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Editor’s Corner: Thursday Quiz

Good morning! It’s been a while since we had a grammar quiz, and to my surprise, I always get a good response when I share them with you. I guess we are all that nerdy student who reminded the teacher that they forgot to assign the homework (or give us the Thursday quiz). Nerds unite!

This was a long quiz from GrammarBook.com, so I’ve shortened it for the sake of expediency. If you’re interested in taking the whole 25-question quiz, click this link.

It is a comprehensive quiz that covers a lot of different grammar rules, but the nice thing is that they provide links to articles so that you can research any of the ones you get wrong. So, whenever you’re ready, off you go. I wish you luck. Scroll down to see the answers and the links to the articles that explain the rule.

1. Why does Amanda look so [slow/slowly] today?

2. Think [quick/quickly]—we must get there soon.

3. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:

a. The boss said not to be late.

b. The boss said to be on time.

4. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:

a. I can’t barely tell if that’s a house or a barn.

b. I can barely tell if that’s a house or a barn.

5. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:

a. Anita rarely watches that show.

b. Anita doesn’t hardly ever watch that show.

6. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:

a. Jermaine talks to Cynthia more than Brian.

b. Jermaine talks to Cynthia more than Brian does.

7. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:

a. Mount Everest is taller than any other mountain.

b. Mount Everest is taller than any mountain.

8. Identify the sentence that uses proper parallelism:

a. Lijuan prefers eating lunch at noon and to dine at seven p.m.

b. Lijuan prefers eating lunch at noon and dining at seven p.m.

9. Identify the sentence that uses proper parallelism:

a. The nursery rhyme has lasted and made many children happy.

b. The nursery rhyme lasts and has made many children happy.

10. There’s been much talk of [who/whom] they think will be the first reporter to break the story.

11. The committee selected [her/she] to accompany [he/him] on the diplomatic mission.

12. The author of the letter is [I/me].

13. Identify whether the following comparison is fine as written or better expressed with the alternative sentence: Patricia speaks to Felicia as much as Alicia.

a. Patricia speaks to Felicia as much as Alicia does.

b. Fine as written

Quiz Answers

1. Why does Amanda look so slow today?
Adjectives and Adverbs: Another Look at –ly

2. Think quickly—we must get there soon.
Adjectives and Adverbs: Another Look at –ly

3. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:
b. The boss said to be on time. Navigating Negative Constructions

4. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:
b. I can barely tell if that’s a house or a barn. Navigating Negative Constructions

5. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:
a. Anita rarely watches that show. Detaining the Double Negative

6. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:
b. Jermaine talks to Cynthia more than Brian does. Overseeing Omissions in Writing

7. Choose the better sentence from the following pair:
a. Mount Everest is taller than any other mountain.Overseeing Omissions in Writing

8. Identify the sentence that uses proper parallelism:
b. Lijuan prefers eating lunch at noon and dining at seven p.m. Practicing Parallelism

9. Identify the sentence that uses proper parallelism:
a. The nursery rhyme has lasted and made many children happy. Practicing Parallelism

10. There’s been much talk of who they think will be the first reporter to breakthe story.
Picking Proper Pronouns: Part I

11. The committee selected her to accompany him on the diplomatic mission.
Picking Proper Pronouns: Part II

12. The author of the letter is I.
Picking Proper Pronouns: Part II

13. Identify whether the following comparison is fine as written or better expressed with the alternative sentence: Patricia speaks to Felicia as much as Alicia.
a. Patricia speaks to Felicia as much as Alicia does. Composing Comparisons

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