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Test Your Grammar Skills With These Olympics-Themed Questions

Get your grammar and spelling skills in shape for Rio.

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  1. Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed
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    I'm so excited the Rio Olympics is finally starting.
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    I'm so excited the Rio Olympics are finally starting.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Olympics is a plural noun, so it needs a plural verb (i.e., use "are," NOT "is").

  2. True or false: In terms of grammar and spelling, this sentence is correct as written.

    Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed
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    True
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    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Triathlon" is misspelled! Beware that pesky second "A."

  3. Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed
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    Among the Chinese athletes at the 2016 Rio Games is high jumper Zhang Guowei. Guowei won silver at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
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    Among the Chinese athletes at the 2016 Rio Games is high jumper Zhang Guowei. Zhang won silver at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You should call this high jumper "Zhang" on second reference because that — not "Guowei" — is his family name. Generally, Chinese names place the family name (surname) before the given name.

  4. What's wrong with this sentence?

    Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed
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    The "T" in "team" should be capitalized.
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    The comma after "facilities" is wrong and should be removed.
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    The "V" in "village" should be lowercase.
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    "Are" should be "is" since team is singular.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Australian Olympic team is a collective singular noun and therefore needs a singular verb, i.e., "The Australian Olympic team is..."

  5. Mollie Shafer-Schweig / Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed
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    Two sports will return to the Olympics this year: golf, which returns after 112 years, and rugby, which returns after 92 years.
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    Two sports will return to the Olympics this year. Golf, which returns after 112 years, and Rugby, which returns after 92 years.
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    Two sports will return to the Olympics this year: Golf which returns after 112 years, and Rugby which returns after 92 years.
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    Two sports will return to the Olympics this year... golf, which returns after 112 years, and rugby, which returns after 92 years.

The answers in this quiz adhere to BuzzFeed and Associated Press style.

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