back to top

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

Can you make grammar great again?

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

    Twitter: @realDonaldTrump
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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!
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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!
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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!
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Question mark and a comma
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Question mark
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Question mark and two commas
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Spelling
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Grammar
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Punctuation
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Replace the "dash" with a comma.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Delete the dash.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Transpose the clauses.
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dangling modifier
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Misplaced modifier
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Comma splice
    Correct
    Incorrect
    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.

Want more fun word-nerdy quizzes? BuzzFeed's former copy chief, Emmy Favilla, wrote a book, and you can preorder it now!

Inside A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age, out November 14, you'll find thoughts on language, memes, and emojis, and even snippets from BuzzFeed quizzes and lists! Get it from Amazon for $17.68, Barnes & Noble for $18.02, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.
Bloomsbury Publishing / Via amazon.com

Inside A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age, out November 14, you'll find thoughts on language, memes, and emojis, and even snippets from BuzzFeed quizzes and lists! Get it from Amazon for $17.68, Barnes & Noble for $18.02, or a local bookseller through IndieBound here.

Take quizzes and chill with the BuzzFeed app.