Test Your Proofreading Prowess!
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Can you answer these 10 [tricky] grammar questions correctly? If so, you are among the top 10% of smartypants worldwide! I see these types of issues in my transcripts every day — being able to spot this stuff is super key to success in the transcript proofreading business. Don’t worry if you miss a few, though. In real life, you get to google anything you’re not sure about. The key is recognizing that it may not be correct as-is within a sentence. You know — that little alarm that goes off when you see something that just doesn’t look right.
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To see the correct answers, click “View Questions” below. So how’d you do? These were tricky, for sure — so if you missed a couple, don’t worry! I still have to google things now and then. If you got them all, you’ve got rockstar potential as a proofreader!
I’m Attorney Lynch. I’ll be asking questions today. ________________ you need a break, let me know.Correct
In formal communication, such as when an attorney speaks to a witness in a transcript, “any time” is always two words.
Judging by his _____________, I could tell he wasn’t interested.Correct
Nope! This is one of the rare occasions “affect” is used as a noun.
Which of the following is correct?Correct
Coumadin is the brand name for warfarin. Ibuprofen and tramadol are both generic names (the brand name for tramadol is Ultram) and generic drug names are not capitalized.
This sentence is correct: “I’m going back to school for the Spring semester.”Correct
Seasons are only capitalized at the beginning of a sentence or when used in a proper name, such as “Grove High School Spring Concert” or “I played Summer in the school play.
It’s a pretty _______________ procedure.Correct
Did the pain last for ________________?Correct
It’s always two words after a preposition, like “for.”
From my __________________, the insurance should have covered it.Correct
I have pain ________________.Correct
“everyday” is used as an adjective: “everyday low prices” or “everyday routine”
What was the ______________ balance on the loan?Correct
I just want to ______________ you’re understanding the question.Correct
BONUS: Top 6 Resources to Improve Your — and Your Kids’!! — Word Skills
Didn’t do so hot on the quiz? These resources — straight from my own library — will help you improve your word skills. A few of them are meant for kids, but I like them anyway! We’ve all got a kid inside somewhere 🙂 Enjoy!
RESOURCE #1: Spelling-Words-Well.com has a ton of free printable spelling activities for both adults and kids! They also have a world-class selection of affordable eBooks that can be used for homeschooling or just fun learning activities.
RESOURCE #2: Find the Errors! Proofreading Activities and Find the Errors II — these books are technically designed for students, but we find the activities really useful to help train and sharpen your eyes. If you’re not quite the right fit for proofreading as a profession, but would like to sharpen your eye for error (we think that’s a GREAT idea — proofreading is such an important skill for anyone in any industry!), we recommend these exercises to help you do so.
RESOURCE #3: Phunny Stuph: Proofreading Exercises With a Sense of Humor — an activity book that helps you identify errors by proofreading jokes! Great for all ages.
RESOURCE #4: The Best Punctuation Book, Period — This one is easily my favorite. It’s an all-in-one reference for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers. Author June Casagrande makes it super easy to look up sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP, MLA, APA, and the Chicago Manual of Style.
RESOURCE #5: The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation — This robust book has real-world examples and excellent quizzes to test your knowledge, so if you loved the 10-question quiz above, you’ll want to check this one out!
BOOK #5: A Bat Cannot Bat, A Stair Cannot Stare — Got kids? Buy them this book! It’s an EXCELLENT choice for kids and adults alike. You are guaranteed to learn something you didn’t already know about sound-alike words (homophones)!
DON’T MISS: The Look Better in Writing™ Handbook of Commonly Misused Words
Packed full of 166 words you could be misusing and abusing, The Look Better in Writing™ Handbook to Commonly Misused Words also comes with a 100-question worksheet kit and answer key to help you look more competent on paper. Word skills are valuable no matter what type of work you do!
Get the full-length book and the 25-page worksheet kit here for just $9.97. Instant download!