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Testing the Limits of Your…Grammar?

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Perhaps one of the more difficult aspects of writing within Starbase 118 that we face with each sim that we write is the need for proper grammar. The English language is not easy to master by any means and often times we see the very same mistakes being made over and over again. From simple misspellings for words that sound the same but have different meanings (homophones), to the gross misuse of the all powerful comma, grammar rules are not always the clearest and they aren’t always the easiest thing to remember. Is it there or their? Or perhaps it is they’re? Is it a moot point? Maybe it’s just on a whole other plain…or plane. Either way, knowing the right grammar to use in your sims is important, regardless of who or how you write.

So how does your grammatical knowledge add up? Daily Writing Tips offers a simple grammar test to help you find out. The multiple choice questions are simple to answer and when you’re done, you’ll be able to better judge just how well you have, thus far, been able to wrap your mind around all of the ins and outs of the English language. Of course there are plenty of other resources on the site as well, so if you score lower than you thought you should, be sure to look into just what you need to know before you leave and see how you can improve your writing even more.

About Kalianna Nicholotti

Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti has been a member of the Starbase 118 Fleet now for over five years and she still loves it just as much as she did when she joined. The joys of writing for a character that's truly come to life, coupled with the friends she's met throughout the Fleet, has made 118 a part of her daily life.
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  1. merryblueeyes

    In #12, two words are not prepositions since LIKE is also not a preposition!

  2. Sada

    Poor 60% for me – I guessed right on Homophones, but on all other questions of that type gave wrong answer. But I’d love to know how many native speakers knew those answers.

  3. Necessity

    I’ve always known ‘like’ to be a preposition. “His drink was like hers”, “his style was very much like mine”, “he kept running around like a lunatic”.

    Like is lots of things. 🙂

    • merryblueeyes

      Adjectives answer the questions Which one? How many? What kind? Adverbs answer How? How much? To what extent? So if someone was running around like a lunatic, it would be answering How would it not? Around is a preposition though. I believe you are right on the drink like hers. It’s most often a verb. I like this website!

      I have to go back and look at 13; I don’t recall what it was.

  4. Necessity

    #13 is a much bigger problem, to be honest. Given the limited context, ‘are’ and ‘were’ are equally correct.

  5. Necessity

    … especially now that I’ve seen the “correct” answer to 13! Don’t agree at all.

  6. merryblueeyes

    Are and were would be the same just a tense difference, but the right answer is Is because the compound subject begins with a plural and then joins with singular using OR. In that case, the grammar rule is that the subject physically closer to the verb in the sentence is the one which must match the verb. So Henry was singular and closest. It isn’t the other names and Henry, but Or, so Henry is the verb by default you might say.