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About the quizzes on this website

There are a number of different grammar quizzes on this website. In general, the easier quizzes in each grammar topic come before the harder ones. If you are keen to learn about a particular grammar use, it's best to choose a quiz mode with explanations. For example:

Multiple Choice exercises

In these exercises you will generally see a sentence or longer text with a missing word or words. You have to choose the best completion from up to 4 possible answers. Each answer choice, right or wrong, comes with a grammatical explanantion and optional links to the corresponding grammar notes page. The blue links in the answer explanation take you to the top of explanation file; e.g. to the top of the page about the uses of the present simple. And the Rule button in the middle of the page takes you direct to the particular use of the tense or other grammar structure that is exemplified in the sentence; e.g. to the section on the present simple page that is about "repeated actions".

To clear all answers (start again with the question), click on the question itself. Pressing the browser's Refresh button takes you back to the first quiz question.

Alternatively, you could choose a timed quiz to see how you can perfom under pressure. Below is information on timed quizzes:

Cloze texts

This quiz mode is similar to the one described above. The main differences are as follows:

Fill the gap exercises

In these exercises you yourself have to write the answer. You must fill the gap in a sentence with a given verb in its correct tense and form. The verb to be inserted is shown in brackets at the end of the gap sentence, e.g. [play]. Sometimes the verb fits in the sentence without any change, but most often you will have to change its form, e.g. to plays or played, or you will have to add an auxiliary, e.g. was playing or has played.

If the word not appears in the bracket [not / play], it means that you have to put in a negative form of the verb. In all cases this will mean using an auxiliary, e.g. didn't play.

Similarly, if a ? appears in the bracket [? / you / play], you will have to make a question using the given verb. You will need to include an auxiliary and the pronoun which also appears in the brackets, e.g. do you play .. ?

Some gaps will need to be filled by a negative question. In this case the bracket will contain both the word not and a question mark [? / you / not / play]. Of course, your answer will need an auxiliary and the pronoun, e.g. Why didn't you play .. ?

After writing your answer, press Enter to see if you were right or not. If you don't like the answer you have written in, or if you want to clear the comments at the top of the screen, click on Reset to start again. (Pressing the browser's Refresh button takes you back to the first quiz question.) If you want some help, click on Rule. You will be taken to a page of explanations and examples of the tense you need to use for that particular question.

You can do these exercises without typing anything. Just think the answer to yourself, and then check if you were right by clicking on the button Answer.

Other timed quizzes

These are multiple-choice or fill-the-gap quizzes which contain almost the same questions as those found in the quizzes with explanations. The difference is that neither help nor feedback is available. The computer gives a rating based on the number of correct answers selected and the time taken to do them.

You can check how many answers you have right on each page by clicking Page Score. To find out how many and which answers are right, click on Total Score.

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