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Revisiting Grammar: Avoiding Those Pesky Errors

If there is one topic related to writing that we can’t say enough about, it’s the topic that involves grammar. Having the right grammar in your writing can do more than help others read your sims, it can help people get into the story without being mentally knocked out of the plot every time they see an error and have to pause to think about what it might mean.

Of course, as most of us already know, the English language is anything but easy.

That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the most common errors that we make. As writers, it is these errors that somehow make it into the things we write most often. Avoiding them, thankfully, takes some effort, but generally only in learning a few simple rules or notes that you can always turn to when a question comes up.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of the process for you too. Last year, during Writing Improvement Month, we took some time to highlight some of the most common errors. This year, we think it’s important to revisit. Check out last year’s tutorial here and commit these simple thoughts and rules to memory so that you’ll never make these errors again.

A Fun Test of Your Grammar Skills

This is a TEST of the EMERGENCY GRAMMAR SYSTEM. This is only a test. If this had been a real grammar emergency, you would have been directed to the closest grammar textbook or website for further instructions!

So, what do you do here? Take a minute and record your answers. Then, stay tuned for the answer sheet to see how many you got right. Miss a few? This tutorial includes helpful information on common grammatical errors and how you can avoid committing a crime of grammatical proportions!

1. Which of the following sentences is correct?
a. I see a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s probably a mirror.
b. I see a light at the end of the tunnel; it’s probably a mirror.
c. I see a light at the end of the tunnel it’s probably a mirror.
d. I see a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s probably a mirror.

2. I think you left ______ combadge in my quarters.
a. your
b. you’re
c. yur
d. yours

3. I can’t believe ______ going to let him return to duty so soon after his injury.
a. their
b. they’re
c. there
d. they

4. Can you get to ______ inner components?

a. it
b. its
c. it’s
d. it is

5. ______ tricorder is that on the shelf?
a. Whose
b. Who’s
c. Who
d. Whos

6. Do you know ______ going to go ______ the jeffries tube to fix it?
a. whose, through
b. who’s, through
c. whose, threw
d. who’s, threw

7. Go over ______ and get ______ scans before they leave.

a. there, their
b. they’re, there
c. there, they’re
d. their, there

8. Which of the following sentences is correct?
a. Do you know what to do when no one else shows up to a briefing?
b. Do you no what to do when no one else shows up to a briefing?
c. Do you know what to do when noone else shows up to a briefing?
d. Do you no what to do when noone else shows up to a briefing?

9. He ______ the light from the suns of at least ten different planets.
a. seen
b. saw
c. has seen
d. see

10. Which of the following sentences is correct?

a. Is the new discovery that of a intelligent species?
b. Is the new discovery that of an intelligent species?
c. Is the new discovery that of a intelligent specie’s?
d. Is the new discovery that of an intelligent species’?

Writing Improvement Month 2014 Kicks Off

February is finally here, and with it comes a number of activities we’ve set up just for you. With the end goal of improving the quality of writing across the fleet, and helping those who want it to reach new heights with their sims, there are lots of activities planned. Week one starts now, with the following events planned.

Sunday February 2 – We’ll start by kicking things off with Opening Ceremonies in our IRC chat. The ceremonies begin at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 7pm GMT / Monday AM for Australia.

Sunday February 2 – Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti hosts a fun grammar quiz on the news feed that will help you review and pinpoint focus areas. Be sure to stay tuned later in the week for the answers to see how you did!

Monday February 3 – Tutorial: “Tackling Common Grammatical Errors Forever”. Fleet Captain Kalianna Nicholotti helps you banish those demons of the English language. Forever.

Tuesday February 4 – Spotlight on a top sim (which? It’s a surprise!) written by one of our members. This sim and others will be shared in the Writing Improvement Month Forums.

Wednesday February 5 – Tutorial: “Further Refining Grammatical Prowess”. Fleet Captain Diego Herrera covers the finer points of grammar.

Thursday February 6 – Spotlight on (another!) top sim … to be revealed on the day. Stay tuned on the forums to catch another brilliant example of writing, thanks to another of our members.

Saturday February 8 – Help us round out the week by welcoming Melinda Snodgrass, author of numerous Star Trek episodes, for a live spreecast beginning at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm GMT. Melinda will share her expertise on writing in the Star Trek universe (and writing in general) with us, so bring your questions!

We’re really looking forward to these awesome events and learning a lot. Please join us on the forums, the news feed, and for our live events and help make this year’s writing improvement month even better than the last!

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