SAL GRAMMAR QUIZ

“The ability to express oneself is an essential tool of the trade,” writes Justice Chao Hick Tin in Modern Advocacy — More Perspectives from Singapore.

Have a go at this quiz to see how good you are — just spot the word used incorrectly in each sentence. No cheating!

1) Low-cost travel is not a new phenomena, even on long international flights.

2) His father had given him free reign to run the company, which led to the massive losses.

3) On Friday, she bid farewell to her mother for the last time.

4) The reason he did it is because he wanted his mother’s antique pearls.

5) Neither Ms C nor my client face financial difficulties, in spite of the witness’ claims.

ANSWERS

1) Low-cost travel is not a new phenomena, even on long international flights. (The singular form of “phenomena” is “phenomenon”.)

2) His father had given him free reign to run the company, which led to the massive losses. (The phrase is actually “free rein” and has its roots in equestrian culture.)

3) On Friday, she bid farewell to her mother for the last time. (In this instance, the past tense of “bid” is “bade”.)

4) The reason he did it is because he wanted his mother’s antique pearls. (Use either “the reason is” or “because” — using both is redundant. In this case, “because” works better. The sentence should thus read, “He did it because he wanted his mother’s antique pearls.”)

5) Neither Ms C nor my client face financial difficulties, in spite of the witness’ claims. (Using neither/nor with two singular subjects? Then use a singular verb — in this case, “faces”.)

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