As one of the top writing toxins, poor grammar creeps into your writing without much awareness. You may have used improper grammar and no one’s corrected you; therefore, you think it’s right.
Take this 12 question quiz and see how you do. (I’ll give the answers tomorrow.)
- Ben and ______ shared the cab to the airport.
a. I b. me c. myself
2. The 2017 conference had _______ attendants than last year.
a. Less b. fewer
3. Your manager said _______ doing an exceptional job.
a. Your b. you’re
4. Let’s divide the project ________ marketing, finance, and IT.
a. Among b. between
5. Neither Pam nor I _______ going to the meeting.
a. Is b. Are
6. My car had _____ engine replaced.
a. It’s b. Its
7. The new employee asked, “Where can I find the cafeteria”?
a. Correct b. Incorrect (if incorrect, please correct it.)
8. This is _____ speaking.
a. Her/him b. s/he
9. Tell me where you found this _____.
a. At b. (Correct as is)
10. Please ______ those instructions on my desk.
a. Lay b. lie
11. Each of the employees _______ taken the computer class.
a. Has b. have
12. The report was delivered by my supervisor.
a. Active voice b. passive voice (If passive, change to active.)
For a brush-up and refresher: These may be remedial, and yet, vital to understand.
What exactly is grammar? It’s the words you decide to use to write complete sentences.
Good grammar ignites your documents, propels your message, and compels your readers to keep reading. Provocative prose connects with your readers. Take time to refresh the basics; relearn the importance of the eight parts of speech. What are they?
- Noun – person, place or thing
- Pronoun – take the place of nouns; me, my, you, your, his, her, its, their, etc.
- Adverb – describe/modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. They usually tell how, when, where, how much or to what degree.
- Adjective – describe nouns; adds information. Blue dress, hot day, ugly car, poor writing, quiet manner, etc.
- Preposition – show relationship: position or time. Above, beyond, between, into, next to, under, inside, etc.
- Conjunction – connectors: BOYSFAN – but, or, yet, so, for, and, nor
- Interjection – One you use more often than you realize and may not know its meaning: homework, look it up!
- Verb – Save the best for last; the most important part of speech – action! Everything you want your readers to do: read, reply, call, enlist, donate, proof, compare, sell, etc. Verbs create the picture you want your readers to envision.
1a. Auxiliary verbs – the ones used most frequently and the least valuable – but necessary: be, do or have: Be: am, is, are, was, were; Do: does, do, did; Have – has, had, have.
- Start with one aspect of good and correct grammar, use it, use it, and re-use it until you become its expert, then move on to another tool.