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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. Without question very Monday night … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 80

Inclusive Language An easy one this month, celebrating inclusive language. Choose the friendliest words: “Any of you (buddies, gals, guys, pals, babes) want to play a round of golf?” The quartet includes two (women, ladies, females, gals, chicks). The (woman, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. The pink petals were falling off of the cherry tree. They fluttered down below the spreading branches. When I drive on up the … Continue reading

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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. i now have a pet frog named ribette. she came from around steilacoom pond, although i … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 75

New Year’s Resolution for Writers (Copy and refer to regularly) I will not place an apostrophe before an “s” in plural nouns. I will remember to use objective pronouns with the preposition “between”. I will endeavor to make verb and … Continue reading

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 74

Capitalizing on the Seasons Did you notice that fall has arrived? Can Old Man Winter be far behind? Why did I capitalize “Winter” and not “fall”? Try to find a pattern among the following. Capitalize away where you see fit. … Continue reading

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Grammar for Grownups Quiz 73

Are You Listening? Use the following homonyms in a single sentence. Move slowly; these are the words that slip by in your writing when yur not paying attention. Your, you’re, yore There, their, they’re Pair, pare, pear Holy, holey, wholly … Continue reading

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