Make your editor proud. Identify the grammar and style errors in the sentences below. Check your answers by scrolling to the bottom.
- We play all the hits from the 70’s and 80’s.
- I’ll need to get cash from the ATM machine before we go out.
- We need to reign in the efforts by HR to require all staff to read Corporate Magick.
- They met face-to-face for the first time in 15 years.
- Let’s learn about Medicare!
- As you may or may not be aware, performance reviews start next week.
- The information on the website is meant to compliment class lectures.
- Irregardless of what you say, I’m going to continue using exclamation points.
- Reply back to this email to receive your free gift.
- Writing is clearly not one of your core competencies.
- Diane always has an alterior motive.
- None of the books she referenced is in the library.
- Please innoculate me with every vaccine available.
- Norbert is my pet coyote, I’m hoping he’ll stop chasing the cat soon.
- I’ll stay late to Powerpoint those FAQs.
- Don’t use an apostrophe to make a number plural, per AP Style. Instead, write “70s and 80s.”
- “ATM machine” is redundant. ATM means “automated teller machine.”
- “Rein” should be used instead of “reign.” Rein means to control, direct or restrain.
- “Face to face” does not need to be hyphenated in this sentence.
- An exclamation point is not necessary. (No one is excited about learning Medicare.)
- “As you may or may not be aware” adds nothing to the sentence and can be deleted.
- “Complement” should be used instead of “compliment.” Complement means to add to or complete.
- “Irregardless” is not a word.
- Avoid corporate speak and jargon such as “core competencies,” “leverage,”
“deliverables,” “bandwidth,” etc. Better: “Writing is clearly not one of your skills.”
- “Reply back” and “free gift” are redundant. Better: “Reply to this email to receive your gift.”
- “Alterior” is incorrect. It should be “ulterior.”
- It should read: “None of the books she referenced are in the library.” In this sentence, “None” refers to “books,” which take the plural verb.
- Inoculate is the correct spelling.
- Use semicolons to join short, related independent clauses. “Norbert is my pet coyote; I’m hoping he’ll stop chasing the cat soon.”
- “Powerpoint” is not a verb.
How did you do, readers? Do you have any quiz questions to add?
Laura Hale Brockway is the author of the writing, editing, and random thoughts blog impertinentremarks.com .
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