How good is your English grammar? [QUIZ]

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Why Learn Grammar? Does it Really Matter in a Foreign Language?

My view is that speaking a language is much more important than good grammar, especially for beginners. That’s why I advocate Speaking from Day 1, even if you do sound like Tarzan.

Even so, it's obviously important to learn good grammar – especially once you’ve reached the intermediate and advanced levels of a foreign language.

But getting all those conjugations and declensions into your head doesn't have to be a yawn-inducing activity. Believe it or not, learning grammar can be fun! (No, really.)

When learning is fun, not only are we more likely to attempt it, but we're more likely to remember what what we've learned.

So how can we make grammar fun? The same way we make most things fun: we turn it into a game.

English Grammar

Why is grammar important? As Jasper Fforde put it, "Ill-fitting grammar are like ill-fitting shoes. You can get used to it for a bit, but then one day your toes fall off and you can't walk to the bathroom."

Lose vs. Loose: How to Choose the Right Word

Flyer vs. Flier: How to Choose the Right Word

Bare vs. Bear: How to Choose the Right Spelling

Which Is Correct, Gray or Grey?

What's the Difference Between Advisor and Adviser?

What's the Difference Between Toward and Towards?

What's the Difference Between the Pronouns I and Me?

Nobody, No One, and None: What's the Difference?

Ware, Wear, and Where: Choosing the Right Homophone

Which Is Correct, Any Time or Anytime?

The Difference Between Shear and Sheer

Jive, Jibe, and Gibe: How to Choose the Right Word

Media, Medium, and Mediums: How to Choose the Right Word

What's the Difference Between the Words Personal and Personnel?

Homophone Corner: Coarse and Course

Buy, By, and Bye: How to Choose the Right Word

Learn the Difference Between the Words Track and Tract

What's the Difference Between Complementary and Complimentary?

The Difference Between Whoever and Whomever

Breakdown vs. Break Down: How to Choose the Right Word

How to Use There, Their, and They're

The Difference Between Plain and Plane

Perspective vs. Prospective: How to Choose the Right Word

The Tricky Differences Between the Words 'Lead' and 'Led'

What's the Difference Between Than and Then?

The Difference Between Aid and Aide

The Difference Between Fair and Fare

Passed or Past? How to Choose the Right Word

Homophone Corner: The Difference Between Straight and Strait

What's the Difference Between the Words Assume and Presume?

The Difference Between the Words 'Chord' and 'Cord'

Hoard vs. Horde: How to Choose the Right Word

Affect vs.Effect: How to Choose the Right Word

Roll vs. Role: How to Choose the Right Word

Desert vs. Dessert: How to Choose the Right Word

Patience and Patients: How Can You Tell Which Word to Use?

The Difference Between the Words Cleanup and Clean Up

Pro Advice on Why Writers Need to Use Outlines

What's the Difference Between the Words Moral and Morale?

Capital vs. Capitol: How to Choose the Right Word

Is Premier or Premiere Correct?

Flammable, Inflammable, and Nonflammable: How to Choose the Right Word

What's the Difference Between the Verbs Evoke and Invoke?

The Difference Between "Alternate" and "Alternative"

The Difference Between Lightening and Lightning

Breath vs. Breathe: How to Choose the Right Word

The Difference Between the Verbs 'Imply' and 'Infer'

Homophone Corner: Flair and Flare

The Difference Between Homophones "Brake" and "Break"

Why Too Much Empathy Can Actually Be Harmful

Ernest Hemingway, from a draft of the ending to <i>A Farewell to Arms</i> (1920)

Afterward vs. Afterword: How to Choose the Right Word

Dictionary of Southern Slang

Writing Abstracts for Articles, Reports, and Proposals

What Is Transformational Grammar?

The 9 Parts of Speech in Grammar

13 of the Longest Words in the English Language

Holy Cow! 100 English Interjections and Exclamations

A List of 26 Common Suffixes in English (With Examples)

Learn to Use the Tricky Verb Forms Choose, Chose, and Chosen.

The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English

100 Irregular Plural Nouns in English

Transferred Epithets in English Grammar

Word Play: Having Fun With the Sounds and Meanings of Words

What Are Prepositional Phrases in English Grammar?

Definition and Examples of Pidgin Languages

Logical Fallacies: Examples of Hasty Generalizations

Glittering Generalities as Persuasive Devices

Are You Using "Dummy" Words in Your Writing?

Everyday vs. Every Day: When Is It One Word or Two?

Threw, Through, and Thru: How to Choose the Right Word

Are You Sensible or Sensitive? How to Choose the Right Word

Right, Rite, Wright, and Write: How to Choose the Right Word

What's the Difference Between Air, Ere, and Heir?

