Handout: Diagnostic Grammar and Punctuation

Explain what is wrong with the following sentences, then correct them. Some of the sentences have grammar mistakes. Others have punctuation mistakes. Some have multiple errors.

Having just eaten lunch, the chocolate cake made me feel sick.

There are three things on my to-do list: go to my job, pay my rent and my taxes.

I won’t be in class today, I have to take my child to the doctor.

I have several objections to the new plan. Such as: it is pointless and it puts people that work in the building at risk.

A person who goes to Fred Meyer at the wrong time of day may find themselves in a long conversation with someone they didn’t want to see.

Choose the right word:
I like the new rec center. [Its /It’s] very spacious. I think [its / it’s] climbing wall is better than the one in the old gym.

There was an agreement between Leonard and [I / me].

[Whose / Who’s] going on the trip?

I got to see the [affect / effect] of my actions firsthand. I have to admit that I was [affected/ effected] by the sight.

They left [their/there/they’re] backpacks over [their/ there/ they’re] on the grass. I think [their/there/they’re] risking having the backpacks stolen.

I like the pie my grandmother makes better [than / then] the pie at Hilltop.

Write a sentence using a semicolon:

Write a sentence using a colon.

Punctuate the following sentences:
I found few people even among Long’s worst friends who believed that he was “crazy” although there were some who said he had been at the time of his deportation. (This second position however was hard to defend in public discussion. “Crazy” and “not
crazy” like “guilty” and “not guilty” are terms that in popular usage admit of no shading in between being crazy and being not crazy is considered a permanent condition like having one leg.)

 

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