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The Word Skills Test

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  • codonnell says:

    Some of the answers marked as incorrect contradict Morson’s rules.
    Q. 8 and 84: Rule 159, example c
    Q. 35: “The Willis Tower, in Chicago” are appositives
    Q. 36 and 97: Both answers may be correct if you consider Rule 66, examples f, g, h, and i
    Q. 58: Morson’s, page 275, “onto” example 3
    Q. 71: “Harvard University, in Cambridge” are appositives

  • Liana Sears says:

    I have many questions.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      If you can send me a list of the sentences you question, I will go through them. On the back side of the website, they are not numbered, so I almost have to have the sentences to chase them down. Thanks.

  • charlenerob says:

    I think the explanation to number 84 contradicts the correct answer to number 8. Also I believe the correct answer to number 98 is incorrect based on the explanation.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      Hi again, Charlene –

      I fixed the answer to No. 8 so it is not consistent with 84. On 98, the explanation for the quote question mark is correct. For the question mark to be inside the quote, the quote itself would have to be a question.

      Let me know if you have other questions. This is practice is good for my brain!

      Linda

  • Mccormicks5 says:

    Hi Linda,
    I have questions on a couple of the answers marked incorrect:
    #20: Rule 50 says dates with just the month and year can have no commas or two commas. Does it make a difference that is the date is describing the magazine issue?
    #29: “Comprised” means “contain, include”. It seems the fleet could include buses and trucks.
    #84: Rule 159 states “Fractions that are spelled out are also hyphenated.” The example shows a fraction in the beginning of a sentence and in the middle of the sentence.

    If you would clarify for me, that would be great.
    Thank you!

    • Linda Evenson says:

      #20: I don’t think it makes a difference if it’s describing a magazine issue. The correct answer would either be no commas or two commas, so the question true as written.

      #29: Here’s what Webster’s says: “Our current evidence shows a slight shift in usage: sense 3 (compose, constitute) is somewhat more frequent in recent literary use than the earlier senses. You should be aware, however, that if you use sense 3, you may be subject to criticism for doing so, and you may want to choose a safer synonym such as compose or make up.” So I would say that’s a word whose meaning/usage is in flux.

      #84: I changed the answer on this a while back. According to Morson’s, I believe both fractions written out would be hyphenated.

      Let me know if you have more questions. I appreciate it when folks point things out. This was originally Caitlin’s quiz, and sometimes I change the answers. Shh, don’t tell!

  • AMaynard says:

    Hi, Linda. On question #48 (affect vs. effect), couldn’t it go either way? I was thinking the question referred to a past case. Thanks!

    • lindae says:

      When you have a question about something, it really helps me out if you can copy me on the sentence so I don’t have to chase it down, just for future reference.
      Question #48: Only Judge Sanders could (affect, effect) the change in the ruling.
      Good question! The explanation after this question, “In this instance, “effect” is a verb meaning “to bring about something that did not previously exist,” whereas “affect” as a verb means “to influence something that already exists” is correct. I can see where you might interpret the question the way you did, but I think “effect” makes more sense. If you were editing this sentence in a depo, you might want to mark it for the reporter to check, just to be sure. It is a bit confusing!

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