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How Well Do You Actually Remember Elementary School Grammar?

Oh god, should this sentence have more commas???

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  1. 1. Select the preposition in this sentence.

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    Mom
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    The
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    My
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    Behind
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    Chair
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Behind!

    Prepositions are words generally used in front of nouns and pronouns to show the relationship between those words and the rest of the words in a sentence. Source.

  2. 2. How many adverbs are in this sentence?

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    Zero
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    One
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    Two
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    Three
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    Wrong!

    Three!

    Adverbs are words that give information about verbs, adjectives, and/or other adverbs. Source. Correction: This post originally stated that there were two adverbs when there are, in fact, three.

  3. 3. Correctly punctuate this sentence.

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    Emily who was wearing red, looked at the door.
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    Emily, who was wearing red, looked, at the door.
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    Emily who was wearing red, looked at the door.
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    Emily, who was wearing red, looked at the door.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nonessential clauses add extra information to a sentence and are set off with a comma. Source

  4. 4.

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    Who's phone is this?
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    Whose phone is this?
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    Wrong!

    Whose!

    "Who's" is a contraction that always means "who is" or "who has." "Whose," on the other hand, is used to indicate possession. Source.

  5. 5.

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    You can affect the future if you put your plans into effect.
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    You can effect the future if you put your plans into effect.
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    You can effect the future if you put your plans into affect.
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    You can affect the future if you put your plans into affect.
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    Wrong!

    Though both words can be used either as a verb or a noun, "affect" and "effect" do not overlap in meaning. Source.

  6. 6. Select the subject of this sentence.

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    The
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    Computer
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    Slowly
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    Turned
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    Wrong!

    Computer!

    The sentence's subject is a noun that is doing something in the sentence. Generally, if you just look to see what is "verb-ing" in a sentence, that word is the subject. Source.

  7. 7. Place quotation marks in this sentence.

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    Timmy said, "I really love this TV show".
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    Timmy said, "I really love this TV show."
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    Timmy said", I really love this TV show."
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    Wrong!

    Quotation marks are used to indicate direct quotes and are set off with a comma after "said." In American English, the period is placed inside the closing quotation mark. Source

  8. 8.

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    I was studying in the library, you came in to join me.
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    I was studying in the library.
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    I was studying in the library, you joined me.
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    When I was studying in the library, when you came to join me.
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    Wrong!

    An independent clause contains a subject and a verb and expresses a full thought on its own. Source.

  9. 9.

    Also known as an auxiliary verb.

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    Must
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    Is
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    Can
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    Will
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    By
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    Wrong!

    By!

    There are 23 helping verbs, listed here.

  10. 10.

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    Walking along, cars were whizzing past.
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    Walking along, cars whizzed past.
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    Walking along, I saw cars whizzing past.
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    Walking along, I saw cars whizzed past.
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    Wrong!

    Since "I" is the subject, it should be placed immediately after the modifying clause ("Walking along"). Otherwise, it reads as if the cars are the ones doing the walking. Source

 
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