High School English Grammar » Grammar test 27 of 82: Adjectives

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Question 1 of 10: Which sentence is NOT correct?

Very Good! Correct.

Sorry, Incorrect.

Correct answer: Her baby is a little pretty girl.

Explanation: LITTLE, OLD and YOUNG: - When "little," "old," and "young" are used as part of an adjective-noun combination and not to give information, they stay attached to the noun: "kind old lady," "happy little boy," "This young man scared my dog." - You can combine "little+old+noun," but not "little+young+noun": "little old lady." - When you use "young" or "old" to give information, they occupy the third position in the order of adjectives, after size and physical description, but before shape, color, material, origin, and purpose. - Adjectives of personality/emotion can come before or after "young" and "old": "a young energetic woman" or "an energetic young woman," BUT if you want to emphasize the age, put it first. - Similarly, "little" can be used in the third position in the order of adjectives, BUT if you want to emphasize the size, it's better to use "small."

2. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: The guards brought in _________: a small, middle-aged man with a terrified face.

(a) the accuse

(b) accused

(c) the accused

(d) an accused

Answer: C

Grammar rules: Occasionally, THE+adjective can have a singular meaning: "the accused (person)," "the unexpected (thing)."

3. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: What kind of adjectives are THEIR and ITS?

(a) quantitative

(b) of quality

(c) demonstrative

(d) possessive

Answer: D

Grammar rules: There are six main kinds of adjectives:
1) demonstrative: this, that, these, those
2) distributive: each, every, either, neither
3) quantitative: two, fifty, much/many, few/little, no, some, any
4) interrogative: which, what, whose
5) possessive: my, your, his, her, its, our, their
6) of quality: bright, pretty, heavy, good, purple, square

4. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: It was wonderful for Hannah ___________ into that internship program.

(a) got

(b) to gotten

(c) getting

(d) to get

Answer: D

Grammar rules: "IT + BE + adjective/participle + infinitive" can be used with adjectives and participles that show reactions or feelings:

"It's strange to think of him as a murderer."

"It was interesting to see the pyramids."

- FUN and A RELIEF can be used in a similar way:
"It was fun/a relief to leave the house for a bit."

For some adjectives, such as LOVELY, INTERESTING, MARVELOUS, NICE, WONDERFUL, etc., it's possible to add FOR + object:
"It was lovely for us to go out without children for once."

"IT + BE + adjective/participle + noun + infinitive" is also possible with the above adjectives/participles:
"It was a horrible thing to say."

5. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: (Put in a DEMONSTRATIVE adjective): You shouldn't have touched _______ snail, yuck!

(a) any

(b) slimy

(c) every

(d) that

Answer: D

Grammar rules: There are six main kinds of adjectives:
1) demonstrative: this, that, these, those
2) distributive: each, every, either, neither
3) quantitative: two, fifty, much/many, few/little, no, some, any
4) interrogative: which, what, whose
5) possessive: my, your, his, her, its, our, their
6) of quality: bright, pretty, heavy, good, purple, square

6. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

(a) You seem sad - what happened?

(b) Sad you seem - what happened?

(c) You sad seem - what happened?

(d) You seem - what sad happened?

Answer: A

Grammar rules: Adjectives of quality, unlike all the other types of adjectives, have two possible positions in a sentence:

1. BEFORE the NOUN they modify (in this position, they are called attributive adjectives): "a tiny kitten," "a fast car."

2. AFTER a VERB such as:
a) be, become, seem: "She was happy," "You seem angry."
b) appear, feel, get/grow (=become), keep, look (=appear), make, smell, sound, taste, turn: "The water tastes funny," "I feel sick."
(In this position, adjectives are called predicative adjectives, and the verbs used in this way are called link verbs or copulas.)

7. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: Which sentence is NOT correct?

(a) She has a good many friends at school.

(b) She has a lot of friends at school.

(c) She has a many friends at school.

(d) She has so many friends at school I can't remember all of their names.

Answer: C

Grammar rules: MANY and MUCH can be freely used with negative verbs.
When used with affirmative verbs, they should be preceded by modifiers - A GOOD/A GREAT for MANY, or SO/AS/TOO for both:
"I brought a good/a great many books with me."
"You've had so/too much cake already."

When it's not modified, MANY - as object or part of an object - is often replaced by A LOT/LOTS OF + noun (or a pronoun A LOT/LOTS).
MUCH, in the same situation, is replaced by A GREAT/GOOD DEAL OF + noun (or A GREAT/GOOD DEAL).
"We have a lot/lots of books here."
"They bought a great deal of coffee."

Either MANY or A LOT (OF) can be used as a subject or part of a subject, but MUCH is typically replaced by other forms, except for formal English.
"Many students brought their families to graduation."
"A great deal of wine was drunk."
"Much will depend on the results of the tests."

8. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: (Put in a QUANTITATIVE adjective): There are _______ books on that shelf.

(a) whose

(b) these

(c) her

(d) many

Answer: D

Grammar rules: There are six main kinds of adjectives:
1) demonstrative: this, that, these, those
2) distributive: each, every, either, neither
3) quantitative: two, fifty, much/many, few/little, no, some, any
4) interrogative: which, what, whose
5) possessive: my, your, his, her, its, our, their
6) of quality: bright, pretty, heavy, good, purple, square

9. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: My dad got _______ when I told him about the party.

(a) angrily

(b) angry

Answer: B

Grammar rules: Link verbs, such as appear, feel, get/grow, keep, look, make, smell, sound, taste, and turn, are used with adjectives of quality. However, they can also be used as regular verbs and are in such cases modified by adverbs, not adjectives.

See the difference between:
- He looked angry (=He appeared to be angry)
- He looked angrily at his brother ("looked" is used as a deliberate action and modified by the adverb "angrily")

- She felt sick.
- She felt gingerly around her for the missing pin.

10. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: Which sentence is correct?

(a) It was mean of you calling her names. You should apologize.

(b) It was mean for you to call her names. You should apologize.

(c) It was mean of you to call her names. You should apologize.

(d) It was mean of you call her names. You should apologize.

Answer: C

Grammar rules: We mainly use the construction "IT + BE + adjective (+ OF + object) + infinitive" with adjectives concerning:
- character: BRAVE, CARELESS, COWARDLY, CRUEL, GENEROUS, GOOD/NICE (=kind), MEAN, RUDE, SELFISH, WICKED, WRONG (morally), as well as FAIR, RIGHT, and JUST with interrogative or negative verbs;

"It was silly (of me) to underestimate them."
"It was rude of them to offend our host."

We can omit (OF + object) in the sense-related adjectives and sometimes in the character-related ones, except for GOOD/NICE.




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