Uh-Oh! A Year-End Grammar Pop Quiz!
We (Edith Hope Fine and Judith Josephson) are the Grammar Patrol. Both of us taught for years and are now writers, with thirty plus books between us, including our two popular grammar guides, Nitty-Gritty Grammar and More Nitty-Gritty Grammar. For close to twenty years, we taught writing and grammar basics and now we blog about grammar for writers.
Heads up! Sharpen those number two pencils. Time for a pop quiz covering previous Grammar Patrol columns.
Puzzled? Click on the links to our 2013 blog posts with more info for each question.
Can you spot the errors in these sentences in less than a minute?
On your mark. Get set. Go!
1. Felix was the man who Oscar called.
2. Your help means a lot to my friend and I.
3. My favorite show is “The Big Bang Theory.”
4. Sign: Holiday Wreath’s, $10
5. Magazine Cover: Let the Caribbean Peak your Interest.
6. “I feel nauseous,” said LaVon, who overindulged on Thanksgiving.
7. A musician must practice their instrument.
8. My sweet Jonathan can be a rebel rouser.
9. Romeo’s and Juliet’s romance was doomed.
10. Who made this song famous—“Hello Dolly?”
11. Galloping around the corner, the castle loomed on the hill.
12. Luella was on a journey of self discovery to become more well-rounded.”
How did you do? (You’re not being graded!)
Here are the fixes for these common errors:
1. whom 2. me 3. Big Bang Theory (italicized) 4. wreaths 5. Pique (Tip: Check out peek, peak, pique.) 6. nauseated 7. his or her, depending on musician’s gender. 8. rabble 9. Romeo and Juliet’s 10. Dolly”? (Louis Armstrong) 11. A galloping castle? Rewrite: “. . . corner, I saw the castle looming. . .” 12. self-discovery, well rounded.
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Good holidays to you all from the Grammar Patrol! For much, much more on these sticky wickets, see our in-depth A-Z grammar guide, More Nitty-Gritty Grammar. Rumor has it that Santa calls it a great stocking stuffer.
To win a free copy of More Nitty Grammar, enter the raffle by posting your quiz score and listing the questions you missed in the comments section. If you earned 100%, post your score and a grammar blog post suggestion for 2014. Everyone will be entered and the winning number will be selected randomly by the Grammar Patrol. Entries due by Saturday, December 14. Winner will be contacted directly and announced on Tuesday, December 17.