National Grammar Day Contest Winner

Happy National Grammar Day, everyone! Thanks to all who participated in my National Grammar Day contest, and congratulations to our winner: Janice Sellers. Janice will receive this cool Grammar Day T-shirt.

Here are the correct answers to the contest questions. Answers could vary, but they had to be grammatically correct and not sound awkward.

National Grammar Day Contest Answers

  1. The title of the book was very interesting, and the book itself was very dull.
    Better: The title of the book was very interesting, but the book itself was very dull.
  2. Father Meyer came to the house daily, from which a sturdy friendship grew.
    Better: A sturdy friendship grew from Father Meyer’s daily visits.
  3. Chicago stretches along the shore of Lake Michigan, which makes a beautiful shore drive possible.
    Better: Chicago stretches along the shore of Lake Michigan, offering visitors a beautiful shore drive.
  4. Critics agreed that the movie was unrealistic and it was too long and that it wasn’t interesting.
    Better: Critics agreed that the movie was unrealistic, too long, and uninteresting.
  5. Come to the meeting prepared to take notes and with some questions to ask.
    Better: Come to the meeting prepared to take notes and ask questions.
  6. If a student does his homework daily, your tests will be passed easily.
    Better: If a student does his homework daily, he will pass the tests easily.
  7. The flour and butter should be mixed into a paste, and add a small amount of milk.
    Better: Mix the flour and butter into a paste, and add a small amount of milk.
  8. Unless the mayor sets a new course, our city is likely to be buried beneath a mound of debt.
    Better: Unless the mayor fixes the budget, our city is likely to be buried beneath a mound of debt.
  9. The selection of stories in both books were extremely good.
    Better: The selection of stories in both books was extremely good.
  10. Asking one absurd question after another, Bob’s teacher was soon made to dislike him.
    Better: Asking one absurd question after another, Bob soon made his teacher dislike him.

For more ways to celebrate National Grammar Day, go to the official site. And stay tuned for a follow-up that explains the answers.

About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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