Your Friday Quiz

This short quiz will help keep your writing skills sharp! Answers appear below.

Fix the errors in the sentences below:

1. She and her neighbor had a verbal agreement about keeping the hedge trimmed.

2. Samuels said he heard alot of noise outside at about 2 AM.

3. Johnson said “she saw the door was open when she came home.”

Here are three sentences. Which one is an example of good police writing?

1. Herewith is a summary of what Johnson told me.

2. In response to my question about what had ensued, Johnson provided me with the following information.

3. Johnson told me that the front door was open when she came home, and she immediately called 911.

ANSWERS

1. She and her neighbor had a verbal a spoken agreement about keeping the hedge trimmed.

[Verbal means “using words,” so it can refer to both writing and speech. Call it a spoken agreement or an oral agreement.]

2. Samuels said he heard a lot of noise outside at about 2 AM.

[A lot is two words.]

3. I asked Clarkson “when she usually returned home from work.”

[Use quotation marks only for someone’s exact words. Here are better versions of this sentence:

Johnson said she saw the door was open when she came home.

Johnson told me, “The front door was open when I came home.”]

Here are three sentences. Which one is an example of good police writing?

1. Herewith is a summary of what Johnson told me.

2. In response to my question about what had ensued, Johnson provided me with the following information.

3. Johnson told me that the front door was open when she came home, and she immediately called 911.

[The first two sentences are time wasters. Just write what Johnson told you. In most cases you don’t have to write down your own question.]

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