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THE TEN-MINUTE TEST – GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION  –  TEST 7

Levels 3 – 5

 

1.       Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below.

I carefully and quietly closed the door behind me.                      1 mark

2.       Circle one word to complete the sentence below.

Bill and Ben played cards _______ waiting for their dinner.

(a)          which                    (b)  while     (c) during     (d) between           1 mark

3.       Complete each sentence with the most likely punctuation.

Choose from     .    ?      !

(a)          Stop or I will shoot

(b)         It was snowing yesterday

(c)          Do you think it will snow today                                         1 mark

4.       The sentences below each have an error. The errors are underlined.

Write the correction, making sure the verb matches the tense.

 

(a)          Yesterday Humpty Dumpty fall of a wall.                 __________

(b)         We had roast chicken and chips every Sunday.        __________

(c)          The children play in the park at the moment.                   __________

1 mark

5.       Put the teacher’s words into direct speech.

Be careful with the punctuation.

 

The teacher politely told the children to close their books.

____________________________________________        2 marks

 

 

 

6.       Look at this sentence.

Amy invited Eva, Sam, Sally and Joe to her birthday party.

 

(a)    What is the name of the punctuation mark used after Eva and Sam?

___________       1 mark

(b)   Why is this punctuation mark needed in the sentence?

___________________________________________   1 mark

 

7.       Complete the sentences below using either I  or  me.

(a)      Please turn on the TV for ______.

(b)     Neither you nor ______ know the answer.

(c)      Let’s keep this a secret between you and _____.

(d)     Trust _____.   I know what I’m doing.                             2 marks

 

8.       Write out this sentence putting in all the punctuation that’s needed.

Come here said Miss Jones and wait quietly.                              1 mark

9.       Complete the sentence below with a contraction that makes sense.

If I were you, I ___________ touch that cable. It might be live!      1 mark

 

10.     Add a suffix to the underlined word to make it an adjective.

I think you’re making a  dread_____  mistake.                           1 mark

 

11.      Add a prefix to the underlined word to make the opposite meaning.

Don’t be so  ___happy.  Everything’s going to be all right.                   1 mark

 

12.     Underline the subordinate clause in each sentence below.

 

(a)       Although we tried our hardest, we didn’t quite make it.

(b)      Do you know to whom this book belongs?

(c)       After drinking his hot chocolate, Sam went off to bed.

(d)      Mum asked Dad to turn up the heating because it got quite cold.

(e)       We turned on the alarm before leaving for the cinema.  2 marks

 

Level  6

1.         Rewrite these sentences, changing them from the active to the passive voice.

(a)    Charles Dickens wrote ‘Oliver Twist’.

(b)    Nobody gave the correct answers.                                    2 marks

 

2.         Add a subordinate clause to each of the following sentences.

(a)      Ben’s Auntie Susan lives in Dover.

(b)     We walked, _______________, all the way to the park.  2 marks

3.         Insert a comma and a semi-colon to clarify the meaning of this sentence.

I’m going to have chicken chips and peas you can have whatever you want.

1 mark

4.         Label each of the underlined nouns below as common,  proper,  abstract or  collective.

As we pulled out of Dover, there was great excitement as the children

watched a school of dolphins frolic around the ferry.                  2 marks

 

5.         Underline the  adjectives in the sentence below which  should be hyphenated?

That cross eyed baboon is really vicious and bad-tempered.       2 marks

 

6.         Add a prefix to the underlined words in these sentences so that they make sense.

(a)          Susan’s cupcakes are quite resist.

(b)         Billy couldn’t hide his happiness when he failed miserably

(c)          Moving a pawn backwards is legitimate in chess.

(d)         That watch must be faulty. The second hand is going clockwise!

