Here’s a nifty online quiz you can take to see how you stack up in the areas of grammar and word choice. It covers all the sorts of things that this blog talks about, and it makes crystal clear, yet again, the fact that English is a nightmare sort of language.
If you want to know how I did the quiz, you’ll have to go to the next page so I don’t give away any answers.
I missed one question: the one that asks about a while vs. awhile vs. for a while. The quiz gives the answer as “all of the above.” I was prepared to argue the point that only “a while” is correct, but after doing some follow-up research, I find that I was, indeed, wrong. Look for an entry on a while and awhile, coming soon to a blog near you!