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Grammar quiz from the 1980s is so difficult most people only answer HALF the questions correctly... so do YOU think you can do better?

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Posted By: JoniTx, 3/23/2019 5:44:09 AM

This spelling and grammar test from the 1980s is so difficult that it is claimed no one can get more than 50 per cent of the answers right. The 20-question quiz promises to leave even the brightest brains scratching their heads. Indeed it is so tricky that its creator, Playbuzz user Terry Stein, claims players will ´never´ be able to score more than 10 out of 20. So if you think you have what it takes then scroll down to take the test in full. But the answers are at the bottom - so no cheating...

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jar 3/23/2019 6:01:27 AM (No. 10243)
Incredibly easy. A second grader could ace it in my day.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: trackman999 3/23/2019 6:09:49 AM (No. 10237)
#1 How about an American college student?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2 3/23/2019 6:11:16 AM (No. 10223)
Seriously? This is "difficult"? I got 100% but am shocked this is even thought of as difficult.

Click bait.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: 5 handicap 3/23/2019 6:42:55 AM (No. 10232)
Keiligh must be man imbecile!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: BarryNo 3/23/2019 6:45:39 AM (No. 10225)
I agree with reply #1; Where is the difficulty? I got 20 for 20

Perhaps the only people they tested it on, were journalists?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: natpock1 3/23/2019 6:46:56 AM (No. 10213)
Not difficult, but in all reality almost all the questions were wrong, as they capitalized the answers for words in the middle of sentences.

If it´s true that no one in the study were able to answer more than 10 of 20 we are raising imbeciles.

SAD!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: OCJim 3/23/2019 6:54:58 AM (No. 10220)
18/20 Stationery and similarly cemetery got me. Several were laughably easy.
So I´m off to bone up on my ary/ery words!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: franq 3/23/2019 7:47:00 AM (No. 10230)
Practically anyone born after 1980 has no idea how far the standards have fallen. A high school education in the 50´s surpasses most current college degrees.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: vrb8m 3/23/2019 7:53:26 AM (No. 10239)
Eye wood bee imberist too fale thee lessen.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 3/23/2019 7:58:06 AM (No. 10227)
Ridiculous.

I got all 20 correct in less than a minute.

But then again - - I never went to a public school.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cherrybark 3/23/2019 8:16:04 AM (No. 10224)
Expected a challenge. But I´m in the generation that learned how to diagram sentences and had weekly spelling tests. Agreed - click bait.

My daughter recently graduated from college. She learned cursive from my wife and enjoyed practicing penmanship and taking notes with fountain pens in high school. Several of her teachers enjoyed seeing a fountain pen in use. Most of her classmates could not read cursive. It won´t be long before teachers lack the skill.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: kbcama 3/23/2019 8:18:59 AM (No. 10217)
I only got 19 of 20- said who instead of whom - went back and reread using another pronoun and yep I was wrong. That’s what I get for being cocky and breezing through it. However today’s youth could not pass....but they all know in kindergarten about people with two moms or two dads. My 12 year old grandson is very smart and reads several books a week. I think he will do well on this - plan to let him look at it over breakfast with me this morning. However he does not know how to read cursive. The only thing they were taught in cursive was their signature. But they are told they cannot pray in school or bring a Bible there. ??
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Reply 13 - Posted by: secondtimelucky 3/23/2019 8:26:10 AM (No. 10249)

I missed two - lay/lie and cemetary/cemetery. Something subconscious there!!

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart would have me diagramming sentences and taking snap spelling quizzes after school.

But first we would have to clean erasers/erasures...
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hazymac 3/23/2019 8:34:18 AM (No. 10241)
Simple. Got all twenty with no hesitation. Anyone well versed in English grammar and spelling should have no problem with this rather basic test. Those who score below 50% didfn´t receive much of an education in the language.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: anniebc 3/23/2019 8:37:32 AM (No. 10245)
Too easy and 100 percent for me as well. And, fulfil is the British "variant" of fulfill. So many people use loose for lose, and "he could care less" is also very commonly misused. Even though I´m a writer and editor, I admit that I sometimes have to look up the proper use of who and whom from time to time. The sentence in the quiz was too easy, though. Call me nerdy, but I still enjoy diagramming sentences.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Northcross 3/23/2019 8:39:54 AM (No. 10244)
This infuriatingly stupid article is on a par with "So you think you know geography. I´ll bet you cant name a city that does not contain the letter ´A´" Why do these things exist?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: harleynyc 3/23/2019 9:41:38 AM (No. 10222)
Grammer wuz my weekist subjeck, but eveen me had no trubble width thems wurds.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: His_Highness 3/23/2019 9:47:22 AM (No. 10229)
20 for 20. Incredibly easy.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Cog 3/23/2019 10:20:20 AM (No. 10242)
100% thanks to outstanding English teachers! I pity the youngsters, and the journalists, who think this "test" is difficult!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: fayebeck 3/23/2019 10:20:41 AM (No. 10247)
The ultimate and fair test would be to have a grammar test from the McGuffey Reader days. I bet 99 percent of Americans would fail.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: chance_232 3/23/2019 10:22:45 AM (No. 10219)
Algebra was and is my worst subject followed by grammar, and I managed a 95%.

