High School English Grammar » Grammar test 42 of 82: Adjectives

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Question 1 of 10: Which sentence is grammatically correct?

Very Good! Correct.

Sorry, Incorrect.

Correct answer: Ella was asleep when her parents came home.

Explanation: Some adjectives of quality have only one possible position in a sentence - that is, can be used only attributively or only predicatively. Adjectives that have to come before their nouns: chief, main, principal, sheer, utter. Adjectives that have to follow the verb: afraid, upset, adrift, afloat, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep.

2. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: It is advisable _________ your thesis before you start writing it.

(a) to planned

(b) planned

(c) to plan

(d) planning

Answer: C

Grammar rules: "IT + BE + adjective + infinitive" can be used with: ADVISABLE, INADVISABLE, BETTER, BEST, DESIRABLE, ESSENTIAL, GOOD (=advisable), IMPORTANT, NECESSARY, UNNECESSARY, VITAL, as well as ONLY + FAIR/JUST/RIGHT. ("Inessential" and "unimportant" are not normally used, but we can use "non essential".)

"It's important to get there on time."
"It's best to discuss the issue when we meet."

We can use "FOR + object" after the adjective, except for GOOD and JUST.

"It wasn't necessary for her to sign the document."
"It's only fair for him to go with us."

3. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: _______, as you call them, are just like us. Stop being so racist.

(a) The black

(b) Black

(c) The blacks

(d) Blacks

Answer: C

Grammar rules: Some colors can be used in the plural form to represent people, but they take -s at the end like nouns: "the blacks," "the whites."

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

(a) What a selfish thing to says!

(b) What a selfish thing he says!

(c) What a selfish thing to say!

(d) What a selfish thing to saying!

Answer: C

Grammar rules: "Pronoun + BE + adjective + noun + infinitive" is a construction that can be used with adjectives concerning:

"That was a clever thing to do."
"It was a useful advice to share, thank you."

Such comments can be also expressed as exclamations:
"What an extraordinary feat to witness!"
"What a strange thing to say!"

In expressions of disapproval, the adjective can be sometimes omitted: "What a way to speak to your elders!"

5. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: ________ can't betray your secrets.

(a) A dead

(b) A deads

(c) The dead

(d) Dead

Answer: C

Grammar rules: RICH, POOR, HEALTHY, SICK, LIVING, DEAD, BLIND, DEAF, DISABLED, UNEMPLOYED and a few other adjectives can be used to represent a class of people by adding THE before them and treating them as plural nouns.
"The dead were buried in the clearing."

THE can be used in the same way with national adjectives ending in -ch and -sh: THE WELSH, THE SPANISH, THE DUTCH.

National adjectives ending in -se and -ss can be used similarly, but their meaning can be singular as well: THE CHINESE, THE JAPANESE, THE BURMESE, THE SWISS.

6. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: (Put in a DEMONSTRATIVE adjective): Could you take _______ bags from me?

(a) my

(b) some

(c) heavy

(d) these

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

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

(a) The bus was ten minutes late and Mark was getting annoyed.

(b) The late bus was ten minutes and Mark was getting annoyed.

(c) The bus was late ten minutes and Mark was getting annoyed.

Answer: A

Grammar rules: Some adjectives change their meaning depending on their position in a sentence:
- "an early/late train" means a train that is scheduled to arrive early or late in the day
- "the train is early/late" means that the train arrives earlier or later than scheduled

8. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: Isn't it discouraging __________ without any pay?

(a) to working

(b) to works

(c) to worked

(d) to work

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."

9. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: (Put in a DISTRIBUTIVE adjective): You have to check _______ box and label it.

(a) large

(b) our

(c) each

(d) which

Answer: C

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

10. english exercises / grammar test / learn english grammar/ english online: Which sentence doesn't have the same meaning as the rest?

(a) This is as good as any present I've ever gotten.

(b) I've never gotten a better present than this.

(c) This is the best present of my life.

(d) This is the best present I've ever gotten.

Answer: A

Grammar rules: To compare something with three or more other things or people, we use the superlative form of an adjective with THE ... OF/IN:
"This is the best hotel in New York."
"Lily is the smartest of my friends."

We can also use a relative clause, especially with a perfect tense:
"This is the best coffee (that) I have ever drunk."

The same can be expressed with "never" instead of "ever" and a comparative: "I've never drunk better coffee."




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