Let’s face it; you enjoy taking grammar tests because they make you feel socially superior to Deplorables who say, “Between you and I, I think Melania Trump’s nude photo shoots were choreographed by the Deep State.”
So here’s a chance to fill five minutes of your otherwise angst-fraught day in a beleaguered Late Empire democracy located on a dying planet having fun with rhetoric.
Uh-oh. That sentence has a misplaced modifier. Can you find it?
Damn right, the dying planet is incapable of having fun, even with something as absolutely entertaining as parsing sentences.
To begin the frivolity, let’s stick with misplaced modifiers. Here’s an easy question: which of the following sentences doesn’t contain a dangling modifier?
While reading a book, Reginald’s dog chewed the Chippendale.
While repairing the chipped Chippendale, Reginald’s dog urinated on the Persian rug.
While steam-cleaning the Persian rug, Reginald’s dog clawed a hole in the screen door.
While Zika-virus-bearing mosquitos flew through the hole in the screen, Reginald adjusted his dog’s flea collar.
Wow, that was fun, wasn’t it? Let’s try something a little different. Read carefully each group printed below, and decide which one of the four choices expresses the idea most correctly and efficiently.
Having picked up a meth addict via Tinder at the rave, Edith invited the meth head up to her attic.
When Edith picked up a meth addict she met via Tinder at the rave, she invited him up to her attic.
Edith’s meth addict Tinder pick-up at the rave was invited up to Edith’s attic.
Edith invited her meth-addict Tinder pick-up from the rave up to her attic.
The section below contains a series of short choppy sentences, resulting in a monotonous style. Using appropriate connectives and proper subordination, combine the sentences to show the relationship of the ideas that apparently belong together. You should be able to combine all the statements into a single sentence.
- Thank you very much for being here.
- I just want to thank some of the people.
- Senator, congressman, you’ve worked hard on these things.
- You’ve worked so hard on the kidney.
- The kidney has a very special place in the heart.
- It’s an incredible thing.
Extra Credit: Who is the author of the above speech?
Okay, let’s close out by increasing our word power by doing some synonyms.
- RACK: 1 – a pair of breasts; 2 – din; 3- Elmer Fudd’s pronunciation of the 35th president’s nickname; 4 – torture; 5 – wrack
- SURLY: 1 – the fat, bald Stooge; 2 – absolutely; 3 – bodyguard-ish; 4 – carriage; 5 – Mid-Eastern tent
- TABOO: 1 – drumbeat; 2- Oedipal; 3 – taint; 4 – OMG, that’s soooooo gross; 5 – culturally uncool to the max
- TEDIUM: 1 – churchlike; 2 – inert gas; 3 – the aura a Tupperware Party emanates; 4 – size between targe and tmall; 5 – Another word for Ted Talk
- WAYLAY: 1 – dating app; 2 – stray; 3 – hold up; 4 – hold down; 5 – potato chip manufacturer
Okay, boys and girls, the fun is kaput, time for a libation, followed by soporific reclining, if you catch my drift.