New York comes in 13th in grammar and writing skills


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NoRedInk has published its​ ​2017​ ​Grammar​ ​and​ ​Writing Year​ ​in​ ​Review:

9​ ​national​ ​fun​ ​facts:

Washington​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​state​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​at​ ​distinguishing​ ​facts​ ​from​ ​opinions,​ ​just edging​ ​out​ ​Connecticut.

North​ ​Dakota​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​state​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​at​ ​“their,”​ ​“they’re,”​ ​and​ ​“there,”​ ​just​ ​edging out​ ​Delaware.

Only​ ​30 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​can​ ​identify​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​of​ ​a​ ​sentence.

51 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​can​ ​detect​ ​and​ ​avoid​ ​plagiarism​ ​in​ ​their​ ​writing.

52 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​can​ ​tell​ ​whether​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​reasoning​ ​logically​ ​connects​ ​claims​ ​and evidence.

39 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​pluralize​ ​a​ ​proper​ ​nouns​ ​that​ ​ends​ ​in​ ​-s​ ​or​ ​-z.​ ​(Joneses, Alvarezes).

Only​ ​1​ ​in​ ​3​ ​students​ ​can​ ​identify​ ​wordy,​ ​unnecessary,​ ​and​ ​redundant​ ​language.

53 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​know​ ​to​ ​capitalize​ ​the​ ​names​ ​of​ ​political​ ​groups​ ​and​ ​parties.

Using​ ​commas​ ​to​ ​interrupt​ ​a​ ​sentence​ ​with​ ​transition​ ​words​ ​(like​ ​“however”​ ​and “therefore”)​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hardest​ ​comma​ ​rules​ ​for​ ​students.​ ​36 percent​ ​can​ ​do​ ​this​ ​correctly.

New​ ​York​ ​specific:

New​ ​York​ ​ranked​ ​13​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​overall.​ ​The​ ​state’s​ ​grammar​ ​and​ ​writing “superpower”​ ​is​ ​“Who​ ​vs.​ ​Whom.”

New​ ​York's​ ​students​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​nation​ ​in​ ​using​ ​​who​ ​vs.​ ​whom​.

New​ ​York​ ​is​ ​second​ ​best​ ​at​ ​differentiating​ ​between​ ​“into”​ ​and​ ​“in​ ​to.”

Fewer​ ​than​ ​40 percent​ ​of​ ​students​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​can​ ​cite​ ​evidence​ ​correctly.

Only​ ​14 percent​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Yorkers​ ​can​ ​convert​ ​sentences​ ​from​ ​the​ ​passive​ ​voice​ ​into​ ​the​ ​active voice.​ ​(46th​ ​in​ ​the​ ​country.)

Only​ ​36 percent​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York​ ​students​ ​can​ ​recognize​ ​when​ ​evidence​ ​is​ ​not​ ​factual,​ ​not credible,​ ​or​ ​irrelevant

Top​ ​usage​ ​errors​ ​nationally​ ​and​ ​NoRedInk​ ​examples:

1. Lay​ ​vs.​ ​Lie Tom​ ​Brady​ ​had​ ​to​ ​​lie​​ ​​lay​​ ​his​ ​trombone​ ​on​ ​the​ ​couch​ ​so​ ​he​ ​could​ ​chase​ ​after​ ​his runaway​ ​hamster.

2. Discreet​ ​vs.​ ​Discrete Justin​ ​Bieber​ ​tried​ ​to​ ​be​ ​​discrete​​ ​discreet​​ ​when​ ​he​ ​sneaked​ ​into​ ​the​ ​cupboard​ ​to​ ​find snacks.

3. Anyway​ ​vs.​ ​Anyways The​ ​striped​ ​shirt​ ​and​ ​polka-dotted​ ​pants​ ​didn't​ ​really​ ​go​ ​together,​ ​but​ ​Kanye​ ​West decided​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​them​ ​​anyways​​ ​anyway​.

4. Among​ ​vs.​ ​Between Bart​ ​Simpson​ ​had​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​time​ ​choosing​ ​​among​​ ​between​​ ​two​ ​delicious​ ​types​ ​of cupcakes,​ ​so​ ​he​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​order​ ​them​ ​both.

5. Prejudice​ ​vs.​ ​Prejudiced Steph​ ​Curry​ ​told​ ​the​ ​3-year-old​ ​boy​ ​not​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​up​ ​​prejudice​​ ​​prejudiced​​ ​like​ ​the​ ​others in​ ​the​ ​neighborhood.

6. Everyday​ ​vs.​ ​Every​ ​day Jennifer​ ​Lawrence​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​teleport​ ​so​ ​she​ ​won't​ ​have​ ​to​ ​drive​ ​to​ ​work​ ​​everyday every​ ​day​.

7. Number​ ​vs.​ ​Amount The​ ​​amount​​ ​number​ ​​of​ ​model​ ​airplanes​ ​that​ ​Luke​ ​Skywalker​ ​has​ ​built​ ​is​ ​impressive.

8. Farther​ ​vs.​ ​Further Bradley​ ​Cooper​ ​moved​ ​the​ ​Xbox​ ​​further​​ ​farther​​ ​away​ ​from​ ​his​ ​bed,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​still​ ​couldn’t stop​ ​staring​ ​at​ ​it.

9. Altogether​ ​vs.​ ​All​ ​together Mindy​ ​Kaling​ ​put​ ​the​ ​socks​ ​​altogether​​ ​all​ ​together​​ ​on​ ​the​ ​living​ ​room​ ​table​ ​and​ ​hoped someone​ ​else​ ​would​ ​fold​ ​them.

10. Fewer​ ​vs.​ ​Less The​ ​baby​ ​had​ ​​less​​ ​fewer​​ ​teeth​ ​than​ ​Harry​ ​Potter.



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