NAME:____________________________________English Teacher Pet Peeve QuizAs an English teacher, I have noticed that there are certain common, “unnecessary mistakes” that writers often fall victim to in their writing. This quiz will help you to identify where you tend to make these mistakes, and hopefully, it will help you to avoid them in your future writing. These mistakes are an English teacher’s ultimate pet peeves! Avoid them at all costs.Directions: Read the sentences and circle the correct word in each of the parentheticals. You have three minutes to do this!1. (Your, You’re) going to the dinner party tonight, aren’t you?2. (A lot, alot) of people are going to the party.3. Are (your, you’re) friends from next door going?4. (Their, there, they’re) not going to be (their, there, they’re) as they have other plans.5. Make sure you do not (loose, lose) the invitation.6. I won’t; I have the (to, too, two) invitations in my pocket for you and (I, me).7. I (would of, would have) come earlier if I knew it would be so crowded.8. (Its, It’s) (to, too, two) hot in here; I need to get some air.9. The heat does not (affect, effect) me.10. You (should of, should have) brought a gift for the hostess.11. It was (your, you’re) responsibility to buy the gift, not mine.12. This is the Smiths’ house and (its, it’s) (their, there, they’re) party.13. There is a beautiful (women, woman) standing (their, there, they’re) in the corner.14. (No one, noone) is talking (to, too, two) her, (which, witch) is strange.15. Beauty can have a strange (affect, effect) on people.16. (Your, You’re) tie is (to, too, two) (loose, lose); you should fix it.17. Well, Bill and (I, me) are leaving, see you later.
(YOUR, YOU’RE) GOING TO THE DINNER PARTYTONIGHT, AREN’T YOU?YOU ARE = YOU’RE
(A LOT, ALOT) OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO THEPARTY.A LOT = TWO WORDS!ALOT= NONEXISTENT!
ARE (YOUR, YOU’RE) FRIENDS FROM NEXTDOOR GOING?YOUR= POSSESSIVE
(THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE) NOT GOING TO BE(THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE) AS THEY HAVE OTHERPLANS.THEY ARE = THEY’RETHERE= LOCATIONTHEIR= POSSESSIVE
MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT (LOOSE, LOSE) THEINVITATION.LOOSE LOSE THE O!
I WON’T; I HAVE THE (TO, TOO, TWO) INVITATIONSIN MY POCKET FOR YOU AND (I, ME). TWO = # TO = IN A CERTAIN DIRECTION ; TOWARDS A RECIPIENT TOO = EXCESSIVE DEGREE OR “ALSO” IS AN INVITATION FOR I? OR IS AN INVITATION FOR ME? THEREFORE, THE INVITATIONS ARE FOR YOU AND ME.
I (WOULD OF, WOULD HAVE) COME EARLIER IF IKNEW IT WOULD BE SO CROWDED.WOULD OF makes no sense!OF is a preposition, not a VERB.WOULD HAVE is correct.Think of WOULD’VE THE VE STANDS FOR HAVE
(ITS, IT’S) (TO, TOO, TWO) HOT IN HERE; I NEEDTO GET SOME AIR.ITS = POSSESIVEIT IS IT’STOO= EXCESSIVE DEGREE
THE HEAT DOES NOT (AFFECT, EFFECT) ME.AFFECT= TO INFLUENCE (VERB)EFFECT= A RESULT (NOUN)
YOU (SHOULD OF, SHOULD HAVE) BROUGHT AGIFT FOR THE HOSTESS.SHOULD OF makes no sense!OF is a preposition, not a VERB.SHOULD HAVE is correct.Think of SHOULD’VE THE VE STANDS FOR HAVE
IT WAS (YOUR, YOU’RE) RESPONSIBILITY TOBUY THE GIFT, NOT MINE.YOUR= POSSESSIVE
THIS IS THE SMITHS’ HOUSE AND (ITS, IT’S)(THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE) PARTY.IT IS IT’STHEIR= POSSESSIVE
THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL (WOMEN, WOMAN)STANDING (THEIR, THERE, THEY’RE) IN THECORNER.WOMEN = MORE THAN ONEWOMAN = ONE (THINK A WOMAN)THERE= LOCATION
(NO ONE, NOONE) IS TALKING (TO, TOO, TWO)HER, (WHICH, WITCH) IS STRANGE.NOONE IS NOT A WORD!!!Like A LOT, NO ONE is two separate words.TO=TOWARDS A RECIPIENTWHICH= ADJECTIVE or PRONOUNWITCH=
BEAUTY CAN HAVE A STRANGE (AFFECT, EFFECT)ON PEOPLE.AFFECT= TO INFLUENCE (VERB)EFFECT= A RESULT (NOUN)
(YOUR, YOU’RE) TIE IS (TO, TOO, TWO)(LOOSE, LOSE); YOU SHOULD FIX IT.YOUR= POSSESSIVETOO= EXCESSIVE DEGREELOOSE (NOT LOSE)
WELL, BILL AND (I, ME) ARE LEAVING, SEE YOULATER.WOULD I LEAVE OR WOULD ME LEAVE?THEREFORE, BILL AND I ARE LEAVING.