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Here are the grammar quiz answers explained
(so you can stop scratching your head in confusion!).
1. You have two sisters. You make reference to one of them, Izabella. Which of the two sentences is correctly punctuated?
Correct: My sister Izabella likes to listen to murder mystery podcasts.
My sister, Izabella, likes to listen to murder mystery podcasts.
Izabella is in both sentences as appositive, defined as a word or group of words that rename a nearby (usually a preceding) noun or pronoun. In these two sentences, Izabella is another way of describing my sister.
The only difference between these two sentences is punctuation, which is significant as it tells your reader how to interpret the appositive. As the first sentence is without commas, it tells the reader that Izabella is one of two sisters. The second sentence, with commas on either side of Izabella, tells the reader that Izabella is the writer’s only sister.
2. Which of the following two phrases is correct:
Correct: Lauren and Cathy’s house.
Lauren’s and Cathy‘s house.
Sometimes a possessive contains two or more nouns, such as Lauren and Cathy in the example above. The formation of possessives in this circumstance depends on the meaning of the sentence.
If two individuals share the possession of a single object – i.e. the house – then only the second noun shows the ownership. In this specific answer, Lauren may have equal ownership of the house, but this is not shown by an ‘ ‘s ’.
However, if Lauren and Cathy both had their own house, each would get their own ‘s
i.e. Lauren’s and Cathy’s houses.
i.e. Lauren’s and Cathy’s houses.
3. Neither Sarah’s parents nor her siblings _ going to be at the party tonight.
Working together as a pair, neither and nor are conjunctions that link the nouns parents and siblings. To determine which to use, pick the noun that is closest to the verb and let it decide the choice of verb. Parents is closest to the verb and is singular, therefore, the verb is: is.
4. Jim, as well as Will, Wayne, Zig and James, _ going to speak at the meeting.
A singular subject requires a singular verb. Although there are five speakers that are mentioned in the above sentence, anything that follows the phrase ‘as well’ are not deemed to be part of the grammatical subject. This means that Will, Wayne, Zig and James have no impact on the verb choice (despite having prepared riveting presentations).
Jim has all the power in this circumstance: as he is singular, so is the verb.
5. Maddie is one of the few people who _ how to operate the camera equipment.
Although adding an s to a noun makes it plural, adding an s to a verb makes it singular. As more than one individual knows how to operate the equipment, including Maddie, we use the plural form, know.
6. Don’t call Adele, Amber and _ until tomorrow.
In instances such as this, the names in front of the pronoun have no impact on it, meaning that the correct form is me.
A good way of determining which instance is correct is by eliminating the names and the word ‘and’, so that you are left with the following sentence:
‘Don’t call _ until tomorrow.’
You can’t really say Don’t call I until tomorrow, so it must be me!
7. Which of the following sentences is preferable?
Correct: Kelvin’s campaign lasted only two months
Kelvin’s campaign only lasted two months
The word only generally appears right before the word it is changing. In this circumstance, the word only is changing the word two, which is why it must slot in right before the two.
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