Grammar Exercises

Grammar Lessons, Exercises & Quizzes

In this section we present grammar exercises, lessons, games, & quizzes from multiple sources on the Web. Many of the exercises listed below are online and interactive, while others can be printed from the Web.

 

Active & Passive Tense

Active & Passive Voice from The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University, provides a great handout to explain the difference between the two tenses. It also provides examples.
is a Flash-based quiz from edufind.com that has students fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense. It is geared towards a more Intermediate-Advanced level.

Introduction to the Passive Voice

 

Active-Passive Distinction

Passive Voice Form, another Flash-based quiz from edufind.com, this time has students identify the passive voice. It is also geared towards a more Intermediate-Advanced level.
Active Voice – The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. offers a succinct lesson on the active voice from the 1918 grammar book, The Elements of Style.

 

Adjectives & Adverbs

Adjective or Adverb – an Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides a great introduction to the difference between the two parts of speech. A follow-on activity could be Adjectives with Countable and Uncountable Nouns.

Adjectives – this BBC Skillwise guide includes fact sheets, worksheets, a game, and a quiz.

The Adverb, and How Adverbs Are Used

 

Adjectives and Adverbs – Interactive exercises from the companion site to Diane Hacker’s Rules for Writing, Sixth Edition. Note: Go to Grammar Exercises section and click the ‘Cancel’ button to enter, or log in if you are enrolled at the site.

Adjectives – This Tongue Untied lesson also includes types of adjectives as well as a list of commonly used ones. Students can also complete the Interactive Adjective Quiz.

Adverbs – Another BBC Skillwise guide includes fact sheets, worksheets, a game, and a quiz.

Adverbs – Also from Tongue Untied, this lesson mirrors the one on adjectives.

Verb-Adverb Charades – Students silently act out a variety of verbs and adverbs. Grades 3-8.

Flash-based quizzes from edufind.com (Intermediate-Advanced Level)

Modifiers – A lesson on single-word modifiers — adjectives and adverbs — from the University of Ottawa.

Adjectives & Adverbs PowerPoint and Flash Presentation From Grammar Bytes.

Grammar Quizzes – An index of quizzes from the Franfurt International School. The list includes ESL grammar exercises on adjectives and adverbs.

Interactive ESL / EFL resources from Englishpage.com.

Adjective/Adverb Taboo This game is played similar to the popular game of “Taboo.” Grades 9-12.

Grammar Rock Adjective

Articles

How to Use Articles – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University discusses definitely and indefinite articles and is a great resource for getting started.

Articles, Determiners, and Quantifiers – Lesson and four interactive quizzes from Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Article ‘the’ – Audio practice and quiz from Eva Easton: Authentic American Pronunciation.

Article ‘a(n)’ – Audio practice and quiz from Eva Easton: Authentic American Pronunciation.

Grammar Quizzes – An index of quizzes from the Franfurt International School. The list includes ESL grammar exercises on articles.

Articles – A Flash-based quiz from edufind.com where students determine the correct definite or indefinite article for the sentence.

 

Clauses & Conjunctions

Independent and Dependent Clauses – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University this handout defines dependent and independent clauses and explores how they are used in sentences.

Clauses – a PowerPoint lesson and two interactive quizzes from Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Subordinate Clauses

 

Building Clauses – This lesson on different types of clauses comes from the University of Ottawa.

Clauses – A Tongue Untied lesson that teaches independent and dependent clauses

Dependent Clauses Flash-based quiz from edufind.com. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

Subordinate Clause Students write poetry emphasizing subordinate clauses. Grade 9.

Conjunctions A Tongue Untied lesson.

Clauses – The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. – A succinct lesson from the online companion to the classic reference book.

Comparison – A Flash-based quiz from edufind.com. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

Coordinate or Split Conjunctions – Another Flash-based quiz from edufind.com. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

 

Commas

Commas – This BBC Skillwise guide includes fact sheets, worksheets, a game, and a quiz.

Commas – This resource from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers a number of resources about comma use including the exercises listed below.

How to Use Commas in English Writing

Comma Splice – A “Quick and Dirty Tips” article and podcast from Grammar Girl.

Comma – 11 Rules from The Tongue Untied that teach proper comma usage.

