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If You Catch 8/10 Of The Mistakes On These Memes, You're A Grammar Genius

Catch me outside — how about that?

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  1. 1. Copyedit this rabbit's remarks:

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    "Really!?," I said, "Really!?"
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    "Really?!" I said, "Really?!"
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    "Really?!" I said "Really?!"
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    "Really!?" I said "Really!?"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A comma follows "said" when introducing direct quotes, no extra punctuation follows a quote ending in a question mark or exclamation point, and the question mark should precede the exclamation point.

  2. 2. Which response to Dog uses correct grammar and punctuation?

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    Sorry to call you at home sir, but we've arrested that five-year-old feline whose been lying under the birdbath.
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    Sorry to call you at home, sir, but we've arrested that 5-year-old feline that's been laying under the birdbath
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    Sorry to call you at home, sir, but we've arrested that 5-year-old feline who's been lying under the birdbath.
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    Sorry to call you at home, sir, but we've arrested that 5 year old feline who's been laying under the birdbath.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Commas separate direct address ("sir"), figures and hyphens are used for ages (as adjectives and noun substitutes), and "lying" is the present participle of the verb "to lie" (meaning to rest or recline). (BuzzFeed also uses "who" instead of "that" when referring to most critters.)

  3. 3. How many errors are there in this meme?

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    One
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    Two
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    Three
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    Zero
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This koala interpreter misspelled "Whoa" and paired the wrong verb with the plural "leftovers" (closed up as a noun).

  4. 4. Which of the following revisions is correct?

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    I work out everyday to stay in shape for my multi-million dollar movie role.
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    I work out everyday, to stay in shape for my multi-million dollar movie role.
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    I workout every day to stay in shape for my multi-million dollar movie role.
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    I work out every day to stay in shape for my multimillion-dollar movie role.
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    Wrong!

    "Work out" is two words as a verb ("I work out") and one as a noun ("kittens love my workout"). "Multimillion" is closed up in most dictionaries, and "multimillion-dollar," a modifier, is hyphenated. PS: Every time you misuse a modifier, a kitten dies.

  5. 5. Is there a grammar error in this husky's dad joke?

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    Yes! It should read: "I'd avoid the sushi if I was you, it's a little fishy."
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    Yes! It should read: "I'd avoid the sushi if I were you. It's a little fishy."
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    Yes! It should read: "I'd avoid the sushi if I were you, it's a little fishy."
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    Nope. Stop picking on this very good dog.
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    Wrong!

    The correct phrasing is “if I were you,” an example of the present subjunctive, which is used to express something that’s improbable or impossible — like this husky transforming into a sushi-eating stuffed animal.

  6. 6. What essential punctuation mark is missing here?

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    Apostrophe
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    Comma
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    Colon
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    Dash
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    Wrong!

    There should be a possessive apostrophe in "friends." This poor seal just can't win.

  7. 7. Which version of Doge's bio uses correct grammar and punctuation?

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    Doge, a 10 year old Shiba Inu whose real name is Kabosu, was adopted in November 2008.
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    Doge, a 10-year-old Shiba Inu whose real name is Kabosu, was adopted in November 2008.
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    Doge, a 10 year old Shiba Inu who's real name is Kabosu, was adopted in November, 2008.
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    Doge, a 10-year old Shiba Inu, whose real name is Kabosu, was adopted in November, 2008.
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    Wrong!

    The possessive "whose" is correct here (and shouldn't be preceded by a comma, as it's a dependent clause), "10-year-old" takes two hyphens as a modifier (and a noun), and commas shouldn't separate the month and year. (Catch up on Kabosu's latest adventures here!)

  8. 8. What type of grammar error is making this polar bear so sad?

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    Comma splice
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    Dangling modifier
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    Run-on sentence
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    Sentence fragment
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    Wrong!

    A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that modifies a word not clearly stated in the sentence. In this case, the salmon, not the roommate, was rotting in the fridge. (A better option: The leftover salmon was rotting in the fridge, so my roommate tossed it in the garbage.)

  9. 9. Correct the grammar in this evil genius's astute observation:

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    Its not premarital sex...if you never get married.
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    Its not premarital sex, if you never get married.
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    It’s not premarital sex if you never get married.
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    It’s not premarital sex, if you never get married.
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    Wrong!

    The only error here is a missing apostrophe in the shortening of "it is."

  10. 10. Correct the grammar and spelling in this spectacular statistic about feline flight.

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    Cats fly farther when they eat Pop-Tarts and Froot Loops.
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    Cats fly farther, when they eat Pop Tarts and Fruit Loops.
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    Cats fly further when they eat Pop-Tarts and Fruit Loops.
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    Cats fly further, when they eat Pop Tarts and Froot Loops.
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    Wrong!

    "Farther" is correctly used when describing physical distance, no comma should separate the dependent clause, and Pop-Tart and Froot Loops are the correct spellings of these brand names.

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