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SATs Grammar Paper 1

In this assessment, students will be able to complete a grammar and punctuation test in the style of Key Stage 2 SATs.

'SATs Grammar Paper 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   SATs Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Punctuation Practice Papers

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a practice grammar and punctuation test in the style of a Key Stage 2 National Test.

 

In the real Key Stage 2 National Test, you will write your answers in a special test booklet, in spaces provided.

 

At EdPlace, you will use the computer to enter your answers and you can use a pencil and paper to make jottings if needed.

 

This paper includes a variety of grammar and punctuation based questions from the Key Stage 2 programme of study.

 

For each question, you will be given instructions about how to answer. 

Some questions may need an answer to be typed.

Others may need you to match words or phrases, select text or choose correct answers.

 

There are 50 questions in the test. 

The test is timed and the timer is set for 45 minutes.

Each question should take no more than 1 minute.

As you get faster and more confident this should be less than 1 minute.

 

Don't worry if you don't finish in this time, you can carry on working after the timer has run out. 

All questions are worth 1 mark.

These questions will be marked automatically.

 

You may find some of the questions difficult.

If you are struggling to answer a question, do not waste time on it, but move onto the next question.

 

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Which of the sentences below uses commas correctly?

I'm inviting, Nadine, Jemma, Bilal and Isaac.

I'm inviting Nadine, Jemma, Bilal and Isaac.

I'm, inviting Nadine, Jemma, Bilal, and Isaac.

I'm inviting Nadine Jemma Bilal, and Isaac.

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

Daisy my (puppy) likes chewing the furniture.

Daisy (my puppy) likes chewing the furniture.

Daisy my puppy (likes chewing) the furniture.

Daisy my puppy likes (chewing the furniture).

Match the sentences below with their most likely final punctuation.

Column A

Column B

Are you listening to me
!
I can't hear you
.
Stop talking now
?

Improve this sentence by adding a dash.

 

I saw her the lady who stole my ice cream!

Type out the following sentence again, putting a colon in the correct place.

 

I have three sisters Freya, Rosie and Jemima.

The passage below should be split into three sentences.

 

Write it out again, inserting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

it was my birthday yesterday my auntie bought me a new bike which is great I rode it to school today

Which option shows the correct contraction of the underlined words in the sentence below?

 

You should not cross the road without looking and listening for traffic.

shouldent

should'nt

shouln't

shouldn't

Rewrite the following sentence, putting inverted commas in the correct places.

 

I'm fed up, said Jake. I want to go home.

Which two root words could be combined with the suffixes ful, less and ing to make three real words?

use

happy

run

rest

Tick the sentence that uses a semi colon correctly.

Karla was late today; she missed the bus.

Karla was late today; because she missed the bus.

Karla missed the bus; which meant that she was late today.

A prefix is a letter or a group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.

 

For example: untidy

 

Choose the correct prefix for each word to make it mean the opposite.

 uninimmis
capable
hear
probable
likely

Read the following statement.

 

The teacher asked Andrew to fetch his English book.

 

Which of the following sentences is a command?

Where is your English book, Andrew?

Fetch your English book, Andrew.

Andrew fetched his English book.

Choose the correct ending to make the adjective happy into an adverb.

happier

happily

happiness

happiest

Tick the sentence that contains two verbs.

My Dad always goes to the pub on a Friday night.

Tim and Ella play cricket every week.

Mary brushed her teeth and went to bed.

Jacob got a new bicycle and a watch for his birthday.

Decide whether each of the words in the list is a noun or a verb.

 nounverb
own
aeroplane
choir
sit

Write the correct plural form of the words below.

 

Use lower case letters, not capitals.

 plural
goose
woman
church
foot

Which pair of pronouns is best to complete the following sentences?

 

The coach divided __________ into two groups. The red group was attacking; __________ were defending.

'they' and 'them'

'us' and 'we'

'her' and 'she'

'them' and 'I'

Read the following sentence.