2 marks

7.         Explain why a colon has been used in the sentence below.

There’s only one thing I have to say to you: Drop dead!                 1 mark

 

8.         Add the word that completes the sentence below correctly.

After   _________  had my dinner, I watched TV for while.      1 mark

 

9.         Hyphenate the adjective where required in the sentence below.

You can’t drive down that narrow road; anyway, it’s a one way street.       1 mark

 

  1. Write one sentence indicating the correct use of the dash  –   .

THE TEN-MINUTE TEST  – GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION  –  TEST 8

1 mark for each correct answer

 

1.       Where should the commas be placed in the following sentences?

(a)      Haggis when prepared properly is very tasty.

(b)     Adam the son of John and Sally has passed his driving test.

(c)      I was born and raised in Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland.

(d)     Scrooge was a cruel cold-hearted miser until the ghosts visited him.

(e)      Having finished the mini-marathon I was ready for a hot bath.

 

2.       Go back to Question 1.

Which three sentences contain a subordinate clause?

 

3.       Where are capital letters required in the following sentences?

(a)      we’re going to france in august.

(b)     i love learning french and so does my brother leo.

(c)      the tower of london is an exciting place to visit.

 

4.       Change the following sentences from the active to the passive.

(a)      That dog has just bit me.

(b)     The police will eventually catch the thief.

(c)      Most pupils made a couple of mistakes in the test.                            

(d)     The news shocked us.

(e)      Who might have taken the money?

 

5.       Change the following direct speech to indirect speech.

The first one is done for you.

(a)  “He’ll be here tomorrow.”                  She told me he would be here next day.

(b) “I don’t understand the question.”      He said he ___________ the question.

(c)  “Open that window!”     He told me ___________ that window.

(d) “I haven’t done my homework.”  Sally said she ____________ her homework.

(e)  “Eve didn’t say that at all.”       Adam said that Eve ____________ that at all.

 

6.       Replace the underlined words with personal pronouns.

Then first one is done for you.

(a)  Ben is over there. Give the book to Ben.      He is over there. Give it to him.

(b) The girls gave apples to Miss Smith.       _____  gave _____  to _____.

(c)  My brother and I both like Heavy Metal music.      _____  both like  _____.

(d) Actually, the pupils quite enjoy grammar.    Actually, ______ quite enjoy ____.

 

7.       Add prepositions in the blank spaces to complete the Squirrel’s Tale.

Squirrel Nutty ran  _____  the oak tree and shook  _____ a pawful

_____  delicious acorns. Then he scrambled _____ the tree, gathered

_____ the nuts and found a place to bury them.   He dug a hole

_____ his sharp claws and buried the nuts _____ a rose bush that

was blooming _____ a hundred red roses.

Unfortunately, when Squirrel Nutty returned _____ the winter, he couldn’t

find the bush; all the roses had withered and fallen, so every bush looked

exactly the same as every other bush.  What do you suggest he should do?

8.       Complete each of these sentences so that they make good sense.

(a)      How long have you …………………………………………………?

(b)     How well does ………………………………………………………..?

(c)      How much money …………………………………………………..?

(d)     How often do the children ………………………………………?

(e)      How long has David ………………………………………………..?

 

9.       Complete these sentences with  there,  they’re  or their.

(a)      Tell the children to put _______ jackets over ________.

(b)     Are you looking for the cakes?  ________ over  _______.

(c)      Were ________ many people at the game?  Yes. ________ were.

(d)     _________ not coming tonight.  __________ car has broken down.

 

10.     Use a prefix or a suffix or both to complete these sentences.

(a)      That’s not legal.   In fact, it’s down right _____________ .

(b)     Max isn’t sane.     In fact, he’s clearly suffering from __________.

(c)      The therapy I recommend for you is called ________therapy.

(d)     Boy______  and girl______  both happen during __________hood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TEN-MINUTE TEST  – GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION  –  TEST 9

1 mark for each correct answer

 

1.       Complete each of these sentences with   .   ?    or   !

(a)      Oh no, it’s raining again

(b)     It’s raining again

(c)      Are you tell me it’s started raining again

 

2.       Add all the end stops and capital letters required in these sentences.

(a)      stop that immediately      someone could get hurt

(b)     amy doesn’t understand the question  neither do i

(c)      where’s the tower of london     it’s in london of course

 

3.       Reminder!           Use a comma where it helps your reader

to understand what you’re writing about.

