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To say goodbye to 2016 we have put together a comprehensive pop quiz based on the year’s GrammarBook.com grammar posts. The quiz comprises twenty-three sentences that may—or may not—need fixing plus two multiple-choice questions. Think you can fix the ones that need help?
You’ll find our answers directly below the quiz. Each answer
includes, for your convenience, the title and date of the article that
raised the topic. Good luck!
1. The author stood behind the podium and checked his notes.
2. Her shoes were so wore out the heel fell off.
3. I wonder what Sam is making for dinner?
4. Jack's and mine house is now completely furnished.
5. He was forced into using a tricky parking manuever in order to get out
of the tight space.
6. Julie loves to sing at the café’s open mic night.
7. James is trying to decide between three college majors; accounting,
finance, or economics.
8. The two sisters can wear each others clothes.
9. Have any issues arose regarding changing your flight?
10. A couple of dollars more could make a big difference.
11. You would think she may be used to the cold weather by now.
12. Choose the correct definition for the word obfuscate:
13. Apparently she fainted in the womens’ restroom.
14. Evidentally you did not study for the test.
15. I hope the restaurant we chose is alright with you and your wife.
16. The baby has already outgrew her birthday dress.
17. Since the company was purchased, the website has underwent a complete makeover.
18. We plan to watch Clemson verse Alabama in the college football championship game next week.
19. The officer pointed out the no parking sign on that side of the street.
20. During the blizzard, the Chicago bound passengers were stranded at the airport.
21. Choose the correct definition for the word gratuitous:
22. Orthoepy is the study of proper pronunciation.
23. We are having dinner with the Joneses’ tonight.
24. The glasses’s frames were bent.
25. After the accident, he was unable to lay flat on his back.
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Year-End Quiz Answers
1. The author stood behind the lectern and checked his
notes. (Words in Flux
2. Her shoes were so worn out the heel fell off. (No Shortcuts with Irregular Verbs 2-23)
3. I wonder what Sam is making for dinner. (No Question About It 3-8)
4. Jack's and my house is now completely furnished. (Pronoun Puzzlers 3-15)
5. He was forced into using a tricky parking maneuver in order to get out of the tight space. (Spell Well, and Excel 3-22)
6. Julie loves to sing at the café’s open microphone [or mike]
night. (When Branding Undermines Spelling 4-4)
7. James is trying to decide between three college majors: accounting, finance, or economics. (Punctuation or Chaos 4-13)
8. The two sisters can wear each other’s clothes. (Punctuation or Chaos 4-13)
9. Have any issues arisen regarding changing your flight? (Irregular Verbs: Handle with Care 5-17)
10. A couple dollars more could make a big difference. (A Couple of Things, and a Couple More 5-25)
11. You would think she might be used to the cold weather by now. (Might You Mean May? 5-31)
12. C) confuse (Test Your Vocabulary 6-14)
13. Apparently she fainted in the women’s restroom. (Confessions of a Guerrilla Grammarian 6-29)
14. Evidently you did not study for the test. (Spell Check 7-13)
15. I hope the restaurant we chose is all right with you and your wife. (A Sportswriter Cries “Foul!” 7-26)
16. The baby has already outgrown her birthday dress. (More Fun With Irregular Verbs 8-8)
17. Since the company was purchased, the website has undergone a complete makeover. (More Fun with Irregular Verbs 8-8)
18. We plan to watch Clemson versus [or vs.] Alabama in the college football championship game next week.
(Nothing Poetic About This Verse 8-23)
19. The officer pointed out the no-parking sign on that side of the street. (Hyphens: We Miss Them When They’re Gone 8-30)
20. During the blizzard, the Chicago-bound passengers were stranded at the airport. (Hyphens: We Miss Them When They’re Gone 8-30)
21. D) unnecessary (Test Your Vocabulary 9-6)
22. Correct (Big Words We Can Use 10-26)
23. We are having dinner with the Joneses tonight. (Apostrophes with Words Ending in s 11-2)
24. The glasses’ frames were bent. (Apostrophes with Words Ending in s 11-2)
25. After the accident, he was unable to lie flat on his back. (Lie vs. Lay 12-14)
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