Grammar Forms Identification Quiz

Do you know the names of these grammar forms?

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Identifying grammar forms using authentic materials is a great way to practice your understanding English. You can do this by getting a copy of a magazine, newspaper, or print off a page from the internet. Underline grammar constructions you know and identify them. You can even use colored pens to underline different parts of speech, or identify phrasal verbs, etc. To help you understand the idea, here's a short tale about a biking race.


Grammar Forms Identification - Quiz

Identify the grammar forms using the numbers of the selection below in italics. This is a challenging quiz, so I've provided the answers below the grammar forms you'll need to identify. Try to identify each form before referring to the answers! 

Have you ever been so excited (1) that you almost lost your breakfast? That’s how I felt last week when I participated in a mountain-biking race near Mt. Hood (2). The trail was twenty-six miles long through some of the forest which borders on the town of Hood River (3). I rarely (4) take part in races, but I decided that this race was for me (5). My friend and I left early in the morning to make sure we got to the race on time. We’ve been late for races before, so we didn’t want to miss out this time (6).

Racing (7) is a great way to test your skills against other amateur riders (8) from around the area, and this race was no exception.

There were young dudes with the latest bikes that were more expensive (9) than my car! Even though it was windy and cold, (10) the riders were at the starting line ready to go at eight a.m. I started out by riding as hard as I could (11) because I thought I could get out in front of the competition.

Unfortunately, I drink (12) too much beer and the night before the race was no exception. I started to feel my hangover giving me a pounding (13) headache, so I slowed down and let (14) some of the others pass me. Soon, I was at the back of the group wishing I hadn’t drunk (15) so much the night before. After we had ridden for two hours (16), it was clear I wasn’t going to win. I told myself (17) not to worry, so I just enjoyed the ride and came in last place. It didn’t really matter.

  • Present simple
  • Past perfect
  • Modal verb
  • Adverb clause showing effect
  • Adverb clause showing time
  • Adverb clause showing opposition / something unexpected
  • Noun clause object of the verb
  • Adjective clause
  • Gerund
  • Subject compliment
  • Prepositional phrase place
  • Reflexive pronoun
  • Comparative adjective
  • Passive participial adjective
  • Active participial adjective
  • Adverb of frequency

Grammar Forms Review - Answers

Present simple Present simple - 12

Use the present simple to talk about things you do every day.

Past perfect -15

Use the past perfect to express something that happened before another event in the past. 

Modal verb - 11

There are a number of modal verbs in English such as 'could', 'may', 'must', etc. 

Adverb clause showing effect - 6

Adverb clauses showing effect can begin with the coordinating conjunction 'so'. 

Adverb clause showing time - 16

Adverb clauses can begin with a wide variety of time words such as 'when', 'after', 'as soon as', 'while', etc. 

Adverb clause showing opposition / something unexpected - 10

Adverb clauses showing opposition can begin with 'because / since / as' which are synonymous,

Noun clause object of the verb - 5

Noun clauses can be used as the object as a verb in place of a noun or noun phrase. 

Adjective clause - 3

Adjective clauses are used like adjectives to modify a noun they follow. 

Gerund - 7

Gerunds (verb+ing) can be used as nouns as a subject, object of a verb, or object of a preposition. 

Subject compliment - 8

Subject compliments are used to tell what or how something or someone 'is'. 

Prepositional phrase place - 2

Prepositional phrases begin with a preposition and can express places, as well as time, and relationships between objects. 

Reflexive pronoun - 17

Reflexive pronouns are used seldom in English. They include 'myself', 'yourself', 'himself', etc. 

Comparative adjective 9

Comparative forms are used with 'than'. Add '-er' for one syllable, 'more + adjective' for adjectives longer than one syllable. 

Passive participial adjective - 1

The passive participial adjective with 'ed' explains how a person feels.

Active participial adjective - 13

Active participial adjectives express the effect someone or something has on people. 

Adverb of frequency - 4

Adverbs of frequency are used to say how often something happens. Place an adverb of frequency before a verb, or after the verb 'be'.