Now add commas to these sentences.

 

(a)      Our cats are called Fizzy Funky Fifi and Fred.

(b)     Come here Ben.

(c)      William usually called the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings.

(d)     Eva said “I think it’s going to be hot this afternoon.”

(e)      “I hope you’re right” said Vida.

(f)      If at first you don’t succeed try try again.

4.       Place the inverted commas – the direct speech marks – to show

the actual words the speaker said.  Add any necessary punctuation.

 

(a)   The Red Queen shouted Off with their heads!

(b)  That’s a bit harsh said Alice.

(c)   Mind your own business the Red Queen shrieked.

(d)  Alice stuck out her tongue and said I will not!

(e)   That’s what you think shouted the Red Queen. Off with her head, too!

 

5.       Rewrite the following text. Use contractions to shorten

the underlined words.

 

My English is getting better.  Before these lessons began, I did not know how to use full stops correctly, and I was not sure about capital letters. However, I have been working with my partner and I am more confident now. My teacher is patient with me and explains things carefully. I would like to say thank you for all the help we have been getting. I had better stop now or I will burst into tears with happiness!

 

6.       Reminder!           An apostrophe (upstairs comma) can be used to show

possession or belonging.  Add apostrophes to these sentences.

 

1)    Here’s Leos pencil.

2)    Sally is my sisters best friend.

3)    Both cars bumpers got bashed.

4)    Who took the mens jackets?

5)    The poor birds wing is broken.

6)    The childrens minibus has arrived.

7)    Why is Louis brother crying?

8)    All the mices tails were cut off.

9)    Jamess answer is correct.

10)  That’s the foxs den.

11)  It’s the bosss problem. Not mine.

12)  The ladies room is over there.

 

7.       In the active voice we focus on the doer.

In the passive voice we focus on what was done.

Say whether these sentences are in the active or in the passive.

 

(a)     Both windows were broken by those naughty girls.

(b)    Mrs. Mulligan is teaching us about active and passive sentences.

(c)     The next Olympics will be staged in Brazil.

(d)    Mum’s making lasagna for dinner.

(e)     Horse meat has been found in the burgers!

8.       Use the verb in the brackets to complete these sentences.

Remember to choose the appropriate tense.

 

(a)                 Elliot _______ to Anfield to watch Liverpool once a month.    (go)

(b)                Last weekend Dad _______ us to Howlett’s Zoo.   (take)

(c)                 I ___________ doing my homework.  Have you?     (finish)

(d)                “Dinner __________ ready in ten minutes,” said mum.    (be)

(e)                 If I were you, I __________ the opportunity.     (grab)

 

9.       Nouns can be common, proper, abstract or collective.

What kind of nouns are the highlighted words?

 

(a)    We watched a pride of lions feasting on a gazelle.

(b)   Joe and Gabe both scored from the penalty spot.

(c)    Please help me move the tables and chairs for the Bingo tonight.

(d)   Few things are more important than a good education.

(e)    The seagulls down at the harbour make a terrific racket.

(f)     We watched the ferry entering Dover Harbour.

(g)    There’s a coven of witches in the play ‘Macbeth’.

(h)   For me, kindness is more important than most things.

 

10.     An adjective is a describing word.

Pick out all the adjectives in these sentences.

 

(a)     “Who’ll buy my red, round, rosy apples?”

called out the delightful apple-seller.

(b)    Jack has lovely, forget-me-not blue eyes.

(c)     Puzzled, I gazed down at the bloody knife

sticking out of the corpse.

(d)    I don’t care if it’s got horsemeat in it; it’s

delicious anyway!

(e)     Year 6 is probably the most intelligent group in

the entire school.

