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Thursday, March 04, 2010

National Grammar Day

Today is National Grammar Day hosted by GrammarGirl and the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. This day is set aside for people like me to brush up on all the grammar rules. The ones I probably break without even realizing: dangling participles, ending sentences with prepositions, and split infinitives. I'm a total grammar slob.

In the spirit of the day, I've put together a little grammar quiz. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the universe who has been grammar procrastinating. There are only five questions, all multiple choice. Leave a comment with your answers. (below are the answers to the Write Anything quiz).

1. You do not always use "a" before consonants.

a) Yes (Correct) (3 pts)
b) No (2 pts)
c) I don't know (1pt)

2. The subject and verb must agree.

a) Yes (correct) (3pts)
b) No (2pts)
c) I don't know (1pt)

3. Is this sentence correct: At six years old, my mom taught me to cook.

a) Yes (2pts)
b) No (correct) (3pts)
c) I don't know (1pt)

4.You should always split infinitives.

a) Yes (2pts)
b) No (correct) (3pts)
c) I don't know (1pt)

5. Choose the correct pronouns to fill in the blanks: There is a strong bond between __ and __.

a) he/I (2pts)
b) him/me (correct) (3pts)
c) I don't know (1pt)

15pts - You're a grammar whiz. Give yourself a pat on the back and a little treat.
10pts to 14pts - You did well, but could have done better. Never settle for okay.
9pts or less - Has your head been stuck in a hole? Start cracking open those grammar books. Don't have any? Buy some.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Q1: You're not thinking "an hotel", are you? "h" is a semi-vowel, not a consonant.

Andrea Allison said...

a common grammar myth is the article "a" is always attached to words beginning with consonants. "Hour" is one of the exceptions, for example. That's what the question refers to.