My friend Annie is a spelling and grammar junkie. Ask her to explain the difference between lay and lie or who and whom and her eyes light up. Not only does Annie love word quizzes, she also likes to make them up and send them to me. This weekend she’s put together a grammar quiz especially for PDD readers. The answers follow the questions. You’re on your honor not to cheat. Please share your score in comments. (I got 7 out of 10.)
Annie’s Amazing Grammar Quiz
1. Which phrase is correct?
A. Peter and John’s boat.
B. Peter’s and John’s boat.
2. Which sentence is correct?
A. Between you and I, the book is boring.
B. Between you and me, the book is boring.
3. You have two neighbors. You mention one of them in a letter to your sister. Which sentence is correct?
A. My neighbor, Lynn, has a gorgeous flower garden.
B. My neighbor Lynn has a gorgeous flower garden.
4. Neither of the stars____coming to the premiere.
5. Which sentence tells the reader every boy got a cookie?
A. I gave cookies to the boys who had behaved.
B. I gave cookies to the boys, who had behaved.6. Which sentence is correct?
A. Who’s bringing the cake, and whose cottage is whose?
B. Whose bringing the cake, and whose cottage is who’s?
C. Who’s bringing the cake, and who’s cottage is whose?
D. Who’s bringing the cake, and who’s cottage is who’s?
7. Remember to pick up Bill and ____tomorrow.
B. I8. If you only have one grandmother, which sentence is correct?
A. My grandmother, Edith, went sky-diving on her birthday.
B. My grandmother Edith went sky-diving on her birthday.9. Tom Milne,____my sister has always secretly loved, is getting married.
B. whom10. Which sentence is correct?
A. The winning bid was your’s.
B. The winning bid was yours.
Answers: (No peeking before trying the questions.)
1. Answer: A
In this case the boat belongs to Peter and John so only the second name gets the possessive. If the sentence was referring to one boat belonging to Peter and one belonging to John it would read “Peter’s and John’s boats.”2. Answer: B
Between is a preposition. You and me are objects of that preposition. I can’t be the object of a preposition. “Between you and I” is always wrong.
3. Answer: B
The second sentence, without any commas, tells the reader
4. Answer: A
The subject of the sentence is neither, which is singular, and thus requires a singular verb.
5. Answer: B
Using the comma makes the phrase after it a non-restrictive clause. The phrase could be taken out of the sentence and the meaning would still be clear.
6. Answer: A
Who’s, a contraction for who is, is the correct word at the beginning of the sentence. Whose is the possessive case of who, thus “whose cottage is whose” is correct.
7. Answer: A
The sentence needs an object pronoun. I is a subject pronoun. Me, an object pronoun, is correct. To make it easier rearrange the sentence removing Bill and chose between me and I:
Remember to pick up____tomorrow. The correct choice is me, the object pronoun.
8. Answer: A
Commas before and after the name tell the reader you only have one grandmother.
9. Answer B
Who is a subject pronoun like she, he and they. Whom is an object pronoun like her, him and them. To make it easier to decide whether you need a subject pronoun or an object pronoun, rearrange the phrase and chose between him and he:
My sister has always secretly loved______. The correct choice is him, the object pronoun, which means you need whom in the original sentence.
10. Answer B
Yours is the possessive pronoun.
I’ve been torturing…I mean testing my friends all week and no one has gotten all the questions right. So, how did you do?