The Nitpicky Grammarian

nitpicky =

  • Overly concerned with insignificant details: a nitpicky supervisor.
  • Characterized by petty fault-finding: nitpicky complaints.


You have learned that these sentences are technically incorrect, yet many professional writers would "accept" them, as long as you are breaking the rules on purpose.

In this lesson, we won't be so tolerant.

I want you to pretend that you are a nitpicky grammarian who corrects every mistake that you see, regardless of whether or not other writers might find such mistakes acceptable.

Instructions for the Quiz

Each sentence contains clauses that are spliced incorrectly. Fix the mistakes by making sure that the clauses are joined by one of the following: