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What is the difference between and adjective and an adverb? Can you tell a clause from a phrase? Are these sentences interrogatory or declarative? Do you need help choosing between a comma and a semi-colon? Where does that pesky apostrophe belong? All will be revealed, my friend.
78 quizzes and 837 trivia questions.
Life on the Hyphen
  Life on the Hyphen   best quiz  
Photo Match
 12 Qns
Punctuation & Typographical Symbols
Throughout history, typographical symbols have popped up to serve differing purposes in the publishing world. Can you identify these various symbols, both common and uncommon?
Very Easy, 12 Qns, trident, Jan 20 24
Very Easy
trident editor
Jan 20 24
512 plays
  Pick a Word!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I know many people who have trouble with the following words, see how well you can do on them!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, ladymacb29, Aug 12 19
Recommended for grades: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Very Easy
ladymacb29 editor
Aug 12 19
18564 plays
  Parts of (Hilarious) Speech   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Parts of speech...ho hum...Wait! I can make this fun. I'll give you giggle-inducing phrases to enliven your practice with identifying parts of speech.
Easier, 10 Qns, Pagiedamon, Apr 18 24
Pagiedamon gold member
Apr 18 24
8323 plays
  Know Your Plurals   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Plurals are fascinating yet sometimes frustrating things. Take a shot at this quiz to see if you really know your plurals!
Average, 10 Qns, timence, Aug 10 21
timence gold member
Aug 10 21
15808 plays
  Me, Myself, and I   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This should be an easy quiz for most people. All you have to do is select the best choice from the three offered in each question.
Average, 10 Qns, woofi, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 4,5,6,7
Aug 26 20
14915 plays
  Grammar Challenge   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Think you know a lot about grammar? Test your knowledge with my grammar challenge! Note: this quiz is on American usage.
Average, 10 Qns, ILuv2Teach, May 14 23
Recommended for grades: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10
May 14 23
13422 plays
  Grammar and the Land of Oz editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello, grammar lovers. In this quiz, you will be tested on some basic grammar terminology while reading quotes from "The Wizard of Oz" movie. Have fun and enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, mrgrouchy, Mar 12 13
7192 plays
  Medically Speaking   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many medical terms are easier to understand if you can figure out the root of their pre- or suffixes. Test your skill with this quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, Catamount, Mar 16 18
Mar 16 18
8288 plays
  Literary Signs and Symbols   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Have you ever wondered what some of those little symbols and signs you often see in literature (and on your keyboard) are called? Signs like -, or &, or * are used frequently...but how have we designated them? Let's find out...
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Oct 24 15
thejazzkickazz gold member
11398 plays
Mark Your Words
  Mark Your Words   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge about various traditional and non-traditional punctuation marks. I will be using names and explaining functions according to Standard American English, unless otherwise noted.
Average, 10 Qns, alaspooryoric, Sep 20 15
alaspooryoric gold member
769 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Swimming is a great form of exercise. Which word is the gerund?

From Quiz "Anatomy of a Sentence"

