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Pop Questions 2011

Paul asked us to help harvest potatoes.

Paul asked us to help harvest potatoes.

ginger breadcookies

"Aw! Your guyses' are better than mine."

girls helping

It's kind for you to do that.

Solution - lightbulb 20 Nov 2011 Took charge — Verb+Prep Gerund
three nobel laureates

They took charge and succeeded in building safeguards for women's rights.

Solution - lightbulb 12 Nov 2011 Quote in quote — Quoting Speech and punctuation
Skeleton, beer, mop

“A skeleton walks into a bar and says, “Gimme a beer, and a mop.”

tents in front of city hall

The Mayor arrived to find a sea of tents in front of City Hall.

TV show dancers

It's one of the few shows on television that tells viewers exactly what they are going to get: "Dancing With the Stars."

How is your food tasting?

How is your food tasting?

Marching against the excesses of Wall Street, the protests expand across the nation.

Marching against the excesses of Wall Street, the protests expand across the nation.

Solution - lightbulb 9 Oct 2011 Dollar Sign — Number Modifiers – symbols | Hyphens – numbers
Steve Job's vision turned Apple into a $350 billion dollar company.

Steve Job's vision turned Apple into a $350 billion dollar company.

Solution - lightbulb 2 Oct 2011 A Couple — Quantity Phrases
A couple friends are joining us for lunch.

A couple friends are joining us for lunch.

We decided to take a taxi rather than getting lost on foot.

We decided to take a taxi rather than getting lost on foot.

If you wanted to use your iPad outside, how were you able to read the screen?

If you wanted to use your iPad outside, how were you able to read the screen?

Solution - lightbulb 11 Sep 2011 Thanks It / This,  Buy vs. Thank
Here is your package. Thank you for it.

"Here is your package."
"Thank you for it."

Solution - lightbulb 28 Aug 2011 Had BetterHad Better (modals)
They had better leave before the hurricane came.

They had better leave before the hurricane came.

 

There are three little dogs waiting for adoption. Their wearing their "adopt me" jackets.

There are three little dogs waiting for adoption. Their wearing their "adopt me" jackets.

 

Solution - lightbulb 31 July 2011 Frankly  — Adv for Speech Acts
Frankly, Ed doubts it will ever happen.

Frankly, Ed doubts it will ever happen.

Solution - lightbulb 17 July 2011 Compound Possessive  — Apostrophes
Jennifer was sad when she and Brad's marriage fell apart.

Jennifer was sad when she and Brad's marriage fell apart.

 

At weddings in my country, we  eat much  food and dance many hours.

At weddings in my country, we eat much food and dance many hours.

Solution - lightbulb 26 June 2011 For example / That is  — For Example
Americans are much more offensive when meeting new people.  For example, they are more likely to talk to strangers.

Americans are much more offensive when meeting new people. For example, they are more likely to talk to strangers.

Solution - lightbulb 19 June 2011 Quotes  — Quotation | Periods | Apostrophes
She said:  Lets meet at my house for Fathers Day lunch at 12:00 am?

She said: Lets meet at my house for Fathers Day lunch at 12:00 am?

Solution - lightbulb 12 June 2011 Possessive after s  — Apostrophes
James's boss's seat is by the corner window of the office.

James's boss's seat is by the corner window of the office.

Solution - lightbulb 5 June 2011 Like– as  — Like / As | States of Being
My daughter looks like me, as she walks like I do.

My daughter looks like me, as she walks like I do.

He is the one whom to blame.

He is the one whom to blame.

Solution - lightbulb 22 May 2011 It is I  — Pronouns after "be"
Who is calling please? -- It is I, Hillary...

"Who is calling please?"
"It is I, Hillary..."

Solution - lightbulb 8 May 2011 Cause  — Cause / Effect   because, cause, 'cause, cuz
Cause of helicopter sounds, a late-night tweeter accidentally broke the news of the attack on the bin Laden compound.

Cause of helicopter sounds, a late-night tweeter accidentally broke the news of the attack on the bin Laden compound.

Solution - lightbulb 10 Apr 2011 Sentence  — Clauses, Clause Reduc 1
No word yet on who the guests on Oprah's final show airing May 26th.

No word yet on who the guests on Oprah's final show airing May 26th.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back!  He'll be voicing a superhero in an animated series; also he will be considering other roles.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back! He'll be voicing a superhero in an animated series; also he will be considering other roles.

Solution - lightbulb 27 Mar 2011 The latter  — The–Group
There are stars and there are legends. What made Elizabeth Taylor the latter.

There are stars and there are legends. What made Elizabeth Taylor the latter.

The more we saw, the more our disbelief.

The more we saw, the more our disbelief.

Solution - lightbulb 13 Mar 2011 Such  — So/Such that, Much / Many, Much More
The tsunami hit with such much force that trains, planes and cars were tossed about like toys.

The tsunami hit with such much force that trains, planes and cars were tossed about like toys.

Solution - lightbulb 06 Mar 2011 But  — But at the beginning of a sentence  (Fowler, Merriam-Webster, etc.)
Wall-e was actually euthanized twice, once in the heart and once in the leg. But he survived!

Wall-e was actually euthanized twice, once in the heart and once in the leg. But he survived!

 

Solution - lightbulb27 Feb 2011 What for  — Preposition at End
Could you please tell me what this is for?

Could you please tell me what this is for?

Solution - lightbulb 20 Feb 2011 Watson —  Some or All, Who / Whom , Prep Placement (within a clause)
IBM's Watson, who the Jeopardy champions played against it, is the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence.

IBM's Watson, who the Jeopardy champions played against it, is the state-of-the-art in artificial intelligence.

Solution - lightbulb13 Feb 2011 Historical — A /An Use |  Adj Suffixes
This is a historical moment in my country.

This is a historical moment in my country.

Demonstrations resulted by the rising unemployment of the nation's youth.

Demonstrations resulted by the rising unemployment of the nation's youth.

The King's Speech received twelve Oscar nominations more than any others movies.

The King's Speech received twelve Oscar nominations more than any others movies.

Solution - lightbulb23 Jan 2011  Beautiful   —   Adj Complements (not compliments)
I think you sang that beautiful.

I think you sang that beautiful.

I am not here in my office. I am working in room 226.

I am not here in my office. I am working in room 226.

- Haven't you ever been in an earthquake? - No, I have.

"Haven't you ever been in an earthquake?"
"No, I have."

Solution - lightbulb2 Jan 2011   Too  — Too-Either, And so / too
I can't wait to go to our new school. Me too!

I can't wait to go to our new school. Me too!