 

I really enjoyed the play at the theatre but Kyle thought that it was boring.

 

Decide whether the underlined words are nouns or adjectives.

 nounadjective
play
theatre
boring

Read the following sentences and decide which word is the article in each one.

 

Write the article in the answer box each time. Use lower case letters, not capitals.

 article
After the thunder storm we went outside.
We saw an elephant in Kenya.
Sarah had a puppy for Christmas.

In the following sentence, identify the subject, object and verb.

 

Tim walked to the park.

 

 

 word
Subject
Object
verb

Which of the words in the following sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The train hooted as it went through the tunnel.

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

My brother, who is older than me, is going to secondary school next year.

My brother

who is older than me

is going to secondary school

Tick all of the sentences which contain modal verbs.

Jane and Bill went to the park yesterday.

We might have fish and chips for tea tonight!

I can't eat any more ice cream after that large dinner.

I like cats because they are clever.

Dogs must be kept on their leads at the playground.

Which part of the sentence below is an adverbial phrase?

 

After the game, the two teams enjoyed a delicious post-match tea.

the two teams

After the game

delicious post-match tea.

The same word can be used to complete both of the following sentences. Write it in the answer box.

 

The policeman gave my dad a __________ for speeding.

 

The weather was __________ so we went for a picnic.

Which is the comparative form of the adjective good?

better

best

Use either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My Dad took a picture of my brother and __________ on top of the Eiffel Tower.

I

me

The word address has more than one meaning. Read the definitions below and tick the two that are correct.

to cover something up

the place where a person lives

a style of clothing

to speak to a group of people

Look at the following sentence.

 

The cave was very very big.

 

Find the word which is an antonym for 'very very big'.

enormous

vast

diminutive

immense

Change the underlined verb from the past tense to the present tense and write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Molly went to ballet classes every Friday.

Identify the relative clause in the sentence below.

 

My duvet, which is pink, is very cosy.

My duvet, which is pink

which is pink

My duvet is very cosy.

is very cosy.

Which of the following sentences contains two clauses?

The witch jumped onto her broomstick and soared into the night.

The cat and the dog chased each other around the garden.

My gran is nearly ninety.

The old castle stood on top of a very high mountain.

Complete the chart below to show which sentences contain reported and direct speech.

 DirectReported
"I've eaten too much!" signed Ruth.
Tom complained that his bike was broken.
Sue told Mary all about her holiday to Spain.
"Watch out for the muddy puddle!" Ben yelled suddenly.

Read the following sentence.

 

Kayla's brother Simon, who is nearly eighteen, is learning to drive his mum's car.

 

Tick the box containing the subordinate clause.

Kayla's brother Simon

who is nearly eighteen

is learning to drive

his mum's car

Read this sentence in the active voice.

 

The storm blew the shed roof off.

 

Which of the following sentences is the passive form of the sentence above?

In the storm, the shed roof blew off.

The storm caused the shed roof to blow off.

The shed roof was blown off by the storm.

Because of the storm, the shed roof blew off.

Read the sentence below and decide whether it is written in the personal or impersonal form.

 

Learning to drive is very expensive.

personal

impersonal

Read the following sentence and tick the box that describes the underlined section.

 

The fur coat in the shop window is not made of real animal fur.

main clause

subordinate clause

verb phrase

noun phrase

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined word is a subordinating conjunction or a co-ordinating conjunction.

 

Kayden couldn't go on the roller coaster because he was too small.

subordinating conjunction

co-ordinating conjunction

The underlined words in the following sentences are all pronouns. Decide which type of pronoun each one is.

 

1) Don't use that one. It's mine!

2) Steve forgot where he had put the front door key.

3) Tomorrow we are going to London, which is my favourite city.

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
personal pronoun
sentence 2
relative pronoun
sentence 3
possessive pronoun

Choose the correct verb form to complete the sentence below.

 

Neither of the cars __________ damaged in the collision.

were

are

was

is

Rewrite the following sentence, adding an apostrophe for possession in the correct place.

