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Answers to the "How Good Be You're Grammer?" Quiz

Answers to the "How Good Be You're Grammer?" Quiz


July 22, 2009

1. B
In the first answer, “Christian” is not capitalized as religions should be, and in the last, “Grandmother” is capitalized and should not be, as relations are not generally capitalized. The exception would be in a sentence where someone is addressing the relative directly, for example: “I say, Father, would you like some tea?”

2. B
This is actually pretty straightforward. Simply put, a preposition indicates a relation between things mentioned in a sentence. It tells you where something is in time, in space, or in logical relation to something else.

3. C
“Beside” locates something, in this case in space, making it an obvious preposition.

4. C
Context indicates that the shoes in question are plural, not singular, so the correct version would be “shoes’” if you want to say that the laces of both of the shoes are untied.

5. C
A conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, phrases, or clauses. You might remember the Schoolhouse Rocks jingle “Conjunction Junction.”

6. A
Here are two words that many people have a hard time using correctly. But it’s easy! Affect means to influence, and effect means a result, more or less. A good way to remember this is to keep in mind that Affect is usually a verb and Effect is almost always a noun.

7. A
Instead of saying “should of,” here the correct phrasing should be “should have.” People commonly say “should of” in regular everyday speech, but “should have” is the correct usage.

8. C
Like we said on question #5, a conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, phrases, or clauses. “Maybe” is an adverb or a noun, depending on how you use it.

9. B
Andy and me really hate cooking together should be Andy and I really hate cooking together, By ten o’clock in the morning I had drank three cups of coffee should use another word for drank (like ‘downed’ would work in this case), and My sister’s new blouse, which compliments her favorite handbag should be My sister’s new blouse compliments her favorite handbag.

10. A
This is a tricky one. That and which usage is based whether the sentence has a restrictive clause or a nonrestrictive clause. A restrictive clause is if there is part of the sentence that you can’t get rid of. For example, Coworkers that steal my food really get on my nerves. The words that steal my food restrict the number of coworkers you’re talking about. Without that part, you’d just be saying you hate all your coworkers.

A nonrestrictive clause is something that you can get rid of without changing the meaning of the sentence. For example: Cookies, which are my favorite food, just won’t stop appearing in my grocery cart. Notice that the phrase is surrounded by commas. Nonrestrictive clauses are usually surrounded by commas.

In this case, the phrase She belongs to an organization which specializes in saving endangered species. is incorrect because the phrase She belongs to an organization does not convey enough information – the last part of the sentence is necessary.

11. A
Use fewer with objects that can be counted one-by-one. Use less with qualities or quantities that cannot be individually counted.

12. D
A pronoun is used in place of a noun – Mrs. does not refer to an actual person in this case, but it, we and one another all do.

13. A
Use a comma after the first independent clause when you link two independent clauses with one of the following coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. For example:

I am going home, and I intend to stay there.

Use a semicolon when you link two independent clauses with no connecting words. For example:

I am going home; I intend to stay there.

14. B
Two words often confused are farther and further. Is it farther down the road or further? Do you have to read further in the book or farther? Do you further your education? Yes! Let’s take a look at the meanings for these two words.

FARTHER denotes physical advancement in distance.

FURTHER denotes advancement to greater degree, as in time.

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