UK English Sentence Structure Test (For Writing Professionals)

UK English Sentence Structure Test (For Writing Professionals)

Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below.

Good sentence structure dictates that single-word modifiers and modifying phrases and clauses be placed ___________________.

a. as close as possible to the verb of the sentence
b. as close as possible to the subject of the sentence
c. as close as possible to the word or words they modify
d. between the subject and verb so that they are equally close to both sentence elements


Choose the series of phrases that best completes the following sentence.

When used to join two ____________________ , a ______________________ is usually preceded by a ___________________ .

a. dependent clauses, subordinating conjunction, colon
b. independent clauses, conjunctive adverb, comma
c. subordinating conjunctions, dependent clause, semicolon
d. independent clauses, conjunctive adverb, semicolon


Identify the underlined part of the sentence below.

Even though the stinging cold isn’t exactly what I would wish for in a climate, I intend to spend a good three years of my life at the North Pole.

a. Adjective clause
b. Noun clause
c. Adverb clause


Complete the following sentence by choosing the adverb clause from the options below.

I have deep respect and admiration for Texas rattlesnakes, _____________________ .

a. those slithery little rascals
b. as long as they stay in Texas
c. but I wouldn’t want to meet one face to face


Identify, in order as they appear, the types of connecting and transitional words underlined in the following sentence.

Marta had a strong Argentine accent, even though her father was Macedonian and her mother Irish.

a. Subordinating conjunction, coordinating conjunction
b. Subordinating conjunction, conjunctive adverb
c. Conjunctive adverb, subordinating conjunction


Identify the type and function of the underlined clause in the following sentence.

That is the town where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent their winter in Mallorca.

a. Adverb clause answering the question ‘when?’
b. Noun clause acting as object
c. Adverb clause answering the question ‘where?’
d. Adjective clause modifying ‘town’


Identify the predicate in the following sentence.

The image of my wife working quietly in her studio overwhelms me with a contented sense of peace and cosiness that is difficult to fully express.

a. The image of my wife working quietly in her studio
b. overwhelms me
c. overwhelms me with a contented sense of peace and cosiness that is difficult to fully express.
d. The image of my wife
e. that is difficult to fully express.


Identify, in order as they appear, the underlined parts of the sentence below.

The girl with the long brown hair tumbled down the steps.

a. noun, verb, noun
b. subject, simple predicate, object of a preposition
c. prepositional phrase, predicate, noun
d. simple subject, simple predicate, preposition


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