English basics

If you need a break from traditional English lessons but still want to practice your skills then give our English basics free quizzes a try. Packed full of fun questions about basic English pronunciation, grammar, puns and abbreviations it’s a welcome relief from more traditional methods of study.
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How good is your English grammar?

How would you complete the following sentence: Please don’t call this evening because: 1/10
I`ll be watching TV.
I`ll have watched TV.
I will watch TV.
I will have been watching TV.
Which of the following is correct? 2/10
I haven`t finished my homework yet
I didn`t finish my homework yet
I hasn`t finished my homework yet
I don`t have finished my homework yet
How would you respond to the question, ‘Did you enjoy the movie’? 3/10
Yes, it was so a nice movie.
Yes, it was so nice a movie
Yes, it was such a nice movie
Yes, it was a such nice movie
Which of the following sentences is the wrong sentence? 4/10
You`ll win if you play well
If you ask her, she`ll help
If she comes to the party, she`ll enjoy it.
You`ll pass if you will work hard.
Which sentence is correct? 5/10
They looked loving at each other.
I get always very tired after work.
I always get tired after work.
They looked like at each other.
Choose the correct use of fewer/less: 6/10
They have fewer furniture than we do.
There are less eggs in the fridge than there were last week.
There were fewer drinks at the party than I expected.
There are less cars in Cape Town than Johannesburg.
Which of the following sentences is incorrect? 7/10
I haven`t seen her since 3 days.
I haven`t eaten for 6 hours.
I am staying with my friend for 2 weeks.
I have been staying with my friend since September.
Complete the sentence, ¡®By the time I¡¯m forty: 8/10
I will have been living in the house for 10 years.’
I will be living in this house for 10 years.’
I am living in this house for 10 years.’
I have been living in this house for 10 years.’
Choose the correct sentence: 9/10
I am the most happiest person in the world
She is the most interesting person in the world
He is the most stupidest man I have ever met
You are the most funniest comedian in the world
How would you complete this sentence so that it makes sense: ¡®She was late for class because:? 10/10
She stopped to talk to her friend
She stopped talking to her friend
She stopped to talking to her friend
She stopped talk to her friend

 

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Do you know your English abbreviations?

If you are talking to someone online and they say, 'brb', what does it mean? 1/10
Big red button
Bathroom break
Bank of the Republic of Burundi
Be right back
What does the following sms say? "Gr8 to c u 2nite. C u 2moro? Lol!" 2/10
Great to see you tonight. See you tomorrow? (Laugh out loud!)
Great to see you tonight. See you tomorrow? (Lots of love!)
Great to see Ursula tonight. See Ursula tomorrow? (Lots of love!)
Great to see you two nights. See you at 2pm tomorrow? (Laugh out loud!)
If you get an invitation with the abbreviation RSVP, you should: 3/10
Reserve your VIP parking
Reply to say whether or not you will attend
Invite a friend
Find something expensive to wear
If someone emails you and the message says, 'fyi', it means: 4/10
For your interest
Friend, you’re important
For your information
For your internet
If someone asks you to do something ASAP, you should: 5/10
Wait 3 weeks before doing it
Do it immediately
Ask someone else to do it
Not do it, but say you did
E.g. stands for: 6/10
Example given
Everything given
For example
Everything good
When filling in a form, you see a section that asks about your children, but you don’t have any. In the space, you write: 7/10
n/a
n/b
n/c
n/d
i.e means: 8/10
in other words
in excellence
for example
in Egypt
If someone 'cc's' you on an email, you are: 9/10
Careful to reply
Popular
The main recipient
Not the main recipient
You will see the abbreviation, 'PS': 10/10
At the end of a(n) letter/email
On the back of a bar of chocolate
On the front door of someone's house
On an envelope

 

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Can you identify English puns?

'I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me'. The pun means: 1/10
The reason suddenly came to my mind
The baseball hit me
Someone hit me
The baseball got bigger
'Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now'. This is funny because: 2/10
He is badly injured
He doesn't know right from wrong
It sounds like he only has the right side of him left.
He couldn't survive such a cut
'It's not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn't have the balls to do it'. The pun means: 3/10
He wasn't brave enough to try and juggle
He wasn't strong enough to juggle
He is missing enough balls with which to juggle
He can't juggle
'I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time'. The pun plays on: 4/10
Watches
Being blind
Losing your things
Time
'A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.' This sounds like: 5/10
The police are not going to investigate the crime
The police are looking at nude people
The crime is not serious
The nudist camp has a hole in it
'To write with a broken pencil is pointless.' The pun is: 6/10
It is difficult to write with a broken pencil
You cannot write with a pencil which doesn't have a nib
Broken pencils make you write badly
It is better to write in pen
'The dead batteries were given out free of charge'. This is funny because: 7/10
The batteries were for free
The batteries are rechargeable
They should have charged for the batteries
The batteries were powerless and were given out for free
'I was going to buy a book on phobias, but I was afraid it wouldn't help me'. The pun implies: 8/10
I am afraid of buying books
I think the book won't be of any help
The book will contain scary information
There is a better book that I would rather buy
'A rule of grammar: double negatives are a no-no'. This is a clever pun because: 9/10
It says double negatives are bad and then uses one
It says double negatives are okay
Double negatives are good grammar
Double negatives should always be used
'I'm inclined to be laid back'. This is funny because 10/10
'Inclined' and 'laid back' are antonyms
I am lying on my back
'Inclined' and 'laid back' are synonyms
I like to be friends with relaxed people

 

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