me took a walk...')
Author:  Sheri Smith

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