Last month you had a chance to test yourself on Part I of the Top 10 Grammar Mistakes. Today you’ll have a chance to practice with Part II (click here for a review). When you’ve finished the quiz, scroll down to check your answers.
1. There was alot of confusion about the new procedures.
2. Although, we’re gradually getting used to new ways of doing things.
3. The suspect claimed that “he was innocent and didn’t drive a red Ford.”
4. He kept saying, “You’ve got the wrong person”.
5. But several people seen him run out of the house that morning.
6. For your info, i no the people who done the work for our dept.
Here are the answers:
1. There was a lot of confusion about the new procedures. [a lot is always two words]
2. However, we’re gradually getting used to new ways of doing things. [two mistakes here: Never put a comma after although. Anything starting with although is an extra idea, not a real sentence.]
3. The suspect claimed that he was innocent and didn’t drive a red Ford. [Use quotation marks only for a person’s exact words.]
4. He kept saying, “You’ve got the wrong person.” [Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks.]
5. But several people had seen him run out of the house that morning. [Seen must be used with a helper: is seen, was seen, has seen, had seen.]
6. For your information, I know the people who had done the work for our department. [two mistakes here: done must be used with a helper (had done, have done, is done); don’t use texting style.
(For more help with commas, go to Commas Made Simple.)
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