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Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend By Testing Your Grammar Skills

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    The New England Patriots will play the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 Sunday, Feb. 5, with kick-off at 6:30 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston.
    The New England Patriots will play the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Roman numerals are back! And kickoff is one word as a noun and adjective; two words in verb form.

  2. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

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    Yes
    No
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Falcons is a collective plural noun and takes a plural pronoun. (“This is the second time in their franchise history …”)

  3. What's wrong with this sentence?

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    Commas are needed around Tom Brady and deflategate should be in quotation marks.
    The D and G in Deflategate should be capped per BuzzFeed style.
    The D in Deflategate should be capped, but the P in playoffs shouldn’t be.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Deflategate is capped per BuzzFeed style, but playoffs isn’t. Also, Tom Brady is essential to the meaning of the sentence, so commas aren’t necessary.

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    After San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, kneeled during the national anthem before a pre-season game in protest of police brutality, many other players followed his lead.
    After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem before a preseason game in protest of police brutality, many other players followed his lead.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Kaepernick is a starting quarterback for the team but not the only quarterback, so no commas around his name, and preseason is one word per Merriam-Webster.

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    Lady Gaga will perform during this year’s half-time show. Let’s hope she kills it like Beyonce did last year — and that her wardrobe functions well.
    Lady Gaga will perform during this year’s halftime show. Let’s hope she kills it like Beyoncé did last year — and that her wardrobe functions well.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Halftime is one word, and don’t forget that accent in Beyoncé!

Kick Off Super Bowl Weekend By Testing Your Grammar Skills

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