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Contest: Twitter-Up Your Grammar Skills

March 19th, 2009 by
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As you may recall, I held a Top Thinker Contest last month, giving away almost US$200 in prizes. Well, I’m in a generous mood again, so I’ve got another contest for readers of Beyond the Rhetoric.

From time to time, I publish a Grammar 101 post here, talking about less and fewer, compliment and complement, and other common mistakes that people make with everyday language. It seems that I’m not the only one who does this kind of thing.

Up for grabs is a free copy of Booher’s Rules of Business Grammar: 101 Fast and Easy Ways to Correct the Most Common Errors by Dianna Booher. This book contains 101 lessons on all kinds of common grammar mistakes. The chapters are concise, straightforward, and contain great memory tips. Expect a more comprehensive review of Booher’s Rules of Business Grammar at some point in the future.

Dianna Booher had previously previously published books on speaking with confidence, writing for the 21st century, and other related topics. I’d say that she is quite the respected professional in the field.

So, how can you win? First, you’ll need to follow me on Twitter. Then, some time between now and next Thursday, I’ll send out a grammar-related question via Twitter and the first follower to provide the correct response wins the book! To make sure that you’re response gets through, you’ll want to format your tweet as follows:

@michaelkwan Here is the answer to the question.

Please include that exact tinyurl in your tweet as that will lead back to this contest page. In the event that more than one follower sends the response at the same time, the winner will be determined by the order the replies appear on the Twitter replies page.

I will ship to anywhere in the world with reasonable postal service. Antarctica is off-limits, but Malaysia is fine (for example).

Keep a close eye on my Twitter feed in the next seven days. You never know when I may pose my contest question! Good luck!

UPDATE: (03/23/09)
We have a winner! I asked a grammar question on Monday afternoon, and Ray Ebersole was the first to respond correctly. Yes, the same Ray Ebersole who won my other contest. Congratulations, Ray! Thanks for being a dedicated reader and follower.

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12 Responses to “Contest: Twitter-Up Your Grammar Skills”

  1. Michael,

    Looks like you’re getting creative with your contest. Grammar CAN be fun!


  2. betshopboy says:

    Grammar contest should be fun but what’s even more challenging for me is to even spot the contest tweet within the next 7 days(given the 15 hours time difference), let alone be the first follower to provide the correct response .

  3. Can you give us a general time-of-day bracket on when your grammar question will go out?

  4. Debo Hobo says:

    I’m look forward to participating in this contest. I very rarely win anythig online.

  5. Heather says:

    Not sure if I posted my contest answer properly:
    hshomestaging@michaelkwan Here is the answer to the question. Tom and I attended the conference.
    Probably nothing wrong grammatically with your sentence – it just sounds awkward.

    • Ray Ebersole says:

      The answer was that the sentence is correct as it is. The rule to follow to see if the sentence is correct is to take the other person out and read the sentence to see if it sounds correct.

      The original: “The conference was attended by Tom and me.”

      Which sounds right:

      “The conference was attended by me.”


      “The conference was attended by I.”

  6. Lesley says:

    Dude. I didn’t even *see* the question, and I’m on twitter all day.

  7. Ray Ebersole says:

    Thanks Michael! I’m looking forward to reading it.

    I asked John Chow why he went out and bought the book from your recommendation instead of waiting for the contest. He responded, as you probably saw, that it was too much effort for him with the price of the book. Of course, I don’t make $400,000 from my blog, so I’m happy that I won it.

    See John Chow, it paid off for me to try to win…;-)

    For all of you who don’t know John Chow, I’m just teasing him. I like his blog, follow him on Twitter and he is a friend on Facebook.

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