Grammar Snob Quickie Quiz

I love to try new things, which is why today marks the start of a weekly feature I have dubbed the “Grammar Snob Quickie Quiz.”  Each Monday, I will post a single multiple-choice question that only a true grammar snob will be able to answer correctly.

“But why?” you might ask.  (Did you?)

Although bashing poor grammar is my specialty, I’m a true believer in the saying “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  I can criticize poor grammar until the world ends, but I’d also prefer to do my part to help improve the quality of Average Joe’s grammar.  Otherwise, what am I accomplishing?

So, below is the FIRST EVER Grammar Snob Quickie Quiz question.  Good luck!


12 thoughts on “Grammar Snob Quickie Quiz

  1. Oh no! I failed the quiz! I’m glad you are doing this every Monday, because I need something to help me remedy my crappy grammar! <—-ACK! I don't even know if that sentence was grammatically correct! HA! After I failed the quiz, I looked it up…no more plural possession mistakes for me! Can't wait for next week's quiz!

  2. It’s a great idea! My human is originally from France (and so am I), and there are some rules she learned that she regularly sees “violated,” mostly in newspapers. But as a foreigner, it is more difficult to be sure YOU are right. We scored here though 😉
    She’s a real French grammar snob too!

  3. Yeah! Full marks! English is only my second language and I’m astounded at how many English people don’t know how to use the apostrophe. I mean, it’s one of the few cases in English grammar where there are clear, unambiguous rules with no exceptions, at least that I know of. I’m looking forward to the next one.

    • It is not the apostrophe that is the problem, in this example, so much as it is a question of correct possessive on a word that is plural. I do not know if this is an issue for most English speakers or if it is more of an issue for American English Speakers.

      • Having lived on both sides of the pond (in the US, UK, and Ireland), I can assure you it’s an issue for pretty much all English speakers. I had better have passed (I did!), as I seem to make my living primarily marking up essays (also known as a teacher).

  4. That is a great idea, I can’t tell you how many people’s English I have had to correct. As a high school student, I often get asked to edit my friends’ essays, and most of them are appalling. It is a problem that starts in school, when we aren’t taught the rules properly, just expected to know them.
    100% for me, yay! Glad to see that all the hours I have spent reading have paid off somehow.

  5. 100%!!! Boom, baby! 🙂

    I love these posts. I think of you every time I see the fast food sign advertising “breakfest” and inwardly cringe at the 10 items or less signs at stores. (It is supposed to be FEWER! Grrrrrrr….)

  6. Pingback: Grammar Snob Quickie Quiz #3 | Grammaniac

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