  Everyday Basic Grammar   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
As a teacher, it's disheartening to see so many people without the basic knowledge of grammar. The school year is over, but teaching still lives on! Show me your stuff and prove me wrong!
Easier, 15 Qns, YeuxdelaMere, Feb 23 21
Recommended for grades: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Feb 23 21
4167 plays
  Distinctive Adjectives - A Medical Twist.   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We know that "feline" pertains to cats while "canine" pertains to dogs. How about trying some medical distinctive adjectives? In each of the following items, the adjectives are capitalized. Select the response associated with the adjective. Enjoy!
Very Easy, 10 Qns, yency, Aug 06 12
Very Easy
2468 plays
  Grammar Basics    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz represents some of the most common grammatical mistakes people make. What do you know about grammar? Take this quiz to find out!
Average, 10 Qns, JBusch, Jan 25 17
8687 plays
  Lay/Lie   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The words "lay" and "lie" seem to give many problems both to English speakers and writers. In this quiz, provide the either "lie" or "lay", in the proper tense. Remember, the general rule is that the verb "to lay" takes an object, but "to lie" does not
Average, 10 Qns, woofi, Mar 24 17
5990 plays
Punctuation Marks the Spot
  Punctuation Marks the Spot!   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
There are hundreds of punctuation marks. Some are archaic and rarely seen, while others are seen almost every day. How much do you know about the marks you use to get your point across?
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Sep 12 15
716 plays
  Anatomy of a Sentence   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz should be easy. I'll give you a sentence then ask you to identify a certain part of speech.
Easier, 15 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Nov 22 23
Ilona_Ritter gold member
Nov 22 23
6507 plays
  English Enslaved? The History of Punctuation   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Did English words once roam free and unfettered, unrestrained by marks diacritical? Does punctuation buy clarity at the expense of freedom of expression? This quiz examines what you know about the controversial history of punctuation.
Tough, 10 Qns, uglybird, Jul 31 13
2686 plays
  KeyChars   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some common keyboard characters have unusual names. How many of these can you identify?
Average, 10 Qns, psnz, Jun 20 22
psnz gold member
Jun 20 22
304 plays
  Words - Things You Knew You Were Afraid to Ask!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz deals with unusual and uncommon words, sayings and grammatical meanings in the English language. It deals with things we do every day, and generally, we don't realise we are doing them!
Tough, 10 Qns, FussBudget, Oct 20 19
FussBudget gold member
Oct 20 19
4169 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you think you know your apostrophes? I DARE you to ace this quiz. If it's too easy, let me know, and I'll 'beef it up' a little.
Easier, 10 Qns, ziamarta, Nov 26 16
9551 plays
  Literary Terms For Book Worms    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Literary Terms for Book Worms: the ultimate quiz for teachers and readers ... see how much you know!
Easier, 20 Qns, Melba, Sep 28 21
Sep 28 21
6221 plays
  Group Collective Names Three   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten more collective terms for different groups of animals, people or things. How many do you know? Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Feb 05 18
Creedy gold member
Feb 05 18
605 plays
  Things To Do With Words   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you like words and playing with words and words about words, then this quiz is for you.
Difficult, 10 Qns, uglybird, Jul 15 22
Jul 15 22
4514 plays
  Modifiers: The Good, the Bad, and the Badly   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I've put together a little something about adjectives and adverbs to quiz your knowledge about words and phrases used as modifiers in the English language. All questions and answers use Standard American English rules of grammar.
Average, 15 Qns, alaspooryoric, Jul 18 20
alaspooryoric gold member
Jul 18 20
704 plays
  Language Devices In English Writing    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
A mix of definitions that you likely learnt in high school English lessons. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, Tan72, May 13 22
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9,10,11,12
May 13 22
284 plays
  Which Way is Right?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As a manuscript assessor, I see a great many common errors. See if you can navigate through the minefield of the Top Ten!
Average, 10 Qns, sallyo, Jun 29 18
Jun 29 18
5018 plays
  Comma Confusion   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If commas trip you up as often they do me, take this quiz. If you have them down pat, the rest of us will forgive your high score...maybe, if you don't rub it in. (Quiz is according to American usage.)
Average, 10 Qns, uglybird, Feb 09 13
4540 plays
