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Practice - Grammar and Language - 10

Welcome to your English Grammar Quiz, KS3 students! The world of English can be pretty knotty sometimes, but it's also an adventure that's often both enlightening and fun. This quiz will help you test your understanding of the structure of the English language and the fundamental rules of grammar. Remember, it's okay to get some of them wrong. The important thing is to learn. So, strap on your thinking hats and get ready to dive into the world of English grammar!
1.
Which punctuation mark should be used to separate items in a list?
Colon
Semi-colon
Comma
Full stop
A comma is used to separate items in a list. For example, 'I need to buy bread, milk, and eggs.'
2.
Which word in the following sentence is the predicate: 'The fat cat sat on the mat'?
The
fat cat
sat on the mat
mat
The predicate of a sentence is the part that tells us what the subject does or is like. Thus, 'sat on the mat' is the predicate of this sentence.
3.
Which of the following sentences is written in the future tense?
Nina walks to school.
Nina is walking to school.
Nina walked to school.
Nina will walk to school.
The future tense is used to describe actions that will happen later. 'Nina will walk to school' is in the future tense.
4.
Which of the following is a proper noun?
Susan
Venus
London
All of the above
A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place or thing. Thus, 'London' is a particular city, 'Susan' a particular person, and 'Mars' a particular planet or god.
5.
Which of the following options completes this sentence correctly: 'The __________ of the story is exciting.'
climax
climax's
climaxes
climaxs
'Climax' is the correct word to complete this sentence. The correct plural form is 'climaxes', but the sentence isn't about multiple climaxes.
6.
Which of these is a compound sentence?
The sun rose.
The sun rose and the birds started singing.
After the sun rose.
Rising sun.
A compound sentence consists of two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction. Here, 'The sun rose' and 'the birds started singing' are two independent clauses conjoined by 'and'.
7.
Which of the following words is a conjunction?
run
and
quickly
pencil
A conjunction is a word that connects clauses or sentences. 'And' is a conjunction.
8.
Which of the following sentences is a question?
She is going to the park.
What time is it?
It is very sunny today.
I cannot find my keys.
'What time is it?' is a question. It is asking for information.
9.
What type of pronoun is 'ours' in the sentence 'The prize is ours'?
Subjective pronoun
Objective pronoun
Possessive pronoun
Reflexive pronoun
'Ours' is a possessive pronoun, which is used to express possession.
10.
Identify the adverb in the following sentence: 'Clever Jane reads quickly.'
Clever
Jane
Reads
Quickly
An adverb describes an action (verb). In this sentence, 'quickly' describes how Jane reads. Hence, it's the adverb. 'Clever' describes 'Jane (a noun) so is an adjective.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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