Something for the Grammar Nazis

quiz in The Gruaniad

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06/02/2013 at 16:00

14/14

06/02/2013 at 16:11

I got 11.
Thats about 6 more than I think I'd get...

06/02/2013 at 16:25

I also got 11, more encouragingly, my 12 year old got 14!

06/02/2013 at 16:32
Dustin wrote (see)

Thats about 6 more than I think I'd get...

I believe that should be "than I thought I'd get" .... what with this being a grammar Nazi thread and all that ...

And well done to CB69's young 'un!

Edited: 06/02/2013 at 16:33
06/02/2013 at 17:29

12/14 not bad for a foreigner

06/02/2013 at 20:34
13. Didn't know what a gerrund is but figured the other two would be verb and adj. So guessed right.
Got no.13 wrong - propositional phrase or summat.
06/02/2013 at 21:55

10. Will ask my primary teaching boyfirend tomorrow and hope he gets them all!

06/02/2013 at 22:21

I did rather badly, as I only scored 11/14. Damn my secondary modern schooling. 

06/02/2013 at 23:03

Dammit, I only got 13 because for some reason I didn't SEE question 1 so didn't answer it!

06/02/2013 at 23:04
Wilkie wrote (see)

The 'I suppose' was saying that I agreed with you (I suppose you are right), the rest of the sentence was why I agreed with you.

 

should have been a semi-colon really 

06/02/2013 at 23:49

2 wrong - the Pride one (trick question !) and the active voice one which I hadn't a clue about.   The rest, I wasn't 100% certain on all of them but you can kind of work most of them out can't you.   I knew gerunds ended in ing - no idea how - didn't know what one was.

06/02/2013 at 23:52

The active voice is just the opposite of the passive voice. It means the person is doing the verb rather than having it done to him/her.

07/02/2013 at 00:37

I'm sure you are right - mainly because you said you work in a languages dept of a university.     The fire had destroyed all life - so you are saying in that answer it's the fire (the subject ?) that is doing the destroying that makes it active.     

07/02/2013 at 06:22

Some of you people are too clever for our own good.

07/02/2013 at 09:55
Catalin Bond wrote (see)

10. Will ask my primary teaching boyfirend tomorrow and hope he gets them all!

And if he doesn't you could always ask your secondary boyfriend ... (what with this being ... etc etc)

07/02/2013 at 10:05

yep, that's right, popsider. 'all life had been destroyed by the fire' would be passive, because 'all life' would be the subject of the verb, but hasn't actually done the action.

Tommygun2    pirate
07/02/2013 at 10:14

Well I am thick as shit, I mostly guessed and got 8, although that says that getting over 50% right means my guessing skills are average

I don't remember any of that stuff when I was at School and still managed to get a B in "O" Level English.

 

Blisters    pirate
08/02/2013 at 22:48

That's interesting TG2, I only got a C, but have been flagelated since marriage to a linguist. As a result I achieved 11/14, having worked out the gerund.

To be honest, knowing whether a sentence is written in the passive, active, or conditional is irrelevant. Knowing that is formed correctly and sounds right is much better. Spelling is critical, and punctuation is extremely useful.

09/02/2013 at 12:42

I scored 10.  I didn't learn any of that at school, but I did have to do an English grammar course during my first year at uni and a lot of that quiz was covered during the course, I've just forgotten a lot since 1996 lol.  I'm happy to say I did better in the university exam than in this quiz 

09/02/2013 at 13:50
Muttley wrote (see)
Catalin Bond wrote (see)

10. Will ask my primary teaching boyfirend tomorrow and hope he gets them all!

And if he doesn't you could always ask your secondary boyfriend ... (what with this being ... etc etc)

I guess I asked for that one!

Primary BF only got 8 (but he does have man flu!) will check with secondary one later!

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