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Grammar 01

Grammar describes the structure of a language, or how it works. All children learn grammar naturally while learning their native language. A few of the trickier aspects, however, have to be learned deliberately. Subject-verb agreement can be one of the trickiest, which is why this entire English quiz is devoted to the subject.

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  1. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    The key to deciding in this case is to work out whether 'which' refers to one or more actors. If it is only one, the verb should be singular. 'Which of the two...' implies that only one of the actors is in the film, so it is correct to write 'which is'
  2. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    'Clearing the garden' and 'painting the house' are two jobs, so the sentence should begin:  'Two of my jobs for next week are...'
  3. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    'Everybody' is treated at a singular noun in English, so it should always be 'everybody is'.  'Everyone', 'nobody' and 'someone' are also singular
  4. Which of the following is NOT correct?
    'A pair of trousers' is singular, so it should be 'a pair of trousers is'. 'The trousers', however, are treated as plural
  5. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
  6. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    'Was' is not correct here because the sentence mentions two fishermen. Two fishermen would be 'they', so the verb should be 'were'
  7. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    The phrase 'my friend and I' is plural because it involves more than one person
  8. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    A group, such as 'yellow, orange and red', is plural. In the sentence 'Yellow, along with orange and red, is considered to be warm', the basic clause is 'Yellow is considered to be warm'. The parenthetical phrase 'along with orange and red' does not change the singular subject, 'yellow'
  9. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    'Either' and 'neither' are treated as singular nouns:  i.e. 'neither is'
  10. Which of the following sentences is NOT correct?
    'Each' is singular

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