  Swing from a Dangling Participle   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Dangling participles and other misplaced modifiers will challenge you here! I've used examples from published grammarians, plus instances from newspapers and classic film. U.S. Standard Written English applies. Take a swing, but beware!
Average, 10 Qns, gracious1, May 18 16
gracious1 gold member
828 plays
  One Mouse, Two Mice, One House, Two Hice.   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You may use a mouse, or two mouses on your computer, but put them in a cage and they're mice. Got a goose? Two geese? Got a moose? see where I'm going...
Average, 10 Qns, alexis722, Nov 27 23
Nov 27 23
1085 plays
  Which Witch was Seen on the Scene?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's bad enough that no one can tell which witch twin is which, but Frances and Francis are constantly confused themselves. Can you help them determine the words each should use in the situations below?
Easier, 10 Qns, alaspooryoric, Aug 22 22
alaspooryoric gold member
Aug 22 22
850 plays
  The Parts of a Sentence    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The parts of the sentence are terms used to help people construct a sentence. See if you can identify the parts in the questions that follow.
Average, 10 Qns, mazeface, Sep 06 20
Sep 06 20
3040 plays
  The Fabulous Phrasal Verb   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Grammar? Yes. But flavored with history and spiced with etymology. Don't miss out on FunTrivia's first-ever Phrasal Verb Quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, uglybird, Nov 13 21
Nov 13 21
1761 plays
  Defining Prefix or Root   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on prefixes and roots. I will give you the prefix or root and you give me the meaning.
Very Easy, 15 Qns, elizabeth18ak, Apr 08 07
Very Easy
5194 plays
  The Panda Says No   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Lynne Truss's book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" is an inspiration for those of us with an obsession about the correct use of punctuation. Release the inner stickler in yourself! Punctuation conventions are British, not American, where these differ.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Dec 08 19
looney_tunes editor
Dec 08 19
1300 plays
  My Gramma Are Sick    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will help you discover how well you know basic English grammar.
Average, 10 Qns, lowtechmaster, Jan 26 17
1171 plays
  Special Characters and Symbols in Writing   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Be sure to set your browser to 'stun,' so you can view the exotic typographical and written symbols I have described here. Each question is preceded by a category of knowledge where that symbol may be seen in use. Good luck!
Average, 15 Qns, celicadriver, Jul 25 15
1604 plays
  To Prescribe or Describe?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The prescriptive grammarian wants to give you "do's and don'ts," while the descriptive grammarian wants you to write and speak as you please. How well do you know the difference between them?
Average, 10 Qns, Treenage, May 11 17
473 plays
  Back to 'SKOOL'/English    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How's your grammar? See if you can come up with the correct answers.
Average, 10 Qns, nyirene330, Mar 28 17
474 plays
  Subject/Verb Agreement    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'll give you a sentence missing a verb. You'll choose the verb by deciding which verb correctly agrees with the subject. Keep in mind that if a subject is singular, then the verb will usually add an "s" to its end. Use Standard American English.
Average, 10 Qns, alaspooryoric, Sep 20 19
alaspooryoric gold member
Sep 20 19
821 plays
  Literary Signs and Symbols 3   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The third and final installment in this series, I will attempt to round up the remaining diacritic and punctuation marks that were missing from the first two quizzes...good luck and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Aug 06 23
thejazzkickazz gold member
Aug 06 23
1807 plays
  Spelling with Suffixes    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many words end in suffixes that tell what part of speech they are: "-ous", "-tion", "-ly", "-ity", and many others. Let's see how many you can identify correctly.
Easier, 10 Qns, hotdogPi, Mar 03 24
Mar 03 24
606 plays
  Literary Terms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A collection of figures of speech, and literary terms.
Average, 10 Qns, Tybalt, May 01 23
May 01 23
4190 plays
  Stop!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You probably count the exclamation mark (Emma) as a dear friend in your writing, but how well do you really know her? Do you know where she comes from or all the things she gets up to? Now might just be the time to stop and find out.
Average, 10 Qns, glendathecat, Dec 01 09
1155 plays
  Picky, Picky   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Are you in the mood for some quibbling over trivial, irrational and arbitrary rules of grammar? Take this quiz. (Error reports cheerfully accepted.)
Difficult, 10 Qns, uglybird, Oct 16 04
3180 plays
