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Updated Nov 2, 2017

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

Can you make grammar great again?

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

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
    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.)

  2. 2. What punctuation mark(s) would correct the grammar in this tweet?

    Twitter: @realdonaldtrump
    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
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

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

  4. 4. What would improve the grammar of this tweet?

    Twitter: @realdonaldtrump
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    No punctuation should precede the dependent clause.

  5. 5. What type of grammatical error did Trump make in this tweet?

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

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

    PS: BuzzFeed sets newspaper titles in italics.

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