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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Criminal Sentence 616: Scone on the Wall


An interesting idea: put a scone on a wall!

I think the company meant "sconce"!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Here was the question:

What's wrong with this sentence? "Citrines whose colors have been produced by artificial means tend to have much more of an orange or reddish caste than those found in nature."

Nothing
9 (13%)
Punctuation
22 (33%)
Spelling
19 (29%)
Grammar
15 (23%)

Congratulations to 29% of you. The spelling of "caste" should have been "cast."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Criminal Sentence 615: Good Speller Needed

From a LinkedIn post:

"Gostwriters needed!"

Hmm. Is that a new kind of writer?

Hope you all have a happy turkey day tomorrow!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Poll Results 160

The question:

Which sentence is correct?

The turban turned slowly in the wind.
29 (41%)
She earned more then $100,000 last year.
2 (2%)
It's not fare that you get more candy!
0 (0%)
I'll meat you at the mall.
1 (1%)
Two are correct.
10 (14%)
All are incorrect.
28 (40%)

Congratulations to 40% of you!

Here are the corrected sentences:

The turbine turned slowly in the wind.
She earned more than $100,000 last year.
It's not fair that you get more candy!
I'll meet you at the mall.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Criminal Sentence 614: Coupon for Free Grammar Instruction!

From a Web site:

"Using coupons from other sites or forums are not eligible."

Using this incorrect subject-verb agreement are not allowed! ("is")

Plus, this is a weird sentence. I would just state it in plain English:

"No coupons from other sites or forums."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Poll Results 159

The question:

Do you know when to use an ellipsis (...)?

Yes
18 (69%)
No
8 (30%)

I've recently seen ... a lot of extraneous ellipses stuck in the middle of sentences... A little bothersome!

Check out this Grammar Girl episode if you need a refresher.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Criminal Sentence 613: My Birthday Wish

From a blog post:

"Personally, I always fear the shorter revisions, they usually contain the most work."

As a favor to me on my birthday, please use correct punctuation:

"Personally, I always fear the shorter revisions; they usually contain the most work."

Thanks!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Poll Results 158

Here was the question:

Is something wrong here? "Everything else you've got here is set up or description."

Yes
16 (57%)
No
12 (42%)

Congrats to 57% of you. The noun "setup" contains no space.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Criminal Sentence 612: Dictionary Hours

Seen above a door at a restaurant:

"Busines Hours"

It wasn't handwritten; rather, it was one of those pre-printed signs about doors that must be kept unlocked during BUSINESS hours.

Thursday, November 3, 2011