Key to the grammar brush-up quiz
Well, how do you think you fared on the grammar brush-up quiz? Check your answers below.
1. Your INCORRECT: kidding! The Panthers won the championship?
INCORRECT: Since the speaker means “You are kidding,” the sentence should begin with You’re, not Your.
2. Emily’s dog had a thorn in it’s left paw.
INCORRECT: In this sentence, it’s is incorrect. Emily’s dog didn’t have a thorn in “it is” paw, so the word is possessive: its.
3. This is their first trip to California.
CORRECT: This sentence uses their correctly.
4. Our homeschool group went to the zoo, we had a great time.
INCORRECT: This sentence has a comma splice, which can be fixed any of the following ways:
- Our homeschool group went to the zoo. We had a great time.
- Our homeschool group went to the zoo; we had a great time.
- Our homeschool group went to the zoo, and we had a great time.
5. Last night, we went to the Franklin’s for dinner.
INCORRECT: Since several Franklins live at this home, the sentence calls for a plural possessive: the Franklins’.
6. Amazingly, there wasn’t a scratch on its fender.
CORRECT: This sentence uses the possessive its correctly.
7. My friend Jason is a genius he won a math scholarship.
INCORRECT: This is a run-on sentence, which can be fixed either of these ways:
- My friend Jason is a genius. He won a math scholarship.
- My friend Jason is a genius; he won a math scholarship.
8. We took it for granite that Grandpa would always be with us.
This is a common homophone error. The correct word is granted, not granite.
9. Aunt Lucy visited the museum with my family and me.
CORRECT: This sentence is correct. If you remove my family, the sentence still makes sense (Aunt Lucy visited the museum with me).
10. I shouldn’t of worn white slacks to the spaghetti dinner.
INCORRECT: To make this sentence correct, we need to replace of with have: I shouldn’t have worn white slacks.
Did any of these questions give you trouble? If so, take time to review the rules and practice with some simple exercises. Both All About Homophones and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offer help with troubleshooting common errors of spelling, usage, and grammar. Take the time to learn (or re-learn) some of the basics. It will make a difference in your writing.