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Grammar.

This section enables you to focus on grammar awareness. By using the term 'grammar' we mean the placing of words in a certain order, with the correct endings, and linked together in a way that makes grammatical sense.

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1

Nouns and clauses

The sentences below look quite similar but have a different meaning. Please pick the sentence that is correct.

a)
b)
Please select an answer Correct Incorrect. Sometimes commas are used to separate an extra phrase from the main part of the sentence

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Tip: Work out which of the statements is claiming that the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia.

2

Is or was?

Which is the correct word to use in the sentence below? Is or was?

In J D Salinger's, The Catcher in the Rye, the narrator is a successful character in terms of moral development. However, he also seriously troubled in many ways.

Correct Incorrect, remember to be consistent with your use of tenses. Your answer has been saved.

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3

Is or are?

Which is the correct word to use in the sentence below? Is or are?

Neither the Prime Minister nor the Leader of the Opposition very charismatic.

Correct Incorrect. Neither and either are generally viewed as singular. Your answer has been saved.

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4

Commas and meaning

The two sentences below look very similar, but actually mean different things. Which of the following is correct?

a)
b)

Please select an answerCorrectIncorrect

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5

I or me?

How should you refer to yourself? Fill the gap in with I or me.

Please forward the message to David and

Correct Incorrect Your answer has been saved.

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Tip: Try taking the words 'David and' out of the sentence and see how it reads.

6

Depend or depends?

Which of the verb forms 'depends' or 'depend' matches (agrees) with the subject 'the automatic gain control and strength of signal'? Type depend or depends in the text box below.

The automatic gain control and strength of signal in any FM receiver upon the aerial. (Duncan, 1983, 279)

Correct Incorrect. The above sentence has two subjects: these are, the 'automatic gain control' and 'strength of signal'. The verb should not have an s to take account of multiple subjects. Your answer has been saved.

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7

Is or are? (again)

Which one of the verbs 'is' or 'are' matches (agrees) with the subject 'a special feature'? Type the missing word, is or are in the text box below.

A special feature of the products the unique quality of the fabrics

Correct Incorrect. The subject of the above sentence is 'a special feature', which is singular. You need to choose a verb which takes account of this. Your answer has been saved.

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8

Prepositions

A preposition is a word which shows the relationship between a noun/clause and the word before.

Which one of the prepositions 'upon', 'in' or 'to' correctly links the clause 'banks relinquishing...' to the word before 'contingent'?

a)
b)
c)

Please select an answerCorrectIncorrectIncorrect

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Tip - Most verbs and nouns that need a preposition generally only use one preposition.

9

Double negatives

Which of the following sentences is correct?

a)
b)

Please select an answerIncorrect. Double negatives are very rarely used.Correct

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That's the end of the grammar section. Remember that this isn't a test, and you can take as much or as little time as you want to answer the questions.