Just finished this grammar quiz hoping to win a prize & am miffed that I scored only 90%. I am at a complete loss as to what I got wrong.
Anyone else want to have a go?
Yes, I did. Well, maybe we got 95%!
I had 95%. I used "You" for the creek question. I think it's an implied subject. "(You) don't go near the creek....."
The group is...... Because "group" is the actual subject and is singular, with "of students" being a prepositional phrase? But what do I know? Obviously English is not my forte. (Just read Willowy's spoiler tag. I don't agree (not with Willowy, but with the reasoning behind the "group of students" question.) So that's the one I messed up on.
OK, the GROUP was the only one I got "wrong" and after looking up the rules, it is quite clear that BOTH are acceptable. Here's an interesting discussion:
No, a group is; it's a collective noun. What is throwing you off is that a plural ("of students") precedes the verb.
I got 95%, and I'm an English major, too. I think the one I got wrong was "a lot" or "alot." I think the correct grammar was the former, but am not sure. It could have been bad and badly, too, because badly is an adverb, saying how you felt, but since we are talking about feelings here, and not about touching something, I went with bad following a state of being verb.
This "helping verb" business is mixing up a lot of people, making it more complicated than it really is. Are is a state of being verb and is followed by an adjective. Calling it a helping verb muddies the waters, but that's what people are teaching now. They are doing the same thing with present perfect and past perfect tenses, calling have and had helping verbs.
They didn't use my favorite one, conjugating the verbs TO LAY and TO LIE. Think how many times those are used incorrectly in popular songs!
i.e. "Lay down Sally" (Eric Clapton) and "Lay Lady Lay" -- one could make a song list of the incorrect usage actually..............
"Lady Lets Lay Down and Dance" (Garth Brooks)
Lady Lay Down (John Conley)
Lay Low (Blake Shelton)
Lay There and Hate Me (Ben Harper & Relentless7)
Roll Over Lay Down (Status Quo)
She Lays Down (The 1975)
But there are plenty of songs that use it correctly too:
Lay Down Your Weapons (K. Koke)
Lay Me Down (Sam Smith)
Lay You Down (Usher)
Lay It On Me (Kelly Rowland)
Grammar was my least favorite subject in school. I absolutely hated diagramming sentences. I loved Literature though. In high school we had to take some type of English course every year but by my junior year it was all Literature courses and in college I stayed away from speech and writing courses. I stuck with the Literature courses. What gets me is that you can find a lot of grammar errors in many of the great author's work.
Why? There is nothing nerdy about being precise.
As a non-English-speaker I am amazed at usage on this forum. Cats here always lay - they never lie. People err in other languages too, but the prevalence of this particular solecism is mind-boggling.
I've had so many dental assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and x-ray technicians tell me to "lay down" that I now correct them. One of them was a lovely young Russian woman, and she looked at me in horror when I told her it was "lie down." But, but, she stammered, "lie" means not to tell the truth. Yes, I told her, it means that too. "The word has two meanings." She didn't move. I don't think she believed me, so I lay down anyway.
Adverbs describe the action expressed by verbs. So if you say "She drives badly" badly describes the action of her driving. But "feel" is a kind of verb that usually describes not an action but the state of its subject. So effectively, the modifier needs to describe the subject and not the verb, meaning it has to be an adjective. "Bad" describes the state of the person who feels, not the manner in which they feel. Saying someone feels badly means they are not good at feeling, i.e. their feelings don't work properly. Someone with Asperger's might be described as feeling badly since their feelings don't function the same way most people's do, but if you are saying that your emotional state is not good, you have to say you feel bad. Similarly, when a person is malodorous, you would say they smell bad (describing their odour) because to say they smell badly would mean their nose doesn't work. Other verbs of this type include look, sound, feel, taste, etc.