To all of you who not only read this, but also took the quiz, kudos! Here are the answers:
Take this 12 question quiz and see how you do.
- Ben and ______ shared the cab to the airport.
I (“I” is the subjective pronoun; “I shared the cab….”
2. The 2017 conference had _______ attendants than last year.
fewer (“Fewer” is quantitative – you can count the attendants. “Less” is non-quantitative. E.g.: “The 2017 conference had less excitement than last year’s.” You can’t count “excitement.”
3. Your manager said _______ doing an exceptional job.
you’re (You are doing an exceptional job.” “Your” is the possessive pronoun: Your manager liked your work.)
4. Let’s divide the project ________ marketing, finance, and IT.
Among (“Among” is used with three or more entities, “between” is just for two. Let’s divide the project between marketing and finance.)
5. Neither Pam nor I _______ going to the meeting.
Is (“Neither” is an indefinite pronoun and is the subject; it’s singular. “Neither is going to the meeting.”)
6. My car had _____ engine replaced.
Its (“Its” is the possessive pronoun; “it’s” is a contraction for “it has” or “it is.”)
7. The new employee asked, “Where can I find the cafeteria”?
Incorrect (The “?” goes inside the quotation marks. It’s the direct quotation that’s a question. “Where can I find the cafeteria?”)
8. This is _____ speaking.
s/he (“This is she speaking.” Subjective pronouns are also used if they rename the subject. They will follow to be verbs, such as is, are, was, were, am, will be, had been, etc.)
9. Tell me where you found this.
Correct as is. (Please, please throw out “at” at the end of your sentences; it’s poor English.)
10. Please ______ those instructions on my desk.
Lay (An easy tool: If you can substitute the word “put,” use “lay.” You “lie” on the couch or tell a “lie.”)
11. Each of the employees _______ taken the computer class.
has (Same rule as #5. “Each” is an indefinite pronoun and the subject of the sentence; it’s singular. “Each has taken the computer class.”)
12. The report was delivered by my supervisor.
passive voice (In active voice you need an actor. Active voice has fewer words and identifies the subject or actor.
The report was delivered by my supervisor. Ask, “Who delivered the report?” Answer: “my supervisor.” Active voice then: “My supervisor delivered the report.” Watch for the verb “to be” and the preposition “by”; they usually identify passive voice.
I hope this helps you in your future writing.
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