The Grammar Tweak Challenge

The Grammar Tweak Challenge
17 Oct 2016

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I am Julius and thank you for taking up The Grammar Tweak Challenge this is the best decision you have ever made. At the end of the challenge I will let you meet Grammarly the nifty editor that supposedly knows two or three things about editing more than I do!  This is what helps me edit my works and cut off pesky grammar mistakes


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Ready? GO TO THE CHALLENGE...

1.
Of course Vs. Ofcourse

There is no single-word variant; it is just one of those mistaken ideas that we sometimes get when writing down our pieces. Forget it. There is only 'Of course' (two words).

2.

Of course Vs. Off course

These are confusing words in English. Of course is an informal way of saying 'yes' or to give someone permission to do something. Off course is used when a vehicle doesn't follow a planned, or intended, route.

3.

Course Vs. Coarse

The words Course and Coarse are homophones. The adjective Coarse means rough, common, inferior, or indecent. The noun Course can mean several things, including path, unit of study, and onward movement. As a verb, course means to move swiftly

4.

Any one Vs. Anyone

Any one means any single person or thing out of a group of people or things. E.g. I can recommend any one of the books on this site. But Anyone means any person. E.g. Did anyone see my pen?

5.

Anyone Vs. Anybody

The only difference lies in formality level. Anyone is considered more formal than Anybody and is used more in writing. Both refer to a single individual within an unlimited set of people.

6.

Everyone Vs. Every one

Everyone is used to refer to all the people in a group. It may be replaced by Everybody.

Every one refers to each individual who makes up a group, and means each person.

 7.

Forexample Vs. For example

There is no single-word variant; it is just one of those mistaken ideas that we sometimes get when writing down our pieces. Forget it. There is only 'For example' (two words).

8.

Advise Vs. Advice

Advise means to give somebody a suggestion about what they should do in a particular situation. Advice means a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation.

9.

Been Vs. Being

You can use Been after any of the auxiliary verbs, “has”, “have”, “had”. Use Being after any of the auxiliary verbs, “is”, “was”, “am”, “are”, and “were”.

10.

Senior or Junior Vs. Elder or Younger

When you compare people’s rank, position or status use senior or junior but when you compare their age use elder or younger.

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11.

It’s Vs. Its

Its is a word used for association. E.g. "You can't use the phone, its battery is dead." Here, 'its' is associating 'phone' with 'battery'. On the other hand, 'it's' is the short form of 'it is' or 'it has'. E.g. "It's [read: It is] a long book." "It's [read: It has] been a tiring day in office."

12.

There Vs. Their

There is used as a reference to a place or position. E.g. "Look, the sun is rising there in the sky." On the other hand Their is used to relate things. E.g. "The students must carry their IDs with them."

 13.

Loose Vs. Lose

Loose means something which is not tightly fixed in place. E.g. "His jeans were so loose in the waist that he had to pull them up again and again." On the other hand Lose is used when you can't find something or become deprived of something. E.g. I will go to the gym and lose 20 kg of weight.

14.

Lie Vs. Lay

Lie has two meanings. Its one meaning is a false statement. E.g. "The witness' testimony was proved to be a lie by the defence council." Its second meaning is the resting position of somebody or something. E.g. "I had to lie down on my bed because of high blood pressure." Lay also means the resting position of someone or something, but there must be a direct object involved. E.g. "I lay the newspaper on the table"

15.

You’re Vs. Your

You’re = You are But You’re is not equal to Your

16.

Then Vs. Than

Than is used in Comparison but Then = Time

17.

Who Vs. Whom

Who is used with he, she and they but Whom is used with him, her, them or an object

18.

TooToTwo

Two = Number, To = Direction, Too = Also

19.

Affect Vs. Effect

Affect is a verb but Effect is a noun

20.

Principal Vs. Principle

A principle is a rule, basic truth or theory but a principal  is head of a school

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21.

Peek Vs. Peak Vs. Pique

Peek is taking a quick look at something -- like a sneak peek of a new film. Peak is a sharp point -- like the peak of a mountain. And pique means to provoke or instigate -- you know, like your interest.

22.

A lot Vs. Allot

If you're trying to say that someone has a vast number of things, you'd say they have "a lot" of things. And if you're trying to say that you've set aside a certain amount of money to buy something, you'd say you "allotted" $20 to spend on drinks.

23.

Into Vs. In to

"Into" indicates movement. E.g. Lindsay walked into the writers’ office. "in to" is used in lots of situations because the individual words "to" and "in" are frequently used in other parts of a sentence.

24.

Assure Vs. Insure Vs. Ensure

"To assure" means to promise or say with confidence. For example, "I assure you that he's good at writing."

"To ensure" means to make certain. For example, "Ensure you're free when I visit next weekend."

"To insure" means to protect against risk by regularly paying an insurance company. For example, "I insure my writers bureau because the law requires it."

 25.

Compliment Vs. Complement

If something "complements" something else, that means it completes it, enhances it, or makes it perfect. For example, two colors can complement each other. The word "compliment" though, refers to an expression of praise (as a noun), or to praise or express admiration for someone (as a verb). E.g. You can pay someone a compliment on his or her essay.

26.

Farther Vs. Further

"Farther" is used more to refer to physical distances, while "further" is used more to refer to figurative and nonphysical distances. E.g. Dar es Salaam is "farther" away than Nairobi while the other further can be used in a sentence like "I have no further questions."

27.

I.e. and e.g.

I.e. means “that is” or “in other words”. It comes from the Latin words “id est”.

