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Upwork UK English Basic Skills Test 2015


Q: Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
_______ is the name of the opera, and ______ role did you say Maria would pay?
Answer: c (what, which)

Q:
Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
Answer: a (No, because by the time I got there all the tickets had already been sold.)

Q: Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.
It’s never too late to learn how to swim ______ you may fall off a boat!
Answer: b (you never know when)

Q: Choose the series of verbs and phrases that best completes the following passage.
This dish ______ too spicy. Why _______ so much pepper?
Answer: e (a and c)

Q: Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
With can’t phone, on whenever always to the time spend I speak I my friend, him
Answer: e (Whenever I can’t spend time with my friend. I always speak to him on the phone.

Q: Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
Did you hear the weather report for tomorrow?
Answer: b (No, I wasn’t listening to the radio.)

Q: Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentence.
Victor, who stole ______ ideas and used them to make ______ a millionaire, never once offered ______ a word of thanks.
Answer: d (our, himself, us)

Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: e (All of the above)

Q: Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentences.
While ______ of our relatives live on the _______ hill in the country, ______of our friends live in the ________ area of the valley.
Answer: c (many, windiest, most, protected)

Q: Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.
Knowing that February was the ______ month of the year, Cheryl planned her vacation ________.
Answer: b (shortest, accordingly)

Q: Choose the phrase that best completes the sentence below without creating a run-on sentence.
Mr. Peach has sent his four children to lvy league colleges _______ he has sacrificed his health working day and night dusty factory.
Answer: b (; however)

Q: Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentences.
I think Pamela deserves to be punished for her _______ stupid and ______ behavior.
Answer: b (total, irresponsible)

Q: Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentences.
If Harry ________ to the party too early, don’t let him in; he ________ outside like everyone else.
Answer: a (gets, will have to wait)

Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of apostrophes?
Answer: a (Helga borrowed her friend’s skates for the day; however, she failed to return them.)

Q: Change the following sentences from a question to indirect speech.
“I will be moving soon.” said Alma
Answer: d (
Alma says she would move soon.)

Q: Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentences.
Alison regrets _______ you with her remarks; she never meant ______ so.
Answer: b (to hurt, to do)

Q: Choose the series of pronouns that best completes the following sentences.
Don’t ______ think Larry should call ________ wife if _______ is going to be late for dinner?
Answer: a (you, his, he)

Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates correct pronoun usage?
Answer: e (None of the above)

Q: Complete the following sentences by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the option given.
Only after they had completed an exhaustive study ________ how to adapt the technology to the needs of our company.
Answer: c (they did begin to understand)

Q: Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
days . for last has good weather few The been the not
Answer: d (The weather has not been good for the last few days)

Q: Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
I placed my notes ______ my desk and referred to them ______ the meeting.
Answer: b (beside, during)

Q: Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
Answer: d (“Come here,” she said, “and let me get a good look at you.”)

Q: Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the option given.
Those who are not wise _________.
Answer: d (does not need to be necessarily stupid)

Q: Read the following question and choose the response that uses the correct corresponding verb tense.
Does Jack wear that furry hat often?
Answer: d (No, he only wears it when his ears are cold.)

Q: Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
Charlotte knew ________ the secret investigation ________ her past, but she closed her eyes to it and pretended it happening.
Answer: a (of, about)

Q: Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.
The archaeologists were ______ to discover such a ________ and _______ _________ artifact at that mostly uncovered site.
Answer: b (amazed, rare, incredibly, beautiful)

Q: Choose the series of verbs that best completes the following sentence.
Everyone ________ too busy cooking and _______ the family of bears _______ from woods.
Answer: d (was, setting up, to notice, watching)

Q: Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
Julia, who is studying to be ________ foreign correspondent, is currently doing ______ internship in ______
Middle East _____ will return before the end of _______ year.
Answer: a {(no article required), an, the, but, the}

Q: Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
Answer: b (We are expecting a hurricane this afternoon; therefore we have closed the school early.)

Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of commas?
Answer: e (a and b)

Q: Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Rhonda says, “I get to work early every day.”
Answer: c (Rhonda has said that she got to work early every day.)

Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: b, d {(We think the judge will have noticed something strange in her behavior.), (Somehow, all of the newspapers gotten hold the story.)}

Q: Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentences.
Last what ! It’s did you night, over After
Answer: b (After what you did last night, it’s over!)

Q: Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
“It may snow tomorrow,” He said.
Answer: d (He said it might snow tomorrow.)

Q: Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.
The helium _______ balloon rose ________ into the air; the villagers knew then their _______ leader was off on another mission.
Answer: c (powered, powerfully, powerful)

Q: Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentences.
Would I have it anything if had, I you known said would not bother
Answer: b (I would not have said anything if I had known it would bother you)

Q: Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
Charlotte knew________ the secret investigation _________her past, but she closed her eyes to it and pretended it wasn’t happening.
Answer: a. (of, about)

Q:
Which of the following sentences punctuated correctly?
a. Tracy bought three suits; seven scarves; and ten pairs of shoes.
Answer: b. (We are expecting a hurricane this afternoon, therefore we have closed the school early.)

Q:
Choose the series of adjectives and adverbs that best completes the following sentence.
While_________of our relatives live on the__________hill in the county, _________of our friends live in the _________areas of the valley.
Answer: c. (many, windiest, most, more, protected)

Q:
Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the options given.
Those who are not wise_____________.
Answer: d. (does not need to be necessarily stupid.)

