Daily Archives: October 10, 2015

UK English Oxford Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)

1. Read the following passage and select the option that illustrates the best course of action for an editor to take. 1)Delilah's twenty page tale of derring do 2)delighted the dignitaries who stamped their 3)feet in approval. Reading from a dais draped 4)in crepe, she felt like a modern day Scheherazade. Answers: Edit lines (1) [...]

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UK English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)

1. Identify the sentence that illustrates clear pronoun reference. Answers: After putting the silverware in the cabinet, Mabel sold it. The clowns told the acrobats that they would receive a bonus after the performance. Rhonda filed a complaint with the police, but they were unresponsive. We called Dr. Arnold's office all day, but he never [...]

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UK English Basic Skills Test

1. Change the following sentence from a quotation to indirect speech. 'Sharon must go to the bank today', said Albert. Answers: Albert says Sharon will have to go to the bank today. Albert said Sharon has to go to the bank today. Albert says Sharon must go to the bank today. Albert said Sharon had [...]

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U.S. Word Usage Test

1. Which of the following words refers to a state of immobility? Answers: Stationery Stationary 2. Which of the following similar words is the better choice when referring to something that promotes health? Answers: Healthy Healthful 3. The word "______________" means to convey an additional, nuanced meaning of a word, whereas the word "______________" specifies [...]

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U.S. English Punctuation and Mechanics Test

1. Complete the following sentence by selecting the option that correctly uses double and/or single quotation marks. Amanda adamantly declared that ______________ Answers: 'she would never speak to Adam again.' "she would never speak to Adam again." she would never speak to Adam again. "she would never speak to Adam again"! 2. Select the option [...]

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U.S. English Proofreading Skills Test (Chicago)

1. Which of the following sentences contains an error in punctuation? Answers: Alice intended to climb the mountain; however, she changed her mind once she'd seen the weather forecast. "You're nuts," said Brindel, "and we refuse to take any more orders from you. No Swimming — piranhas congregate here! I read Nathan's manual, entitled "How [...]

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