  Parts of Speech Cause Such Sweet Sorrow   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Parts of speech vex the best of writers, but without them we can't compose words into sentences, and make new quizzes. We don't want that to occur. Let's resolve this, with the aid of "The Gage Dictionary", websites, and the "Harbrace Handbook."
Average, 10 Qns, Trivia87, Apr 30 12
507 plays
  Grammar and Christmas Holiday Songs   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Please take this quiz on basic grammar terminology in connection with the lyrics of some popular Christmas holiday songs. It's the season to love grammar! Good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, mrgrouchy, Nov 10 13
1753 plays
  Common Errors in Usage Part IV    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The errors in this exercise are pretty straightforward and most have a clear right or wrong answer. In a couple of cases, there may be several correct answers, and you must select the best. Good Luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, woofi, Aug 29 18
Aug 29 18
3871 plays
  Some Features of Grammar    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Have you ever wondered how sound (or otherwise) conventional grammar is? This quiz may help to suggest some answers.
Tough, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Aug 01 14
bloomsby gold member
1587 plays
  Know Your Phrases and Clauses    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know your phrases and clauses? Can you tell the difference? Take this quiz and find out.
Average, 10 Qns, mazeface, Feb 17 21
Feb 17 21
1798 plays
  Is Less More?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Words used incorrectly, quotes and proverbs misquoted, words with several meanings, incorrect spellings...and other niggles and teasers to test your use of our rich language!
Average, 10 Qns, CJKulak, Jul 22 15
384 plays
  It's the Pain in the Neck English Teacher~   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most of these sentences sound correct but to the purist of the English language, they ain't... I mean, are not. Do you know why?
Average, 10 Qns, DonTozzi, May 08 15
622 plays
  Poetic and Literary Terms    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
When reading about poems and literature, you will come across a multitude of terms, some of which are familiar, others you may never have heard of. This quiz is to see how many of these terms you know!
Average, 15 Qns, Crystallina, Feb 07 14
1667 plays
  Parts of Speech    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know the eight parts of speech and their functions? If not, let me introduce you.
Average, 10 Qns, shs05, Nov 07 14
1647 plays
  Sentence Structure Challenge    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is for all of you real grammar nuts. You will need to decide, after reading each sentence, whether the sentences are simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. Good luck! By the way, this quiz is based on U.S. English Usage.
Tough, 10 Qns, Teacher1976, Sep 17 21
Sep 17 21
5397 plays
  The Pain in the Neck English Teacher Returns    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The English language is difficult and merciless. So am I. I have returned to see what, if anything, you have learned from my previous quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, DonTozzi, Mar 23 20
Mar 23 20
658 plays
  So, You Want to Write a Story?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Writing a story is a complicated task. Fortunately, there are many literary devices at hand to help a prospective author out. Here's a quick guide to some of them, and how to use them to write a story!
Average, 10 Qns, deus_ex, Feb 07 14
1584 plays
  Commonly Misused Expressions    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In regards to formal writing, are these sentences correct? Please note, the correct answers will be the ones that are most accepted in formal writing.
Tough, 10 Qns, kevinl75, Nov 22 21
Nov 22 21
5701 plays
  Literary Signs and Symbols 2   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you are curious about all of those little squiggly marks above the numbers on your keyboard...this may be the quiz for you. The 2nd in a series of 3, it will tackle some of the most oft-used symbols in writing...have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Sep 25 17
thejazzkickazz gold member
Sep 25 17
1524 plays
  Oxymoron, Tautology, Hyperbole, or Pleonasm?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
English is the third most spoken language in the world. Its grammar can be confusing, especially with all the technical devices that exist. From a day in the life of darksplash, can you identify oxymoron, tautology, hyperbole, or pleonasm
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Oct 05 17
Oct 05 17
386 plays
  The Nitty-Gritty of Grammar    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This summer, I've learned quite a bit about English grammar through an SAT prep class. Let's see if you know as much as I do. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, QuizMakerGod, Dec 13 16
1026 plays
  Which Choice is the Right One?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A combination of grammar, spelling and pick the right word. Enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, ClaudiaCat, Nov 26 23
