Back in March of 2017 I posted a writing test. If you missed it and are curious, follow this link before you go any farther.
I’d have posted the answers sooner, but someone asked me to send the test to their dad first. Well, Dad never responded, and I got distracted by other things, hence the tardiness.
So here are some of the questions. More in another post.
- “The technology,” he wrote, “is not limited to only aviation.”
- Best known of the two is Enrico Fermi, the Italian intellectual giant who escaped from fascist Italy to America after winning a Nobel Prize for his research in nuclear physics.
- On February 23, 1997, NBC broadcast the film in its three-and-a-half-hour entirety, uncut and uninterrupted by commercials, as per Spielberg’s request.
- Who do you think you match with?
- 1856 The Republican Party holds it’s first national meeting. (© Ducksters. I wasn’t going to embarrass them, but they put a copyright symbol on it. Used without permission)
And here are the answers.
- In English you can split an infinitive, but this sentence is better if you don’t. It should be “…only to aviation.”
- When you’re comparing two things, use “better.” “Best” is for when you have three or more.
- This one really irritates me. It’s “per” not “as per.” Per means according to, so as per would mean as according to. Nonsense. A good example of being too fancy, which, in writing, I call a pretentiousism.
- Everybody has trouble with “whom,” especially in questions. Turn the sentence around: Do you think you match with him? The “m” is the give-away. Whom is the object of the preposition; objective case.
- Arg! I can’t believe a professional writer got this wrong. It’s ITS! no apostrophe in the possessive! His, her, its.
So there’s your dose of self-righteousness for the day. You knew all those, right? If you didn’t before, go take the test.