Grammar Quiz #34 snuck beneath the radar of even our sharpest viewers. Three errors? Yes, all having to do with redundancy. My “pet peeve” is, de facto, my favorite, no need to brand it so. ATM is the abbreviation for “Automatic Teller Machine.” PIN means “Personal Identification Number.” Our example was really saying, “Automatic Teller Machine machine” and Personal Identification Number number.”.
Dr. John’s Grammar Quiz #35 Can you spot the glaring grammatical error in this sentence? “The basketball coach has encouraged his varsity players to hone in on the fundamentals and forget their so-called ‘trick plays.'”
Please join me March 7-9 for Wordcrafters in Eugene http://wordcraftersineugene.org/ I’ll be teaching four classes: “The Art of the Thriller,” “Let’s Make a Scene,” “Creating Suspense,” and “Mastering Dialog.” The conference is focused on the craft of writing. A great line-up of speakers. You’ll love it.
Grammar Quiz # 33: Hats off to Marie G., a sharp-eyed grammarian and a person who obviously paid attention in geometry class. She pointed out that positions 360 degrees apart are not apart at all but point in exactly the same direction. The writer wanted “180 degrees.”
Dr. John’s Grammar Quiz #34 Can you spot the three glaring grammatical errors in this sentence? “My favorite pet peeve is people who stand there staring at the ATM machine while they try to remember their PIN number.”
Grammar Quiz #32 While it’s true that finding a cure for the common cold would be “historical” if we’re talking about it happening in the past. However, a discovery of that magnitude would no doubt be dubbed “historic.”
Dr. John’s Grammar Quiz #33 Can you spot the glaring grammatical error in this sentence? “Timber industry officials often find it difficult to relate to environmental activists, and vice versa, since their positions are 360 degrees apart.”
Note for writers: Our “Taste of Tuscany Writer’s Workshop” will be held October 11-18,
2014. at Villa Giusterna, a private villa in Tuscany. http://www.tuscany-villas.it/vacation_rentals/16399/ Gotta love this place.
If you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Click on this for a smile, grammar-wise. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/who_vs_whom
In Grammar quiz #31 Dr. John once again walks the thin line between perfection and picky. The dictionary defines “grammar” as “the study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.” Strictly speaking, that application was fraught with errors in punctuation.
Dr. John’s Grammar Quiz #32 Can you spot the glaring grammatical error in this sentence? “The discovery of a cure for the common cold, if and when it occurs, will certainly be touted as an historical event.”