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					                                   ONLINE STUDY GROUP
                               Part 1: Written Communications
                                          January 10, 2012


                         Moderator: Terry Houston, PP Emerita (AZ)

                    References:      Gregg Reference Manual, 11th Edition (GRM)
                                  Basic Manual for the Lawyers Assistant, 11th Edition (BMLA)

        To quote the publisher, “The Gregg Reference Manual now serves as the primary
        reference for professionals in all fields who are looking for authoritative guidance
        on matters of style, grammar, usage, and formatting.” Here are forty questions
        based on the manual’s twenty sections to get you on the path to superior writing
        skills.

Directions: The following sentences may contain errors in punctuation and capitalization. Some
of the sentences may be correct. No sentence contains more than one error, if there is one, and
each possible error in the sentence is underlined. All other parts of the sentence are correct. If an
error exists, select the underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If no
error exists, select answer “d.”

   1.    This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to designate location of
         a Rule 30(b)(6) deposition (Doc. 105).
            a.      Court
            b.      Plaintiff’s
            c.      (Doc. 105).
            d.      no error

   2.    Upon consideration of the Motion, the latest in a series of Gordian knots that the
         parties have been unable to untangle without enlisting the assistance of the federal
         courts it is
             a. Motion,
             b. Gordian
             c. courts it is
             d. no error
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   3.   ORDERED that said Motion is DENIED.
          a. ORDERED
          b. Motion
          c. DENIED.
          d. no error

   4.   Instead, the Court will fashion a new form of alternative dispute resolution, to
        wit: at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, June 30, 2006, counsel shall convene at a neutral site
        agreeable to both parties.
            a. wit: at
            b. 4:00 P.M.
            c. 2006,
            d. no error

   5.   If counsel cannot agree on a neutral site they shall meet on the front steps of the
        Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse, 801 North Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida
        33602.
            a. site they
            b. U.S.
            c. Florida 33602
            d. no error

   6.   Each lawyer shall be entitled to be accompanied by one paralegal who shall act as
        an attendant and witness.
            a. lawyer
            b. paralegal who
            c. witness.
            d. no error

   7.   At that time and location, counsel shall engage in one (1) game of “rock, paper,
        scissors”.
            a. location, counsel
            b. one
            c. scissors”.
            d. no error

   8.   The winner of this engagement shall be entitled to select the location for the
        30(b)(6) deposition to be held somewhere in Hillsborough County during the
        period July 11-12 2006.




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            a.   30(b)(6)
            b.   deposition to
            c.   July 11-12
            d.   no error

   9.    If either party disputes the outcome of this engagement, an appeal may be filed
         and a hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2006, before the
         undersigned in Courtroom 3, George C. Young U.S. Courthouse and Federal
         Building, 80 North Hughey Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801.
             a. engagement, an
             b. Friday, July 7, 2006,
             c. 80 North Hughey Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801
             d. no error

   10. DONE and ORDERED in Chambers, Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, June 6,
       2006.
          a. Chambers, Orlando
          b. Orlando, Florida,
          c. Thursday, June 6, 2006.
          d. no error


                       Avista Management v. Wausau Underwriters Insurance
                           U.S. Dist. Court Mid. Dist. Fla. (June 6, 2006)


Directions: Select the answer that represents the incorrectly spelled word, if there is one, in each
of the following groups. If all words in the group are spelled correctly, select answer “e.”

   11.            a.   retagging
                  b.   prefered
                  c.   concurrent
                  d.   occurring
                  e.   all are correct


   12.            a.   cataloged
                  b.   totaled
                  c.   canceled
                  d.   profited
                  e.   all are correct



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   13.         a.   variable
               b.   flyer
               c.   fallacious
               d.   fanciful
               e.   all are correct


   14.         a. accessable
               b. accessible


   15.         a. irrelevant
               b. irrelevent


   16.         a. precede
               b. preceed


   17.         a.   accessory
               b.   batchelor
               c.   calendar
               d.   deductible
               e.   all are correct


   18.         a.   exonerate
               b.   forsee
               c.   grievous
               d.   hors d’oeuvre
               e.   all are correct


   19.         a.   incidently
               b.   jewelry
               c.   lightning
               d.   mischievous
               e.   all are correct




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   20.           a.   nickel
                 b.   omission
                 c.   perseverance
                 d.   questionnaire
                 e.   all are correct



Directions: If the sentence is correctly punctuated, shade in the bubble marked “a” on the answer
sheet; if it is incorrectly punctuated, shade in the bubble marked “b” on the answer sheet.

   21.    We want what is best for the client too.

   22.    My boss just approved the purchase, therefore, let’s confirm a delivery date.
          ANSWER #22 – b. incorrect.
          GRM §1 ¶142(a), p. 34. [Transitional expressions at the beginning of a second
          independent clause are preceded by a semicolon, not a comma.]

   23.    Washington, D.C.’s transportation system has improved greatly since I was there.

   24.    The company will be represented by Joan Smith, president, Dan Moore, first vice
          president, and John Jones, personnel director.

   25.    Of course I can handle the job.

   26.    Politics, propositions, propaganda--it can all seem really serious and, for the most part, it
          is.

   27.    We live in a world where each regulation, or pending law, can mean the difference in
          someones life.

   28.    Whether its who you're allowed to marry or at what age you're allowed to have sex, laws
          and regulations are at the root of public and private life.

   29.    But they aren't all that important, in fact, some are downright stupid!

   30.    So to ease things up a bit, here is a list of some of the dumbest and most-frivolous laws
          in California.

   31.    Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool. (Baldwin Park) You would-
          n't think a city would have to make a law prohibiting riding a bicycle in a pool, would
          you?


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Directions: Decide which sentence in each group is most effectively and correctly expressed.

   32.    a. It is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at
             one time. (Hollywood)
          b. It is illegal to drive more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.
             (Hollywood)


   33.    a. It is illegal to own a green or smelly animal hide. (Chico)
          b. Owning green or smelly animal hides are illegal. (Chico)


   34.    a. The new study group questions were stimulating and a challenge.
          b. The new study group questions were stimulating and challenging.


   35.    a. In Koutsouradis v. Delta Airlines (11th Cir. 2005), a 36 year-old woman filed a
             lawsuit against Delta Airlines after she was asked to exit the plane and open her
             luggage because an object in her suit case was vibrating.
          b. In Koutsouradis v. Delta Airlines (11th Cir. 2005), a lawsuit was filed against Delta
             Airlines after being asked to exit the plane and open her luggage because an object
             in her suit case was vibrating.


   36.    a. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
          b. I will very much appreciate your assistance in this matter.


   37.    a. We are enclosing the documents you requested.
          b. Enclosed as per your request are the documents you requested.


   38.    a. Being that his neighbor ran over his hand, a 19 year-old in Los Angeles won
             $74,000 in a lawsuit.
          b. Because his neighbor ran over his hand, a 19 year-old in Los Angeles won $74,000
             in a lawsuit.




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   39.   a. Finally, in May 2000, a restaurant in Philadelphia was convinced to pay an Amber
            Carson after she slipped and broke her tailbone on a spilled soft drink, a soft drink
            that Ms. Carson had thrown at her boyfriend just minutes before.
         b. Finally, in May 2000, a restaurant in Philadelphia was persuaded to pay an Amber
            Carson after she slipped and broke her tailbone on a spilled soft drink, a soft drink
            that Ms. Carson had thrown at her boyfriend just minutes before.


   40.   a. That article really peaked my interest.
         b. That article really piqued my interest.




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