Presume vs. Assume: How to Choose the Correct Word

Forth vs. Fourth: How to Choose the Right Word

Everyone vs. Every One: How to Choose the Right Word

Lets vs. Let's: How to Choose the Right Word

Using Primary Sources in Research Projects - Definition and Examples

The Best Examples of Palindromes in the English Language

What Are Stative Verbs in English?

Is It Always Wrong to End a Sentence With a Preposition?

Cue vs. Queue: How to Choose the Right Word

How Should I Write the Abbreviation for 'United States'?

Get Smarter Through ‘Deep’ Reading

Characteristics of a Formal Prose Style

Rhetorical Devices: What They Are and How to Use Them

Follow These Guidelines and Examples of a Solid Written Summary

What Are the Present and Past Forms of the Verb "To Be"

What is Associative Meaning?

"Were," "We're," and "Where": What's the Difference?

How Do You Define a Sentence?

The Importance of Intonation in Speech

Pragmatics Helps Place Language in Context

11 of the Weirdest and Most Interesting Words in the English Language

Know the Receiver's Role in Communication to Help Avoid Major Pitfalls

Learn the Two Basic Parts of a Prepositional Phrase, and More

Ain't, Won't, Should've: How to Use Contractions Properly

How to Quote Someone Indirectly in Your Writing

Learn About the Speaker's Intention in Linguistics

40 Hard-to-Pronounce Words You're Probably Getting Wrong

What Is English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)?

What Is the Process of Pejoration in Language?

Reoccurring vs. Recurring: How to Choose the Right Word

What Is Passivization in English Grammar?

Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms: Fronting

The Joys, Definitions and Examples of English Grammar

Email Messages: Composing, Focusing, and Editing

How to Use Block Quotations in Writing

What Is Recursion in English Grammar?

What Is Clipping in Language?

What Is Language Planning?

What Is an Attributive Adjective in English Grammar?

Supporting Your Work With Citations in Research Papers

What Is Literary Journalism?

Extended Definitions in Essays and Speeches

The Study of Talk: Conversation Analysis

Mental State Verbs Help You Express What's Going on Inside

What Is an Argument in Rhetoric?

What Kind of Language Is Globish?

What's the Difference Between Grammatical Meaning and Lexical Meaning?

What Is Emphatic 'Do' in English Grammar?

How to Correct Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

Regards, Sincerely, Best: the Complimentary Close in a Letter or Email

Pointing Backwards: Anaphora in English Grammar

What Is the Negative-Positive Restatement in Grammar?

What Is the Logical Fallacy Known as Dicto Simpliciter?

Making Small Talk: Phatic Communication

The Definition and Examples of Binomial Pairs in English

This Sentence Ends With a Tag Question, Doesn't It?

Conventions of Editing House Style

Get Definition and See Examples of Matrix Clauses in English Grammar

The Value of Analogies in Writing and Speech

Enumeratio(n) in Rhetoric: Point by Point by Point

What "Literal Meaning" Really Means

What Is Agreement in English Grammar?

What Part of an Argument Is the Refutation?

How to Use the Prepositions 'In' and 'Into' in Sentences

What Is the Process of Compounding in the English Language?

The Principle of Late Closure in Sentence Processing

What Are Inflectional Morphemes?

Get the Definition and See Examples of Kenneth Burke's Pentad

What Is the Fallacy Known as Stacking the Deck?

Why Words That Are Borrowed Are Never Given Back

Disjuncts in English Grammar: Definitions and Examples

From A to Z: Quick Facts About the English Alphabet

What Is an Acrolect in Language Studies?

Learn the Meaning of "Figurative Meaning"

All About Interrogative Sentences in Grammar With Examples

Process Analysis in Composition: Guidelines and Examples

Source Domain in Conceptual Metaphor

What Is Synonymy in Grammar?

Definitions and Examples of the Top 20 Figures of Speech

Learn the Different Types of Clauses and How to Use Them in Grammar

Stasis Theory in Rhetoric

What Determines the Validity of an Argument?

What Are Speech Repairs in Conversation?

A Quirky Quiz on the English Language

Zero Plurals in English Grammar: Sheep, Deer, and Swine

Development in Composition: Building an Essay

What Is a Past Progressive Verb in English?

Characteristics of a Good Editor

Yes, Nouns Can Be Used as Adjectives

How Students Can Use Imitation to Study Sentence Structure

What Does It Mean to Find Common Ground?

Check out This Funny and Cautionary Spell-Checker Poem

Definition and Examples of Regionalisms in English

What Are the Common Models of Composition (or Patterns of Exposition)?