ClaudiaCat gold member
Nov 26 23
780 plays
  Department of Redundancy Department    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One of the quests of some writers and English scholars is to stamp out the many redundant words and phrases which litter the literary landscape. See if you can identify them and help weed them out.
Tough, 10 Qns, Nealzineatser, Feb 07 20
Nealzineatser gold member
Feb 07 20
876 plays
  Verb Vs. Noun    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many verbs can be used as a noun as well. I'll give you the definition of a word as a verb and the definition of that same word as a noun. You guess the word.
Average, 10 Qns, agvii, Jun 23 21
Jun 23 21
3635 plays
  Follow That Rule    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Grammar rules can be confusing at times. There are also cases in which the subject-verb agreement is not what a person might initially think it is.
Average, 10 Qns, Buddy1, Apr 24 14
Buddy1 gold member
627 plays
  PAPA VINC: Nouns    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As a companion to "PAPA VINC: Pronouns", here is a quiz on nouns.
Average, 10 Qns, 57wordsmith, Jan 07 08
822 plays
  A Guide to Literary Terms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is to see what you know about literary terms. Most of the information is from I hope you enjoy it.
Average, 10 Qns, caitlynnl, Jun 22 19
Jun 22 19
981 plays
  Common Errors in Usage Part III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is a little more difficult than the others as it explores some of the finer points of modern usage. However there is a lot of good information here for the careful writer and speaker!
Tough, 10 Qns, woofi, Mar 08 09
2455 plays
  The Accent on Diacritics    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many written words outside the English language, (but using English or Roman characters) come with a little extra baggage on them. There are lots of dashes, dots and whatnot that abound. Do you know what they are?
Average, 10 Qns, Oddball, Jun 20 10
651 plays
  Sentence Structure    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
You may know the different clauses and classifications of sentence structure in the English language, but how well can you apply them? American terminology for grammar is used throughout.
Tough, 20 Qns, danceswithcows, Dec 10 22
Dec 10 22
674 plays
  Spicy Splicers &mdash Dandy Dividers    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Not all straight, horizontal punctuation marks are equal, in either length or purpose. This post-comma quiz will cover the ins and outs of hyphen and dash usage. (According to American usage.)
Tough, 15 Qns, uglybird, Mar 05 22
Mar 05 22
733 plays
  Remember Grade School English?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are questions about things we learned in our sixth grade English class. Can you remember these?
Average, 10 Qns, debbijo, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 6,7
Aug 26 20
4888 plays
  PAPA VINC: Pronouns    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Who is PAPA VINC? It is the acronym for the eight parts of speech. Let's start with pronouns.
Average, 10 Qns, 57wordsmith, Jan 13 09
793 plays
  Waltzing 'Ma Tilde    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a challenge quiz from adams627 from Georgia, a state well known for both its waltzes and its tildes, of course. The quiz itself is about that often undervalued but multifunctional character, the tilde.
Average, 10 Qns, ArlingtonVA, Mar 07 10
ArlingtonVA gold member
396 plays
  What's Your "Grammar Correctness Quotient?" I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What's your "Grammar Correctness Quotient?" This quiz tests your knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, according to the rules of American English:
Tough, 10 Qns, mkp51, Jan 13 11
3959 plays
  Preposition or Not?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Prepositions can be tricky things--sometimes the same word can be either a preposition, an adverb, or a conjunction. It all comes down to function.
Average, 10 Qns, Treenage, Jan 06 20
Jan 06 20
227 plays
  Grammar of English    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
So, I'm sure you know your apostrophes and the difference between "your" and "you're". Do you, however, know some of the more complex grammatical terminology? NOTE: Standard Australian English is used where it may differ slightly from other dialects.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Trivia_Ruler, May 11 14
Very Difficult
628 plays
  Pronoun Usage!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I know English pronoun usage is everybody's favorite thing. Fill in the blank with the correct choice, and don't pay attention to the size of the blank; they're all the same size. So, off you go!
Average, 10 Qns, stureg10, Feb 04 23
Feb 04 23
1971 plays
  The Perplexing Semicolon    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
When do you use a semicolon? This quiz is based on the textbook series "Voyages in English" and a 2014 middle school grammar curriculum.
Difficult, 10 Qns, erd_the_man, Sep 14 23
Sep 14 23
304 plays
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Grammatical and Lexical Items Trivia Questions

