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(Reason Magazine)   22 question grammar, courtesy of WSJ. Your in for a treat   ( divider line
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2012-06-25 06:51:34 PM  
1 vote:

Do they have a math test?
2012-06-25 06:20:23 PM  
1 vote:

runcible spork: The pedant of less-formal writing in me would prefer it if in that context you spelled "anymore" as one word.

"Anymore" just looks wrong to me. I assume that's another American thing, because I haven't seen it over here.
2012-06-25 06:03:40 PM  
1 vote:

Cookbook's Anarchist: Am I the only one that thinks the test is somewhat rigged?

I stopped at "XYZ Corp" which wanted buildings' versus building' are we to verify that XYZ owns more than one. There was no indication that the company had many buildings or just one from the sentence. Or am I just stupid?

Serious question.

/BA in English Studies, should I be questioning my education from UNLV?

Never mind, I am a victim of not adhering to the MLA handbook.

2012-06-25 04:25:58 PM  
1 vote:

Treygreen13: Lawnchair: That/which questions got me. And the collective agreement.

"Our team of compliance experts deliver/delivers excellent service". I picked the former, which (correct me if I'm overgeneralizing) is acceptable UK practice. I blame Economist reading and soccer watching for my instincts on that one.

I believe the stricken text in the sentence above is the key to confusion, and without it the answer is clearly "delivers".

"Struckthrough"? ~smile~

Seriously, though, I know where Lawnchair is coming from; it's common in UK usage for some collective entities that take a singular verb form in American English to take a plural one. Companies and sports teams are notable examples. A little web-searching suggests that a generic "the team are" phrasing is similarly employed.

There are a lot of minor differences between the two flavors, especially with prepositions.
2012-06-25 03:47:24 PM  
1 vote:

Don't tell me you've heard it both ways, Shawn.
2012-06-25 03:44:06 PM  
1 vote:
Is this where I post 22/22?

\English major
\\♣♣ pip pip
2012-06-25 03:23:24 PM  
1 vote:

Treygreen13: runcible spork: • Q21: between is acceptable for use in reference to more than two entities (though it was obvious that among was the intended "correct" answer.

Is it? I've heard it used both ways but always assumed it was being used incorrectly.

I agree with you on the use of the comma being a matter of style. The comma is a versatile tool. It can certainly be abused but it isn't a hard and fast rule like, say, a semicolon.

Yup. Merriam-Webster has a concise discussion of it.
2012-06-25 03:19:21 PM  
1 vote:

Meh. The grammar I see in professional emails has gotten ridiculous. I don't care so much about IM conversations, but my emails stay professional. The number of people that fail to use any punctuation, capitalization, or basic formatting boggles my mind.
2012-06-25 03:15:28 PM  
1 vote:
22 correct. Easy.

• As

cenobyte40k said, it was essentially orthography, not grammar.

palladiate: I counted over 6 grammar mistakes in the article on the Wall Street Journal. That woman abuses those poor commas.

Such considerations are often ones of style, and I didn't detect much, if any, abuse.

• Q21: between is acceptable for use in reference to more than two entities (though it was obvious that among was the intended "correct" answer.

Why the hell does subby's link go to fringy libertarian Reason instead of the original URL of the mainstream albeit conservative WSJ??

/ decompressing from the Politics tab
2012-06-25 02:35:21 PM  
1 vote:

Treygreen13: For a counter-argument, many of those sentences would easily be readable and nobody (except perhaps the most hardened grammar-nazis) would come to a screeching halt if I wrote "a childrens' play" instead of "a children's play". So all the whinging about grammar is useless unless it starts to affect comprehension.

But they're only readable because of our cognitive ability to process the words in context (like that paragraph claiming you can raed anyhting as lnog as the fisrt and last lettres are in the smae positoin).

I pretty sure my brain would just transform [childrens'] into [children's], because the former isn't even a word. Either that, or I'd assume you were in a hurry when typing. But if you used "childrens" as the plural of children ("the ______ looked happy playing in the park"), I'd most definitely stop, and think you were an idiot.

/Although, really, I began two separate sentences above with "But", so who am I to talk?
2012-06-25 02:32:57 PM  
1 vote:
20/22. I got lazy and comprehended the children's play and building fire questions wrong.
2012-06-25 02:32:31 PM  
1 vote:
22/22 because I am perfect in every way
2012-06-25 02:30:22 PM  
1 vote:

Judicial writer.
2012-06-25 01:43:08 PM  
1 vote:
22/22...and I thought it was easy.
2012-06-25 10:57:06 AM  
1 vote:
I counted over 6 grammar mistakes in the article on the Wall Street Journal. That woman abuses those poor commas.
2012-06-25 10:42:21 AM  
1 vote:

staplermofo: Woooo! 20/22
The @#$%ing that or which questions screwed me.

You mean it was those @#$%ing that or which questions which screwed you.

/me too
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