Grammar, including quiz.

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  1. squeezewax Black Belt

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    There are some things in grammar i keep getting wrong no matter how many times i look them up to see the correct way of writing them.
    Onto and on to is one of those things. Into and in to has been another. And there are a few others too. Are there any grammatical things that you often get wrong, or do you often spell particular words wrong?
    For many, many years i'd spell definitely as definately. Bit embarrassing now but back then i really believed i was spelling it correctly.
    I still stop and wonder if i have spelt words that end in 'ent' and 'ant' correctly as well, i still usually have to look them up. Like intolerent, for example. There you go, i just looked up intolerant just to make sure i'd written it correctly and found i hadn't![thought it was intolerent.]

    The quiz, is it onto or on to in these sentences?
    1. Billy, I’m worried that climbing on to/onto that tree limb is unsafe.
    2. My daughter is going on to/onto graduate school.
    3. Jose stepped down from the ladder on to/onto the ground.
    4. The magician realized one person in the audience was on to/onto his trick.
    5. After you drive five miles, turn on to/onto Highway 280 south.
    6. The Gateses have moved on to/onto a life of philanthropy.
     
  2. Bubzeh Silver Belt

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    I can't spell Leicetser to save my life. Every single time. Wrong wrong wrong. Always has to be auto-corrected. For what it's worth I left it wrong above ^ to show my stupidity. Leicster. Again. Wrong.

    Pen & Paper, I can't spell anything. Simple words like "the" I'll get wrong. If I write a 2-3 line sentence, there will be more than 4 spelling errors. Rarely use pen & paper so I don't let it bother me.

    Willing to make a fool of myself further.

    1 - on to
    2 - on to
    3 - onto
    4 - onto
    5 - on to
    6 - on to
     
  3. rj144 Gold Belt

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    Definately always gets me scratching my head. It's not like it's an obscure word that is hardly ever spelled.

    1. Onto
    2. On to
    3. Onto
    4. On to
    5. On to
    6. Onto
     
  4. TeTe Kaep's white privileged upbringing belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I look at onto as = upon. Mean physical placement of an object

    I look at "on to" as a phrase that describes the movement of a person, place or thing....



    1. Billy, I’m worried that climbing onto that tree limb is unsafe.
    2. My daughter is going on to graduate school.
    3. Jose stepped down from the ladder onto the ground.
    4. The magician realized one person in the audience was on to his trick.
    5. After you drive five miles, turn onto Highway 280 south.
    6. The Gateses have moved on to a life of philanthropy.

    The only one I'm not really sure about is 4
     
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  5. Goon Dog Furio Belt

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    Into
    Only when going inside or changing into something or making contact. You go in to dinner. If you can drop the in without changing meaning, use in to.

    Onto
    On top of, or aware of. Otherwise, hang on to your hat.
     

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