Test Your Grammar With Beyoncé And Friends

Are these song lyrics grammatically correct? Take this quiz to find out!

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  1. 1. BEYONCÉ

    Beyoncé is...
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    Beyoncé is certainly not a boy. She is singing about what life might be like if she were. She is using the subjunctive mood correctly. INCORRECT: "If I was a boy..."

  2. 2. EMINEM

    Eminem is...
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    Eminem is telling a story about someone who has just one chance to be a star, but this is a misplaced modifier. The word "only" is modifying "get" when it should be placed before "one." CORRECT: "You get only one shot."

  3. 3. EURYTHMICS

    Annie Lennox is...
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    Annie is singing about the ingredients one needs to make sweet dreams, and she can't help but agree with the list she has! She uses the subjective pronoun correctly. INCORRECT: "Whom am I to disagree?"

  4. 4. TEARS FOR FEARS

    Curt Smith is...
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    Curt is right when he sings that all inhabitants of Earth want to reign supreme! Although he is describing many people, he is right to use the singular form of the verb. INCORRECT: "Everybody want to rule the world..."

  5. 5. COUNTING CROWS

    Adam Duritz is...
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    Adam recounts an enchanting day spent with his friend Mr. Jones. Unfortunately, he uses the objective pronoun when he should be using the subjective. Subjective pronouns perform the action of the verb. CORRECT: "Mr. Jones and I tell each other fairy tales..."

  6. 6. ERIC CLAPTON

    Eric Clapton is...
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    Eric implores Sally to stay, but in doing so, he uses the wrong word. Sally is surely left wondering, "Eric, what is it you want me to lay down?" CORRECT: "Lie down, Sally. No need to leave so soon..."

Test Your Grammar With Beyoncé And Friends