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Practice Exercise in Diction
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

Find nonstandard, colloquial, and redundant usages in the following sentences. Write the standard words or phrases in the spaces provided. Some sentences may be correct; some may contain more than one error.

1. A bale of hay dropped off the truck on the way to Dover.
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2. Bruno flunked his driving test three times before he secured a licence.
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3. Mrs. Grant felt plenty scared to go into that cave because of the snake.
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4. This plate is an exactly identical replica of those that Willie stored in the attic.
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5. At the reunion, a dozen people sat in a circle and told stories about each other.
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6. Susan left Washington at about noon and expects to arrive home around six.
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7. After Lee fell off the diving board, he goes, “I’m not hurt. Believe me, I’m all right.
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8. That’s just the sort of belt I’m looking for.
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9. The scratching on the door clearly indicated that the cat wanted in.
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10. As the recipient of the award, Jack graduated high school with strong emotional feelings about his teachers.
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11. No mail will be delivered on Friday on account of the holiday.
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12. After George stood up in the rowboat, Harry pushed him in the lake.
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13. Seeking revenge, George later pushed Harry off of the dock.
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14. That empty lot is where my grandmother’s house use to be.
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15. A transliteration is when the text is translated word for word, irregardless of how it sounds.
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16. When the true facts come out, the case will be settled in an instant.
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17. Given the choice of Monday, Wednesday and Friday for her talk, Gwen chose the latter.
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18. All the mistakes in Brian’s essay make it seem as though he never learned the art of proof-reading.
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19. Because John plans to bring the newspaper home, you needn’t bother.
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20. At the end of the evening there was no one else but me in the room.
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ANSWERS

1 Correct 2 Bruno failed
3 very scared or terrified 4 is identical to or is a replica of
5 about one another 6 at about six
7 he said 8 Correct
9 wanted to come in 10 from high school with strong feelings
11 because of the holiday 12 into the lake
13 off the dock 14 Used to
15 is a translation …. regardless of 16 the facts or the truth
17 chose Friday 18 Correct
19 Correct 20 no one but
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