 

The childrens hats were hanging on pegs by the door.

Replace the underlined words with a contraction and type out the sentence again.

 

I will not wait for more than half an hour.

Which of these sentences uses brackets correctly?

Jason my big brother is saving up to buy (a motorbike).

Jason my big brother (is saving up) to buy a motorbike.

Jason (my big brother) is saving up to buy a motorbike.

Jason my (big brother) is saving up to buy a motorbike.

Add a pair of commas to this sentence to make it easier to follow.

 

My best friend who is Polish is called Patryk.

 

Rewrite the whole sentence in the answer box.

The words in the list are all nouns.

 

Decide whether they are abstract nouns or concrete nouns.

 abstract nounconcrete noun
jealousy
school
friendship
knowledge
computer

Read the following sentence and decide which word class each word belongs to.

 

Jason lifted the heavy suitcase carefully.

Column A

Column B

Jason
article
lifted
adverb
the
proper noun
heavy
verb
suitcase
common noun
carefully
adjective

Choose the best conjunction to complete the following sentence.

 

__________ Billy was a very good singer, he was always nervous before a performance.

Because

If

Whereas

Although

Read the sentence below and tick the word that is closest in meaning to the underlined word.

 

Robert looked dolefully at his mother.

happily

mischievously

mournfully

cheekily

Which of the following sentences are written in the present tense?

 

Tick two boxes.

Alex is practising his violin.

Alex practised his violin every night last week.

Alex is going to practise his violin tonight.

Alex practises his violin every night.

Alex will practise his violin tomorrow.

Identify the subordinate clause in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

The hotel, which stood on top of a hill, was very popular with film stars.

 

Do not include any punctuation in your answer.

  • Question 1

Which of the sentences below uses commas correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
I'm inviting Nadine, Jemma, Bilal and Isaac.
EDDIE SAYS
This is the correct sentence: I'm inviting Nadine, Jemma, Bilal and Isaac. Commas are used to separate items in a list.
A comma is not used before the first item in the list and it is not normally used after the last item.
  • Question 2

Which of the following sentences uses brackets correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
Daisy (my puppy) likes chewing the furniture.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct sentence is as follows: Daisy (my puppy) likes chewing the furniture. The brackets go around the extra information in a sentence.
If the information in the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense.
E.g. Daisy likes chewing the furniture.
  • Question 3

Match the sentences below with their most likely final punctuation.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Are you listening to me
?
I can't hear you
.
Stop talking now
!
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentences are as follows: Are you listening to me? A question always ends with a question mark. Stop talking now! Exclamation marks are not essential but are helpful for the reader. I can't hear you. Full stops are the most commonly used punctuation to end sentences.
  • Question 4

Improve this sentence by adding a dash.

 

I saw her the lady who stole my ice cream!

CORRECT ANSWER
I saw her - the lady who stole my ice cream!
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence is: I saw her - the lady who stole my ice cream! Dashes can be used after the main clause instead of a colon or semicolon.
They are normally used in informal writing.
  • Question 5

Type out the following sentence again, putting a colon in the correct place.

 

I have three sisters Freya, Rosie and Jemima.

CORRECT ANSWER
I have three sisters: Freya, Rosie and Jemima.
I have three sisters: Freya, Rosie and Jemima.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence is as follows: I have three sisters: Freya, Rosie and Jemima. A colon is used to introduce a list when the first part of the sentence makes sense on its own.
  • Question 6

The passage below should be split into three sentences.

 

Write it out again, inserting capital letters and full stops in the correct places.

 

it was my birthday yesterday my auntie bought me a new bike which is great I rode it to school today

CORRECT ANSWER
It was my birthday yesterday. My auntie bought me a new bike which is great. I rode it to school today.
It was my birthday yesterday. My auntie bought me a new bike which is great. I rode it to school today.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentences are as follows: It was my birthday yesterday. My auntie bought me a new bike which is great. I rode it to school today. The best way to tackle this one is to read it out loud and see where the natural breaks are.
  • Question 7

Which option shows the correct contraction of the underlined words in the sentence below?

