How Well Do You Remember Your Daily Oral Language Lessons?

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About This Quiz

Are you a proud, card-carrying member of the grammar police? If so, you will probably enjoy this quiz. We've prepared a list of 35 of the most common grammar mistakes we all have been guilty of. We challenge you to identify them all.

Some of the most common grammar errors involve the use of the words there, their and they're. Some people just can't seem to use these words properly. They're really simple to use, if you understand what they mean. For instance, the word "they're" is a contraction that combines the words "they" and "are," so to write "they're children are all grown" means that you have written "they are children are all grown." Sounds silly, right? The word "their" indicates possession, so when we're talking about "their" grown children, we would use the word "their." And finally, the word "there" indicates placement, like here and there. So, use the word "there" when you are talking about the location of something. As an example, we are not going "there" after the party.

Simple, right? So, if the misuse of words they're, there and their drive you nuts, and if dangling modifiers, incomplete comparisons and passive voice make you want to scream, this is the quiz for you.

Let's get started.

Which word is incorrect? Their going to go to the zoo on Tuesday.

The word "their" is used incorrectly in this sentence. The correct word to use is "they're," which is a contraction that combines the words "they" and "are."

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Which word is incorrect? You're bank account is overdrawn.

The word "you're" is used incorrectly in this sentence. "You're" is a contraction that combines the words "you" and "are." The correct word to use in this sentence would be "your."

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Which word is incorrect? The dog wagged it's tail.

The word "it's" is used incorrectly here. "It's" is a contraction that combines the words "it" and "is." The correct word to use would be "its."

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Can you identify the error in this sentence? Our treadmill is faster and better.

This sentence is an incomplete comparison. What is the treadmill faster and better than? To correct the sentence, you might write, "Our treadmill is faster and better than any other treadmill on the market."

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What is the problem with this sentence? The package was mailed by Bert.

This sentence is written in a passive voice. If possible, writing in an active voice is preferred, which means that the subject (Bert) should do the action (mailed), not the other way around. To make this sentence active, write, "Bert mailed the package."

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Do you know what is wrong with this sentence? After declining for months, Jerry tried a new program to increase sales.

This sentence has a dangling modifier. What was declining? Was Jerry declining? Change the sentence to "Jerry tried a new program to increase sales, after they had been declining for months."

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What is wrong with this sentence? Kathy spent the weekend in chicago.

This sentence has a capitalization error. Proper nouns, like Chicago, should be capitalized.

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Which word is incorrect? The poem had an unexpected affect on me?

The word "affect" is incorrect. The word "effect" should be used instead. These two words are often confused.

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What type of error is present in this sentence? Please send the proposal to Jane and I.

This sentence has a me vs. I error. To help identify the correct use of me or I, simply take the other person out of the sentence. To say "Please send the proposal to I" is just wrong. This sentence should read, "please send the proposal to Jane and me."

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Which word is incorrect? She was to tired to go to the fair.

The first instance of the word "to" is incorrect. The sentence should read, "She was too tired to go to the fair."

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Which word is incorrect? Carol is a woman that loves to go to the movies.

The word "that" is used incorrectly. Carol is a "who," not a "that." Use the word "who" when referring to a person.

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Which word is incorrect? Whom ate all of the potato chips?

The word "whom" is used incorrectly. This sentence should read, "Who ate all of the potato chips?"

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Which word is incorrect? Alot of people like tacos.

The word "alot" is incorrect. In fact, there is no such word as "alot." The sentence should read, "A lot of people like tacos."

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Which word is incorrect? They didn't expect to loose the game.

The word "loose" is incorrect. The word "loose" means "not tight." The word "lose" indicates a loss. The sentence should read, "They didn't expect to lose the game."

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Which word is incorrect? My dog is bigger then yours.

The word "then" is used incorrectly. The sentence should read, "My dog is bigger than yours."

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What's wrong with this sentence? The house is fancier.

This sentence is an incomplete comparison. The house is fancier that what? To correct this sentence, you could write, "The house is fancier than any other on the block."

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Can you find the error in this sentence? The horse was trained by Sally.

This sentence has a passive voice. To make the sentence an active voice, write, "Sally trained the horse."

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What kind of error is present in this sentence? Rummaging in her giant handbag, the wallet was not to be found.

This sentence has a dangling modifier. Was the wallet rummaging? Correct this sentence by writing, "Rummaging in her giant handbag, Jane failed to find her wallet."

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Which word is incorrect? They all lost there tomato plants during the storm.

The word "there" is used incorrectly. The word "there" indicates placement. The word "their" should be used in this sentence. The word "their" indicates possession.

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Which word is incorrect? How is you're paper coming along?

The word "you're" is used incorrectly. The word "you're" is a contraction that combines the words "you" and "are." The sentence should read, "How is your paper coming along?"

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What's wrong with this sentence? The wedding was planned by Patty.

This sentence is written in a passive voice. To change the sentence to a passive voice, write, "Patty planned the wedding."

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What type of error is present in this sentence? She attended yale university.

This sentence has a capitalization error. Yale University is a proper noun and should be capitalized.

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Can you find the error in this sentence? They went to the store to buy candee canes.

This sentence has a spelling error. The word "candy" is misspelled.

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What type of error is in this sentence? She bought potatoes corn and peppers.

This sentence has a punctuation error. Use commas to separate items in a list. The sentence should read, "She bought potatoes, corn,%0D and peppers." The comma before "and," often called the Oxford comma, is optional - but be consistent.

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What's wrong with this sentence? The roast was prepared by mom.

This sentence is written with a passive voice. To make the sentence active, write, "Mom prepared the roast."

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Which word is wrong? She should of called the police.

The word "of" is misused. The sentence should read, "She should have called the police."

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What type of error is present in this sentence? She went to the store but she forgot to buy milk.

This sentence has a punctuation error; it is missing a comma. The sentence should read, "She went to the store, but she forgot to buy milk."

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Can you identify the error in this sentence? I put sandwiches; carrots and macaroni salad into the picnic basket.

This sentence has a punctuation error. Use commas, not semicolons, to separate items in a list. The sentence should read "I put sandwiches, carrots and macaroni salad into the picnic basket."

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Which word is incorrect? I would like to insure that you will be available for the meeting.

The word "insure" is used incorrectly. The word "insure" means to protect against liability. The word "ensure" should be used instead.

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Which word is incorrect? The sign read "10 items or less."

The word "less" is used incorrectly. The sentence should read, "The sign read '10 items or fewer.'" Use the word "fewer" if something is quantifiable.

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Can you find the error? She decided to accept his complement with grace.

This sentence has a spelling error... sort of. The words complement and compliment are often confused. The sentence should read, "She decided to accept his compliment with grace."

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Which word is incorrect? She told him that she could not except his gift.

The word "except" is used incorrectly. The words "except" and "accept" are often confused. The sentence should read, "She told him that she could not accept his gift."

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Can you find the error in this sentence? The cat is prettier.

This sentence has an incomplete comparison. There must be two items to compare, or we are left with the question "prettier than what?" To correct this sentence, write, "the cat is prettier than any other cat I've seen."

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What type of error is in this sentence? The car was dangeling over the edge of the cliff.

This sentence has a spelling error. The word "dangling" is spelled incorrectly.

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What type of error is present in this sentence? The dishes were washed by me.

This sentence is written in a passive voice. To correct the sentence, write, "I washed the dishes."

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