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1. The day was cold, cloudy, and a storm was coming.
2. He is either coming with us or he is waiting for the next train.
3. My friend (and her brother) are arriving today.
4. Dobbs is one of those people who loves Jane Austen.
5. A collection of books were on display.
6. She ordered him off of her property.
7. I asked him to lend me a couple dollars.
8. Both young actress’s dream is to play Juliet.
9. Roy and Juanita Simms arrived on foot because the Simms’ car was in the shop.
10. We were all in the mood for some New Orleans’ food.
11. When Nick writes a letter, you can’t tell his As from his Ss.
12. Who sang the song Bali Ha’i in the Broadway play called South Pacific?
13. Their favorite classic movies are based off of old fairy tales.
14. The couple was having their first quarrel.
15. A husband, who forgets anniversaries and birthdays, may be headed for divorce court.
16. A friend of mine, living in San Diego, loves the weather there.
17. My grandmother, Gladys, claimed she once had a drink with the writer, Norman Mailer.
18. When you decide to hone in on your weaknesses, you have a hard road to hoe.
19. That fancy place had a $18 dessert on the menu.
20. Some of Hemingway’s best books, i.e., The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, were written before 1950.
21. The exhibit includes major works by many iconic artists: Ernst, Klee, Picasso, etc.
22. The jeweler has unusual gems such as black opals, star garnets, alexandrites, etc.
23. When they doubled my salary, I literally started living like a king.
24. He suggested a Donne sonnet, but soon learned she was disinterested in poetry.
25. His claim of owning a diamond mine in Delaware begs the question, Is this man sane enough to be walking around?
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Jumbo Pop Quiz Answers
An asterisk (*) indicates that there are more than one correct answer.
1. The day was cold, cloudy, and stormy.* (An Unparalleled Letdown, 2-18)
2. He is either coming with us or waiting for the next train.* (Simple Words, Fancy Label, 2-25)
3. My friend (and her brother) is arriving today. [(All About) Parentheses, 3-23]
4. Dobbs is one of those people who love Jane Austen. (The Wicked Of, 3-31)
5. A collection of books was on display. (The Wicked Of, 3-31)
6. She ordered him off her property. (More Of, 4-16)
7. I asked him to lend me a couple of dollars. (More Of, 4-16)
8. Both young actresses’ dream is to play Juliet. (Apostrophes: Worth the Trouble, 5-6)
9. Roy and Juanita Simms arrived on foot because the Simmses’ car was in the shop. (Apostrophes and Proper Nouns,
10. We were all in the mood for some New Orleans food. (Apostrophes and False Possessives, 5-19)
11. When Nick writes a letter, you can’t tell his A’s from his S’s. (Apostrophes: Not Always Possessive, 6-3)
12. Who sang the song “Bali Ha’i” in the Broadway play called South Pacific?
(Italics vs. Quotation Marks, 6-16)
13. Their favorite classic movies are based on old fairy tales. (Based Off Is Off Base
14. The couple were having their first quarrel. (Collective Nouns and Consistency, 7-8)
15. A husband who forgets anniversaries and birthdays may be headed for divorce court. (Essential, but Is It Important? 8-19)
16. A friend of mine living in San Diego loves the weather there. (Essential and Nonessential Elements, Part II, 8-26)
17. My grandmother Gladys claimed she once had a drink with the writer Norman Mailer. (Essential and Nonessential Elements, Part III, 9-2)
18. When you decide to home in on your weaknesses, you have a hard row to hoe. (A House Is Not a Hone,
19. That fancy place had an $18 dessert on the menu. (Wails from My Inbox, 10-2)
20. Some of Hemingway’s best books (e.g., The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms) were written
before 1950.* (Note also the added parentheses in the sentence.) (i.e. vs. e.g., 10-7)
21. The exhibit includes major works by many iconic artists: Ernst, Klee, Picasso, et al. (All About etc., 10-15)
22. The jeweler has unusual gems such as black opals, star garnets, and alexandrites. (All About etc., 10-15)
23. When they doubled my salary, I really started living like a king.* (Fighting for Literally,
24. He suggested a Donne sonnet, but soon learned she was uninterested in poetry. (Don’t Dis Disinterested, 11-18)
25. His claim of owning a diamond mine in Delaware raises the question, Is this man sane enough to be walking around?* ( Begging the Question, 12-1)
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