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January 15, 2020

Proofread the sentence below.
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December 15, 2019

Do you use sarcastic interrogatives?

A sarcastic interrogative is an echo question: you answer a question with a question. You lead someone to an answer without giving them your answer. Sometimes sarcastic interrogatives are used as quick and witty retorts intersecting sarcasm. Here are a few popular examples:

Is the pope Catholic?
Does a duck swim?
Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Does Betty like butter?
Is a pig pork?

Some can be used to elicit deeper meanings. When answering a question on the views of Pope Francis, one author asked, “Is the pope still Catholic?”


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November 15, 2019

Proofread the sentence below.
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July 15, 2019

Does this sports commentator’s piece on Tiger Woods need edits?
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April 15, 2019

Edit the following sentence; be concise.
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March 15, 2019

Do you notice anything awry in the following sentence?
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February 15, 2019

Consider a word usage issue below.
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January 15, 2019

Consider the word choice below.
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December 15, 2018

Lots to consider below. What simple changes would you make?
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September 15, 2018

Cut the fat!
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August 15, 2018

Do you see a problem with the sentence below?
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July 15, 2018

Do you see a problem with the sentence below?
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June 15, 2018

Proofread the sentence below. How would you change it?
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May 15, 2018

Proofread the quote below. How would you change it?
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April 15, 2018

Proofread this sentence for a word choice error. How would you change it?
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March 15, 2018

I’m on a roll with past participles; and since I’m a swimmer, we must discuss swim.
Choose the correct past participle of the verb swim.
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February 15, 2018

Choose the correct past participle of the verb prove.
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January 15, 2018

Choose the correct past participle of the verb drag.
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November 15, 2017

Would you change anything in the sentence below?
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October 15, 2017

I thought that this was going to be a simple Power Minute, but research has proven otherwise.
Which preposition do you think is correct?
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September 15, 2017

Here’s a sentence from an article about uncounted ballots. Anything wrong with the grammar?
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July 15, 2017

Is there something wrong with the sentence below?
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June 15, 2017

Ensure, assure, insure—confusing.
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May 15, 2017

Proofread carefully. Would you make any changes?
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April 15, 2017

Here is a great discussion on “Is it ‘I couldn’t care less’ or ‘I could care less’?”
Remember that Merriam-Webster’s videos are another great resource
for your editing questions. Follow this link for a useful discussion on this topic:

 https://www.merriam-webster.com/video/could-care-less-or-couldnt-care-less 

 

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March 15, 2017

Proofread carefully. Would you make any changes?
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February 15, 2017

Here is a frequent spoken error. Don’t make the same mistake in writing.
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January 15, 2017

Edit this musician’s reflections.
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December 15, 2016

Edit this sentence.
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November 15, 2016

How would you answer a reader’s question: “Which verb do I choose?”
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October 15, 2016

Something is wrong.
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September 15, 2016

Which is it?
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August 15, 2016

Which is it?
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July 15, 2016

Something seems wrong to me with this church bulletin notice.
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June 15, 2016

Notice anything not quite right?
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April 15, 2016

Proofread carefully. Would you make any changes?
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March 15, 2016

Proofread carefully. Would you make any changes?
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February 15, 2016

Proofread carefully. Would you make any changes?
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January 15, 2016

How many people will be hired?
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September 15, 2015

Do you see something to edit below?
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July 15, 2015

Is there something amiss in this auto dealership’s radio advertisement?
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May 15, 2015

Who? Whoever? Who you gonna call for help?
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April 15, 2015

Edit this introductory statement from a letter.
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March 15, 2015

In January, we discussed capitalization. So, do you think the following statement uses
proper capitalization?
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February 15, 2015

Listen to A Way with Words, NPR’s show about language. Ever want to know the origins of a word or a common phrase? This is the place!

Download podcasts for your commute to work. Enjoy!

http://www.waywordradio.org/

I thought only my family talked about traveling “half way around Wake Robin’s Barn.” I learned the source of that phrase, and it doesn’t refer to the barn on Wake Robin Road in my hometown.

 

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January 15, 2015

Edit this announcement.
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December 15, 2014

Is something not quite right with this warning from a pharmaceutical company?
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November 15, 2014

Proofread the sentence below.
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October 15, 2014

On a positive note . . . How would you change this negative introduction to a positive announcement?
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September 15, 2014

How would you edit the sentence below?
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August 15, 2014

Don't strike out on the sentence below. You can find the error!
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July 15, 2014

Proofread this sentence.
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