I’ve been reviewing copyediting tests lately, and I’m feeling mentorly. So just for fun, I have a little quiz for you. The sentences below are snippets from texts. How many errors in style or usage can you find in them? Some of this is easy; some maybe not. Take your time; the test is open-book. For my answers, tune in tomorrow.
1. If you want to lager beer, you’ll need a reliable refrigerator.
2. The dress was splattered, torn, ruined.
3. Sometimes I wish I had a dog, or a cat, or a gerbil.
4. He was eager to explain where and when and by whom.
5. And if I had seen it . . . But there’s no point in wondering.
6. We are ready, should something worse oppose us.
7. The purists claimed that a strict parallel obtained between examples.
8. When the mayor learned that the pilot, Charles Lindbergh, was in town, he threw a party.
9. Her omelettes inspired several new lines of thought about the use of eggs, lines of thought that are now central to culinary theory.