So You Think Your A Grammar Whiz?

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Grammar Quizzes & Trivia

VSO attracts only the finest minds, highly-educated people with razor-sharp intellects accustomed to wrestling with the big questions of the day. People who would never make basic errors in grammar and punctuation, right? Right? Here are a few questions that represent a few of the more common errors your friendly comms team see coming across our desks.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which sentence is correctly punctuated?
    • A. 

      VSO volunteer, James Osterberg gave a fascinating talk on his experiences in Sierra Leone.

    • B. 

      VSO volunteer James Osterberg gave a fascinating talk on his experiences in Sierra Leone.

    • C. 

      VSO volunteer, James Osterberg, gave a fascinating talk on his experiences in Sierra Leone.

  • 2. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      The popularity of GX is a riposte to suggestions that young people are uninterested in development.

    • B. 

      The popularity of GX is a riposte to suggestions that young people are disinterested in development.

  • 3. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      The facilities co-ordinator Gerry McAleney was arrested for running an illegal still in the basement.

    • B. 

      The facilities co-ordinator, Gerry McAleney, was arrested for running an illegal still in the basement.

    • C. 

      The facilities co-ordinator, Gerry McAleney was arrested for running an illegal still in the basement.

  • 4. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      As someone who's previously participated in an event for VSO, we thought you might like to join our expedition to the moon.

    • B. 

      We thought that, as someone who's previously participated in an event for VSO, you might like to join our expedition to the moon.

  • 5. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      VSO is convening a sub-committee to form a working group to scope an initial response to the proposition of drafting a position paper.

    • B. 

      VSO are convening a sub-committee to form a working group to scope an initial response to the proposition of drafting a position paper.

  • 6. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      The programme aims to affect lasting change.

    • B. 

      The programme aims to effect lasting change.

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      Charities, which can't demonstrate measurable impact, will struggle to attract funding.

    • B. 

      Charities that can't demonstrate measurable impact will struggle to attract funding.

  • 8. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      He volunteered twice during the 90's

    • B. 

      He volunteered twice during the '90s

  • 9. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      You'll need at least two years experience.

    • B. 

      You'll need at least two year's experience.

    • C. 

      You'll need at least two years' experience.

  • 10. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      We will do our best to find placements for volunteers with dependants, but it will be dependent on the matching process, which can take longer.

    • B. 

      We will do our best to find placements for volunteers with dependents, but it will be dependant on the matching process, which can take longer.

  • 11. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      Volunteers share they’re skills and experiences so their able to make the best impact where it counts most.

    • B. 

      Volunteers share their skills and experiences so they’re able to make the best impact where it counts most.

  • 12. 
    Which is correct?
    • A. 

      'Good governance' is an issue for all individuals, agencies and organisations (state, private sector and civil society) that hold power in making decisions affecting access to rights.

    • B. 

      'Good governance' is an issue for all individuals, agencies and organisations (state, private sector and civil society) that hold power in making decisions effecting access to rights.