By Rebecca Elliott Ph.D.
This very approachable textual content combines guideline in components of speech and sentence constitution with down-to-earth examples, humorous illustrations, and exam of a few of the extra fun and bizarre phrases within the English language. A bankruptcy on transparent electronic mail conversation and etiquette is fresh during this version, as are a number of the author's difficult "Brain Ticklers." Her beneficial bankruptcy on tips to edit a college paper has additionally been seriously revised and up to date. Barron's renowned Painless sequence of research courses for center college and highschool scholars supply a lighthearted, usually funny method of their topics, reworking info that will as soon as have appeared uninteresting or tricky right into a sequence of fascinating and mentally difficult principles. so much titles within the sequence characteristic many fun-to-solve "Brain Tickler" issues of solutions on the finish of every bankruptcy.
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The subject is Tori; the compound verb is ate and slept. ) RIGHT: Tori ate a big dinner and slept soundly all night. Don't use a comma with linking conjunctions. ) Delete the comma in each of these sentences: WRONG: I will walk home, because my mom can't pick me up. < previous page page_53 next page > < previous page page_54 next page > Page 54 WRONG: I will eat my spinach, if you'll put some butter on it. WRONG: I try to hide, whenever my mom serves liver for dinner. Don't use a comma before and when only two things are listed.
He has the least luck. I have many cats. You have more cats. She has the most cats. I ate too much pizza. He ate more pizza. You ate the most pizza. Comparisons can get confusing. Try to keep them as simple as possible. Check these out: Clear Confusing smaller less big less powerful more powerless most harmful least harmless more able less unable < previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 Some adjectives can't get any bigger or betterthey are already superlative.
ADJECTIVES: I am capable. You are more capable. Maria is most capable. ADVERBS: I eat quickly. You eat more quickly. She eats most quickly. Or less and least. ADJECTIVES: Marshall is willing. Eric is less willing. Of the three, Rick is least willing. ADVERBS: David runs gracefully. Sam runs less gracefully. Of the three, Mark runs least gracefully. < previous page page_47 next page > page_48 < previous page next page > Page 48 Sometimes you, the writer, must decide which sounds better, the -er form or the more form.