SPELLING: Practice Exercise 4 [Logo]
From the choices provided after each sentence select the word that, correctly spelled, would complete the sentence. Submit the form using the SUBMIT APPLICATION button at the end of the exercise. Your score will be returned to you in a few seconds.
Quizzes labeled "Practice Exercise" or "Additional Practice" are taken from the ancillary materials for Sentence Sense: A Writer's Guide, by Evelyn Farbman, and are used by the Guide for Grammar and Writing with the kind permission of the book's author and the publisher, Houghton Mifflin.
1.  Because it had been getting _______ wet over the years, the wood was ________ .
A. too, roting
B. too, rotting

2.  ________ the telephone, Edgar was more upset ________ I was at being interrupted.
A. Answerring, then
B. Answering, than

3.  ________ to the recent incident at the plant, the manager said ________ would have to be some changes.
A. Referring, there
B. Refering, they're

4.  After ________ on the muddy field, the boys decided it was ______ wet to play.
A. slidding, to
B. sliding, too

5.  He's never sure ________ to believe us when we tell him ________ is an emergency.
A. whether, there
B. weather, there

6.  ________ the car window, the driver ________ the toll to the collector.
A. Opening, handed
B. Openning, handed

7.  Although ________ clear that this report is Miguel's, I have no idea ________ the other one is.
A. its, who's
B. it's, whose

8.  ________ glad to see that ________ finally going to settle down.
A. We're, you're
B. Where, your

9.  Even though the ________ forecaster said it would clear up, we have even heavier rain ________ yesterday.
A. weather, than
B. weather, then

10.  ________ to be served at the restaurant, I ________ that I would not be late getting back to work.
A. Waiting, hopped
B. Waiting, hoped

11.  ________ often ________ is not enough trust between people.
A. To, their
B. Too, there

12.  Before she could tell us what had ________ , the water had already risen higher ________ we thought possible.
A. occured, then
B. occurred, than

13.  After ________ his hair very short, Norman was ________ ashamed to go out without a hat on.
A. cutting, too
B. cuting, too

14.  A thick fog ________ our vision and ________ out the lights from shore.
A. obscurred, bloted,
B. obscured, blotted

15.  ________ to the roof, Susan ________ a bird's nest blocking the downspout.
A. Climbing, spoted
B. Climbing, spotted

16.  The rain on the windshield ________ the lights of the other cars as they sped ________ us.
A. blurred, past
B. blured, passed

17.  The flag ________ in the breeze as we wondered ________ the wind would ever die down.
A. flutterred, weather
B. fluttered, whether

18.  When we arrived at the depot, ________ were ________ police officers waiting to take the criminal away.
A. there, two
B. their, two

19.  At one time ________ was a worldwide industry; today it is almost a thing of the ________ .
A. whalling, passed
B. whaling, past

Spelling: Rules and Suggestions

Quiz List

Guide to Grammar and Writing