Can You Find the Grammar Error?

This is all just for fun. No grades will be given.

[1] My mother had a horror of being late for church, so every Sunday morning she was always nagging my brother and I to “hurry up hurry up hurry up.”

     Correction: My brother and me, not I. Your can hear how it’s wrong if you forget about your brother for a minute and say to yourself, “Mom was always nagging I.”


[2]  I’ll just pack up the picnic leftovers and give them to whomever can use them.

      Correction:  To whoever. The entire clause “who can use them” is the object of the preposition “to,” and “whoever” is the subject of that clause.  Say it this way – “whom can use them” — and you’ll hear why it’s wrong.

[3]   Barrel riders know how important it is to quickly leave the starting gate.

       Correction: Trick question. There is no error. The rule against split infinitives died somewhere back in the 1890s. How else can we expect “to boldly go where no man has gone before”? However, you could improve this sentence by putting “quickly” at the very end of the sentence – not to avoid a split infinitive but to add punch.


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