Assignment: Academics’ and Executives’ Perceptions of Usage Errors

According to studies by Gilsdor and Leonard and reported in The Journal of Business Communication, the following errors are the most distracting items in writing for executive readers:
1. Sentence Fragment
2. Run-on Sentence
3. Unpunctuated Parenthetical Expression
4. Dangling Modifier
5. Apostrophe in Plural Noun
6. Faulty Parallel Structure
7. Its/It’s Confusion
8. Comma Splice
9. I/me Confusion (use of nominative case pronoun in compound indirect object)

Take the following self-quizzes:
1. Sentence Fragment at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/fragments.htm
2. Run On Sentence at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm
3. Unpunctuated Parenthetical Expression at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/parentheses.htm and http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/commas_fillin.htm
4. Dangling Modifier at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/modifiers.htm
5. Apostrophe in Plural Noun at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/possessives.htm
6. Faulty Parallel Construction at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/parallelism.htm
7. Its/ It’s Confusion at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/its_there_quiz.htm
8. Comma Splice at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm and http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/runons.htm
9. I/Me at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cases.htm

After taking these short quizzes, post a journal response about what you learned from doing this exercise. Your response should be brief. Focus your attention on the grammar issues.