Q: Irregular 400 List and conjugate four popular irregular verbs.
A: Irregular/Regular 400 Any four irregular verbs Any four irregular verbs Am/Was/Been Am/Was/Been Are/Were/Been Are/Were/Been Be/Was/Been Be/Was/Been Begin/Began/Begun Begin/Began/Begun
Q: Regular/Irregular 500 Provide the past tense and past participle for the following present tense verb: Lie (as in I lie down on the couch to take a nap)
A: Regular/Irregular 500 Lie/lay/lain I lie down now I lay down yesterday I have lain down before but not now
Q: Verb Tense 100 What is the most common error in using present tense?
A: Verb Tense 100 Reversing the present tense endings—adding an –s where none is needed and omitting the –s where it is required.
Q: Verb Tense 200 What is the most common error made with past participles?
A: Verb Tense 200 Using the past tense of a verb combined with a helping verb: I have went to Tri-County for 2 years. I have gone to Tri-County for 2 years.
Q: Verb Tense 300 Which of the following is correct? A. You done a good thing by helping that lady cross the street B. That smart kid been getting As all his life. C. I have always done well in school. D. However, I don’t think I has all the answers.
A: Verb Tense 300 D. Is correct: I have always done well in school.
Q: Verb Tense 400 Correct the verb tense errors in the following sentence: Yesterday, we was going to study for the test we have next Monday, but Sara tells us it is going to be easy, so we decide we going to have a party instead.
A: Verb Tense 400 Yesterday, we were going to study for the test we have next Monday, but Sara told us it (is going to) will be easy, so we decided we were going to have a party instead.
Q: Verb Tense 500 Identify (what kind) the problem in the following sentence and provide the correction: I have always strove to do my best in school.
A: Verb Tense 500 The problem is that strive is an irregular verb. The pat tense is strove, but in this sentence the past tense form is paired with have when have should be paired with the past participle of strove, which is striven or strived.
Q: S-V Agreement 100 What kind of words often come between the subject and verb in a sentence, making it more difficult to tell whether the subject and verb agree?
A: S-V Agreement 100 Prepositional phrases often come between subjects and verbs, making it difficult to tell whetehr the subject and verb agree.
Q: S-V Agreement 200 Read the following sentence. Is it correct or not? If not, fix it. George and Tamara doesn't want to see that movie.
A: S-V Agreement 200 Incorrect. Compound subject—and acts like a plus sign: 1+1 = 2, so the subject is plural: George and Tamara don’t want to see that movie.
Q: S-V Agreement 300 Read the following sentence. Determine whether it is correct as is or if it needs to be changed. If it needs to be changed, tell how: Either my shoes or your coat are always on the floor.
A: S-V Agreement 300 Incorrect! When or is used in a compound subject, you always match the verb to the nearest subject— ignore what comes before the or! Either my shoes or your coat is always on the floor.
Q: S-V Agreement 400 Read the following sentence. Is it correct or not? Explain why. If incorrect, tell how to fix it. Every one of those books are fiction.
A: S-V Agreement 400 Incorrect! The subject is one, which is an indefinite pronoun that is always singular. Every one of those books is fiction.
Q: S-V Agreement 500 Read the following sentence. Do the subject and verb agree? If not, fix the sentence. Our response to the accusations made by our opponents clearly show that they have misunderstood the facts of the case.
A: S-V Agreement 500 Incorrect. Get rid of the prepositional phrases! Our response to the accusations made by our opponents clearly shows that they have misunderstood the facts of the case.
Q: Other 100 Read the following sentence. Is it correct or not? Why or why not. If not correct, fix it. I will graduate in May 2009; then, I move to North Carolina.
A: Other 100 Incorrect! There’s a tense shift in the sentence. The whole thing refers to the future, so all verbs should be in future tense: I will graduate in may 2009; then, I will move to North Carolina.
Q: Other 200 Select the correct verbs for the following sentence: There (was, were) fifteen candies in that bag. Now there (is, are) only one left!
A: Other 200 There were fifteen candies in that bag. Now there is only one left!
Q: Other 300 What is the difference between active and passive voice?
A: Other 300 In active voice, the subject performs the action. In passive voice, the subject receives the action.
Q: Other 400 Rewrite the following sentence so it is in active voice: Mistakes were made!
A: Other 400 They made mistakes. People made mistakes.
Q: Other 500 Is this sentence active or passive? If passive, tell us how to make it active. The defendant claimed his actions were caused by watching violent television programs and playing violent video games.
A: Other 500 Passive! The defendant claimed watching violent television programs and playing violent video games caused his actions.