Commonly Confused Words: Reek, Wreak, and Wreck

What Is the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis?

Differences Between an Initialism and an Acronym

Alternation in English: Of Mice (Mouse) and Men (Man)

Boost Your English Vocabulary With These 50 Greek and Latin Root Words

Learn More About the Concept of an Appeal to Ignorance

Definition and Examples of Active and Passive Voice in English Grammar

100 Key Terms Used in the Study of English Grammar

What Is Syntactic Ambiguity?

What is Basic Word Order in English?

Speech Act Theory: Definition and Examples

What Are Regional Dialects in English?

How Prepositions Build Relationships Between Words

A Guide to All Types of Narration

What Are Morphemes in English?

What Are Modifiers in English Grammar?

What Is Language Standardization?

Perspectives on Language Change

What Are Hyponyms in English?

The Habitual Present Tense in English Grammar

What Is a Figure of Speech?

Do You Know What a Dialect Is?

Diglossia: The Coexistence of Language Varieties

What Are Coordinating Conjunctions in English?

The Key Components of a Compound Sentence

What Are Complex Sentences in English Grammar?

What Is a Compound-Complex Sentence?

What Is Telegraphic Speech In English Grammar?

What Exactly Is a Conversation?

The Difference Between 'Should' and 'Would'

What Are Derivational Morphemes?

Grammar: Personification, a Figure of Speech

Learn the Basic Elements of the Communication Process

For Writers: What Is the Third-Person Point of View?

What Are Open Class Words in English?

What's the Difference Between Bathos and Pathos?

Definition and Examples of Language Death

What Are Word Stems in English?

What Are Writing Prompts and How Do You Use Them?

How Sociolinguistics Defines Language Varieties

What's an Argument in Grammar?

Um, Is This, You Know, a Filler Word?

Cheers and Jeers: Examples of Phonemes and Minimal Pairs in English

What Does the Rhetorical Term Epanalepsis Mean?

What Is Prewriting in Composition?

Test Your Ability to Use Parallel Structures Effectively

25 Weird, Witty, and Wonderful Language-Related Terms

Argument and the Definition of Evidence

Organizational Strategies for Using Chronological Order in Writing

"Exophera": Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms

Test Your Knowledge of Subject-Verb Agreement

What Are Subject Complements in English Grammar?

What Are Syllogisms in Logic and in Rhetoric?

Do You Know What Valency in Grammar Is?

Sometime, Some Time, and Sometimes: What's the Difference?

What Are Footnotes and How Should They Be Used in Written Works?

What Is the Lexical Approach?

What Are Back-Formations in English?

Methods and Benefits of Collaborative Writing

What Are Morphs in Language?

Do You Know How to Use Allophones in the English Language?

The Difference Between Present Participles and Present Progressives

An Introduction to Exclamatory Sentences

What Are Compound Adverbs?

Deictic Expressions in English

Vagueness Is Both a Vice and a Strategy in Speech and Writing

Examples of Signal Phrases in Grammar and Composition

What Does Spatial Order Mean in Composition?

What Are Complex Words in English Grammar and Morphology?

What Is Inductive Reasoning?

Structure Dependency in Grammar: Definition and Examples

What Is a Native Language?

What Are Direct Quotations?

Business Jargon: Laser-Focused and Fact-Deficient

Examples of Effective Topic Sentences

Bridegrooms, Bonfires, and Woodchucks: Folk Etymologies in English

What Is a Character Sketch? How Do You Write One and Why?

What Is a Synopsis and How Do You Write One?

How to Use Third-Person Singular Verbs in English

The Definition of a Simile Is Clear With These 100 Examples

Abstract Nouns Are Concepts Imperceptible to the Five Human Senses

Observations on the Reading Process

Practice in Forming Interrogative Sentences

How Is a Cranberry Morpheme Used in English Grammar?

30 Writing Suggestions for an Essay or Speech Developed With Analogies

Learn More About Consonants and Build Confidence Speaking and Writing

What Is a Rhetorical Situation?

Examples of Antithesis: The Rhetorical Balancing Act

Where Does Language Come From?

Learn the Theory Behind Effective Writing Instructions for Business

What Is a Sign in Semiotics?

Definition and Examples of Pronoun Agreement in Grammar

Semiotics: The Study of Signs and Symbols in Human Communication

What Are the Premises of an Argument?

What Are Inflections in English Grammar?

What Is a Finite Verb in English Grammar?

What Is Linguistic Performance?

Understanding the Nature of Messages in the Communication Process

What Are the Different Types of Phrases in English Grammar?

