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Manners. Common Errors

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This quiz is based on common errors my students made writing a paragraph on modern manners. The error is struck out in red.
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Instructions:     In the blanks, correct the errors struck out in red. When you click check, a wrong answer -- or no answer -- will produce a hint.

Ex: People doesn't say 'thank you' any more.
  People don't say 'thank you' any more.

1. People don't are satisfied with what they have.
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     Hint:    Do not use the auxiliary verb do with the verb to be.

2. I never put my elbows on the table when I eat. My mother tells it is not polite.   
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     Hint:    You can say: She tells me it is not polite, but in the above sentence there is no mention of the person addressed. In this case you must use another verb.

3. When I was a kid, I fell unhappy if people didn't say 'You're welcome' when I said 'thank you.'  
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     Hint:    Check the Irregular past tense forms for the correct form.

4. I think good manners are as important today that they were in the past.  
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     Hint:    Look at the following example: He's taller than me but he's not as fast as me.

5. I don't know nobody who offers his or her seat to an older person.   
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     Hint:    The verb is negative: I don't know, so you must use an affirmative pronoun.

6. It's hard to know how polite I should be. For some people I am to polite.  
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     Hint:    This is a spelling mistake.

7. For others I am not enough polite.   
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     Hint:    This problem is one of word order.

8. I have an European friend who thinks that we are much less polite here than in his country.  
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     Hint:    The following word begins with a sound similar to the word you.

9. Many years ago, before I borned, people were extremely polite.
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     Hint:    Born is not a verb. It is always used with the verb to be. Ex: Where were you born?

10. I sat at the table during one hour and didn't say a word.   
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     Hint:    Look at this example: The storm lasted for three hours and during that time I was afraid.

11. I want to meet people, but anybody introduces me to the guests at the party, so I feel uncomfortable all evening.   
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     Hint:    Anybody is not negative. It is only negative when used with 'not.' Use another word.

12. I consider me polite, but I'm not too obsessive about it.   
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     Hint:    Use the reflexive pronoun. Example: They don't see themselves as amateurs.

13. I am not happy when I am having a conversation with someone and that person doesn't listen   (word missing)   me.   
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     Hint:    You can say: Listen! I think the bus is coming. But if you use a direct object after the verb, you need to use a preposition.

14. I make my best to be polite, but sometimes I am too impatient or I am in a hurry.   
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     Hint:    You can say, I make an effort but you must use another verb with 'my best.' Check the troubleshooting page for more information.

15. I work like a salesperson in a shoe store, and I am always extremely polite.
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     Hint:    If you use 'like' it means that you are not a salesperson, but your work is similar to that of a salesperson.

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