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A Sample Quiz Just For Fun

1. This sentence says that all southpaws are superstitious. Unless this is what the author intended, the "who" clause should not be set off by commas but should be restrictive.

2. This sentence is probably correct. To surround the "who" phrase with commas would be to say "College students, who (by the way) do not write well, . . ." But a few college students do write well, even today, so the sentence is better as it stands.

3. This is a classic MM. Aunt Normie's dinners are not "a student." Nor should there be an apostrophe after the s unless her name is Normies, which I doubt.

4. Are the engineers being broken down? That is what the sentence says. What we need is a list of engineers, and the list needs to be broken down by the engineers' specialties. Use idioms correctly.

5. This is another MM. The games are not "a boy."

6. " Nevada" needs to be separated out by commas, and "gambol" should probably be "gamble." But who knows? What you mean is up to you.

7. The word "stand" should be "stands." Common sense says that Doug is the one who stands straight, not that he is the only one (what?) of a group of boys all of whom stand straight.

8. "Aloud" is misspelled; the word is "allowed." The phrase "over their house" suggests that her friends are birds. This is a colloquialism the language could do without.

9. "Emersons" should be " Emerson's." "Brahma" should be in quotation marks but should not be surrounded with commas. The title of the book tells you Emerson had more than one poem, so leaving "Brahma" free of commas discriminates which poem. The title of the book should be in italics. Put a comma in front of the title only if it is the only book he wrote. It's not.

10. "Hopefully" is always a problem; use it at your risk. The second comma is a classic comma splice holding two separate sentences together. Use a semicolon or a period. And to "feel badly" means to be clumsy with your hands. It should say "feel bad."

11. Gotcha! The "should I say" is a secondary clause. The "who" phrase is "Who is calling?" Hence, "Who should I say is calling?" is correct. It isn't "whom should I say?" as if "whom" were the object of "say."

12. "If their" becomes "If they are." "Their" is the possessive, so "there car" should be "their car." And "there" is the place.

13. Parallelism is the problem here. The first of the three phrases should agree with the other two: "By keeping his engine tuned." Nor did "his mileage" do all these things. He did. So use the active, not the passive, voice and eliminate the misplaced modifier.

14. If you take your dog for a walk every time it goes to the door and whimpers, then "it's" is correct for it is the master. Otherwise if you are its master, then it's "its."

15. Do not say "literally" unless you are a fly; in fact, don't say it even if you are. The tenses here need to be made consistent. If "scream" is left in, then "appeared" must be put in the present tense also, as must "decided" and "became." Thus, "scream . . . decide . . . become . . ." Since these are two complete sentences joined by a conjunction, "and," there should be a comma after "paper." If you want to leave the comma out, eliminate the "I" also. "To immediately give up" is a split infinitive. The comma after "teaching" is inappropriate since the final phrase cannot stand alone as an independent clause.

 
   
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