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.
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.
Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago. English Grammar 101: Pronouns. By Daniel Scocco Pronouns are used to replace nouns within sentences, making them less repetitive and mechanic.
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. 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.
RefresherI is the subject form of the first person personal pronoun. 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. McCracken takes issue with MWCD's definition: "boy who is an enthusiastic devotee, such as of comics or movies. " "The boy part isn't a reference to youth," McCracken writes. Proofreading for Common Errors.
What is proofreading?
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? Apostrophe Catastrophes. Using Apostrophes. About. Grammaropolis is where grammar lives!
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The Heteronym Homepage. Welcome to 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. Learn English Online with Common Mistakes. VLC Diagnostic Test.