The mental_floss Grammar Quiz

So you think you know the English language, with all its cockamamie rules? Then have a go at our first-ever Grammar Quiz, designed especially for us by author and anti-grammar snob June Casagrande.

1 of 10
Identify any adverbs in the sentence, "However, I will hopefully see you tomorrow."
hopefully
however and hopefully
however, hopefully and tomorrow
no words are functioning as adverbs in this sentence
2 of 10
Identify the modal auxiliary(ies):
a. can
c. should
b. has
d. all of the above
a & b
a & c
3 of 10
Which is correct?
Mike's grades were all A's and B's.
Mike's grades were all As and Bs.
Mike's grades were all A's and Bs.
All are acceptable.
4 of 10
Which is correct?
It is you who is the smart one.
It is you who are the smart one.
Both are acceptable.
Neither is grammatical.
5 of 10
Which is correct?
Our coalition will work with whomever wins the election.
Our coalition will work with whoever wins the election.
Both are acceptable.
Neither is grammatical.
6 of 10
Which, if any, is a grammatical way to express remorse or pity?
I feel bad.
I feel badly.
Neither is grammatical.
7 of 10
"To boldly go where no man has gone before" contains a grammatical error.
True
False
8 of 10
Identify any sentence(s) in the subjunctive mood.
a. I wish I were taller.
b. Be that as it may.
c. It's imperative that he go to school.
d. all of the above
e. none of the above
f. a and b
9 of 10
Which is correct?
This is an historic moment
This is a historic moment
Both are acceptable
10 of 10
Which of the following are correct in formal usage?
a. The express lane is for 10 items or less.
b. The express lane is for 10 items or fewer.
c. If you have 11 items and you remove one, you have one less item.
d. If you have 11 items and you remove one, you have one fewer item.
a and c
b and d
a and d
b and c