 

You should not cross the road without looking and listening for traffic.

CORRECT ANSWER
shouldn't
EDDIE SAYS
The correct contraction is 'shouldn't'. The apostrophe is placed where letters have been missed out.
In this case the letter 'o' has been left out.
  • Question 8

Rewrite the following sentence, putting inverted commas in the correct places.

 

I'm fed up, said Jake. I want to go home.

CORRECT ANSWER
"I'm fed up," said Jake. "I want to go home."
'I'm fed up,' said Jake. 'I want to go home.'
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence would be: "I'm fed up," said Jake. "I want to go home." It would also be correct as: 'I'm fed up,' said Jake. 'I want to go home.' The inverted commas go around the words that Jake actually speaks. He does not say the words 'said Jake'.
There must always be a piece of punctuation before the closing inverted commas as well.
  • Question 9

Which two root words could be combined with the suffixes ful, less and ing to make three real words?

CORRECT ANSWER
use
rest
EDDIE SAYS
The two correct root words are 'use' and 'rest'. The resulting words would be useful, useless, using, restful, restless and resting.
Note that use loses its e before ing is added.
  • Question 10

Tick the sentence that uses a semi colon correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
Karla was late today; she missed the bus.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence is: Karla was late today; she missed the bus. A semi colon can be used to join two related clauses instead of a conjunction.
It should not be used in addition to a conjunction.
  • Question 11

A prefix is a letter or a group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.

 

For example: untidy

 

Choose the correct prefix for each word to make it mean the opposite.

CORRECT ANSWER
 uninimmis
capable
hear
probable
likely
EDDIE SAYS
The correct words (with prefixes added) are: incapable mishear improbable unlikely
  • Question 12

Read the following statement.

 

The teacher asked Andrew to fetch his English book.

 

Which of the following sentences is a command?

CORRECT ANSWER
Fetch your English book, Andrew.
EDDIE SAYS
The command is: Fetch your English book, Andrew. A command is a sentence that gives an instruction. They use imperative verbs (sometimes called 'bossy' verbs, like fetch).
  • Question 13

Choose the correct ending to make the adjective happy into an adverb.

CORRECT ANSWER
happily
EDDIE SAYS
The correct option is 'happily'. An adverb describes how an action is carried out. The adverb 'happily' describes the verb 'skipped' in this sentence: Freya skipped happily along the road.
  • Question 14

Tick the sentence that contains two verbs.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mary brushed her teeth and went to bed.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct option is: Mary brushed her teeth and went to bed. The two verbs are brushed and went.
  • Question 15

Decide whether each of the words in the list is a noun or a verb.

CORRECT ANSWER
 nounverb
own
aeroplane
choir
sit
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word classes are as follows: • own - verb • aeroplane - noun • choir - noun • sit - verb Verbs are words which represent an action. Nouns are words for people, places, things, feelings and events.
  • Question 16

Write the correct plural form of the words below.

 

Use lower case letters, not capitals.

CORRECT ANSWER
 plural
goose
woman
church
foot
EDDIE SAYS
The correct plural spellings are as follows: • one goose or many geese • one woman or many women • one church or many churches • one foot or many feet The most common way to make a word plural is to add s.
However, many words have irregular plurals e.g feet and geese.
'Church' is not irregular, but it ends in ch so we need to add es rather than just s.
  • Question 17

Which pair of pronouns is best to complete the following sentences?

 

The coach divided __________ into two groups. The red group was attacking; __________ were defending.

CORRECT ANSWER
'us' and 'we'
EDDIE SAYS
The correct sentence should read: The coach divided us into two groups. The red group was attacking; we were defending. Pronouns are used in place of nouns to make your writing more fluent and less repetitive.
  • Question 18

Read the following sentence.

