MAP 3rd Grade Language Arts : Usage

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Example Question #1 : Usage

Select the word(s) that correctly completes the sentence provided. 

Sam has to wake up __________ than normal to catch his flight to Florida. 

Possible Answers:

earlier 

more early 

earliest 

most early 

Correct answer:

earlier 

Explanation:

The correct answer is "earlier". 

Sam has to wake up earlier than normal to catch his flight to Florida. 

In this sentence, we are comparing two things. The normal time Sam wakes up and the time he has to wake up to catch his flight. When we are comparing two things, we use a comparative adjective and add "er" to the end of a word. When more than two things are being compared, we use a superlative adjective and add "est" to the end of a word. 

If the adjective is more than one syllable, we would add "more" or "most" before the adjective. In this case, "early" is a one syllable adjective, so "more" or "most" should not be added to the sentence. 

Example Question #2 : Usage

Select the word(s) that correctly completes the sentence provided. 

The rosebush is the __________ bush in the back yard. 

Possible Answers:

more big

biggest 

most big 

bigger 

Correct answer:

biggest 

Explanation:

The correct answer is "biggest". 

The rosebush is the biggest bush in the back yard. 

In this sentence, we are comparing all of the bushes in the back yard. When we are comparing two things, we use a comparative adjective and add "er" to the end of a word. When more than two things are being compared, we use a superlative adjective and add "est" to the end of a word. 

If the adjective is more than one syllable, we would add "more" or "most" before the adjective. In this case, "big" is a one syllable adjective, so "more" or "most" should not be added to the sentence. 

Example Question #3 : Usage

Select the word(s) that correctly completes the sentence provided. 

Jake shouted the __________ during the championship game. 

Possible Answers:

loudest 

most loud 

louder 

more loud 

Correct answer:

loudest 

Explanation:

The correct answer is "loudest". 

Jake shouted the loudest during the championship game. 

In this sentence, we are comparing all of the people at the game. When we are comparing two things, we use a comparative adjective and add "er" to the end of a word. When more than two things are being compared, we use a superlative adjective and add "est" to the end of a word. 

If the adjective is more than one syllable, we would add "more" or "most" before the adjective. In this case, "loud" is a one syllable adjective, so "more" or "most" should not be added to the sentence. 

Example Question #4 : Usage

Select the word(s) that correctly completes the sentence provided. 

I sleep-in __________ than my sister. 

Possible Answers:

more late

latest 

most late

later

Correct answer:

later

Explanation:

The correct answer is "later". 

I sleep-in later than my sister. 

In this sentence, we are comparing two things. How I sleep in compared to my sister. When we are comparing two things, we use a comparative adjective and add "er" to the end of a word. When more than two things are being compared, we use a superlative adjective and add "est" to the end of a word. 

If the adjective is more than one syllable, we would add "more" or "most" before the adjective. In this case, "late" is a one syllable adjective, so "more" or "most" should not be added to the sentence. 

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