 

 

11.     Adverbs are words that we use to describe other words, especially verbs.

For now, think of an adverb as word that tells us HOW or WHEN

or HOW OFTEN something was done.

Pick out all the adverbs in these sentences.

 

(a)    Sometimes Amy plays the piano well, but sometimes badly.

(b)   Carefully, Rooney place the ball expertly in the far corner.

(c)    Recklessly, Joel rode his bicycle too fast down the avenue.

(d)   Work hard… and you will succeed.

(e)    We frequently have afternoon tea in the garden if it’s warm.

(f)     Suzie always does her homework as soon as she gets home.

(g)    Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play.

(h)   Let’s unpack first. Later we can wander through the village.

 

 

12.     A sentence has a main clause that can stand on its own.

We can also add subordinate clauses to the main sentence.

There are lots of different kinds of subordinate clauses.

Underline the subordinate clauses in these sentences.

 

(a)     A sentence has a main clause that can stand on its own.

(b)    Although I was very tired, I decided to run all the way home.

(c)     Oscar, who is only 5, has started reading Harry Potter books!

(d)    After finishing dinner, we went for a stroll along the beach.

(e)    Here’s the book I borrowed from you.

(f)     The vampire stayed in his coffin until darkness fell on the town.

(g)    As soon as she saw the spider, Miss Muffet took off like a rocket.

(h)   Louis grabbed all the licorice, which annoyed all his classmates.

(i)      I honestly have no idea what you’re blethering about.

(j)      Unless you finish that lasagna, there will be no pudding for you.

 

Reminder:  A complex sentence is formed when you add

a subordinate  clause to a main clause.

 

13.     Complete these sentences by adding a prefix

to the underlined word.

 

(a)                 I love my puppy even when he’s a little   _____obedient.

(b)                On this occasion, I just have to _____agree with you.

(c)                 Dan likes apples nearly as much as he _____likes pears.

(d)                Your heartbeat is just a little bit _____regular.

(e)                 The magician made the rabbit suddenly _____appear.

(f)                  Parking on a double yellow line is _____legal.

(g)                 _____fortunately, he lost his winning Lottery ticket.

(h)                Now you’re just being _____responsible.

(i)                   I’m coming! I’m coming.  Don’t be so _____patient.

(j)                   You might believe it, but I _____believe it!

(k)                “You’re being quite _____logical,” Mr. Spock told Captain Kirk.

 

14.     Complete these sentences by adding a suffix

to the underlined word.

 

(a)                 The new armchair is very comfort_____   .

(b)                Thank you for your kind______ and help_________   .

(c)                 I love to hear the sound of children’s laugh____  .

(d)                That story is not only incred______;  it’s imposs______  .

(e)                 Jesus had to spend 40 days and nights in the wild_________  .

(f)                  Let’s take the radio with us. It’s not heavy.  It’s port______   .

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10 Responses
  1. adamn says:

    can someone PLEASE GIVE ME THE AWNSERS

  2. Lucy S says:

    Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below.

    I CAREFULLY and QUIETLY closed the door behind me.

    2. Circle one word to complete the sentence below.

    Bill and Ben played cards WHILE waiting for their dinner.

    (a) which (b) while (c) during (d) between 1 mark

    3. Complete each sentence with the most likely punctuation.

    Choose from . ? !

    (a) Stop or I will shoot!

    (b) It was snowing yesterday.

    (c) Do you think it will snow today ?

    4. The sentences below each have an error. The errors are underlined.

    Write the correction, making sure the verb matches the tense.

    (a) Yesterday Humpty Dumpty fall of a wall. _____FELL_____

    (b) We had roast chicken and chips every Sunday. ____HAVE______

    (c) The children play in the park at the moment. ___ARE PLAYING_______

    1 mark

    5. Put the teacher’s words into direct speech.

    Be careful with the punctuation.

    The teacher politely told the children to close their books
    “Close your books children please,”the teacher told them politely.

