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1
Correct the error in this sentence:

Jennifer could care less about getting to the party on time.

Jennifer could not (couldn't) care less about getting to the party on time.

2
Correct this common misspelling:

calender

calendar

3
Identify the error in this sentence:

Your so funny!

You're so funny!

Remember:

  • your: showing ownership; you own something (e.g. your jacket)
  • you're: you are (e.g. You're fired; You're my friend)

4
Define:

idiom

a figurative expression

  • Example: She's pulling my leg. (She is not literally pulling on your leg.)
  • The English language is estimated to have about 25,000 idioms

5

What is the difference between e.g. and i.e.?

e.g. is used when listing examples: "The supermarket had every kind of fruit you could want (e.g. apples, bananas, mangos, blueberries)."

i.e. is used for clarification of an idea: "The supermarket had green apples, i.e., a round fruit with a green exterior and a tart taste."

6
Correct this common misspelling:

seperate

separate

7
What are the meanings of these homophones:

affect / effect

  • affect: to influence
  • effect: a result

8
What does this abbreviation mean:

etc.

  • Literally means "and other things"
  • Full Latin spelling: et cetera
  • "The band members packed their instruments for the concert: trumpets, trombones, tubas, etc."

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What are the meanings of these homophones:

principal / principle

  • principal: primary
  • principle: a rule

10
What is the denotation of the following prefixes or word element(s)?

col, com, con

together

  • collectively (all together)
  • communal (shared)
  • conjoined (stuck together)

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What is the denotation of the following prefix or word element?

inter

between or amongst

  • international (between nations)
  • intercede (to come between)

12
What are the meanings of these homophones:

stationary / stationery

  • stationary: standing still
  • stationery: formal writing paper, envelopes

13
What is the denotation of the following prefixes or word elements?

dis, dif

against or not

  • dislike (not like)
  • disconnected (not connected)
  • disarray (not in order)

14
What are the meanings of these homophones:

allowed / aloud

  • allowed: permitted
  • aloud: out loud

15
Correct the error in this sentence:

For all intensive purposes, this is the same homework assignment Mr. Andrews gave us yesterday.

For all intents and purposes, this is the same homework assignment Mr. Andrews gave us yesterday.

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What are the meanings of these homophones:

ascent / assent

  • ascent: climb
  • assent: approval

17
Correct this common misspelling:

acheive

achieve

18
What is the denotation of the following word element?

anti

against

  • antibody (a protein that targets foreign agents in the body)
  • antithesis (a contrasting idea)

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Parts of Speech:

What is a conjunction?

a word that connects ideas

For example:

  • and
  • or
  • because
  • since

20
Correct this common misspelling:

dissapoint

disappoint

21
What are the meanings of these homophones:

pedal / petal / peddle

  • pedal: lever operated by one's foot
  • petal: leaves of a flower
  • peddle: to sell

22
Correct the error in this sentence:

Mark was suppose to pick up the pizza on his way home.

Mark was supposed to pick up the pizza on his way home.

23
What is the denotation of the following prefix or word element?

trans

across, beyond, or to change

  • transform (to change in structure or composition)
  • transoceanic (beyond the ocean)

24
Correct this common misspelling:

noticable

noticeable

25
What are the meanings of these homophones:

their / there / they're

  • their: showing ownership
  • there: indicating direction
  • they're: they are

26
What is the denotation of the following word element(s)?

un

against, not, or opposite

  • unceasing (never ending)
  • unequal (not equal)

27
Parts of Speech:

What is a noun?

a person, place, thing, or idea

Example nouns:

  • mailman
  • New York City
  • coffee
  • joy

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What are the meanings of these homophones:

to / too / two

  • to: a preposition that indicates direction or relationship
  • too: also, an excessive amount
  • two: the number "2"

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What is the denotation of the following word element?

pre

before

  • precede (to be earlier than)
  • precaution (care taken beforehand)

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Parts of Speech:

What is an adjective?

a describing word

Example adjectives:

  • smart
  • big
  • loud