1. What is the name given to a group of embarrassed boys?

From Quiz
Group Collective Names Three

Answer: A blush

The word blush sprang into use in the English language in the 14th century and derives from the Middle English word "blusshen". It describes a physical reaction that many people experience in moments of discomfort, embarrassment or humiliation, when the blood rushes to the face and it begins to turn red. You have to smile at a group of boys together, particularly early teenagers, when they're confronted with a female who stops and says hello to them. They tend to go red as well, become uncomfortable and awkward, don't know where to look, and are altogether smile evoking - but in an affectionate way. It's those dratted hormones that plague the life out of them at times, but it all eventually settles down. In fact, you could basically describe them at that stage of their lives as being all hormones, hairy legs and Adam's apples. Then, in a flash, they're grown up. "You blink away a tear, and the boy is gone" ("River Song") and all you have left are precious memories.

2. The semicolon is named as such because it is half-colon. What is the other half of this enigmatic punctuation mark?

From Quiz The Perplexing Semicolon

Answer: Comma

A semicolon has the top half of a colon, which appears as a dot, and the bottom half of a comma. It looks like this --> ;

3. Do you know the difference between 'less' and 'fewer'? Which choice is correct?

From Quiz Back to 'SKOOL'/English

Answer: Joan wanted less butter on her toast

Let's get this straight - a simple rule to differentiate: if you can count it, use 'fewer', as in fewer jobs, fewer people, fewer ideas; if you can't count it, use 'less', as in less fun, less trouble, less mess. If you notice the examples, I did not use 'fewer' as an incorrect choice because it sounded silly, e.g., fewer butter, fewer incentive; so the problem is the overuse of 'less' which, in this case, seems to create more errors. If you can calculate the amount of the noun you are using, don't use less, use fewer, as in giving fewer examples.

4. If a person always tells the truth, or if a statement is true, which NOUN could be used to convey this fact?

From Quiz Spelling with Suffixes

Answer: veracity

"Veracity" is a noun because it ends in -ity. "Veracious" is the adjectival form of the word since it ends in "-ous". However, changing one letter of either word results in a different word: "voracity" means extreme appetite, and "voracious" means extremely hungry, neither of which make sense in this context.

5. What is wrong with the following sentence? "I was suffering so much that I self-medicated myself!"

From Quiz It's the Pain in the Neck English Teacher~

Answer: It is redundant

The independent clause is redundant. It should simply have been "I self-medicated" or, better yet, "I medicated myself." (You can't self-medicate somebody else, can you?) Now take two aspirin and avoid redundancies.

6. A classic example of a dangling participle or misplaced modifier is this one, offered by Strunk & White in "The Elements of Style": "Wondering irresolutely what to do next, the clock struck twelve." Why is this sentence wrong?

From Quiz Swing from a Dangling Participle

Answer: The clock couldn't be wondering; the speaker is!

Assuming this is not a surreal novel about an anthropomorphic clock, we have to fix this sentence! As Strunk & White put it, "A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject." Otherwise, it is misplaced or dangling! We might rephrase in one of several ways: "As I wondered irresolutely what to do next, the clock struck twelve." "Wondering irresolutely what to do next, I heard the clock strike twelve." Strunk & White give another "ludicrous" example: "Being in a dilapidated condition, I was able to buy the house very cheap." Now just who or what is supposed to be dilapidated? The above selections were from the third edition, although the publisher Bartelby has the entire text of the first edition of "The Elements of Style" online. But it wouldn't hurt to purchase a copy of a later edition to keep handy when you are writing quizzes, school papers, business reports, or anything else important! LibriVox also has an audio recording available.

7. Tom is scheduled for an emergency CT scan because his doctor thinks he has a PULMONARY embolism. Which part of Tom's body should be scanned?

From Quiz Distinctive Adjectives - A Medical Twist.

Answer: Chest

"Pulmo" is a Latin word meaning lung, hence the distinctive adjective "pulmonary" pertains to the lungs. The lungs are located in the chest cavity, hence a CT of the chest can confirm the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.

8. GENERAL TYPOGRAPHY: The pilcrow symbol looks like a backwards P. What unit of text does it usually introduce?

From Quiz Special Characters and Symbols in Writing

Answer: Paragraph

Here is a pilcrow: ¶. Other interesting symbols in printed materials include the section sign §, the asterism ⁂, the reference mark ※, and the dagger and double dagger. My browser won't display the daggers, but you can imagine the single dagger as being similar to a sans serif lowercase t, and a double dagger as the same symbol with an additional horizontal stroke.

9. "Kate used to be a journalist five years ago." What part of speech is the best fit for the word "five"?

From Quiz Everyday Basic Grammar

Answer: Adjective

Adjectives are words that describe nouns or pronouns. They answer three questions: *How many? *What kind? *Which one? In this case, "five" is describing how many years it's been since Kate was a journalist. (Alternatively, "five" can be classified as a determiner, which is not quite an adjective and not quite a pronoun.)

