Punctuation Game

By Sharon

So you think you know your punctuation? Now you can put it to the test. Eats, Shoots and Leaves, reviewed by Maeve in July, has a punctuation game online.

punctuation game

There are to questions on the placement of the apostrophe and comma, and at the end of the game you get a score showing how much of a stickler you are for correct punctuation use.

Review our tips on punctuation, then take the quiz. Good luck! Come back and share your score in the comments.

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12 Responses to “Punctuation Game”

  • Richard Best

    I’m afraid “There are to questions” casts your website in a bad light. Proof reading is not optional, if you care about writing and the English language.

  • Mikael Høilund

    Damn, owned :<

  • Peter

    Your test has lots of syno- and homonyms

    Since we’re being sticklers: that should be “syn- and homonyms”, I suppose; the “o” is part of the Greek root “onyma/onoma” 🙂

  • bsravanin

    I’m a 100% stickler! Yippee. But I agree that commas often give us dilemmas.

  • Christina

    92%. I argued against the comma in tall bearded man. The computer disagreed.

  • nancy

    enroll me. 4 regular writing tips……………

  • Sharon

    Thanks for the link to the test, Jennifer. I think some of us might fall foul of different spelling conventions, as Mikael points out.

  • Mikael Høilund

    Jennifer: Your test has lots of syno- and homonyms that it only accepts one of. It told me I was wrong for spelling judgement as judgment. 🙁

  • Miss Godiva

    I scored 83% and i agree with Mikael that the last question doesn’t necessarily require a comma. It could have two different meanings, with or without the comma. But a fun game nonetheless, although a little short. I love quizzes! 🙂

  • Mikael Høilund

    92 percent for me, and I must say I disagree with the last one. I don’t believe there *has* to be a comma in “Of course there weren’t enough tickets for everybody.”

  • Chris

    83% for me.

  • Jennifer

    83% – 100% on the commas but a couple apostrophes tripped me up. This reminded me of an online quiz I saw recently about the 25 most commonly misspelled words: http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/commonmisspelled.html. It’s good to reminded that even though I think I’m better at this stuff than most people (or at least my students), there’s always room for improvement!

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