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Breaking the Rules

grammar freak = someone who loves grammar
grammar Nazi = someone who is annoying because he or she is constantly correcting the grammar of other people.

 

Grammar freaks have a maxim (wise saying):

"If you understand the rules of grammar, you are allowed to break them."

Take, for example, this famous sentence:

Is that sentence correct? Of course not!

Nonetheless, most professional writers would agree that it is an "acceptable" mistake—as long as the writer used comma splices on purpose. Since the clauses are very short, it does seem to flow nicely when it's punctuated with commas instead of semicolons.

Or take this sentence:

Is that sentence correct? Of course not!

Nonetheless, most professional writers would agree that it is an "acceptable" mistake—as long as the writer left out the comma on purpose. Written this way, the sentence does seem to convey the sense of speed or urgency that the author probably intended.

Instructions for the Quiz

Today's quiz contains many sentences that are technically incorrect, but most professional writers would probably consider them to be "acceptable". (In fact, most of these sentences come from published books).

However, we are going to correct these mistakes, with no regard for whether or not the author may have deliberately chosen to make them.

Your job is to correct the punctuation of these sentences, without adding or subtracting any words.