10. It feels like Emma's been around forever, but that isn't the case. The exclamation mark came into being largely through the invention of printing. In which century was this?

From Quiz Stop!

Answer: 1400s

Punctuation, as we know it, is a relatively modern creation. Prior to the fifteenth century, there were very few punctuation marks and these were geared to how the text should be read aloud. Once the written word had become important in its own right, grammatical structure was able to develop more fully, as well as punctuation marks as we know them today.

11. In the beginning of the "Wizard of Oz", Hunk says, "Ow! You got my finger!" Which type of word is "ow"?

From Quiz Grammar and the Land of Oz

Answer: an interjection

An interjection is a word which expresses strong emotion or constitutes a sound filler. Words such as "ow", "gosh", "um" and "er" are examples of interjections. Hunk wanted to show Zeke that he was angry at being hurt by Zeke's clumsiness. In this quote, "got" is a verb.

12. "How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter"? -Woody Allen What is the function of the word "in"?

From Quiz Parts of (Hilarious) Speech

Answer: preposition

A preposition is a word that shows the relationship of a noun to another noun. A prepositional phrase is the preposition, plus the words or phrase connected to the preposition. Examples of prepositions: after, at, by, in, for, from, to, with, etc.

13. The vast majority of stories need to have both a protagonist and an antagonist. How are these usually better known?

From Quiz So, You Want to Write a Story?

Answer: Hero and villain

The protagonist of a story is the main character. He/she is often referred to as the hero, although anti-heroes are becoming more and more popular. An anti-hero is a main character who, although fighting for good, isn't necessarily the most virtuous and moralistic of people, with a prime example being James Bond. In other cases, the main character of the story is actually the villain of the piece. The antagonist of the story is the opposing force to the main character, most commonly a villain. Most stories revolve around a conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist.

14. One of the best known diacritics can be found in the Spanish language, mostly above the letter 'n' in words like 'sueño' (sleep) and 'año' (year). What is the little squiggle called?

From Quiz The Accent on Diacritics

Answer: Tilde

The tilde symbol comes from the Spanish via the Latin word 'titulus', denoting an official title. It puts a 'y' sound in the word. Hence, 'año' is pronounced 'AN-yo' and 'sueño' is pronounced 'SWEN-yo'.

15. More than likely we all learned that nouns are those words that are persons, places, or things. What else can be considered nouns, going beyond the "thing" category?

From Quiz PAPA VINC: Nouns

Answer: all choices

Yes, ideas, qualities, and concepts are considered nouns. Those things, those ideas, qualities, and concepts like beauty, truth, honesty, and perfection exist, yet even though we cannot physically touch them (although our mind does) they are real, and are considered nouns.

16. What is conventional (school) grammar primarily based on?

From Quiz Some Features of Grammar

Answer: Authority and tradition

This heavy reliance on authority and the refusal to pay attention to linguistics and scholarship would be almost inconceivable in other subjects taught in school. It is also helps to explain why so much traditional grammar is unsound.

17. Pronouns primarily replace which part of speech in a sentence?

From Quiz PAPA VINC: Pronouns

Answer: nouns & noun & the noun

Pronouns replace nouns in the sentence to help make the sentence flow better. For example, "The runner injured the runner's knee when the runner fell on the track." That's awkward sounding. Let's use some pronouns: "The runner injured her knee when she fell on the track." Pronouns can also replace other pronouns in a sentence, but they primarily replace nouns.

18. Do you ever succumb to the temptation to replace a plain word with something having a little more color? When you describe your "plain cat" as "that remarkable feline", in what activity are you engaging?

From Quiz Things To Do With Words

Answer: Kenning

The notion of "kenning" may have derived from the practice in Old Norse and Old English poetry of using figurative language for more prosaic words. gives the example of using the phrase "storm of swords" in place of the word "battle". The English word "kenning" is derived from the Old English word "cennan" and ultimately from the Indo-European root "gno" from which "ken", "know" and "cunning" were also derived.

19. She went with ___ and John to the fair.

From Quiz Pronoun Usage!

