This quiz was prepared by Michael Dolan, a student in Professor Karyn Hollis's Tutor Training course at Villanova University.
Directions: Click on "The sentence, please!" and a sentence will appear in the top text-area. Try to eliminate redundant statements and useless phrases from the sentence. When you are finished with each sentence (or, if you wish, wait until you've done them all), click on "Grammar's Version," which will reveal how we would rewrite the sentence. Don't cheat by looking at Grammar's Version first.
There is certainly more than one way to repair a wordy sentence, and your effort might, in fact, be better than ours. If you would like to suggest an improved version, write to Grammar English.
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Guide to Grammar and Writing