 

Nouns & Pronouns

Personal Pronouns – A BBC Skillwise guide to pronouns that includes fact sheets, worksheets, a treasure-hunt game, and a quiz.

Pronouns and Relative Pronouns – Two Online Writing Labs (OWLs) from Purdue University provide handouts and examples of the proper use of pronouns.

Pronouns and Agreement – This lesson and five interactive quizzes from Guide to Grammar and Writing addresses pronouns and pronoun antecedent agreement.

Pronouns as Subjects by Jane Strauss

Nouns – This Tongue Untied lesson introduces the part of speech and also addresses subjects, objects, as well as predicate nominatives. There are also two quizzes:

Pronouns – Another Tongue Untied lesson with quizzes.

Edufind.com provides a series of Flash-based quizzes at the intermediate-advanced level.

Grammar Girl provides three podcasts and lessons on nouns:

Grammar Rock Nouns

Pronouns – Grammar Bytes provides interactive exercise with accompanying handouts (scroll down the page to find the links to the exercises). They also have three videos on YouTube on the Subject Complement as well as Direct and Indirect Objects in addition to Pronoun Agreement, Shift, Reference, & Case PowerPoints.

Tricky Points of Pronoun Usage – This lesson covers some relatively tricky points no longer standard in spoken English, though many people still insist upon them in formal writing.

Review: Pronoun Reference Quiz – A quiz that asks the student to decide whether the writer used the highlighted pronoun appropriately for academic writing.

Grammar Quizzes – This list of quizzes includes ESL grammar exercises on relative pronouns.

Pronoun Reference and Agreement – These interactive exercises from the companion site to Diane Hacker’s Rules for Writing, Sixth Edition are available. Note: Go to the Grammar Exercises section and click the “Cancel” button to enter or log in if you are enrolled at the site.

Grammar Rock Pronoun

 

 

Parallelism

Parallel structure – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue University that provides handouts and examples of parallel structure (similar patterns of words).

Parallel Form – A discussion of parallelism based on William Strunk’s book, Elements of Style. This site also provides two interactive quizzes.

  • Quiz #1 on Parallel Structures – Nine multiple-choice questions with answers
  • Quiz #2 on Parallel Structures – A text-area allows the student to rewrite the sentence in question. Students may either rewrite the entire sentence or click on Suggested Beginning for a suggested start to that sentence (which can then be finished).

Edufind.com has two Flash-based quizzes at the Intermediate-Advanced level.

Parallel Structure PowerPoint and Handout – From Grammar Bytes, presentation and handout files intended to introduce skills through short lessons.

Gettysburg Address (Parallel Forms) – After reading the Gettysburg Address, students can watch a slideshow to identify the various parallelisms present in the speech.

Biblical Passages in Parallel Form – These passages are taken from the King James Version of the Bible to illustrate uses of parallel form.

 

Parts of Speech

Parts of Speech Overview – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University handout with examples for using the parts of speech.

Grammar Gorillas – An interactive review from funbrain.com of parts of speech for elementary students with both “beginner” and “advanced” levels.

Fun with Parts of Speech – A series of worksheets and documents from ABC Teach for teachers to print and use when teaching parts of speech (mostly for elementary students).

English Grammar – Parts of Speech

More Grammar Review Using “Jabberwocky” – This lesson plan uses the poem to help students identify nonsense words as well as parts of speech.

Parts of Speech Game – A set of interactive Quia games for ESL or elementary learners.

Color-Coded Parts of Speech – Created by an ESL teacher, this kinesthetic lesson includes three different hands-on activities.

Two interactive quizzes from the University of Ottawa Writing Centre:

Prepositions

Prepositions An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University handout with examples for using prepositions. Additional resources include:

Prepositions – This Tongue Untied lesson also addresses adverbs as well as prepositions.

Prepositions – Part 1A, by Jane Strauss

Prepositions – Part 1B, by Jane Strauss

Other Prepositions – A Flash-based quiz from edufind.com that asks students to identify the correct preposition in a sentence. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

Ending a Sentence With a Preposition – a podcast by Grammar Girl to dispel the myth that students should not end sentences with prepositions.

Preposition Song – This HotChalk lesson suggests that students can learn prepositions by singing a list to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Grammar Rock Preposition

Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement – A BBC Skillwise guide that includes fact sheets, worksheets, a game, and a quiz.

