ON-THE-JOB GRAMMAR

THE WRITE ADVICE

SPECIAL EDITION

UWF WRITING LAB


DO YOU HAVE A GRAMMAR GENE?

According to an Associated Press article in the Pensacola News Journal February 11, 1992, "a single dominant gene controls the ability to learn grammar. . . . People lacking the gene . . . must continually struggle with verb tenses and noun plurals. People with a normal grammar gene naturally learn language rules, while people lacking the gene must learn through another intellectual process how to make verbs past tense and turn nouns into plurals." Do you have a grammar gene?


Is your memo littered with grammatical errors? Whom are you gonna call?

The Grammar Checkers -- at the UWF Writing Lab.

We will undangle your modifiers, unsplit your infinitives, make your subjects and verbs agree, and separate your run-on sentences.


TEST YOURSELF!

So, as a professional, you think you already know grammar, huh? Well, test yourself on your knowledge of on-the-job writing skills by labeling each of the following sentences as Correct or Incorrect. Watch for errors in grammar, word choice, capitalization, sentence construction, and punctuation. Use the requirements for standard written American English. If you miss none or one, you should be the Office Grammarian. If you miss more than one, you should call the UWF Grammar Hotline at (850)474-2129.

CORRECT

INCORRECT

1. We have no record of you having sent this information.

 

               

2. Please contact the officer manager or myself if you need additional information.

 

               

3. The responsibilities will be divided between you and I.

 

               

4. If there is a problem, please discuss it with the supervisor or I.

 

               

5. The Court will mail the subpoenas to whoever is on the witness list.

 

               

6. The district administrator will appoint whoever the board chooses.

 

               

7. Each physician should review their appointment schedule for the week.

 

               

8. Our corporate office must accept responsibility for it's behavior.

 

               

9. Please pass this information to others whom you know may be interested in attending.

 

               

10. No other candidate is more qualified for the job than her.

 

               

11. It's going to take a while for we reporters to do a thorough investigation.

 

               

12. At the Help Center, they have given away several food boxes this past year.

 

               

13. Her sole support are her parents.

 

               

14. It is important that all employees are on time.

               

15. Neither the County nor the City have supervisory responsibility for the Commission.

 

               

16. There's many new treatments available.

 

               

17. The Pensacola Pain & Injury Clinic focus on treating car accident victims.

 

               

18. Each of the cars are in need of repair.

 

               

19. The prognosis of both patients are exactly the same.

 

               

20. A growing number of studies confirms that drivers who use their cell or car phones while driving are frequently distracted.

 

               

21. The number of cosmetic surgery patients have grown over the past four years.

 

               

22. Recycling telephone directories help save landfill space each year.

 

               

23. If either your phone number or your address have changed, please let us know.

 

               

24. The proposal as well as the budget are enclosed.

               

25. Neither of the passengers were hurt in the accident.

               

26. The data is not accurate.

               

27. The seminar is for anyone who want to learn computer skills.

 

               

28. The candidate has ran for public office before.

               

29. The company has not began its investigation.

               

30. Stock prices have went up considerably this year.

 

               

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