Grammar and Correct Usage Quiz 8

By | August 10, 2014

This is the 8th part of the Grammar and Correct Usage series for the Civil Service Examination. Enjoy and have fun learning.

Fill in the blank spaces in the following sentences with the most appropriate word (s).

1. If we had gone to bed early last night, we _______rested enough.
a. would have
b. should have
c. could have

Answer
a. would have

2. If I ________the recruiting officer, I would not take bribes.
a. am
b. was
c. were 

Answer
c. were

3. Everyone of the students now ________a role to play in keeping the school compound clean.
a. has
b. have
c. had

Answer
a. has (The everyone takes singular verb has)

4. Who _______a fire outside my house?
a. light
b. lighted
c. lit

Answer
c. lit

5. Since the introduction of community policing in our estates ______of theft have reduced.
a. incidence
b. incident
c. incidents

Answer
c. incidents

6. An elephant looks after _______ calf.

a. it’s
b. its
c. their

Answer
b. its

7. A professor should give his students opportunities to ______ their skills

a. develop
b. develops
c. developed

Answer
a. develop

8. My sister _____ appointed chairman of the Water Project Committee last week.

a. is
b. was
c. were

Answer
b. was

9. The firemen took a long time to arrive at the ____ of the accident.
a. scene
b. seen
c. sin

Answer
a. scene

10. Had I come earlier, I _____ passed the exam.

a. will have
b. would have
c. could have

Answer
b. would have

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