UK English Proofreading Skills Test (Oxford Guide to Style)

UK English Proofreading Skills Test (Oxford Guide to Style)

When citing online sources, it is imperative to include the author’s last access date.

a. True
b. False


Carefully read the following sentences that together form a passage and then select the option that contains an error or inconsistency.

a. ‘Did you happen to see that huge dent in the front fender?’ Agatha casually
b. called out to her son who, having detected a distinct chill in the air, had
c. already slipped out the back door and was halfway over the hedge.
d. No error


Read the following passage and identify the type of error or inconsistency it contains.

The baby giraffe just loved to play with the puma cub. Their games came inevitably—and painfully—to an end, however, after the first few times the giraffe smashed his face against the low tree limbs under which the little puma lithely slipped.

a. Comma splice
b. Pronoun reference
c. Faulty modifier
d. Parallelism
e. No error


Read the following passage and identify the type of error or inconsistency it contains.

Charlie has never learned to speak German very well; he still thinks in his mother tongue, which distracts him so much that he ended up making mistakes in even the simplest German sentences.

a. Subject-verb agreement
b. Pronoun-antecedent agreement
c. Tense or verb shift
d. Pronoun case
e. No error


Carefully read the following options that together form a passage and then identify the option that contains an error or inconsistency.

a. My mother does not have a green thumb—as witness, I
b. call the numerous drooping plants that huddle sadly on her
c. balcony like the frightened survivors of some strange calamity.
d. No error


Read the following passage and select the line that contains an error in grammar or usage.

a. We stared at each other for hours that day, my new neighbour and me,
b. each at his own windowsill in their own bedroom, intent on winning
c. that unspoken battle of wills. It was not until late in the evening, when
d. my eyelids began to droop and I feared I would loose the contest,
e. that I recalled seeing, just the day before, a mirrored bureau being delivered.
f. a, b, and d
g. a, c, and d


Read the following passage and select the line that contains an error in grammar or usage.

a. Everyone in town, intent on sending that crook of a mayor to jail, testified
b. in front of the judge. Even the judge himself testified, asking himself questions
c. and giving himself carefully considered responses. The mayor didn’t stand a chance.
d. No error


Which of the following author-date style text citations is incorrect?

a. (Harrison 2004, vol. 3)
b. (Talley 1983, 12—14)
c. (2004 Keegan, sec. 7)
d. (Salmon 1995, 2:325—28)


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