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Conventions of Standard English - I Know What That Means!

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Conventions of Standard English - I Know What That Means!

This English Language quiz is called 'Conventions of Standard English - I Know What That Means!' and it has been written by teachers to help you if you are studying the subject at middle school. Playing educational quizzes is a fabulous way to learn if you are in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade - aged 11 to 14.

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If there is one thing to understand about middle school English is that it will focus quite heavily on reading (reading lots of books) and writing (writing lots of book reports and research papers).

Since by now you will have had years of learning words and word usage, to stretch you even further, the time has come to see just how well you can put all of that word usage learning to use and how well you can use language to express yourself and your ideas. That does not mean, however, that you can sit back and think that you no longer have to worry about knowing which words are conjunctions, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions and so on. Nope, you still need to remember all of that in order to be able to write and write well-constructed reading papers.

So for this quiz you will be given a word usage word and then you need to see if you remember what it means. Sounds pretty easy - right? Well, let’s see just what you do remember about each of the following types of words.

1.
What is an adjective?
A word that shows action
A person, place or thing
A word that describes, identifies or further defines a noun or a pronoun
A word that refers back to the subject of the sentence
An adjective is a word that describes, identifies or further defines a noun or a pronoun. Answer (c) is the correct answer
2.
What is a metaphor?
A word that refers back to the subject of the sentence
Two things that are implied as being the “same” thing
Two “different” things that are compared to each other
Words that imitate sounds or ideas
With a metaphor, two things are implied as being the “same” thing. Answer (b) is the correct answer here
3.
What are homonyms?
Words that describe, identify or further define a noun or a pronoun
Words that are spelled the same but in their given context have different meanings
Words that imitate sounds or ideas
Two words that mean the opposite or nearly the opposite thing
Homonyms are words that are spelled the same but in their given context have different meanings. Answer (b) is the correct answer
4.
A colon is used to __________.
show excitement or a command
show the difference between two separate statements that are being emphasized
separate the day of the month and the year
introduce a list or to make a point
A colon is used to introduce a list or to make a point. Answer (d) is the correct answer
5.
What are antonyms?
Words that are spelled the same but in their given context have different meanings
Words that mean the same thing or nearly the same thing as another word
Two words that mean the opposite or nearly the opposite thing
Words that imitate sounds or ideas
Antonyms are two words that mean the opposite or nearly the opposite thing. Answer (c) is correct
6.
What is a preposition?
A word (or group of words) that is used to connect other words, phrases, clauses or sentences together
A word that shows the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence
A word that replaces one or more nouns
A word that refers back to the subject of the sentence
A preposition is a word that shows the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence. Answer (b) the correct answer
7.
What is a noun?
An action word
A word that imitates sounds or ideas
A word that refers back to the subject of the sentence
A person, place or thing
A noun is a person, place or thing. Answer (d) is correct
8.
What is a pronoun?
A word that modifies another word
A word that shows possession
A word that follows a conjunction
A word that replaces one or more nouns
A pronoun is a word that replaces one or more nouns. Answer (d) is the correct answer
9.
What is a conjunction?
A word (or group of words) that is used to connect other words, phrases, clauses or sentences together
A word that refers back to the subject of the sentence
A word that means the same thing or nearly the same thing as another word
A word that is spelled the same but in its given context has different meanings
A conjunction is a word (or group of words) that is used to connect other words, phrases, clauses or sentences together. Answer (a) is the correct answer
10.
What is a synonym?
A word that means the same thing or nearly the same thing as another word
A word that imitates sounds or ideas
A word that is spelled the same but in its given context has different meanings
A word that describes, identifies or further defines a noun or a pronoun
A synonym is a word that means the same thing or nearly the same thing as another word. Answer (a) is the correct answer needed here
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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