Answers to Friday’s grammar quiz


As promised, here are the answers to Friday’s grammar quiz. I’m sure you’ll find differing opinions as to the exact number of punctuation marks, prepositional phrases, etc. That’s OK—these lists identify the main ones. 

1. The fourteen main punctuation marks in English grammar

  • Period .
  • Comma ,
  • Colon : 
  • Semicolon ; 
  • Dash — 
  • Hyphen –
  • Apostrophe ‘
  • Question mark ?
  • Exclamation point ! 
  • Quotation mark “double” or ‘single’
  • Parentheses ( )
  • Brackets [ ]
  • Braces { }
  • Ellipsis . . .

2. The eight traditional parts of speech

  • Noun
  • Pronoun
  • Verb
  • Adverb
  • Adjective
  • Preposition
  • Conjunction
  • Interjection

3. The four main sentence types

  • Declarative (statement)
  • Interrogative (question)
  • Exclamatory (strong statement ending with an exclamation point)
  • Imperative (command )

4. The 50 most common prepositions

    about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at, atop, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, in front of, nside, instead of, into, like, near, of, off, on, onto, on top of, out of, outside, over, past, since, through, to, toward, under, underneath, until, up, upon, with, within, without

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