How well do you know your parts of speech?

General grammar deals with the business of translating reality and ideas into words. There are two ways it does this: 1) syntactical analysis (ordering words into sentences); and 2) part-of-speech analysis.

How good, how facile are you with the basic building blocks of our language? Are you a grammar savant? Or are you a clueless bumbler who, like the average driver, knows how to make the car go, but has no idea how it works? Take the quiz and find out. Good luck.

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1. For this and all following questions, identify the part of speech in UPPER CASE: MANY ninjas were there.
adverb
preposition
adjective
noun
2. Ninjas must train CONSTANTLY.
noun
conjunction
adjective
adverb
3. Which ninja stole my CAR?
direct object
indirect object
predicate adjective
predicate nominative
4. The ninjas gave US directions.
direct object
indirect object
object of preposition
objective complement
5. THEY have no idea how to fight ninjas.
direct object
pronoun
adjective
noun clause
6. The pirates SEEMED quite happy.
modal auxiliary
auxiliary verb
action verb
linking verb
7. Most ninjas are SNEAKY.
predicate adjective
predicate nominative
direct object
objective complement
8. Some of my best friends are PIRATES.
direct object
indirect object
predicate nominative
objective complement
9. The pirate parked NEAR the store.
adverb
adjective
linking verb
preposition
10. The ninja lost his keys IN THE COUCH
adjective clause
objective complement
adverbial objective
prepositional phrase
11. Okay, the easy crap is out of the way. Try these: Those gentlemen, A BAND OF SNEAKY NINJAS, snuck out.
adverbial objective
objective complement
appositive
noun clause
12. Pirates AND ninjas found endlessly.
subordinating conjunction
coordinating conjunction
correlative conjunction
demonstrative adjective
13. The ninjas WHO robbed us were there.
indirect object
adjective clause
relative pronoun
noun clause
14. The restaurant WHERE we were eating was attacked by pirates
relative adverb
relative pronoun
subordinating conjunction
attributive adjective
15. No worries--Khan the Pirate is on the JOB.
direct object
object of the preposition
indirect object
objective complement
16. I MYSELF welcome our new pirate overlords.
appositive
intensive pronoun
relative pronoun
reflexive pronoun
17. Passive or active voice? The pirates asked for their money back.
passive voice
active voice
18. Passive or active voice? The ninjas were harassed by the police.
active voice
passive voice
19. Now for some heavy lifting. Identify the part of speech in UPPER CASE: The ninjas knew THAT THE PIRATES WERE NEARBY.
adverbial objective
absolute clause
adjective clause
noun clause
20. The pirates made Purplebeard their CAPTAIN.
objective complement
direct object
predicate nominative
appositive
21. The ninjas will not win BECAUSE they are too few.
correlative adverb
subordinating conjunction
correlative conjunction
preposition
22. The pirates partied EVERY NIGHT.
participle
phrasal objective
prepositional phrase
adverbial objective
23. Nobody wants TO FIGHT pirates.
gerund
infinitive
noun clause
participle
24. Pirates and ninjas enjoy DIAGRAMMING sentences.
gerund
infinitive
participle
action verb
25. Okay Bad Ass, try these on for size: The ninjas gave AS many cards AS they received.
participles
comparative adverbs
correlative conjunctions
correlative adverbs
26. HAVING HEARD THE PIRATES, the ninjas moved to intercept.
adjective clause
gerundive phrase
participial phrase
adverbial clause
27. EITHER the pirates OR the ninjas shall win.
correlative conjunctions
correlative adverbs
comparative adverbs
adverbs of equal comparison
28. Don't believe anything THE NINJAS MAY TELL YOU.
independent clause
adverbial clause
noun clause
adjective clause
29. Ninjas DRESSED to the nines flooded the lobby.
action verb
participle
demonstrative adjective
appositive
30. Tomorrow we will be given a new SHIP.
indirect object
objective complement
retained object
pleonasm
31. Classify the following sentence: When the signal is given, the pirates will distract the guards and the ninjas will steal the talisman.
complex sentence
compound sentence
compound-complex sentence
multi-clause sentence
32. The ninjas are sneaky, but the pirates are ferocious and they feel their time is now.
complex sentence
compound sentence
compound-complex sentence
multi-clause sentence
33. Although the pirates denied it, they praised the ninjas whenever they thought no one was listening.
complex sentence
compound sentence
compound-complex sentence
multi-clause sentence
34. Identify the verb tense: By next month the pirates WILL HAVE WON.
perfect
future perfect progressive
future
future perfect
35. The ninjas HAD BEEN HIDING the gold.
past-perfect
past
past-perfect progressive
perfect
36. The pirates FOUND the gold later.
past
past-perfect
past progressive
pluperfect
37. HAVE the ninjas BEEN TELLING us everything?
present-perfect
present progressive
past progressive
present-perfect progressive
38. The pirates SMELL your fear.
present
present progressive
present-perfect
present-perfect progressive
39. The ninjas WILL BE COMING for you later.
future perfect
future perfect progressive
future
future progressive

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