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Read the sentence, and select the underlined part that needs to be changed to make the sentence grammatically correct.

1. Once you get the hang of it, (A) surfing is one of the funnest (B) activities around. (C)

  1. hang of it
  2. funnest
  3. around.
  4. NO CHANGE

2. Tess' (A) shopping list only had three items; (B) red raspberries; fresh, free-range eggs; (C) and whipped cream.

  1. Tess'
  2. three items;
  3. fresh, free-range eggs;
  4. NO CHANGE

3. 'Turn (A) off your lights!' (B) he shouted at there (C) father.

  1. 'Turn
  2. lights!'
  3. there
  4. NO CHANGE

4. If only he had (A) listened to the words of his mother, he wouldn't be (B) in this silly situation. (C)

  1. If only he had
  2. he wouldn't be
  3. this silly situation
  4. NO CHANGE

5. Him and his sister (A) ran and ran, (B) but they could not seem (C) to get away from the pack of dogs.

  1. Him and his sister
  2. ran and ran
  3. could not seem
  4. NO CHANGE

Read the sentence, and then select the version of the underlined section that makes the sentence clear and correct.

6. In order a great leader to be, a man must first be able to master himself.

  1. In order to be a great leader,
  2. Such as a great leader,
  3. The man is a great leader,
  4. NO CHANGE

7. In the last fifty years, those who from the ground up built the business have been replaced by a new generation.

  1. in which the business was built from the ground up
  2. those whose business was ground up
  3. those who built the business from the ground up
  4. NO CHANGE

8. If you do not believe my claim, you should have the decency to say so.

  1. to say so you should have the decency.
  2. you should have the decency to say, 'so.'
  3. you should have the decency, to say so.
  4. NO CHANGE

9. In the final analysis, can one color to be really said better than another?

  1. to be said really
  2. really be said to be
  3. really said be to be
  4. NO CHANGE

10. 'If he had been born last year, I could have borne it better,' she said.

  1. borne____born
  2. bourne____borne
  3. born____bourne
  4. NO CHANGE

Answer Key

1. B. The words most fun should be used instead of funnest.

2. B. A list of this kind should be introduced with a colon rather than a semi-colon.

3. C. The word their should be used rather than there.

4. D. This sentence is correct as written.

5. A. The correct form would be he and his sister.

6. A. This version restores the sense to the sentence.

7. C. Although the sentence as it is written is not technically incorrect, version C is easier to read because it puts the verb clause who built the business in front of the relative clause from the ground up.

8. D. This sentence is correct as written.

9. B. Though none of these versions produce an especially elegant sentence, version B is the only one that at least makes sense.

10. D. This sentence is correct as written; born refers to a birth, while borne refers to something endured. 

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Last Updated: 04/18/2014

 

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