photo of President George W. Bush placing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on author William Safire

Source: President Bush presents William Safire the 2006 President Medal of Freedom, Shealah Craighead 2006, Wikimedia Commons

Using your “grammar phone” and your new proofreading skills, read each statement by author William Safire aloud. Next, locate the errors in his ironic advice and rewrite it to be grammatically correct. After completing each revision in your notes, check your understanding to see a possible response.





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1. Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.

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Sample Response:

Make each pronoun agree with its antecedent.

2. About them sentence fragments.

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Sample Response:

Eliminate sentence fragments.

3. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

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Sample Response:

Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

4. Just between you and I, case is important too.

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Sample Response:

Just between you and me, case is important too.

5. Its important to use your apostrophes correctly.

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Sample Response:

It’s important to use your apostrophes correctly.

6. Correct spelling is esential.

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Sample Response:

Correct spelling is essential.

7. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

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Sample Response:

A great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.