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 subject agree in number.
- I will endeavor to use consistent verb tenses.
- I will eliminate extraneous verbs from my writing.
- I will not over-use or under-use modifiers.
- I will write something new every day, just to keep the writing chromosomes well-oiled.
Val’s Answers to Grammar Quiz #75
No ANSWERS this time – just THIS
NOTES FOR REMINDERS:
1. I am making resolutions, not resolution’s!
2. I love the way words pass between you and me.
3. If Hilda marries (not marry) Beauregard, she’ll be happy. If Hilda and Beauregard marry (not marries), they’ll be happy.
4. I enjoyed the holidays in Paris, which is (not was) a very pretty city.
5. We thought we’d try to get down to visit our friends in Santa Fe, but we ran out of time. BETTER: We wanted to visit our friends in San Diego, but we ran out of time.
6. The warm, sunny, beautiful city of Orlando very often really tempts me to move all my old, wornout, dilapidated, cruddy stuff and start over. BETTER: Warm sunny Orlando tempts me to move all my cruddy stuff and start over.
7. (What do you think you’re reading? I do this once a month, but every day I write a few pages of my new book as well as essays for my journal. Keeps the words flowing smoothly. See more Grammar Quizzes in the Archives. And view The Anarchist’s Guide to Grammar blog: www.grammaranarchist.blogspot.com to talk back!