 

I really enjoyed the play at the theatre but Kyle thought that it was boring.

 

Decide whether the underlined words are nouns or adjectives.

CORRECT ANSWER
 nounadjective
play
theatre
boring
EDDIE SAYS
Play and theatre are both nouns whereas boring is an adjective. Nouns are naming words for people and things. Adjectives describe nouns.
  • Question 19

Read the following sentences and decide which word is the article in each one.

 

Write the article in the answer box each time. Use lower case letters, not capitals.

CORRECT ANSWER
 article
After the thunder storm we went outside.
We saw an elephant in Kenya.
Sarah had a puppy for Christmas.
EDDIE SAYS
After the thunder storm we went outside. We saw an elephant in Kenya. Sarah had a puppy for Christmas. The words a, an and the are articles.
They go in front of nouns.
  • Question 20

In the following sentence, identify the subject, object and verb.

 

Tim walked to the park.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 word
Subject
Object
verb
EDDIE SAYS
The subject is 'Tim'. The subject is the noun performing the verb. The object is 'park'. The object is the noun affected by the verb. The verb is 'walked'. The verb is the action word in the sentence.
  • Question 21

Which of the words in the following sentence is a preposition? Write it in the answer box.

 

The train hooted as it went through the tunnel.

CORRECT ANSWER
through
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'through'. Prepositions tell us how, when, where or why.
The word 'through' is a preposition of direction.
It tells us where the train was travelling.
  • Question 22

Which part of the following sentence is the subordinate clause?

 

My brother, who is older than me, is going to secondary school next year.

CORRECT ANSWER
who is older than me
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'who is older than me'. The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
The main clause (My brother is going to secondary school next year) still makes sense if the subordinate clause is removed.
  • Question 23

Tick all of the sentences which contain modal verbs.

CORRECT ANSWER
We might have fish and chips for tea tonight!
I can't eat any more ice cream after that large dinner.
Dogs must be kept on their leads at the playground.
EDDIE SAYS
The three sentences containing modal verbs are: • We might have fish and chips for tea tonight! • I can't eat any more ice cream after that large dinner. • Dogs must be kept on their leads at the playground. Modal verbs describe the possibility of a verb.
  • Question 24

Which part of the sentence below is an adverbial phrase?

 

After the game, the two teams enjoyed a delicious post-match tea.

CORRECT ANSWER
After the game
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'After the game'. Adverbial phrases act like an adverb telling us how, when, where or why something happened. This adverbial phrase tells us when the post-match tea took place.
  • Question 25

The same word can be used to complete both of the following sentences. Write it in the answer box.

 

The policeman gave my dad a __________ for speeding.

 

The weather was __________ so we went for a picnic.

CORRECT ANSWER
fine
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is 'fine'. These words are homonyms.
The two words are not related to each other although they look and sound the same.
  • Question 26

Which is the comparative form of the adjective good?

CORRECT ANSWER
better
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'better'. We use the comparative form when we compare two things:
I think that Arsenal are better than Spurs. Comparatives often end in the er suffix.
  • Question 27

Use either I or me to complete the following sentence.

 

My Dad took a picture of my brother and __________ on top of the Eiffel Tower.

CORRECT ANSWER
me
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'I'. The pronoun I is only used for the subject of the sentence.
In this example Dad is the subject of the sentence (the noun doing the verb) and 'my brother and me' is the object (the noun affected by the verb).
  • Question 28

The word address has more than one meaning. Read the definitions below and tick the two that are correct.

CORRECT ANSWER
the place where a person lives
to speak to a group of people
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are: • The place where a person lives (noun). • To speak to a group of people (verb). The word originally meant 'to approach or speak to somebody', and the meaning widened to include the place whether a person lives, possibly because of its use at the top of a letter.
  • Question 29

Look at the following sentence.

 

The cave was very very big.

 

Find the word which is an antonym for 'very very big'.