Answer: her

This sentence needs an objective pronoun. "Herself" is a reflexive pronoun. Therefore, the correct choice is "her."

20. Should I use a sentence ending preposition if I want to? What guidance does the "Princeton Review" give with respect to the placement of prepositions at the end of one's sentences?

From Quiz Picky, Picky

Answer: A preposition may be placed at the end of a sentence if placing it in front of its object sounds "unpleasantly awkward".

"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put." - Winston Churchill "A Short Introduction to English Grammar", written by Robert Lowth and published in 1762, was influential in the stigmatization of the sentence-ending preposition. Mr. Lowth, a clergyman and not an academician, influenced language use and helped define what was proper English in both America and his native England. His stranglehold on prepositional propriety has weakened. Ultimately I believe that standards of grammar must be based either on what pleases the usually self-proclaimed and finicky experts or on what pleases the typical reader/listener and author.

21. The cat ran. Which word in this sentence is the noun?

From Quiz Anatomy of a Sentence

Answer: cat

"The" is an article. "Ran" is a verb. "Cat" is the noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing.

22. Name an adverb clause in the following sentence: When he spilled the tray of cookies, Jake got on his knees, moved the cookies back onto the tray, and placed the tray in the refrigerator as if nothing had happened.

From Quiz Know Your Phrases and Clauses

Answer: when he spilled the tray

"When he spilled the tray" is an adverb clause because it has a finite verb (spilled). It also begins with a subordinating conjunction (when). The others were prepositional phrases. Phrases have no finite verbs. "As if nothing had happened" is also an adverb clause. It has a finite verb (had happened) and begins with a subordinating conjunction (as if).

23. The Cleveland Indians, who have rebuilt themselves in the off season, have lost their home opener this year.

From Quiz Sentence Structure Challenge

Answer: Complex

Don't forget about the subordinate clause "who have rebuilt . . . " modifying the subject of the independent clause "Cleveland Indians." Subordinate + Independent = Complex.

24. It was quite fashionable for late 19th century ladies to faint. Of course it was helpful to have a fainting couch nearby, which was often a chaise (longue/lounge). Select the correct word from the terms in parentheses.

From Quiz Common Errors in Usage Part IV

Answer: longue

"Chaise longue" is a French term literally meaning "long chair", which describes the piece of furniture exactly. Whatever you do, don't pronounce "longue" like "lounge". You are much closer if you try to pronounce it like the English "long".

25. The IRS 1040 form must be signed by both my wife and (I, me, myself). Which pronoun is best?

From Quiz Me, Myself, and I

Answer: me

"Me" is the object of the preposition "by" and should be in the objective case.

26. It is time for your nap. (Lay/Lie) down on your bed.

From Quiz Lay/Lie

Answer: Lie

Lie is the singular imperative form of "to lie". "Lay" requires a direct object.

27. Which sentence is grammatically incorrect in American usage?

From Quiz What's Your "Grammar Correctness Quotient?" I

Answer: Everybody danced with their own partner.

According to American usage, the collective noun "everybody" is singular; therefore, modifying pronouns must also be singular. The sentence should read: "Everybody danced with his (her) own partner." British English rules are a bit more flexible.

28. What is the name for the symbol here (&) that represents 'and' in written documents?

From Quiz Literary Signs and Symbols 3

Answer: Ampersand

The etymology here is interesting. As I mentioned in my first quiz of this sort (plug plug!) the ampersand (&) was originally called the Tironian sign. However, as a result of the constant repetition of 'and per se and (and by itself and)' by school children at the end of the alphabet in their reading books, the phrase was eventually condensed into a single word and became 'ampersand'!

29. In order to signify a short sound for a vowel, a small, curved symbol is placed above that vowel (like a small letter 'u'). But what is that symbol called?

From Quiz Literary Signs and Symbols 2

Answer: Breve

It may not be surprising to find that the word 'breve' comes from the Latin 'Brevis' for brief. Some of the names of these symbols actually make sense!

30. Verb: to move through the air in a controlled manner. Noun: an insect.

From Quiz Verb Vs. Noun

Answer: fly & Fly & flies & Flies

This is the example I used when telling my wife about my idea for my first quiz. She was unimpressed.

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