Most people around the world agree, English is not an easy language to learn. For those of us lucky enough to have it as our first language, we get to learn all the quirks and nuances of English since we are babies. Things can be tough. Words don’t always sound how they look. And multiple words with the same spelling can sound different ways and have different meanings. And then there is always the struggle with there, their, they’re. Not to mention your and you’re.
The simple quiz below will give you an opportunity to prove to your family and friends that you are a studious English student. Want to show that you paid attention in class? Scroll down and take the quiz now to see how you stack up against other Americans.
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The quiz below, which is created by Sally Tatum of PlayBuzz, has 19 tricky questions that could stump any native English speaker.
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It’s easy to make English mistakes. Below are a few that you can fix today.
Replace “Could of” with “Could have”.
The first iteration above is incorrect. While you might say that in speech, when writing, you should always use “could have.”
Another place that stumps a lot of people is the different between can and can’t. According to Oxford-Royale.co.uk: “This is an example of a classic English pronunciation conundrum that EFL learners can easily fall foul of. You’d have thought that “can’t” would sound pretty much the same as “can”, but it doesn’t. “Can” has a short “A”, to rhyme with “van”, while “can’t” has a long “A”, like the “A” in “harm”.”
Let’s discuss ages. When you’re referring to someone’s age, you don’t need to use hyphen. But when you described someone as a 8-year-old boy, that’s when hyphens are needed. Why? Because the age becomes a descriptor.
Let’s discuss common English mistakes. We’ll start with the difference between your and you’re.
What is the difference between your and you’re? Simply put your is possessive. For example, “Is that your car?” While it sounds the same as you’re it means something different. You’re is a contraction between you and are. For example, “You’re so nice.”
Remember to use your when you need to describe what someone owns. Use you’re when you need to combine you and are.
Now, let’s learn the difference between there, their and they’re.
Like above, there’re is a contraction between they and are. “They’re going to the movies later.”
Their is possessive. It shows ownership. “That is their car.”
There is a location. “There is the dog.”
With this knowledge, you can take the test and hopefully score better than you would have otherwise. Take the quiz and see how you stack up against most Americans.
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