UK English Basics MCQs

UK English Basics MCQs

The following UK English Basics MCQs have been compiled by our experts through research, in order to test your knowledge of the subject of UK English Basics. We encourage you to answer these multiple-choice questions to assess your proficiency.
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1: What is [...] called?

A.   Ellipsis

B.   Triple full stop

C.   Et cetera

D.   Triple period

2: Choose the sentence with correct capitalisation:

A.   The British mbassador to Paris is a fine dancer.

B.   The British Ambassador to Paris is a fine Dancer.

C.   The british Ambassador to Paris is a fine dancer.

D.   The British ambassador to Paris is a fine dancer.

E.   The british ambassador to Paris is a fine dancer.

3: My brother was in an accident a few years ago; he _____ have been badly injured, but came away without a scratch.

A.   might

B.   may

4: Chocolate cake was her favorite _____.

A.   dessert

B.   desert

5: "The battle was won" is an example of:

A.   Split infinitive

B.   Dangling participle

C.   Comma aplice

D.   Passive voice

6: Which is the correct abbreviation for three million pounds?

A.   3£m

B.   £3m

C.   £m3

D.   m£3

7: They ____ want to eat ______ vegetables.

A.   don't; there

B.   don't; their

C.   doesn't; their

D.   doesn't; there

8: "It's preferable not to compare one employee's performance ____ another's.

A.   by

B.   and

C.   with

9: "The project at work is going ____, and that makes me feel ____.

A.   well; good

B.   good; good

C.   well; well

D.   good; well

10: "The bird is __ the branch."

A.   in

B.   between

C.   from

D.   on

11: "The family went __ France last summer"

A.   in

B.   from

C.   to

D.   among

12: "Is it ___ early for a pause?"

A.   two

B.   too

C.   to

13: The situation is complex: it has many _________.

A.   aliments

B.   elements

C.   ailments

14: Which is the past participle?

A.   the

B.   leapt

C.   He

D.   over

15: Which is an example of the passive voice?

A.   The chicken was cooked.

B.   He cooks the chicken.

C.   He will cook the chicken.

D.   He cooked the chicken.

16: Which shows correct use of parentheses?

A.   Her cousin (the one who works) as a mechanic is older than Jeff.

B.   Her cousin (the one who works) as a mechanic is older than Jeff.

C.   Her cousin (the one who works as a mechanic) is older than Jeff.

D.   (Her cousin) the one who works as a mechanic is older than Jeff.

17: _____ going to see ______ boyfriend tonight.

A.   You're; your

B.   Your; you're

C.   You're; you're

D.   Your; your

18: They ________ students.

A.   are good

B.   is goods

C.   is good

D.   are goods

19: Complete the following sentence correctly: "It's a very affordable shop, thanks to the ____ prices."

A.   cheap

B.   low

20: His actions will ______ the result.

A.   affect

B.   effect

21: All of the following are prepositions EXCEPT:

A.   about

B.   among

C.   around

D.   too

22: ____ time for the government to flex ____ muscle.

A.   It's; its

B.   Its; it's

C.   Its; its

D.   It's; it's

23: What kind of punctuation is missing in the following sentence: "He prepared for his wifes return."

A.   apostrophe

B.   full stop

C.   ellipsis

D.   no punctuation is missing: 'wifes' should be replaced with 'wives.'

24: An adjective is:

A.   an action.

B.   a person, place, or thing.

C.   used to describe a noun.

D.   used to describe a verb.

25: Why is the active voice generally preferred to the passive voice in writing?

A.   The passive voice is less formal.

B.   The active voice is simpler and more direct.

C.   The passive voice is grammatically incorrect.

D.   The passive voice comes from older English; the active voice is newer.

26: True or false: both the semicolon and the comma can be correctly used to separate items on a list.

A.   True

B.   False

27: A team specializing in explosives was called in to _____ the bomb.

A.   diffuse

B.   defuse

28: "I was just listening to a wonderful program on ____"

A.   the B.B.C.

B.   The BBC.

C.   The B.B.C.

D.   the BBC.

29: "He refused to admit ____ any wrongdoing." Which is the best answer?

A.   for

B.   to

C.   that

D.   by

30: Excellent point, he responded, thank you for speaking up.

A.   Incorrect punctuation: the entire example should be in quotation marks.

B.   Incorrect punctuation: quotation marks should appear around a portion or portions of the example.

C.   Correct punctuation.

31: The apostrophe is used for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

A.   to separate items on a list

B.   to indicate ownership or possession

C.   to indicate a missing letter in a contraction

32: The ______ soldiers we have, the _____ I like our chances.

A.   fewer; less

B.   less; less

C.   fewer; fewer

D.   less; fewer

33: An example of a pronoun is:

A.   It

B.   Theirs

C.   Hers

D.   Its

34: True or false? It is never necessary to write "the reason why is," as opposed to "the reason is."

A.   False

B.   True

35: The car had a blown

A.   tyres.

B.   tyre.

C.   tires.

D.   tire.

36: If a statement is false, then it _____ be true.

A.   can

B.   can not

C.   must

D.   ain't

E.   cannot

37: The building is twelve _____ tall.

A.   storys

B.   storeys

C.   stories

38: If the archers don't _____ their volley soon, the army will surely _____ the battle.

A.   loose; loose

B.   loose; lose

C.   lose; loose

D.   lose; lose

39: "I don't like to dance, I don't like music" is an example of:

A.   Dangling participle

B.   Comma splice

C.   Passive voice

D.   Split infinitive

40: The ____ of the policy was ____ in solving the larger problem.

A.   affect; affective

B.   effect; effective

C.   affect; effective

D.   effect; affective

41: What is the rule for adding -s to a number (such as dozen, hundred, thousand, million, etc) when describing quantities?

A.   Never add an -s to such a number.

B.   Always add an -s to such a number, so long as it is more than one.

C.   Add an -s for approximate quantities, not for exact quantities.

D.   Add an -s for exact quantities, no for approximate quantities.

42: A true gentleman, James was always ______ about his great wealth.

A.   discrete

B.   discreet

43: "He wasn't sure whether or not she would arrive on time." Which part of this sentence is incorrect?

A.   whether

B.   wasn't

C.   or not

D.   Word order

E.   No part of this sentence is incorrect

44: "I decided to never see her again" is an example of:

A.   Comma splice

B.   Dangling participle

C.   Passive voice

D.   Split infinitive

45: There was blood everywhere: it was a _____ scene.

A.   grizzly

B.   grisly

46: Where should a full stop be inserted in: "If only Ms Smith had arrived sooner," Dr Jones said

A.   After 'said'

B.   After 'Ms' and 'Dr'

C.   After 'Ms'

D.   After 'Ms', 'Dr', and 'said'

47: The ______ complex of buildings was ______ to navigate

A.   tortuous; torturous

B.   torturous; torturous

C.   torturous; tortuous

D.   tortuous; tortuous

48: The doctor's ______ is next door to the room where the violinist goes to _______

A.   practise; practice

B.   practice; practice

C.   practice; practise

D.   practise; practise

49: When referring to divine figures in ancient Greece or Rome, which capitalisation is correct?

A.   gods

B.   Gods

50: What is the general rule for writing numbers?

A.   Numbers twenty and smaller are written out, while numers 21 and larger are not.

B.   Numbers below 100 are written out, while numbers above 100 are not.

C.   Numbers ten and smaller are written out, while numbers 11 and larger are not.

D.   All numbers are written out in formal English.