Give Your Content Writers a Grammar Quiz

By My Web Writers

Maybe your content writers learned it sitting in a wooden desk with a teacher in front of the classroom writing on a chalkboard. Maybe it was in a computer lab and they learned at their own pace. No matter how they learned, it’s often too easy to forget the basic rules of grammar. Give this grammar quiz to your content writers as a review of grammar basics.

1. Choose the letter of the correctly written sentence.

a. Jennifer went to the store and bought eggs, milk, cheese, and bread.

b. Jennifer went to the store and bought eggs, milk, cheese and bread.

c. Jennifer went to the store and bought, eggs, milk, cheese, and bread.

Answer: A

When listing three or more and they are linked with “and” or “or,” put a comma after all items except the last one.

2. Choose the letter of the correctly written sentence.

a. After the movie we went to grab a bite to eat.

b. After the movie, we went to grab a bite to eat.

c. After the movie we went, to grab a bite to eat.

Answer: B

A transitional phrase holds content together. Put a comma after a transitional phrase.

3.  Using a semicolon, how could you combine the following two sentences?

Jason has worked for the company for 30 years.

He is an important part of the manufacturing team.

Answer: Jason has worked for the company for 30 years; he is an important part of the manufacturing team.

Use a semicolon where you would normally use a period. A semicolon is used to link two sentences related in topic.

4. Choose the letter of the correctly written sentence.

a. Mr. Kline teaches four subjects: algebra, geometry, physics, and history.

b. Mr. Kline teaches: four subjects, algebra, geometry, physics and history.

c. Mr. Kline: teaches four subjects- algebra, geometry, physics and history.

Answer: A

Use a colon after an independent clause and before a list.

5. Which of the following sentences is correct?

a. It’s engine is so overused that its going to collapse after the race.

b. Its engine is so overused that it’s going to collapse after the race.

c. Its engine is so overused that its going to collapse after the race.

Answer: B

“Its” and “it’s” are homophones – words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

its = possessive

it’s = “it is”

There are many homophones that are often used incorrectly: their, there, they’re, your, you’re, whether, weather, accept, and except. Even the most experienced content writer can get his or her homophones mixed up.

6. Which of the following sentences is correct?

a. Smith’s resume impressed the manager’s at the office.

b. Smiths resume impressed the managers at the office.

c. Smith’s resume impressed the managers at the office.

Answer: C

Use an apostrophe to show possession (the resume belongs to Smith)

7. Which of the following examples of dialogue is correct?

a. “Jefferson Products will soon be expanding its company around the globe,” said Jones.

b. “Jefferson Products will soon be expanding its company around the globe” said Jones.

c. “Jefferson Products will soon be expanding its company around the globe.” Said Jones.

Answer: A

Punctuation at the end of a quote inside the end quotes before telling who said it. Use a comma where you would otherwise use a period.

~Natalie

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