Grammar for Grownups Quiz 86

Direct or Indirect?

Aw, what’s the difference? The following sentences include both direct and indirect objects of the verb. What do they tell you? And how can you make your meaning clearer?

  1. She planted him a kiss on the cheek.
  2. He jumped as she did it back about three feet.
  3. Come on, baby, I delivered you a box of candy.
  4. And I sent you the box back.
  5. Let’s give you and I some time off
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 85

To “apostrophe” or not to “apostrophe”

Which do you choose? Check out my answers to see if you’re right.

  1. Do you belong to the Book Readers/Reader’s/Readers’ Club?
  2. I buy all my veggies at the Farmer’s/Farmers’/Farmers Market.
  3. Have you read your Drivers’/Drivers/Driver’s Manual lately?
  4. Writers belong to the Writers/Writers’/Writer’s Society.
  5. Order spring bulbs from the Flower Grower’s/Growers’/Growers.
  6. Are you attending a New Years/New Years’/New Year’s party?
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 84

Curlyque Tails

This one’s about those curlyque tails that steer readers around your writing: commas (low) and apostrophes (high). Place the appropriate marks in these sentences to make them mean what you want them to.

  1. Without question very Monday night my guys in front of the TV.
  2. Whenever a games on hes right there.
  3. Back in the 90s when we were first married he behaved differently.
  4. Okay so Im the one glued to the TV other times but hes the Monday Night Addict.
  5. This is not unheard of among men who think like adolescents.
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 83

The Perfect Sentence

I have written a perfect sentence. (Well, I’ve written many such sentences, but this… modesty forbids me to continue.)

The Sentence:

Hungered by eons of fasting, Adam slowly but eagerly reached for the very juicy apple.

Take a long look at it, then identify the following (they’re all there):

  • Subject(s)
  • Verb(s)
  • Object(s)
  • Participle adjective clause(s)
  • Preposition(s) prep.
  • Noun(s) n.
  • Adjective(s) adj.
  • Adverbs(s) adv.
  • Article(s) art.
  • Participle(s) prtcpl.
  • Conjunction(s) conj.
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 80

Inclusive Language

An easy one this month, celebrating inclusive language. Choose the friendliest words:

  1. “Any of you (buddies, gals, guys, pals, babes) want to play a round of golf?”
  2. The quartet includes two (women, ladies, females, gals, chicks).
  3. The (woman, lady, female) lawyer presented a great closing statement.
  4. When the (salesman, salesperson, seller, clerk), Arthur, showed us the TV, we knew it was ours.
  5. The group was decorating (manholes, utility holes, undergrounds, sewer holes) with spray paint.
  6. The (masseur, masseuse) gave me her best back rub ever.
  7. All (people, men and women, humans) are created equal.
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 79

Are You Over-Participled?

Do you suffer from using too many participles? Do you know the symptoms of a participle? What are wrong with the following paragraph?:

Walking through the door, Margery expecting a dull evening, welcomed the tall handsome guest of honor. Sun-tanned and blond, she couldn’t resist looking at him. Encouraged by his eyes, her cheeks turned pink. Surprised at the attention, she saw the guest flinch. Rushing madly out of the room, the door slammed behind him.

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 78

Let’s Get Serious About Prepositions

Sometimes “more” is too much. Clear up the prepositions in these sentences.

  1. The pink petals were falling off of the cherry tree.
  2. They fluttered down below the spreading branches.
  3. When I drive on up the street, it all looks pink.
  4. There isn’t a cloud up in the sky today.
  5. Where have the children all gone to? 6. I have no idea where they’re at?
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 77

What do you capitalize?

Place capital letters in the sentences below, where you think they belong, then record your choices in Your Style Manual.

  1. i now have a pet frog named ribette.
  2. she came from around steilacoom pond, although i cannot see her.
  3. when i drive to the safeway or the post office, i cannot take her with me.
  4. i often wonder if frogs, like ribette, sneeze, or do i imagine i hear it?
  5. Send ribette a greeting during national leap year, something like, “‘ribet, ribet,’ my dear ribette, happy leap year.
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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 76

Wimpy Writing

Does your writing come across as passive or aggressive, blah or full of action, weak or powerful? Rewrite the following sentences that bother you.

1. The weather outside is nice today.

2. A couple of weeks ago, it snowed, alot.

3. My neighbor shoveled snow, knocked icicles off of trees, and opened a path between mine and his garage.

4. Tired of working, the yard looked pretty all dressed in white.

5. Pleased with the results, nothing would do except a full cup of nice hot coffee.

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 75

New Year’s Resolution for Writers

(Copy and refer to regularly)

  1. I will not place an apostrophe before an “s” in plural nouns.
  2. I will remember to use objective pronouns with the preposition “between”.
  3. I will endeavor to make verb and subject agree in number.
  4. I will endeavor to use consistent verb tenses.
  5. I will eliminate extraneous verbs from my writing.
  6. I will not over-use or under-use modifiers.
  7. I will write something new every day, just to keep the writing chromosomes well-oiled.
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