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Will you get a gold star from Santa this year? Take my Christmas quiz and find out!

Do you know your PRESENTS from your PRESENCE, and your SLEIGH from your SLAY? Get your grammar gloves on – it’s time for my annual Christmas #confusables quiz!

There’s no prize for getting ten out of ten – just a smug sense of satisfaction and the knowledge that I needed to lie down in a darkened room after typing some of these.

Pick the correct use of the #confusables in the sentences below… I’ll start you with an easy one.

Scroll down for the answers when you’re done. No cheating now!

Question 1

a) “I should have put the turkey in the oven hours ago!”

b) “I should of put the turkey in the oven hours ago!”

Question 2

a) “Oh go on then – I’m not adverse to a mince pie at Christmas.”

b) “Oh go on then – I’m not averse to a mince pie at Christmas.”

Question 3

a) “Whose coming to the Christmas party this year?”

b) “Who’s coming to the Christmas party this year?”

Question 4

a) “Are you inferring I’ve had too much to drink?”

b) “Are you implying I’ve had too much to drink?”

Question 5

a) “Let’s have a glass of sherry while we watch the Queen’s speech.”

b) “Lets have a glass of sherry while we watch the Queen’s speech.”

Question 6

a) “Just look at the amount of presents under the tree this year!”

b) “Just look at the number of presents under the tree this year!”

Question 7

a) “I’ve had so many compliments about my new Christmas dress!”

b) “I’ve had so many complements about my new Christmas dress!”

Question 8

a) “Am I aloud to open one of my presents on Christmas Eve?”

b) “Am I allowed to open one of my presents on Christmas Eve?

Question 9

a) “Too many glasses of fizz at last night’s party have lead to a hangover!”

b) “Too many glasses of fizz at last night’s party have led to a hangover!”

Question 10

a) “Take my advise – sprouts are good for you!”

b) “Take my advice – sprouts are good for you!”

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Answers

Q1) a
Q2) b
Q3) b
Q4) b
Q5) a
Q6) b
Q7) a
Q8) b
Q9) b
Q10) b

How did you do?

8 to 10: A* student – gold star for you

5 to 7: good effort – could do better

0 to 4: must pay more attention in English lessons*

*future issues of the Clever Copy Club newsletter

(Need to brush up on your #confusables and don’t already receive my monthly email tips and tricks? Sign up here.)

Do you know your PRESENTS from your PRESENCE? Take my fun Christmas spelling quiz to find out!

You don’t often find the words ‘fun’ and ‘spelling’ in the same sentence – but my annual Christmas #confusables spelling quiz is the exception!

Pick the correct spelling in the sentences below, and scroll down for the answers when you’re done. No cheating!

There’s no prize for getting ten out of ten – just the satisfaction that you’re a Clever Copy Club graduate and the knowledge that it caused me actual pain to type some of these!

I’ll start you with an easy one…

Question 1

a) “I wonder who’s doing this year’s alternative Christmas message on Channel 4!”

b) “I wonder who’s doing this year’s alternate Christmas message on Channel 4!”

Question 2

a) “Christmas pudding is my all-time favourite desert.”

b) “Christmas pudding is my all-time favourite dessert.”

Question 3

a) “No peaking at the presents underneath the tree!”

b) “No peeking at the presents underneath the tree!”

Question 4

a) “We enjoyed the school Christmas bizarre this year.”

b) “We enjoyed the school Christmas bazaar this year.”

Question 5

a) “I loved reading Christmas stories aloud to the kids when they were little.”

b) “I loved reading Christmas stories allowed to the kids when they were little.”

Question 6

a) “The carol concert included complementary mince pies!”

b) “The carol concert included complimentary mince pies!”

Question 7

a) “There’ll be trouble if you finish the champagne!”

b) “They’ll be trouble if you finish the champagne!”

Question 8

a) “Have you seen the decorations on the house up the road? They’re not exactly discrete!”

b) “Have you seen the decorations on the house up the road? They’re not exactly discreet!”

Question 9

a) “I hear she brought her turkey from Waitrose this year.”

b) “I hear she bought her turkey from Waitrose this year.”

Question 10

a) “The Christmas Eve party always attracts hoards of people!”

b) “The Christmas Eve party always attracts hordes of people!”

 

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Answers

Q1) a
Q2) b
Q3) b
Q4) b
Q5) a
Q6) b
Q7) a
Q8) b
Q9) b
Q10) b

How did you do?

8 to 10: A* student – gold star for you

5 to 7: good effort – could do better

0 to 4: must pay more attention in English lessons*

*future issues of the Clever Copy Club newsletter

(Need to brush up on your #confusables and don’t already receive my monthly email tips and tricks? Sign up here.)

If you enjoyed this post and haven’t already tried 2018 and 2017 Christmas spelling quizzes, give them a go!

Are you a grammar graduate or a language loser? Take my Christmas quiz and find out

Are you a grammar graduate or will Santa be tucking a dictionary in the top of your stocking this year?! Take my Christmas #confusables quiz and find out if you’re a Clever Copy Club convert.

No prize for getting ten out of ten – just the smug sense of satisfaction of knowing you’ve been paying attention to my newsletters each month. And the knowledge that it caused me Actual. Physical. Pain. to type some of these!

(If you need to brush up on your #confusables and you don’t already receive my monthly email tips, you can sign up here.)

To take part, just pick the correct use of the #confusables in the sentences below… I’ll start you with an easy one.

Answers are at the bottom of the screen. No cheating now!

Question 1

a) Santa leaves presence at Christmas for everyone who behaves.

b) Santa leaves presents at Christmas for everyone who behaves.

Question 2

a) Your gift is too generous! I can’t except it!

b) Your gift is too generous! I can’t accept it!

Question 3

a) If I’d known you were coming I would of got the mince pies on!

b) If I’d known you were coming I would have got the mince pies on!

Question 4

a) Who’s coming for Christmas dinner?

b) Whose coming for Christmas dinner?

Question 5

a) A notebook! It’s beautiful. Thank you – I love stationary

b) A notebook! It’s beautiful. Thank you – I love stationery

Question 6

a) I’m not adverse to a glass of champagne, thank you

b) I’m not averse to a glass of champagne, thank you

Question 7

a) Drive carefully – ice has led to the roads being really slippy!

b) Drive carefully – ice has lead to the roads being really slippy!

Question 8

a) I’d love to come over for dinner – are you sure it won’t affect your family time?

b) I’d love to come over for dinner – are you sure it won’t effect your family time?

Question 9

a) I’ve bought the sherry, trifle and mince pie’s

b) I’ve bought the sherry, trifle and mince pies

Question 10

a) Let’s go to Santa’s grotto – the kids can come too

b) Let’s go to Santa’s grotto – the kids can come to

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Answers

Q1) b

Q2) b

Q3) b

Q4) a

Q5) b

Q6) b

Q7) a

Q8) a

Q9) b

Q10) a

How did you do?

8 to 10: A* student – go to the top of the class.

5 to 7: good effort – could do better.

0 to 4: must pay more attention in English lessons.