Technical Editing:
Grammar and Usage — Rude 10

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  1. Which of the following makes the correct distinction between grammar and usage?
    Grammar refers society's agreements upon acceptable ways of using using language (such as "lie" and "lay"). Usage refers to the system of rules governing relationships between words in a sentence.
    Usage refers to society's agreements upon acceptable ways of using using language (such as "lie" and "lay"). Grammar refers to the system of rules governing relationships between words in a sentence.
  2. In the sentence, "an intransitive verb forms a complete predicate," the verb "forms" is
    Intransitive
    Transitive
    Linking
    To be
  3. In the sentence, "the predicate completes the action initiated by the subject," the word "predicate" is the
    Subject
    Predicate
    Direct object
    Indirect object
  4. In the sentence, "He feels fine," "fine" is the
    Subject
    Predicate
    Direct object
    Complement
  5. What is a phrase?
    A group of words with a subject and verb
    A group of words that express a whole thought
    A group of words that function as a grammatical whole
    A group of words that complement the subject
  6. A modifying phrase that adds extra information to the noun it modifies is
    A dangling modifier
    An appositive
    A misplaced modifier
    An adverb phrase
  7. Use this sentence to answer the next two questions: "The safety and efficacy of the drug for the overwhelming majority of patients, as important as they are to all of us, is likely be overshadowed by isolated adverse effects." What is the subject of the main verb of the sentence?
    Safety and efficacy
    Drug
    Majority
    Patients
  8. How would you change the preceding sentence to make the verb of the sentence's subject agree with it?
    Change "is" to "are."
    Change "are" to "is"
    Change "overshadowed" to "overshadow."
  9. Use this sentence to answer the next three questions: "The location of the sites, as well as accessibility to major highways, are likely to influence our decision." What is the subject of the sentence?
    Location
    Sites
    Accessibility
    Highway
  10. How would you correct the verb of the sentence's subject?
    Change "is" to "are."
    Change "are" to is."
    Change "influence" to "influences."
  11. Why would you make this change?
    Subject and verb must agree in tense.
    Subject and verb must agree in case.
    Subject and verb must agree in gender.
    Subject and verb must agree in number.
  12. In the sentence, "I asked her for the time while waiting for the bus to start a conversation," "to start a conversation" is an example of a
    Dangling modifier.
    Misplaced modifier.
    An appositive.
    A modifying phrase.
  13. In the sentence, "Crawling from my bed, my black cycling shorts were the first thing I grabbed along with my green and black shirt," "crawling from my bed" is an example of a
    Dangling modifier.
    Misplaced modifier.
    An appositive.
    A modifying phrase.
  14. Fill in the blank with the correct verb: "The bittersweet flavor of youth—its trials, its joys, its adventures, its challenges—____ not soon forgotten."
    is
    are
  15. Fill in the blank with the correct verb: "She is one of the ablest women who _____ attacked this problem."
    has
    have
  16. Why is the correct answer to question 15 correct?
    "Has" agrees with "she" and "women."
    "Has" agrees with "who" and "women."
    "Has" agrees with "She" and "one."
    "Has" agrees with "women."
    "Have" agrees with "she."
  17. Fill in the blank with the correct verb: "although both clocks strike cheerfully, neither _____ good time."
    keep
    keeps
  18. Fill in the blank with the correct verb: "His speech as well as his manners _____ objectionable."
    is
    are
  19. Fill in the blank with the correct word: "We are searching for an applicant _____ can hit the ground running."
    that
    who
    whom
  20. Why is "that," "who," or "whom" correct in the preceding?
    It is functioning as the object of the verb in the dependent clause.
    It is functioning as the subject of the verb in the dependent clause.
    It is modifying the subject in the dependent clause.
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