Do you need a grammar brush-up?

How’s your grammar?

The tiny apostrophe can wield big power. Used incorrectly, it can affect an essay grade, a college application, or even a job promotion.

In truth, poor grammar skills can label you as uneducated or incompetent. You don’t have to be an English nerd, but it is important to use grammar and punctuation correctly—and to teach your children proper skills as well.

Take the quiz

Here’s a little quiz to help you identify whether you fall prey to some of the most common errors of grammar and punctuation. I’ll post the key tomorrow.

Directions: Read the following sentences. A sentence may be correct as is, or it may contain an error. (If you’re brave enough to take up the challenge, I hope you’ll share your answers in the comment section.)

Ready?

1.  Your kidding! The Panthers won the championship?

2.  Emily’s dog had a thorn in it’s left paw.

3.  This is their first trip to California.

4.  Our homeschool group went to the zoo, we had a great time.

5.  Last night, we went to the Franklin’s for dinner.

6.  Amazingly, there wasn’t a scratch on its fender.

7.  My friend Jason is a genius he won a math scholarship.

8.  We took it for granite that Grandpa would always be with us.

9.  Aunt Lucy visited the museum with my family and me.

10.  I shouldn’t of worn white slacks to the spaghetti dinner.

. . . . .

Have fun with this . . . and check back tomorrow to see how you did!

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3 comments ↓

#1 JoJo Tabares on 04.12.10 at 6:57 am

I am running this morning, but this is fabulous! I can spot a few errors right off. Here’s what jumps out at me:

2. Emily’s dog had a thorn in ITS left paw.

4. Our homeschool group went to the zoo. We had a great time. (or a semi colon there instead of a period)

7. My friend Jason is a genius. He won a math scholarship.

8. We took it for GRANTED that Grandpa would always be with us.

10. I shouldn’t HAVE worn white slacks to the spaghetti dinner.

#2 Pat VanderBeek on 04.12.10 at 6:59 am

Don’t read my answers until you leave your answers, future commenters!

1. You’re
2. its
4. zoo. We
5. Franklins’
7. genius. He (or …genius; he…)
8. granted
10. shouldn’t have…

#3 Kimery Lorenz on 04.12.10 at 7:32 am

1. You’re kidding! The Panthers won the championship?
2. Emily’s dog had a thorn in its left paw.
4. Our homeschool group went to the zoo; we had a great time.
7. My friend Jason is a genius; he won a math scholarship.
8. We took it for granted that Grandpa would always be with us.
10. I shouldn’t have worn white slacks to the spaghetti dinner.

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