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This 5-Question Quiz Will Tell If You’re Smarter Than Donald Trump

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  1. 1. How would a grammarian (who isn't opposed to using all-caps for emphasis) revise this sentence?

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
    Why is it that the horrendous protestors, who scream, curse punch, and shut down roads/doors during my RALLIES, are never blamed by media? SAD!
    Why is it that the horrendous protestors who scream, curse punch, and shut down roads/doors during my RALLIES are never blamed by media? SAD!
    Why is it that the horrendous protesters, who scream, curse, punch, and shut down roads/doors during my RALLIES are never blamed by media? SAD!
    Why is it that the horrendous protesters who scream, curse, punch, and shut down roads/doors during my RALLIES are never blamed by the media? SAD!
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Trump has mistakenly set off his description of the protesters (which he spelled correctly), but the text following "who" belongs to a restrictive, or essential, clause: It cannot be eliminated without changing the meaning of the sentence.

    ("Why is it that the horrendous protesters are never blamed by media?" is presumably not something Trump would say to describe his supporters at a Clinton rally.)

    Trump has mistakenly set off his description of the protesters (which he spelled correctly), but the text following "who" belongs to a restrictive, or essential, clause: It cannot be eliminated without changing the meaning of the sentence.
  2. 2. What punctuation mark(s) would correct the grammar in this tweet?

    Twitter: @realdonaldtrump
    Question mark and a comma
    Question mark
    Question mark and two commas
    Dash
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Without the vocative comma, this could be read as a raunchy exhortation to "come on" those topless pictures of Kate Middleton. Ew.

  3. 3. What's the problem with this sentence?

    Twitter: @realdonaldtrump
    Spelling
    Grammar
    Punctuation
    None of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Let's takes an apostrophe here because it's a contraction.

    Let's takes an apostrophe here because it's a contraction.
  4. 4. What would improve the grammar of this tweet?

    Twitter: @realdonaldtrump
    Replace the "dash" with a comma.
    Delete the dash.
    Transpose the clauses.
    Replace the subordinating conjunction with a coordinating conjunction.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    No punctuation should precede the dependent clause.

    No punctuation should precede the dependent clause.
  5. 5. What type of grammatical error did Trump make in this tweet?

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
    Dangling modifier
    Misplaced modifier
    Comma splice
    Sentence fragment
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Trump used commas to incorrectly "splice" a series of sentences.

    PS: BuzzFeed sets newspaper titles in italics.

    Trump used commas to incorrectly "splice" a series of sentences.

This 5-Question Quiz Will Tell If You’re Smarter Than Donald Trump

SAD!

Your grammar is a little rusty — maybe you could hit up your old English teacher for an apprenticeship?

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