Praxis Core Grammar Sample Questions - dummies

By Carla Kirkland, Chan Cleveland

Grammar is tough for many Praxis Core test takers. But, like anything else, you will get better with practice. Try the following grammar questions to get an idea of what you will encounter on test day.

Sample Questions

  1. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    The childrens’ toys, are all over the floor, so you’d better watch your step.

    • (A) The childrens’ toys, are all over the floor, so you’d better watch your step.

    • (B) The childrens’ toys are all over the floor, so you’d better watch you’re step.

    • (C) The children’s toys, are all over the floor, so you’d better watch you’re step.

    • (D) The children’s toys are all over the floor, so you’d better watch your step.

    • (E) The childrens toys, are all over the floor, so you’d better watch your step.

  2. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you, I’m not sure how long its been in the refrigerator.

    • (A) I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you, I’m not sure how long its been in the refrigerator.

    • (B) I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you, I’m not sure how long it’s been in the refrigerator.

    • (C) I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you; I’m not sure how long its been in the refrigerator.

    • (D) I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you, I’m not sure how long; it’s been in the refrigerator.

    • (E) I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you; I’m not sure how long it’s been in the refrigerator.

  3. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    That hotdog restaurant, was a village landmark, I can’t believe it closed!

    • (A) That hotdog restaurant, was a village landmark, I can’t believe it closed!

    • (B) That hotdog restaurant, it was a village landmark, and I can’t believe it closed!

    • (C) That hotdog restaurant — as a village landmark — I can’t believe it closed!

    • (D) That hotdog restaurant was a village landmark — I can’t believe it closed!

    • (E) That hotdog restaurant being a village landmark, so I can’t believe it closed!

  4. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    The album containing all my birthday pictures is missing!

    • (A) The album containing all my birthday pictures is missing!

    • (B) The album containing all my birthday pictures are missing!

    • (C) The album contains all my birthday pictures are missing!

    • (D) The album contains all my birthday pictures is missing!

    • (E) The album containing all my birthday pictures, which is missing!

  5. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    She was running late for work, Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

    • (A) She was running late for work, Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

    • (B) Because she was running late for work, and Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

    • (C) Running late for work, Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

    • (D) Running late for work, and Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

    • (E) Running late for work; Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

  6. Which version of the underlined portion makes the sentence correct?

    Although we’ve had a rough couple of seasons, because I think this might be our year.

    • (A) seasons, because I think

    • (B) seasons, I think

    • (C) seasons, but I think

    • (D) seasons, however, I think

    • (E) seasons: I think

  7. Which version of the following sentence is correct?

    The affects of the anesthesia has begun to wear off.

    • (A) The affects of the anesthesia has begun to wear off.

    • (B) The affects of the anesthesia have begun to wear off.

    • (C) The effects of the anesthesia have begun to wear off.

    • (D) The effects of the anesthesia has began to wear off.

    • (E) The effects of the anesthesia have began to wear off.

  8. How many commas are needed to correctly punctuate the following sentence?

    The fastest two-legged animal the ostrich may be found in Australia and zoos all over the world.

    • (A) None

    • (B) One

    • (C) Two

    • (D) Three

    • (E) Four

  9. Which version of the underlined portion makes the sentence correct?

    When I was young, I won a year supply of pretzels in a radio contest.

    • (A) a year supply

    • (B) a year’s supply

    • (C) a years’ supply

    • (D) yearly a supply

    • (E) a year of supplies

  10. The problem with the following sentence is that it contains a

    As someone whom I have known for years, I’d expect you not to take his side over mine.

    • (A) comma splice.

    • (B) misplaced modifier.

    • (C) parallel-phrasing error.

    • (D) redundancy.

    • (E) misuse of “whom.”

Answers

  1. D. The children’s toys are all over the floor, so you’d better watch your step.

  2. E. I wouldn’t eat that sandwich if I were you; I’m not sure how long it’s been in the refrigerator.

  3. D. That hotdog restaurant was a village landmark — I can’t believe it closed!

  4. A. The album containing all my birthday pictures is missing!

  5. C. Running late for work, Megan locked herself out of her apartment.

  6. B. seasons, I think.

  7. C. The effects of the anesthesia have begun to wear off.

  8. C. Two.

  9. B. a year’s supply.

  10. B. misplaced modifier.