4th March has been designated Grammar Day and is therefore a day created for everyone to celebrate sentence structure and punctuation.
To mark the day and make what can seem a very dull subject a bit more fun, we’ve created a short, 10-minute quiz for parents and students to compete head-to-head on. The idea is to help parents see that they actually know more grammar than they think they do, as well as to allow the children – who are much more highly aware of grammar terminology – a true chance to shine.
So, if you know adults who think they don’t know a co-ordinating conjunction from a subordinating one, who wouldn’t know a fronted adverbial if they saw one, this is just the quiz to enlighten them. They may well realise that they’ve been using these language tools all along without having put a name to them.
The questions themselves have been taken from a recent Grammar SATs paper.
Are you ready? Here goes!
Answers are given at the very end … but no peeking!
In the sentence “Charlie spilt his juice, but it didn’t go on his shirt.”, what is the grammatical term for the part of the sentence before the comma?
Which word class is ‘an’ in the following sentence? “My brother thinks that football is an amazing game.”
Which of the following sentences would be correct if we wanted a subordinating conjunction to show that we ate lunch and listened to music at the same time?
In the sentence “On a mountain bike, you can cycle across rocky ground, along muddy paths and over harsh terrain”, which are the four prepositions?
In the sentence “My uncle who lives in Australia has sent me a present”, which part of the sentence is the relative clause?
In the sentence “On Wednesday, Felix has a dental appointment”, which part of the sentence is the adverbial?
If the sentence “I taught my sister to skateboard” was rewritten in the present progressive, how would it read?
Which word is the possessive pronoun in the following sentence? “When Mum saw that I was wearing Oliver’s gloves, she wanted to know where mine were.”
Rewrite the two sentences “We have time to play a game.” and “We will have to finish it before dinner.” as one sentence using an appropriate co-ordinating conjunction.
Which of the following sentences is written in the passive?
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