Q:
Rearrange the following words to create most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
days for last has good weather few The been the not
Answer: d. (The weather has not been good for the last few days)

Q:
Which of the following sentence punctuated correctly?
Answer: d. (“Come here.” she said, “and let me get a good look at you.”)

Q:
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Sharon must go to the bank today.” said Albert.
Answer: d. (Albert said Sharon had to go to the bank today.)

Q:
Choose the option that correctly changes original sentence from active to passive.
ORIGINAL SENTENCE:
That tall man is carrying a lot of lumber.
REWRITTEN SENTENCES:
Answer: d. (A lot of lumber is being carried by that tall man.)

Q:
Rearrange the following words to create most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
Sleeping likes the . midday Katie until on weekends
Answers: (Katie likes sleeping until midday on the weekends.)

Q:
Choose the series of verbs that best completes  the following sentence.
I find it very hard to remember ______________ letters that are entrusted to me. In fact, I remember_____________to do so dozens of times!
Answer: d. (mailing, forgetting)
Q: Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes  the following sentence.
Lilacs ___________ violets are usually purple, I have seen some _________ are white.
Answer: c. (and, although, that)

Q:
Which of the following sentence illustrates proper use of comma?
a. Randy wanted to end the meeting, but Amy wanted to prolong it.
Answer: f. (All of the above)

Q:
Which of the following sentence does NOT illustrates correct verb and tense usage?
Answer: b. (Clarabelle’s mother absolutely hated nicknames and always calls her daughter by her full name.)

Q:
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
Carol has said, “I am responsible for this project.”
Answer: a. (Carol has said that she is responsible for this.)

Q:
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
Although Marvin said he had the keys___________ the flower pot, we were unable to find them___________ the dark. In the end, we waited for him at the coffee shop ____________ the corner.
Answer: a. (under, in. around)

Q: Complete the following sentence by choosing the phrase with the best word order from the options given.
The excited children who had run toward the loud _______________.
Answer: d. (music, told the others about the ice cream truck outside)

Q:
Rearrange the following words to create most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
your company name? of what the is
Answer: c. (What is the name of your company?)

Q:
Which of the following sentences NOT punctuated correctly?
a. All of the apple’s at the grocers were rotten so I bought oranges instead.
Answer: b. (“Seven canteens full of water should enough for the hike,” said Tabitha.)

Q:
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
After realizing that our hosts hadn’t actually invested _________ to ____________ party. ____________ excused ____________ from the table and slipped out the back door.
Answer: a. (us, their, we, ourselves.)

Q:
Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of parallel construction?
Answer: b. (We painted the conference room yellow, hung a poster on the wall, and are rearranging the chairs.)

Q:
Which of the following sentence uses correct pronoun usage?
a. to whom are your employees going to report while you’re gone?
Answer: e. (All of the above)

Q:
Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech.
“I’m not feeling well,” Agatha said.
Answer: a. (Agatha has said that she doesn’t feel well.)

Q: Which of the sentence illustrates proper sentence structure?
a. Everyone knows that a mango is much sweeter to an orange
Answer: d. (The queen had hardly finished her speech when the people began to disperse.)

Q:
Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: b. (Until the snow does not melt, the train will not be able to move.)
Q: Which of the following sentences does NOT illustrate correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: c. (They was going to sell pastries as well, but then decided against it.)
Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: d. (Have you seen the cookies that were on my desk? They seem to have disappeared.)
Q: Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
_______ she was feeling ill, Teresa wanted to eat only _____ apple _____ some soup.
Answer: c. (Because, an, or)

Q:
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
last what ! it's did you night, over After
Answer:  d. (After, it's over what you did last night!)

Q:
Choose the series of prepositions that best completes the following sentence.
Jeremy drove his motorcycle _______ the bridge, _______ the hill, and _______ the diner before finally parking it _______ two police cars.
Answer: c. (across, down, past, between)

Q:
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
I think Fran could be ______ great public speaker, _______ she is still too shy to try it.
Answer:  b. (a, but)

Q:
Choose the verb that best completes the following sentence.
Do you know if Harlon ____________Japanese before moving to
Japan?
Answer: a. (has studied)

Q:
Rearrange the following words to create the most logical and grammatically correct sentence.
work . is always to brother willing not My
Answer: b. (My brother is not always willing to work.)

Q:
Which of the following sentences illustrates proper sentence structure?
Answer: b. (Unless the world doesn't control its population, mankind will continue to face one problem after another.)

Q:
Read the original sentence below and then choose the rewritten sentence that illustrates proper sentence structure.
ORIGINAL SENTENCE:
It is easy to carry solid objects, but the same cannot be said of liquids.
REWRITTEN SENTENCES:
Answer: a. (Unlike liquids, solid objects are easy to carry.)

Q:
Choose the series of articles and conjunctions that best completes the following sentence.
Neither we ________ Sal, our neighbor, could understand ________ it had been our dog Rover or Sal's cat's kittens _________ had destroyed all the flower beds in the middle of _______ night.
Answer: a. (nor, whether, that, the)

Q:
Which of the following sentences does NOT illustrate correct verb and verb tense usage?
Answer: c. (The Imagist movement in poetry is commonly regarded as having begun in the early twentieth century.)

Q:
Which of the following sentences is NOT punctuated correctly?
Answer: a. All of the apple's at the grocer's were rotten, so I bought oranges instead.
Q: Which of the following sentences illustrates the proper use of parallel construction?
Answer:  c. (Trina loved to sail, skate, swim, and surfing.)

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