CORRECT ANSWER
diminutive
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'diminutive'. Antonyms are words which mean the opposite to a given word. The word means extremely small, whereas the other others are all synonyms (words with a similar meaning) for the word big.
  • Question 30

Change the underlined verb from the past tense to the present tense and write the whole sentence in the answer box.

 

Molly went to ballet classes every Friday.

CORRECT ANSWER
Molly goes to ballet classes every Friday.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct sentence in the present tense would be: Molly goes to ballet classes every Friday. The verb to go is an irregular verb.
  • Question 31

Identify the relative clause in the sentence below.

 

My duvet, which is pink, is very cosy.

CORRECT ANSWER
which is pink
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'which is pink'. A tip for spotting relative clause is that they will always contain a subject and verb. Also, they begin with a relative pronoun: who, whom, whose, that, or which.
  • Question 32

Which of the following sentences contains two clauses?

CORRECT ANSWER
The witch jumped onto her broomstick and soared into the night.
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence with two clauses is: The witch jumped onto her broomstick and soared into the night. Each clause contains a verb ('jumped' and 'soared').
  • Question 33

Complete the chart below to show which sentences contain reported and direct speech.

CORRECT ANSWER
 DirectReported
"I've eaten too much!" signed Ruth.
Tom complained that his bike was broken.
Sue told Mary all about her holiday to Spain.
"Watch out for the muddy puddle!" Ben yelled suddenly.
EDDIE SAYS
Direct speech uses inverted commas or speech marks to show the exact words spoken. • "I've eaten too much!" signed Ruth. • "Watch out for the muddy puddle!" Ben yelled suddenly. Reported speech describes what is said. • Tom complained that his bike was broken. • Sue told Mary all about her holiday to Spain.
  • Question 34

Read the following sentence.

 

Kayla's brother Simon, who is nearly eighteen, is learning to drive his mum's car.

 

Tick the box containing the subordinate clause.

CORRECT ANSWER
who is nearly eighteen
EDDIE SAYS
The correct clause is 'who is nearly eighteen'. The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
If it is removed, the main clause still makes sense.
E.g. Kayla's brother Simon is learning to drive his mum's car.
  • Question 35

Read this sentence in the active voice.

 

The storm blew the shed roof off.

 

Which of the following sentences is the passive form of the sentence above?

CORRECT ANSWER
The shed roof was blown off by the storm.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'The shed roof was blown off by the storm.' If a sentence is written in the passive voice, the subject (the shed roof) receives the action, rather than carrying it out.
  • Question 36

Read the sentence below and decide whether it is written in the personal or impersonal form.

 

Learning to drive is very expensive.

CORRECT ANSWER
impersonal
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence is impersonal. Impersonal sentences do not include pronouns like 'I', 'me' and 'they'.
They are general statements rather than personal ones.
  • Question 37

Read the following sentence and tick the box that describes the underlined section.

 

The fur coat in the shop window is not made of real animal fur.

CORRECT ANSWER
noun phrase
EDDIE SAYS
The underlined section is a noun phrase. This is a noun phrase because it is a group of words including and describing a noun and it does not include a verb.
A clause contains a noun and a verb.
  • Question 38

Read the following sentence and decide whether the underlined word is a subordinating conjunction or a co-ordinating conjunction.

 

Kayden couldn't go on the roller coaster because he was too small.

CORRECT ANSWER
subordinating conjunction
EDDIE SAYS
Because is a subordinating conjunction. A subordinating conjunction joins a main clause to a subordinate clause.
  • Question 39

The underlined words in the following sentences are all pronouns. Decide which type of pronoun each one is.

 

1) Don't use that one. It's mine!

2) Steve forgot where he had put the front door key.

3) Tomorrow we are going to London, which is my favourite city.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

sentence 1
possessive pronoun
sentence 2
personal pronoun
sentence 3
relative pronoun
EDDIE SAYS
Sentence 1 contains a possesive pronoun (mine). A possessive pronoun shows who owns something. Sentence 2 contains a personal pronoun (he). A personal pronoun simply replaces the name of a noun. Sentence 3 contains a relative pronoun (which). A relative pronoun refers back to a noun earlier in the sentence and introduces more information about it.
  • Question 40

Choose the correct verb form to complete the sentence below.

