Grammar Quiz

Compound and Complex Sentences Quiz


Although the phone rang, the driver didn’t answer.

A. This is a compound sentence.

B. This is a complex sentence.

C. This is a simple sentence.

Which sentence shows a comma being used incorrectly?

A. Tyrell went bowling, and he scored 120 points.

B. Tina was stung by a bee, but she wasn’t allergic.

C. Kiley, Fiona, and I went to the store.

D. Jose went to the carnival, and rode the ferris wheel three times.

Which sentence is a compound sentence?

A. Anna ate a large turkey sandwich before going to school.

B. When the movie started, the audience got quiet.

C. Sybil is able to calculate the median in math, she taught me how to do it.

D. Brenda went to the library, and she checked out twelve books about the Civil War.

When a subordinating conjunction is in the middle of a sentence, a comma is required.



John asked the question, but he didn’t listen to the answer.

Which is true about this sentence?

A. It doesn’t need a comma.

B. It has just one subject.

C. It is a compound sentence.

D. It contains a subordinating conjunction.

A subject tells who or what the sentence is about.



Unless you are going to graduate you will not need to apply for your diploma.
Where does the comma belong?

A. Between unless and you

B. Between graduate and you

C. Between not and need

D. This complex sentence does not need a comma

If you stay after school, I’ll prepare a snack.

A. Correctly written and punctuated

B. Not correctly punctuated

C. Almost correctly punctuated

D. None of the above

Which of these is not a coordinating conjunction?

A. yet

B. after

C. so

D. and

She returned the computer after she noticed it was damaged.

A. This is a simple sentence.

B. This is a compound sentence.

C. This is a complex sentence.

You may not catch the train if you do not hurry and pack.

A. Incorrectly punctuated

B. Correctly punctuated 

FANBOYS is an acronym for what type of conjunction?

A. coordinating

B. correlative

C. subordinate

D. joining

Which compound sentence is correct?

A. I went to the store, I got chips.

B. The storm brought heavy rain but, a tornado did the most damage.

C. I was tired I had to go to school anyways.

D. Everyone was busy, so I went bowling alone.

Which conjunction is needed to make this sentence correct?

Dante saved $120 from mowing lawns, _____ he bought a new tablet.

A. or

B. for

C. so

D. yet

The phone rang.

A. This is a simple sentence.

B. This is a compound sentence.

C. This is a complex sentence

Which sentence is an independent clause?

A. Jill likes to go to the beach.

B. Whenever you finish.

C. If you read The Outsiders.

D. Before you eat breakfast.

Maribel is an excellent dancer and she knows all of the latest dance moves.

A. The sentence has no errors.

B. Put a comma after and.

C. Put a comma before and.

D. Put a semicolon before and.

Since you are my best friend I will be loyal to you always.

Where does the comma belong?

A. between friend and I

B. between you and are

C. between loyal and to

D. This is a correctly written and punctuated complex sentence.

Which word is not a subordinating conjunction?

A. If

B. When

C. While

D. Summer

When a sentence starts with a dependent clause, a comma is required.



A dependent clause is a complete thought.



The phone rang, but the driver didn’t answer.

A. This is a compound sentence.

B. This is a complex sentence.

C. This is a simple sentence.

Can relative pronouns start dependent clauses?

Relative pronouns are as follows:

(that, which, who, whom or whose)

A. Yes

B. No

Which sentence is a correctly punctuated compound sentence?

A. I went to the movies with Charles and Ginny.

B. My mom went to the salon. She came home with short hair.

C. Trudy tells ridiculous jokes, and nobody likes them.

D. I bought crayons and markers to color my picture and it looked great and everybody liked it.

Which of the following are dependent clauses?

A. If the band marches in the parade

B. When you purchase candy

C. Although it is snowing

D. All of the above


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