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The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks: we steal tvs. Can You Start a Sentence with "Because"? Daily Writing Tips. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant. LOOK OUT! WE'RE JUDGING YOU. Top Ten Grammar Myths. March 4 is National Grammar Day, so I have a special top-10 show to celebrate the occasion, and before you argue with me, read the whole explanation about why each of these is a myth. 10.

Top Ten Grammar Myths

A run-on sentence is a really long sentence. Wrong! They can actually be quite short. English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know. By Daniel Scocco Just ask a friend what is the role of prepositions within sentences, or what are the four moods of verbs, and I am sure that you will see a puzzled look on his face.

English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know

Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago. In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference. Enjoy! Sentences Sentences are made of two parts: the subject and the predicate. The subject is the person or thing that acts or is described in the sentence. English Grammar 101: Pronouns. By Daniel Scocco Pronouns are used to replace nouns within sentences, making them less repetitive and mechanic.

English Grammar 101: Pronouns

For example, saying “Mary didn’t go to school because Mary was sick” doesn’t sound very good. Instead, if you say “Mary didn’t go to school because she was sick” it will make the sentence flow better. There are several types of pronouns, below you will find the most common ones: TV’s War on “Me” and “I” By Maeve Maddox Television scriptwriters — or perhaps actors who are failing to read what has been written for them–seem to be determined to reverse the functions of the pronouns “I” and “me” in American speech.

TV’s War on “Me” and “I”

RefresherI is the subject form of the first person personal pronoun. It stands for the person speaking. This subject form is used as the subject of a sentence:I am attending a conference in Chicago this week.Charles and I are attending the conference together. Daily Writing Tips. How to use a semicolon.

Of Fanboys and FANBOYS : Word Routes. On the website Technologizer, Harry McCracken has provided a lovingly detailed history of the term fanboy, as it traveled from the world of underground comics to become "the tech world's favorite put-down. " It got me thinking about the development of the mnemonic aid FANBOYS, which every English composition teacher knows is an acronym for the coordinating conjunctions for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. Fanboy got some attention in 2008 when it made the cut for inclusion in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Proofreading for Common Errors. What is proofreading?

Proofreading for Common Errors

Proofreading refers to the process of reading written work for “surface errors.” These are errors involving spelling, punctuation, grammar and word choice. Why should I care about proofreading, and what should I know about it? In most college courses, instructors expect that your writing will be free of surface errors, but you may be uncertain of the rules for spelling, punctuation, grammar and word choice. The following rules and examples, taken primarily from The St.

How can I proofread effectively? The following four steps should help you become a better proofreader. Familiarize yourself with the errors you commonly make by looking over writing that has already been marked. Apostrophe Catastrophes. Using Apostrophes. About. Grammaropolis is where grammar lives!

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Because the parts of speech are personified based on their roles in the sentence, the characterization provides students with a more effective way to visualize and internalize the roles of the parts of speech and to identify how a sentence is put together. Grammaropolis was created and refined in the ultimate proving grounds: the classroom. Our advisors include standards-compliant curriculum experts, elementary and middle school teachers and administrators, and publishing and entertainment industry professionals. Presentations at Grammar Bytes! Terms of Use You may not alter, sell, or post these materials on a different server.

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The Heteronym Homepage

This homepage is about heteronyms, a type of word. See what it's all about! You are visitor number Page revised on 1/1/99 Page created on 6/1/96. Learn English Online with Common Mistakes. VLC Diagnostic Test.