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This 5-Question Quiz Will Test Your Grammar Know-How

A weekly mini grammar and style quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk. Tweet us your results @styleguide!

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  1. 1. What's wrong with this sentence?

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    "Republicans" and "Democrats" should NOT be capitalized.
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    "Party's" should be "parties."
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    "Presidential" should NOT be capitalized.
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    There shouldn't be commas around "Republicans and Democrats."
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    Wrong!

    "Presidential" is never capitalized.

    And "president" is capitalized only in front of a name as a title, e.g., "President Barack Obama," BUT "Barack Obama, the president."

    "Presidential" is never capitalized.
    Via Emojipedia
  2. 2. According to the BuzzFeed Style Guide, which of these words is written incorrectly?

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Never mind" is always two words.

    Nevermind is an album by Nirvana.

    "Never mind" is always two words.
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  3. 3. True or false? This sentence implies that Brian has more than one sister.

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    True
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    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    True!

    Adding commas around "Jackie," i.e., appositive commas, would show that her name is nonessential to the meaning of the sentence because Brian has only one sister and it is therefore unnecessary to say her name. Without the commas, the name specifies which of Brian's sisters is coming to dinner.

    True!
    Via Emojiepdia
  4. 4. What's the problem with this sentence?

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    Grammar
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    Punctuation
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    Spelling
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    None of the Above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Punctuation!

    You need a possessive in "each other's," i.e., "They're so compatible they finish each other's sentences." Neither "each others" nor "each others'" exist.

    Punctuation!
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  5. 5. Which word correctly completes this sentence?

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    Lie
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    Lay
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    Wrong!

    You "lay" down an object.

    In the present tense, "lay" requires a direct object, while "lie" does not. For example, "He lies down," BUT "He lays down the books."

    You "lay" down an object.
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