Subject-Verb Agreement – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University handout that offers a great explanation to this common grammatical error.

Subject and Verb Agreement, by Jane Strauss

“Subject-Verb Agreement” from Guide to Grammar and Writing – This site includes a PowerPoint presentation and three online quizzes with answers and explanations.

Subject-Verb Agreement – These interactive exercises are from the companion site to Diane Hacker’s Rules for Writing, Sixth Edition. Note: Go to the Grammar Exercises section and click the “Cancel” button to enter, or log in if you are enrolled at the site.

Subject-Verb Agreement – A “Quick and Dirty Tips” podcast from Grammar Girl about subject and verb agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement – This Flash-based quiz from edufind.com asks students to identify the incorrect component of a sentence. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

Subject-Verb Agreement – Five interactive exercises with accompanying handouts from Grammar Bytes. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page for links to the exercises.

Verb Subject Agreement Game – This game from BBC Skillwise encourages students to get their verbs and subjects correct “for a chance to gather riches.”

 

 

Sentence Fragments

Sentence Fragments – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides an overview and examples of sentence fragments.

Sentence Fragments – This page provides a PowerPoint lesson and two interactive quizzes on fragments from Guide to Grammar and Writing.

English 50 Sentence Fragments

Sentence Fragments – These are interactive exercises from the companion site to Diane Hacker’s Rules for Writing, Sixth Edition. Note: Go to the Grammar Exercises section and then click the “Cancel” button to enter, or log in if you are enrolled at the site.

Sentence Fragments Exercises – A list of interactive exercise with accompanying handouts from Grammar Bytes. Scroll down the page to find the links to the exercises. There is also a Fragments, Comma Splices, and Fused Sentences handout and presentation.

 

Verbs & Tense

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides handouts with examples for a variety of grammatical concepts. Those listed below directly pertain to the study of verbs.

Verb Tense – A BBC Skillwise guide that includes fact sheets, worksheets, a game, and a quiz.

What a Verb Is, and What Verbs Aren’t

“Quick and Dirty Tips” – podcasts from Grammar Girl provide three lessons that relate to the study of verbs.

Using Verbs – A Lesson from the University of Ottawa that covers multiple verb froms.

Edufind.com provides a series of Flash-based quizzes related to the study of verbs at the Intermediate-Advanced level.

Verbs – This Tongue Untied lesson also includes the interactive quizzes below.

Irregular Verbs and Verb Tense – Interactive exercises from the companion site to Diane Hacker’s Rules for Writing, Sixth Edition. Note: Go to the Grammar Exercises section and click the “Cancel” button to enter, or log in if you are enrolled at the site.

Irregular Verbs – a list of interactive exercises with accompanying handouts from Grammar Bytes. Scroll down the page to find the links to the verb exercises. You will also find Verb Forms & Tense Shift PowerPoints.

Verbs: Different Tenses, Infinitives, Gerunds – Multiple online exercises and quizzes from ESL Blues for pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level English learners.

Grammar Quizzes – An index of ESL grammar exercises on single tense and tense choice, irregular verbs, and modal verb forms from the Frankfurt International School.

Irregular Verbs: First Person Crossword Exercise – A printable crossword puzzle exercise for Grade 9 students to practice their verb conjugation.

Grammar Rock Verb

Word Choice & Vocabulary

Vocabulary – A BBC Skillwise guide that includes fact sheets, worksheets, games, and quizzes.

Spelling – An Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University that presentes a handout with examples. OWL also provides several interactive exercises listed below.

Word Choice – A Tongue Untied lesson that lists 8 weeks of vocabulary words designed to improve word choice.

Who vs. Whom

Word Order – A Flash-based quiz from edufind.com that assesses sentence structure and word choice. Intermediate-Advanced Level.

The “Quick and Dirty Tips” podcast from Grammar Girl hosts a series of podcasts related to vocabulary and word choice.

Who vs. That vs. Which, by Jane Straus

Quick and Dirty Revising – Two easy techniques to teach students so that they can improve word choice and sentence fluency.

Word Choice – An interactive exercise with accompanying handout from Grammar Bytes. Scroll down the page for the links to the exercises. There is also an

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Vocabulary: Problem Words – Multiple online exercises and quizzes from ESL Blues for pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level English learners.