Often, what is grammatically correct sounds wrong when spoken.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: fourpmfox 3/23/2019 10:25:36 AM (No. 10235)
They should have used phrases which are most often misused in everyday speech.
One of the things that most annoys me is the misuse of "less" and "fewer".
Another is badly used pronouns "me and her" for example, instead of "she and I".
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Strike3 3/23/2019 10:30:29 AM (No. 10218)
Perfect score but then I was educated before the 1980s when schools and teachers were real.

We didn´t know any classmates who had two mommies or were not sure if they were boys or girls. God and the flag were always in the room.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ROLFNader 3/23/2019 10:41:55 AM (No. 10215)
Gotta admit- I miffed the stay/stayed question.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: coldoc 3/23/2019 10:55:17 AM (No. 10233)
I agree with most of above. Embarrassingly easy, but I am old. Graduated HS in 1967, had a war bride mother who made us read chaucer and shakespeare. She thought American public schools were an intellectual joke back then. What would she think about them now? I dont care what supposed experts say, the past tense of plead is (like read, "red") plead, not pleaded.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: jalo1951 3/23/2019 10:57:03 AM (No. 10234)
Most of these so called "quizzes" on the internet state they are so "hard" and you are a genius if you pass. It´s just a come on for a click.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: happywarrior 3/23/2019 11:03:11 AM (No. 10231)
I kept waiting for the your and you´re question. But it wasn´t there because these days it´s always your.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: JubilationTCornpone 3/23/2019 11:04:52 AM (No. 10214)
20/20. But I used to be an editor. My main pet peeve is people who misuse lose and loose.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: earlybird 3/23/2019 11:11:49 AM (No. 10226)
20 for 20. Spelling and grammar were my easy As. But we studied them all the time. In the summertime we took our books home, an older girl ran “school” in our neighborhood (lots of kids and few traveling families), and we studied some more.

Misspelled words stand out from a page like dropped stitches in a sweater.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Philipsonh 3/23/2019 11:11:59 AM (No. 10238)
In some instances, BOTH choices are incorrect, as each starts with a capital letter; in any event, the test overall is simple, as my 20 out of 20 correct will attest too. OOPS, first error.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Philipsonh 3/23/2019 11:21:41 AM (No. 10248)
One has to be old enough to have studied English in grade school to do well on this test. Even what I just wrote is incorrect, since it should read ´To do well on this test, one has to be old enough to have studied English in grade school.´ I have no idea what any school teaches today, whether it be grade school, high school, or college; however, the point is the reader may not know the grammar is misused if the meaning is clear. In today´s World, it makes no difference, as the youth use their own shorthand and minorities their own languages.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 3/23/2019 12:20:44 PM (No. 10240)
It was an easy 20/20 for me, but then I graduated from high school in the early 80´s with my primary school years in the 70´s when they actually taught English. I am also a bookworm and my voracious reading habits have served me well in other ways as well (Jeopardy, here I come).
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/23/2019 12:21:11 PM (No. 10236)
Just more evidence that a public indoctrination center is not a good place to educate a child. I too am old enough to remember these, and had no problem acing the test.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 3/23/2019 12:58:50 PM (No. 10228)
And you expect today´s youth to understand grammar, when LOL, TIL, etc. are their word use.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: tech10171968 3/23/2019 1:46:16 PM (No. 10251)
Aced it. But, then again, my parents insisted on having us read at least one book over the summer; they would restrict access to the home computer and gaming console until we´d read at least one chapter from our chosen books. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: kono 3/23/2019 3:30:00 PM (No. 10216)
Klic bate. Popular home pages like MSN and Yahoo! run this sort of thing at least weekly, and most of the time they´re flagged as "Sponsored" content.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: NorthernDog 3/23/2019 3:53:40 PM (No. 10250)
20/20, although I did guess correctly on one question.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: NYbob 3/23/2019 8:05:11 PM (No. 10221)
Not that hard to do the ´impossible´ and get better than 50%. On the other hand I can still write and read cursive.

I wish the creator had included a question about to vs too. From reading comments all over the internet I guess several generations were never taught the difference.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: KatieJo 3/24/2019 7:53:11 AM (No. 10212)
Same two got me #7, I think I have a mental block, couldn´t tell you which it is right now unless I cheated. Have to look up the "rule".
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Reply 40 - Posted by: Heidicat 3/24/2019 8:30:16 AM (No. 10246)
Pathetic. On the subject of pet peeves, I´d fire anyone who said "I would of" instead of would HAVE. Thank you dedicated, unpaid, self-sacrificing Sisters of St. Joseph and SND´s. (but I can´t forgive your liberalism today).
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