Would the Grammar Police Ticket You?

By: Steven Miller
Estimated Completion Time
8 min
Would the Grammar Police Ticket You?
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About This Quiz

Are you running the risk of losing your license to practice the English language responsibly, or are you one of those rare citizens with a spotless grammatical record?
Which is the best use of "they're", "their" and "there"?
Their going to bring there passports when they go they're.
They're going to bring there passports when they go their.
Their going to bring their passports when they go there.
They're going to bring their passports when they go there.

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Which words best complete, "_______ the best at tennis, and _______ racket is this?"
Who's, whose.
Who's, who's.
Whose, whose.
Whose, Who's.

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What is the error in the sentence, "I know alot of people who would rather knot shop at that store"?
There are no errors in this sentence.
"Knot" should be "not".
"Alot" should be "a lot".
"Alot" should be "a lot" and "knot" should be "not".

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Which use of "your" and "you're" is the most proper?
Your not as young as you used to be. You're body can't keep up with that pace.
You're car really is fast. You're a great driver.
You're really going to like how clean your house is.
Your really going to like the new guy. He's right up your alley.

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Complete the following sentence, "_______ we went to Whole Foods, which is much better ______ Costco"?
Than, than.
Then, then.
Then, than.
Than, then.

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Which comma usage is the most grammatically correct?
After I went to the mall, I saw my friends Bill, Ted and Joe, and each of them laughed at my purchases.
After I went to the mall I saw my friends Bill, Ted, and Joe and each of them laughed at my purchases.
After I went to the mall, I saw my friends Bill, Ted, and Joe, and each of them laughed at my purchases.
After I went to the mall, I saw my friends Bill, Ted, and Joe and each of them laughed at my purchases.

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Which usage of "fewer" and "less" is correct?
I find myself in less traffic jams now that I'm making less trips into town.
I find myself in fewer traffic jams now that I'm making less trips into town.
I find myself in less traffic jams now that I'm making fewer trips into town.
I find myself in fewer traffic jams now that I'm making fewer trips into town.

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Are you able to nail the difficult "its" versus "it's"?
It's really quite a shame. The school lost its accreditation.
It's really quite easy; the possessive loses it's apostrophe.
Its not as bad as that one time. Remember when the car lost its wheel?
Its amazing how aggressively the horse kicks it's legs.

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Which words best complete the sentence, "I __________ Jackie on her blouse, which ________ her skirt so well."?
Complemented, complemented.
Complimented, complimented.
Complemented, complimented.
Complimented, complemented.

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Which title is capitalized correctly?
The best Shakespeare plays By category.
The Best Comedies of The '90s.
The Top 10 Reasons to Give Up Smoking.
Five Reasons Why You Need To Visit Vancouver, BC.

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What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?
One is used in the middle of a sentence and one is used at the end.
There is very little difference, and they can be used interchangeably.
"i.e" clarifies something you've said, while "e.g." gives supporting examples.
There is no difference.

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What's wrong with the sentence, "This athlete is slower, more clumsy and more injury prone."?
The sentence should complete the comparison to something or someone else.
There is no need for the "and" in the sentence and athlete should be capitalized.
There should be a comma after clumsy.
There is nothing wrong with this sentence.

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Which sentence offers the best use of "between" and "among"?
I was walking between my friends, as we strolled among 5th and 6th Street.
I was walking among my friends, as we strolled among 5th and 6th Street.
I was walking between my friends, as we strolled between 5th and 6th Street.
I was walking among my friends, as we strolled between 5th and 6th Street.

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Does "further" or "farther" best complete the sentence, "It is ________ to drive the distance than to walk it."?
It depends on which country you are in, but the safe bet is to use further.
It really doesn't matter.
Further.
Farther.

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Which is the most appropriate use of a semicolon?
There are few times when it applies; but you found the one that was appropriate.
In the beginning; I met Greg at the book store.
Whether you're into camping, hiking; or climbing, there's an outdoor activity for everyone.
We're going to the fair; you can meet us after it's done.

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Which sentence is suffering the most from passive voice?
John met a lot of people at the event.
There were a lot of people at the event that John met.
While at the event, John met a lot of people.
John, who was attending an event, met a lot of people there.

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Which sentence is grammatically correct?
I ensure you that when you insure your car, you assure that you are protected.
I assure you that when you ensure your car, you insure that you are protected.
I assure you that when you insure your car, you ensure that you are protected.
I ensure you that when you assure your car, you insure that you are protected.

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What is wrong with the sentence, "I should of taken the garbage out last night"?
"Should have" needs to replace "should of".
There's nothing wrong with the sentence.
Garbage is spelled incorrectly.
"Should of" would be best written as "shoulda".

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Which usage of lose/loose is correct?
Just bet your lose change, that way it won't hurt to bad if you loose.
Just bet your loose change, that way it won't hurt to bad if you loose.
Just bet your lose change, that way it won't hurt to bad if you lose.
Just bet your loose change, that way it won't hurt to bad if you lose.

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What is a dangling modifier?
A descriptive phrase, where it is unclear which noun in the sentence it is modifying.
An additional word in a sentence that is holding on for dear life.
An additional part of a sentence that has no real purpose.
An exclamation point or other unusual marking at the end of a sentence.

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Which words best complete, "I'm totally ______ this band. Can we get ________ the concert?"
In to, in to.
In to, into.
Into, in to.
Into, into.

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Which of the following perfectly uses "who" and "whom"?
To who should I address the letter? It's important that I find out whom that person is.
To whom should I address the letter? It's important that I find out whom that person is.
To whom should I address the letter? It's important that I find out who that person is.
To who should I address the letter? It's important that I find out who that person is.

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Which sentences use "who" or "that" the best?
John is the kind of person that goes the extra mile. His artwork is something that you simply have to see.
John is the kind of person who goes the extra mile. His artwork is something who you simply have to see.
John is the kind of person who goes the extra mile. His artwork is something that you simply have to see.
John is the kind of person that goes the extra mile. His artwork is something who you simply have to see.

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Would you use "its" or "their" when talking about a business entity?
Businesses are considered single entities that are not people. The accurate usage would be "its".
It just depends on the context.
I just think "its" sounds better.
Corporations are people, so I'll go with "their".

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Which use of peek/peak/pique is correct?
To peak your interest in visiting Colorado, take a pique at some of these 14,000-foot peeks.
To peek your interest in visiting Colorado, take a pique at some of these 14,000-foot peaks.
To pique your interest in visiting Colorado, take a peak at some of these 14,000-foot peeks.
To pique your interest in visiting Colorado, take a peek at some of these 14,000-foot peaks.

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Which of the following is the most proper?
Do's and don'ts.
Dos and don'ts.
Do's and dont's.
Dos and dont's.

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Which sentence best utilizes "to", "too" and "two"?
The to of us are going too the store two.
The two of us are going too the store to.
The too of us are going two the store to.
The two of us are going to the store too.

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Which use of the apostrophe is accurate in the following examples?
Stop by Julies' booth for a special ticket.
Jules's house was chosen for the tour.
That is Ross' dog.
That is the entire classes' project.

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Which use of effect/affect is correct?
I was so deeply effected by what I saw on the news. The effect is sure to stick with me for a while.
That movie affected me so deeply. The affects in the film were so stunning.
The effect of the speech was astonishing. It affected me in ways that I wasn't prepared for.
There are few things that will effect me more than that event. The affect has been tremendous.

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Which sentence pulls off the use of "I" and "me" the best?
It's been an incredible day for John and me.
John and me are going to the store.
John and I enjoy each others company.
When you find out the answer, pass it on to John and I.

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