  3. Joshua says:

    I think the first few are:
    1. Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below.
    I carefully and quietly closed the door behind me.
    Answer:Carefully, quitely

    2. Circle one word to complete the sentence below.

    Bill and Ben played cards (while) waiting for their dinner.

    (a) which (b) while (c) during (d) between

    3. Complete each sentence with the most likely punctuation.

    Choose from . ? !

    (a) Stop or I will shoot!

    (b) It was snowing yesterday.

    (c) Do you think it will snow today?

    4. The sentences below each have an error. The errors are underlined.

    Write the correction, making sure the verb matches the tense.

    (a) Yesterday Humpty Dumpty fall of a wall. off

    (b) We had roast chicken and chips every Sunday. have

    (c) The children play in the park at the moment. are playing

  4. Grace (Team 100 WC) says:

    1. Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below.

    I CAREFULLY and QUIETLY closed the door behind me. 1 mark

    2. Circle one word to complete the sentence below.

    Bill and Ben played cards WHILE waiting for their dinner.

    (a) which (b) while (c) during (d) between 1 mark

    6. Look at this sentence.

    Amy invited Eva, Sam, Sally and Joe to her birthday party.

    (a) What is the name of the punctuation mark used after Eva and Sam?

    comma. 1 mark

    (b) Why is this punctuation mark needed in the sentence?

    ___________________________________________ 1 mark

    7. Complete the sentences below using either I or me.

    (a) Please turn on the TV for ______.

    (b) Neither you nor ______ know the answer.

    (c) Let’s keep this a secret between you and _____.

    (d) Trust _____. I know what I’m doing. 2 marks

    3. Complete each sentence with the most likely punctuation.

    Choose from . ? !

    (a) Stop or I will shoot !

    (b) It was snowing yesterday.

    (c) Do you think it will snow today? 1 mark

    4. The sentences below each have an error. The errors are underlined.

    Write the correction, making sure the verb matches the tense.

    (a) Yesterday Humpty Dumpty fall of a wall. Fell.
    (b) We had roast chicken and chips every Sunday. Have.

    (c) The children play in the park at the moment.

    1 mark

    5. Put the teacher’s words into direct speech.

    Be careful with the punctuation

    The teacher politely told the children to close their books.

    “Please close your books children.” the teacher softly asked.

  5. Ellie W says:

    Here are my answers:
    1.I CAREFULLY and QUIETLY closed the door behind me.

    2.Bill and Ben played cards _while______ waiting for their dinner!

    3.(a) Stop or I will shoot !

    (b) It was snowing yesterday.

    (c) Do you think it will snow today ?

    4.
    (a) Yesterday Humpty Dumpty fall of a wall. =Fell

    (b) We had roast chicken and chips every Sunday. =have

    (c) The children play in the park at the moment. = are playing

    5.
    The teacher politely told the children to close their books.

    ” Close your books please,” said the teacher.

    I will do some more as well!

  6. Govind says:

    1. Circle all the adverbs in the sentence below.

    I CAREFULLY and QUIETLY closed the door behind me. 1 mark

    2. Circle one word to complete the sentence below.

    Bill and Ben played cards ___while____ waiting for their dinner.

    (a) which (b) WHILE (c) during (d) between 1 mark

    3. Complete each sentence with the most likely punctuation.

    Choose from . ? !

    (a) Stop or I will shoot!

    (b) It was snowing yesterday.

    (c) Do you think it will snow today? 1 mark

  7. Ellie W says:

    Are these from one of the SPAG tests?

    • Mr Holder says:

      Not exactly but they are pretty similar to what should come up. Remember though, incase some confuse you, we haven’t covered everything… yet!

  8. Faye says:

    Thank you Mr Holder for putting it on. It really isn’t as hard as it looks. 🙂

    • Ellie W says:

      Yes I agree Faye, this is definitely helping me I will start doing this every night as well as the literacy and maths boot camp!

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