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This Five-Question Quiz Will Test Your Grammar Skills

A weekly mini quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk.

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  1. Which of these should actually be two words (per Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)?

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    moreso
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    Via Rodger Evans / Creative Commons / Flickr: 28681973@N00
    oftentimes
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    Via Omar Jordan Fawahl / Creative Commons / Flickr: omarjordanf
    smartphone
    Via Omar Jordan Fawahl / Creative Commons / Flickr: omarjordanf
    Correct
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    Via Simon_sees / Creative Commons / Flickr: 39551170@N02
    wineglass
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "More so" is always two words!

  2. Thinkstock
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    a gun rights advocate
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    a mixed up situation
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    a poorly written article
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    an ice cream sundae
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A mixed-up situation!

    The other phrases don't need hyphens.

  3. Which one of these words does not need to be capitalized?

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    Kleenex
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    Correct
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    Polaroid
    Via kristina / Flickr: kisforkristina / Creative Commons
    Correct
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    Via Jonathan Rees / Flickr: 70365734@N00 / Creative Commons
    Thermos
    Via Jonathan Rees / Flickr: 70365734@N00 / Creative Commons
    Correct
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    Via Jez Arnold / Flickr: jezarnold / Creative Commons
    None of the above
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Thermos" was originally a trademark, but it was declared generic in 1963.

    Because who actually calls them "vacuum flasks"?

  4. Which of these words is spelled correctly?

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    Via Thinkstock
    Via Thinkstock
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    Correct
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    Correct
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    "Fiery" is the correct spelling!

    The others should be grateful, hierarchy, and inoculate.

  5. What's the problem with this sentence?

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    capitalization
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    Incorrect
    punctuation
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    spelling
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    none of the above
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The spelling!

    It should be "led," not "lead."

 
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