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Julie Sevastopoulos earned a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from San Francisco State University.  She has taught at English Language Services, UC Berkeley Extension and the San Mateo Community College District. She is a strong advocate for computer assisted learning and life-long learning. She currently resides in Palo Alto, California, USA  with her husband, a native of Greece.





Grammar-Quizzes Mission—past to present

Originally, this website served as an online study site for my students.  Currently, it serves as an online study site for me as I learn and update my understanding of Linguistics and how recent research relates to ESL and traditional grammar description. The content (but not the URLs) of the pages will change as new material is added or updated. The focus of this site is educational not commerical. (Solicitations for marketing will not be answered.) Please feel free to learn along with me. Academic resources are included in "Grammar Notes" sections for those who would like to survey the opinion of experts in the field.

The quiz practices in Grammar-Quizzes have been under development continuously from 1998 to the present. The intended users are native and non-native high school and college students studying the structure and usage of English (Eng-US). Some materials may also be appropriate for primary and secondary schools. The goal is to provide instructors with a resource for their students and to provide students with a resource for independent study.

The contrastive analysis approach presents one grammatical point in contrast to another already-known point. Usage of grammar points can be deduced from paired examples, contextual examples and paired practices. Most grammar presentations include information on grammatical function, lexical category (part-of-speech) and word forms (suffixation),  as well as diagrams to illustrate the contrastive features or structures.

Messages regarding typos or coding errors are very much appreciated. (Please note the precise location of the page error when referring to it in your e-mail.)  Also, if you are using a particular platform or device that cannot display a page, please let me know specifically which operating system you are using and the part of the page that is not displaying well.

Note:  Previously, this web site was named "Grammar Check"  when it resided on the San Mateo Community College District server from November 1998 - April 2008.  In May of 2008, it was renamed "Grammar-Quizzes" (an available domain name) and moved to its current host server May 2008 – present.  Please do not reproduce the content of these pages for personal profit.  You are welcome to link to any page.

Website assistance includes C.G. Sevastopoulos (web articles), Jasmine Robinson (coding assistance), Elena Remus (developmental feedback and SEO advice) and Shannah Pittman (organizational and developmental advice).  Additional thanks to Helen Kalkstein (ESL) and Ellen Rosenfield (ESL and Linguistics) and website readers/users for their questions and comments. address cards are available in pdf format.




Linguistic Description

  • Aarts, Bas. Oxford Modern English Grammar. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. Print.
  • Biber, Douglas. Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English. Harlow, England: Longman, 1999. Print.
  • Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2002. Print.
  • Payne, Thomas Edward. Understanding English Grammar: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2011. Print.
  • Quirk, Randolph. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. New York: Longman, 1985. Print.


Traditional Grammar Description

  • Azar, Betty Schrampfer, and Stacy A. Hagen. Understanding and Using English Grammar. 4th ed. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, 2009. Print.
  • Frank, Marcella. Modern English: Exercises for Non-native Speakers, Part I Parts of Speech. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1972. Print
  • ———.Modern English: Exercises for non-native speakers, Part II Sentences & Complex Structures. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall Regents, 1986. Print.
  • Krohn, Robert. English Sentence Structure. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1971. Print.
  • Strunk, William Jr. and E.G. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.1999. Print.
  • Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Print.
  • Yorkey, Richard C. Study Skills: for Students of English as a Second Language. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 1970. Print.
  • Young, A. Robert and Ann O. Strauch. Nitty Gritty Grammar: Sentence Essentials for Writers. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1994. Print.


Word Use

  • Burchfield, R. W., and H. W. Fowler. Fowler's Modern English Usage. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Print.
  • Garner, Bryan A. Garner's Modern American Usage. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1994. Print.


Style Manuals

  • Goldstein, Norm, ed. The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. New York: Basic, 2007. Print.
  • Gibaldi, Joseph, ed. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010. Print. 
  • Sabin, William A. The Gregg Reference Manual: A manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting. 11th ed. New York: McGraw–Hill, 2011. Print.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Print.

Style Manual Abbreviations used in this website: AP (Associated Press), APA (American Psychological Association), CMOS (Chicago Manual of Style), GREGG (Gregg Reference Manual), MLA (MLA Handbook)


Resources — Academic, ESL, English, Writing, Style Manuals, etc.