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Jul 29, 2017

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

Catch me outside — how about that?

  1. 1. Copyedit this rabbit's remarks:

    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?

    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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    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?

    Correct! 
    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?

    Correct! 
    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?

    Correct! 
    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?

    Correct! 
    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?

    Correct! 
    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:

    Correct! 
    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.

    Correct! 
    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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