Feel like you’re a-okay when it comes to grammar? You know how to construct a sentence, right? You can write pretty well? And speak correctly? But, how well do you really know it? Like really, really? Or just kind of?
Apparently, according to a new quiz, grammar’s a lot harder than most people assume.
Created by the woman behind the popular ‘English With Lucy’ YouTube channel, where subscribers (over one million of them!) are taught common grammatical mistakes, the new video quiz may make you realise just how hard.
Lucy actually claims that only one percent of people can get full marks.
Writing in the video’s caption, Lucy explained: ‘Out of 1,000 students, only 10 passed the test!’
The test is presented by Lucy herself and sees her asking viewers a series of tough questions in a sentence format. The tests asks you to decipher the difference between each word below and establish when it’s appropriate to use each:
- Who and whom?
- Affect and effect (gets us every time!)?
- That and which?
- Is and are?
- Who’s or whose?
- Had or would have?
- Lay or lie?
- I or me?
- Fewer or less?
Feeling slightly disheartened? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. Thankfully, Lucy takes the time to explain exactly why the correct answer is the correct answer and provides helpful tips so you can remember which form of grammar is right.
For example, Lucy says the easy way to work out whether you should use ‘who’ or ‘whom’ in a sentence is by remembering that ‘in the sentence, if he or she fits use whom and if he or her fits, use who’.
If you are feeling under-confident when it comes to grammar and general English, Lucy’s channel is certainly worth a browse. She covers all sort of topics including tutorials in how to pronounce brands properly, how to use apostrophes correctly (always tricky!) and how to build and expand your vocabulary.