Take This Quiz!

I often hear from officers who tell me they have concerns about English usage. So – I’m going to start offering quick quizzes and instant answers.

Here’s today’s quiz! Scroll down for the answers.

1.  Mayor Santos asked Captain Floyd and (I, me) to serve on the crime prevention committee.

2.  Joan showed me the vaccination records for her (family’s, families’) cats and dogs.

3.  Which version is more appropriate for a police report?

a)  The car swerved across the center line three times in less than a minute, whereupon I activated my flashers and siren. At that point the car proceeded to stop, prompting me to approach and interact with the driver. I made a request to see her vehicle registration and driver’s license, which she showed me.

b)   The car swerved across the center line three times in less than a minute.I activated my flashers and siren, and the car stopped. The driver showed me her vehicle registration and driver’s license.

ANSWERS

1.  Mayor Santos asked Captain Floyd and (I, me) to serve on the crime prevention committee.

It’s easy to get these pronouns (I, me, he, him, etc.) right if you make the sentence shorter: Mayor Santos asked me to serve on the crime prevention committee. You can hear that “me” is the correct word. (To learn more about pronouns, click here.)

2.  Joan showed me the vaccination records for her (family’s, families’) cats and dogs.

Joan is talking about her family! (Families is plural.) 

3.  Which version is more appropriate for a police report?

Version a) has unnecessary words. Police officers are busy! Version b) is more efficient. 

a)  The car swerved across the center line three times in less than a minute, whereupon I activated my flashers and siren. At that point the car proceeded to stop, prompting me to approach and interact with the driver. I made a request to see her vehicle registration and driver’s license, which she showed me.

b)   The car swerved across the center line three times in less than a minute.I activated my flashers and siren, and the car stopped. The driver showed me her vehicle registration and driver’s license.

How did you do?

A+ grade ok

 

 

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