Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher
English Learner's Challenge... You be the teacher and correct the mistakes

The following sentences all have at least one mistake.

Can you identify the mistakes?

 

We remember:

20% of what we read

30% of what we hear

70% of what we do

90% of what we teach - So try to correct these mistakes, just like a good teacher would.

 

SUPER BIG HINT:  All the mistakes are punctuation mistakes.

 

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1... Mother said “Its time to eat grandma”.

 

2... All buildings are closed now no trespassing violators will be stopped and arrested.

 

3... Toilet only for disabled elderly pregnant children.

 

4... The car costs $10000, I am going to buy it.

 

5... Buy one and get one “free”.

 

6... What an amazing story!!!

 

7... American English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue”.

 

8... There are many things I don’t like to eat, e.g. squid and crabs.

 

9... British English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue.”

 

10..And now for the latest news…..

 

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Total number of punctuation mistakes = at least 16

Feb 6, 2016 5:24 PM
Comments · 12

4... The car costs $10000, I am going to buy it.

4... The car costs $10,000; I am going to buy it.

-    comma in $10,000
-    period or semicolon after $10,000

 

5... Buy one and get one “free”

5... Buy one and get one FREE

-    quotation marks are used for direct/reported speech, so not used around the word ‘free’
-    the word ‘free’ could be capitalized or in bold text

 

6... What an amazing story!!!

6... What an amazing story!

-    one exclamation mark only
-    more than one exclamation mark is incorrect

 

7... American English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue”.

7... American English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue.”

-    American English places the period inside the quotation marks

February 7, 2016
I have been late to do try this activity but I must admit that I am not good at using punctuation marks! I am not worried about them because I do not need to be good at writing, but I must admit sometimes it is hard to understand a sentence when they are placed in the wrongly in a sentence.
February 8, 2016

They are placed wrongly in a sentence**


Thank you so much for providing us with so many activities and examples!

February 8, 2016
I made a lot of mistakes : ( . point 7 and 9 were really interesting. Have never read about that.
February 7, 2016

8... There are many things I don’t like to eat, e.g. squid and crabs.

8... There are many things I don’t like to eat, e.g., squid and crabs.

-    Use a comma before and after introductory words or terms, such as namely, that is, i.e., e.g.,

 

9... British English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue.”

9... British English: Uncle John said, “My car is blue”.

-    British English places the period outside the quotation marks.

 

10..And now for the latest news…..

 

10..And now for the latest news…

-    Ellipses, normally only 3 dots, are used to express hesitation or a pause.

 

February 7, 2016
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