Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Grammar-O Wednesday

Welcome to grammar day on Seriously Write. Ready to test your skills? The following sentences may contain grammar, punctuation, spelling, or other writing misdemeanors. Your job is to find the infraction and set it right. Try not to look at the answers below.

Have fun!

Sentences to correct:

1) Isn’t the five senses of touch, taste sight, hearing, and smell fabulous? To often we take them for granted.

2) During the summer I enjoy working in the yard, digging in soil warmed by the sun, and inhaling the pleasent earthy scent.

3) The breeze carries the fresh and slightly sweet fragrance of blooming flowers. Some times, the tempting aroma of meat being cooked on a barbegue drifts through the neighborhood, turning our thoughts and stomaches to food.

4) In writing, it’s important to include the sense of smell. Scents have the ability to invoke memories and feelings.

5) For example, think of the following smells; cinamon rolls baking, turkey roosting in the oven, chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, a thunderstorm brewing in the air, and fresh pine bows brought into the home.

6) Concider the scent of a wet dog, sour milk, rotten eggs, or sewage. They’re affects are usually more negative than pleasant.

7) People have various concepts of how heaven will look. But, have you ever wondered about the cents you’ll experience? To breath them could be amazing!


Corrected sentences:

1) Aren’t the five senses of touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell fabulous? Too often we take them for granted.

2) During the summer, I enjoy working in the yard, digging in soil warmed by the sun, and inhaling the pleasant, earthy scent.

3) The breeze carries the fresh and slightly sweet fragrance of blooming flowers. Sometimes, the tempting aroma of meat cooking on a barbeque drifts through the neighborhood, turning our thoughts and stomachs to food.

Note: Using “being cooked” is okay, but using “cooking” is better.

4) In writing, it’s important to include the sense of smell. Scents have the ability to evoke memories and feelings.

5) For example, think of the following smells: cinnamon rolls baking, turkey roasting in the oven, chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven, a thunderstorm brewing in the air, and fresh pine boughs brought into the home.

6) Consider the scent of a wet dog, sour milk, rotten eggs, or sewage. Their effects are usually more negative than pleasant.

7) People have various concepts of how heaven will look. But, have you ever wondered about the scents you’ll experience? To breathe them could be amazing!

How well did you do?

I use The Chicago Manual of Style and Webster’s Dictionary as my sources.



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