This short quiz will help you sharpen your writing skills. Answers are posted below.
Part I: Correct the usage errors in these sentences. Some sentences may have more than one error.
1. I spent alot of time answering questions about what our department does.
2. The car wouldn’t start, it had a dead battery.
3. We’re determined not to loose this weekend’s softball game.
Part 2: What essential information is missing from this sentence?
Julian Santaguido was booked into the county jail.
1. I spent a lot of time answering questions about what our department does. [A lot is always two words.]
2. The car wouldn’t start. It had a dead battery. [Make sure every sentence ends with a period. Remember that it often starts a new sentence.
3. We’re determined not to lose this weekend’s softball game. [We’re is correct! It’s a contraction of we are. The problem word is lose (to mislay something). Here’s a useful trick: Loose rhymes with moose.]
Who booked him?
Officer Penney booked Julian Santaguido into the county jail. CORRECT
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