 

Neither of the cars __________ damaged in the collision.

CORRECT ANSWER
was
EDDIE SAYS
The correct verb is was. Although the sentence refers to more than one car, the word 'neither' always takes the singular form of a verb.
  • Question 41

Rewrite the following sentence, adding an apostrophe for possession in the correct place.

 

The childrens hats were hanging on pegs by the door.

CORRECT ANSWER
The children's hats were hanging on pegs by the door.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence is: The children's hats were hanging on pegs by the door. The plural form of 'child' is 'children', so the apostrophe goes after the 'n'.
  • Question 42

Replace the underlined words with a contraction and type out the sentence again.

 

I will not wait for more than half an hour.

CORRECT ANSWER
I won't wait for more than half an hour.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct contraction is 'won't'. An apostrophe usually replaces the letters that have been missed out of a word, but this is an irregular one.
  • Question 43

Which of these sentences uses brackets correctly?

CORRECT ANSWER
Jason (my big brother) is saving up to buy a motorbike.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct sentence is: Jason (my big brother) is saving up to buy a motorbike. If the information inside the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense.
  • Question 44

Add a pair of commas to this sentence to make it easier to follow.

 

My best friend who is Polish is called Patryk.

 

Rewrite the whole sentence in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
My best friend, who is Polish, is called Patryk.
EDDIE SAYS
The correctly punctuated sentence is: My best friend, who is Polish, is called Patryk. The commas go round the extra information.
If this information is removed, the sentence still makes sense. (My best friend is called Patryk.)
In this sentence, the brackets contain a relative clause too!
  • Question 45

The words in the list are all nouns.

 

Decide whether they are abstract nouns or concrete nouns.

CORRECT ANSWER
 abstract nounconcrete noun
jealousy
school
friendship
knowledge
computer
EDDIE SAYS
The abstract nouns are jealousy, friendship and knowledge. An abstract noun is something that we cannot detect with our senses. The concrete nouns are school and computer. Concrete nouns are physical objects, people or places.
  • Question 46

Read the following sentence and decide which word class each word belongs to.

 

Jason lifted the heavy suitcase carefully.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Jason
proper noun
lifted
verb
the
article
heavy
adjective
suitcase
common noun
carefully
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
Jason is a proper noun. Lifted is a verb. The is an article. Heavy is an adjective. Suitcase is a common noun. Carefully is an adverb. Each word in this sentence belongs to a different word class, but sentences often contain several words from the same class.
  • Question 47

Choose the best conjunction to complete the following sentence.

 

__________ Billy was a very good singer, he was always nervous before a performance.

CORRECT ANSWER
Although
EDDIE SAYS
The correct conjunction is 'although'. The sentence is contrasting Billy's ability with his nerves.
  • Question 48

Read the sentence below and tick the word that is closest in meaning to the underlined word.

 

Robert looked dolefully at his mother.

CORRECT ANSWER
mournfully
EDDIE SAYS
Dolefully and mournfully are synonyms. The best way to increase your vocabulary is to read a lot.
Try to note down new words and look them up to see what they mean.
  • Question 49

Which of the following sentences are written in the present tense?

 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
Alex is practising his violin.
Alex practises his violin every night.
EDDIE SAYS
Both of these sentences are written in the present tense: • Alex is practising his violin. • Alex practises his violin every night. 'Practise' and 'is practising' are both forms of the present tense.
We use 'practise' for something that is done regularly, and 'is practising' for something that is happening right now.
  • Question 50

Identify the subordinate clause in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

The hotel, which stood on top of a hill, was very popular with film stars.

 

Do not include any punctuation in your answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
which stood on top of a hill
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is 'which stood on top of a hill'. The subordinate clause does not make sense on its own.
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