Get the Definition of Logical Fallacy With Examples of the Term

Fan-bloody-tastic Infixes in English

Tricky Homophones: To, Too, and Two

Common Redundancies in the English Language

Third-Person Pronouns in English Grammar: Can 'They' Ever Be Singular?

Tense Shifts in English Grammar

Practice in Identifying Sentences by Structure

Understanding the Different Types of Research in Writing

What Is a Socratic Dialogue?

Rogerian Argument: Cooperation, Not Confrontation

Psycholinguistics Definition and Examples

What Is the Logical Fallacy Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc?

What Are Partitives in English Grammar?

What Is Professional Communication? What Should You Watch Out For?

Why Do We Cherish the Personal Letter?

First, Tell Me What Ordinal Numbers Are

What Is the Medium in the Communication Process?

Overgeneralization in English Grammar

What Is Nonverbal Communication?

What Do Noise and Interference Refer to in the Communication Process?

How Many Types of Verbs Are There in English?

The Critical Role of Listening in the Communication Process

Observations on the Nature of Language

What Are Italics and How Should They Be Used?

How to Use the IRAC Method of Legal Reasoning and Analysis

What Is an Interior Monologue?

What Is a Predicate in a Sentence?

What Are Helping Verbs in English Grammar?

What Are Grammatical Errors?

What Is Figurative Language, and How Can You Use It?

Examples of Faulty Parallelism in English Grammar

The Logical Fallacy of Equivocation and How to Combat It

Observing the Human Use of Language: Discourse Analysis

The 3 Degrees of Adjectives: Positive, Comparative, and Superlative

Direct Speech: How to Quote Someone Directly in Your Writing

The Cooperative Principle in Conversation

Complex Transitive Verb Definition and Examples

Learn the Art of Communication and See How It's Used Effectively

What Is Circular Reasoning?

Learn About Causative Verbs In English Grammar and See Some Examples

The Cultural Transmission of Language

What Is Connected Speech and What Are Its Characteristics?

The 3 Best Sites to Learn a New Word Every Day

What Is a Base Verb and What Does It Do?

The Bandwagon Fallacy—Is the Opinion of the Majority Always Valid?

What Is an Adverbial in English Grammar?

What to Know About Absolute Phrases in English

What Is an Allomorph in Phonology and Linguistics?

Affirmative Sentences in English Grammar

What Is Logos in Rhetoric?

What Are Sententiae in Rhetoric

What Are Function Words in English Grammar?

Definition and Examples of the Active Voice in English Grammar

Time Heals, Steals, and Flies: 20 Metaphors

How to Develop a Problem-Solution Essay

When You Can and Can't Use Leading Questions to Persuade

How to Refer to the Future in the Past in English Grammar

What Are Some Examples of the Straw Man Fallacy?

The Rhetorical Figure of Twins: Hendiadys

A Rhetorical Term for a Powerful Description: Enargia

What Is a Symbol in Language and Literature?

What Are Eponyms in English?

What Are Complements in English Grammar?

Word Family: Definition and Examples in English

Definition and Examples of Subjects in English Grammar

Practice in Identifying Helping Verbs

Know the Definition of Mother Tongue and the World's Top 20 Languages

What Is Invention in Composition and Rhetoric?

Definition and Examples of Connotations

The Progressive and the Perfect Aspect in English Grammar

200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (With Exercises)

What Are Subordinate Clauses in English Grammar?

Lowercase Letters Explained

Existential "There" Definition and Examples

100 Awfully Good Oxymorons

12 Writers Discuss the Writing Process

What Makes an Article Different from an Essay?

What Is Substitution in English Grammar?

Characteristics of Closed Class Words

What Are Premodifiers in English Grammar?

What Is the Historical Present Tense in English and How Is It Used?

How to Use Informal Style When Writing Prose

Epiphora in Rhetoric: Repetition to Create Emphasis

Test Your Ability to Recognize an Effective Thesis Sentence

What Are Pronouns in English Grammar?

What Is the Purpose of the Zero Article in English Grammar?

What Is Universal Grammar?

What Are Qualifier Words in English Grammar?

5 Words That Don't Mean What You Think They Mean

Get the Definition and See Examples of Brand Name

Foregrounding Definition and Examples

Timeline of the English Language

25 Grammatical Terms We Should Have Learned in School

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Spell Checkers

What Is Didactic Writing and Didacticism?

What Is a Word Class in English Grammar?

What the Bleep Is Taboo Language?

What Are Complementizers in English Grammar?

What's the Difference in the 3 Branches of Rhetoric?

Characteristics of an Effective Precis

The Rhetorical Strategy of Amplification in an Argument

Classification Paragraphs and Essays

The Difference Between Good and Bad Writing

What Is Subject-Auxiliary Inversion in English Grammar?

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