E.g. means “for example”. It comes from the Latin words “exempli gratia”.

28.

Using whom as a subject

INCORRECT: Fire personnel radioed deputies to stop the driver, whom, according to reports, appeared to have been under the influence of intoxicants.
CORRECT: Fire personnel radioed deputies to stop the driver, who, according to reports, appeared to have been under the influence of intoxicants.

29.

Unnecessary would in a wish about the past

INCORRECT: Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was Twenty
CORRECT: Ten Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Twenty

 30.

Dangling modifier

INCORRECT: At the age of fifty, Sam’s family moved from Nyeri to Pretoria.
CORRECT: At the age of fifty, Sam moved with his family from Nyeri to Pretoria

31.
Subject-Verb disagreement with delayed subject

INCORRECT: There goes Robert and Denis on their way to the Poetry Park.
CORRECT: There go Robert and Denis on their way to the Poetry Park.

32.

Incorrect use of object pronouns

INCORRECT: Me and my brothers all have college degrees in writing.
CORRECT: My brothers and I all have college degrees in writing.

33.

Incorrect use of subject pronouns

INCORRECT: The owner was most kind to my wife and I as we toured the grounds.
CORRECT: The owner was most kind to my wife and me as we toured the grounds.

34.

Inappropriate use of reflexive pronoun forms

INCORRECT: Jack and myself built the company from scratch.
CORRECT: Jack and I built the company from scratch.

35.

Incorrect use of did instead of had in certain “if clauses”

INCORRECT: [Celebrity] thinks he would be dead now if he didn’t give up alcohol and drugs
CORRECT: [Celebrity] thinks he would be dead now if he hadn’t given up alcohol and drugs

 36.

Incorrect irregular verb forms

INCORRECT: Mary loves to read, has ran for office and has an articulate way of telling it like it is.
CORRECT: Mary loves to read, has run for office and has an articulate way of telling it like it is.

INCORRECT:  John is alleged to have went into one student’s account and dropped that student’s classes.
CORRECT: John is alleged to have gone into one student’s account and dropped that student’s classes.

INCORRECT: Deep Impact could have just so happened to hit one of these cometesimals, while the gas seen before impact might have came from a different region on the comet with different chemistry.
CORRECT: Deep Impact could have just so happened to hit one of these cometesimals, while the gas seen before impact might have come from a different region on the comet with different chemistry.

37.

Omitting that when it is needed after say

INCORRECT: Kereto said after he stopped recording, he watched for a few more minutes but never saw anyone perform CPR.
CORRECT: Kereto said that after he stopped recording, he watched for a few more minutes but never saw anyone perform CPR.

38.

For and Me

INCORRECT; Happy Birthday to a wonderful person who means a lot for me

CORRECT; Happy Birthday to a wonderful person who means a lot to me

 39.

"Fewer" Vs. "Less"

Use "fewer" when discussing countable objects. For example, "He ate five fewer chocolates than the other guy," or "fewer than 20 employees attended the meeting."

Use "less" for intangible concepts, like time. For example, "I spent less than one hour finishing this article."

40.

Were Vs. Where Vs. We’re

Were = past tense of verb to be. If I were a rich boy, I would live in Milan. You were happier then. I think they were going to stay.
Where = adverb, in or at what place. Where were you last night? Where can we go from here? Where in this world did my dog disappear?
We’re = contraction of we are. We’re going to be famous. We’re not there yet. We’re about to make a huge difference.

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41.

Historic Vs. Historical

Historic means an important event while Historical means something that happened in the past

 

EXERCISE;

Let’s warm up! Can you correct these basic grammar mistakes?

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42.

Which word means "feeling great appreciation"?

1) Gratefull  2) Greatful       3) Grateful

43.

Fill in the blank;

I contacted an attorney ….. I met in Dodoma

1) Whom 2) Who

44.

Which phrase is incorrect?

1) Should of 2) Should’ve   3) Should have

45.

Fill the blank;

Bad weather can ….. People’s ability to work

1) Affect 2) Effect

46.

What is the past tense of the word “lie” as in “lie down”?

1) Lay 2) Laid

47.

If your friend says sorry, you can ….. their apology

1) Except 2) Accept

48.

Fill in the blank, “….. hot inside!”

1) Its 2) It’s

49.

Who is the person in charge of a high school?

1) Princepal 2) Principle   3) Principal

 

50.

Which word means “unaware or ignorance”

1) Oblivious 2) Obvious

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EXERCISE;

Can you correctly spell the following words?

51.

He has a ….. sense of humor

1) Weired 2) Weird   3) Weird

52.

I need to have Zulu food …..

1) Occasionaly 2) Occasionally   3) Ocassionally

53.

Henry ….. met with our writers this morning

1) Al ready 2) Already   3) Allready

54.

If you ….. many words, you can’t get work at the bureau

1) Misspel 2) Misspell  3) Miss spell   4) Misspell

55.

He will ….. come home this weekend

1) Definately 2) Definitly   3) Definitely   4) Defenitely

56.

My friends thought my jokes were too …..

1) Embarassing 2) Embarrassing  3) Embarrasing  4) Embbarrassing

57.

Everyone thought they would ….. after the incident

1) Seperate 2) Sepparate   3) Separate   4) Sepparate

58.

Which of these is correct?

1) Millenium 2) Milennium   3) Millennium

59.

Which of these is correct?

1) Maintainance 2) Maintenance   3) Mentanence

60.

Which of these is correct?

1) Accomodate 2) Acommodate   3) Accommodate   4) Acomodate

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