Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grammar-O

Grammar-O Wednesdays
with Ocieanna


Happy Wednesday, grammarians! Ready to test your mad grammar skills?

Each week I (Ocieanna) post a few sentences with grammar, punctuation, spelling, or other writing misdemeanors. Your job is to find the infraction and set it right. If you possess the courage, you’re welcome to post your corrections in the comments, or you may simply keep your grammar to yourself. Then next week, I’ll post the answers.

Have fun!

This week’s new batch:

1) Republicans took the House, Democrats kept the Senate, at least that’s what they’re saying so far. (It’s Tuesday night).

2) I’ve been watching nervously the results.

3) Its easy to get emotional about politics, even angry, however, the Bible calls Christians to respect our leaders.

4) We don’t have to like them, but, we do need to respect them.

5) Sometimes Biblical truths are difficult to apply. I, however, will do my best to lie aside my feelings and show respect—even to the politician’s I really disagree with.

Remember, the point is to hunt out the blatantly illegal, not matters of preference or opinion.

Good luck and have fun!


Here are the corrected ones from last week:

1) I asked a friend, “Are you enjoying Grammar-O”?
Correct: I asked a friend, “Are you enjoying Grammar-O?”

2) I’ve been doing alot of editing this week.
Correct: I’ve been doing a lot of editing this week.

3) Its always interesting to discover the various mistakes people make in they’re grammar usage.
Correct: It’s always interesting to discover the various mistakes people make in their grammar usage.

4) Every one seems to veer off in different ways. And that goes for me too!
Correct: Everyone seems to veer off in different ways. And that goes for me too!
Tip: It’s not illegal to start a sentence with a conjunction!

5) Even though I must keep a close watch for grammar errors everyday writing this blog has been a good refresher for me.
Correct: Even though I must keep a close watch for grammar errors every day, writing this blog has been a good refresher for me.
Tip: “Everyday” is used as a modifier: She wore her everyday cape. “Every day” is used as an adverb: She wore her cape every day.


Well, how’d you do? Do you think you fixed all the sentences?

*Disclaimer: I’m by no means perfect at this. I use The Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s Dictionary as my sources. The sentences to correct are fictitious.

1 comment:

  1. 1) Republicans took the House, Democrats kept the Senate, at least that’s what they’re saying so far. (It’s Tuesday night).

    Republicans took the House, Democrats kept the Senate; at least that’s what they’re saying so far.

    2) I’ve been watching nervously the results.

    I’ve, nervously, been watching the results. (Or, if I have to keep it in the same order)
    I’ve been watching, nervously, the results.

    3) Its easy to get emotional about politics, even angry, however, the Bible calls Christians to respect our leaders.

    It’s easy to get emotional about politics, even angry; however the Bible calls Christians to respect our leaders.

    4) We don’t have to like them, but, we do need to respect them.

    We don’t have to like them but, we do need to respect them.

    5) Sometimes Biblical truths are difficult to apply. I, however, will do my best to lie aside my feelings and show respect—even to the politician’s I really disagree with.

    Sometimes, Biblical truths are difficult to apply. I, however, will do my best to lie aside my feelings and show respect – even to the politicians I really disagree with.

    Well, here's my go at it.
    Rachel M

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