How to Write Perfect Sentences
Publication Year: 2003
The Grammar Crammer is a concise, sensible grammar handbook that explains lucidly how to remember correct word forms and sentence structures. Useful as a reference tool for high school and beyond, it packs an entire grammar encyclopedia into just over a hundred pages.
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Whether or not we know a genitive from a gerund, we all know thousands of grammar rules. We had to learn them just to speak so that other people could understand us. Most of those rules came so easily we didn't even recognize them as rules. We learned instinctively when to say I and when...
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It's important to be able to recognize nouns, because nearly every grammatically correct sentence must contain either a noun or its substitute, the pronoun...
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Pronouns cause a lot more confusion in writing than nouns, partly because grammarians made up some rules that aren't used in speech-and weren't in writing either until the rules were invented. But most errors creep in because some pronouns have several forms and the pronoun's place in the...
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Most people have little trouble identifying verbs by the time they get to high school. If a word makes sense with to in front of it, it's probably a verb-though many verbs, like nouns and pronouns, sometimes shift into other parts of...
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A modifier is a word or phrase put into a sentence to make the meaning of another word or phrase clearer or more precise. In short, it describes. It usually answers the question how, how much, when, why, which, or where. (Notice that it doesn't answer the question what: the subject and object do...
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If you've read the King James translation of the Bible, the first thing that you noticed was all the ands: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and be merry. . . . The reason' for all the ands is that Biblical Hebrew was made up entirely of just simple sentences...
6. Conjuntions and Prepostions
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A conjunction (sometimes called a connective) is a word or short group of words that joins. As we've seen in the previous chapter, it can join anything, from words to phrases to clauses to sentences. A preposition is a specific kind of conjunction. It joins an object noun or pronoun, along with...
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In speaking the English language, we use voice levels (loud and soft, as well as high and low pitch) and pauses to help show what our words mean. Punctuation in writing does the same job as those voice levels and pauses. If you say your sentences in your head when you write, you should get your...
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Publication Year: 2003