I started my blogging here on LI about a year ago, and a few months into it, I began to shape my weeks. Mondays were for Grammar Checkups, Tuesdays for Tricksters, Wednesdays for Words and Woes, Thursdays for Thoughts, and Fridays for Funnies. Sometimes Saturdays crept in when I had a surfeit of great material, so occasionally there was a Silly Saturday.
As I’ve read many, many posts over the year, though, I have kept seeing the same few issues in terms of correct American grammar and usage. So here are a few questions — with answers at the end of the post — for you to check yourself. And I’m also including the original post that explains the point in each.
1. From December 2014: 1 Usage Error Everyone’s Making: Self Pronouns
A. John and (myself / I / me) went to the ball game.
B. Steve asked (me / myself / I) and (her / she) to go to the game, too!
2. From February 2015: Misplaced Apostrophes in Contractions
A. I love the music from the (’60s / 60’s / 60s), don’t you?
B. I (wouldnt / wouldnt’ / wouldn’t / would’nt) want to eat that!
3. From March 2015: Possessive Pronouns
A. Is that book (her’s / hers / hers’)?
B. That book is really (your’s / yours / you’res)!
4. From April 2015: Using A and An Correctly
A. Does Gloria have (a / an) MBA?
B. Does Gloria have (a / an) Master’s degree?
5. From June 2015: Using Commas in Compound Sentences and
Using Semicolons in Compound Sentences
Which ones are written correctly?
A. Jim likes football, Shelley prefers soccer.
B. Jim likes football, but Shelley prefers soccer.
C. John likes football but Shelley prefers soccer.
D. John wants to go to the movie, Ann wants to stay home.
E. John wants to go to the movies; and Ann wants to stay home.
F. John wants to go to the movie; Ann wants to stay home.
There is so much more I could show you, but you can find all of my blogs on my Web site, listed by category so they’re easy to find.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s, and I look forward to reading your posts in 2016!
Oh. Right. You need answers to the above, right? Sure.
1. A=I, B=me & her
2. A=’60s, B=wouldn’t
3. A=hers, B=yours
4. A=an, B=a
5. B & F