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Sentence Diagram / Grammar

I have a sentence that I would like parsed (by a person, not a computer). It's a sentence I found in the Economist. One of my students asked me to parse it, but I've found that it's been much too long since I've done any diagramming. I would like it parsed in similar fashion to the way it's done in Max Morenberg's book 'Doi

I need help with my essay about Margaret Atwood.

In our Autobiographical Narrative unit, we talked about original topic presentation. This essay definitely fits the bill. For example, instead of saying "Women's bodies have long been exploited in advertising," she says, It sells cars, beer, shaving lotion, cigarettes, hard liquor; it sells diet plans and diamonds, and desire

Tenses checking my work is correct

Highlighted words are in capitals. 1 Mark WENT for a job interview last week. 2 IWORK from nine to five every day. 3 Sam will BE 23 in April. 4 Snow MELTS when the temperature RISES. 5 No, thanks, i;ve just HAD a cup of tea. 6 I wish Ii HAD a better paid job. 7 I was HAVING dinner when Linda came in. 8 Will you LEND me


The capital letters are the highlighted words The key is as follows. a= present simple b= past simple c= present continuous d= past continouous e= present perfect f= past perfect g= present perfect continuous h= past perfect contiuous i= future "going to" j= future simple (future + will) k future contiuous l= future

Check Grammar Auxiliary Verb

Which sentences include an auxiliary verb and which have the main verb. 1. John is in Tokio at the moment. 2. Sam might win the tourament. 3. I should speak to Linda. 4. Could you shut the door please. 5. When does Frank come to England? 6. I'm the boss here. 7. I want some chocolate. 8. Do you have the time please? 9


A= adjective B= adverb C= auxiliary verb D= conjunction E= definite article F= determiner G= indefinite article H= gerund J= modal verb L= personal pronoun M = preposition N= superlative adjective From this sentence I have to label all the words A to N and distinguish between general determiners and the definite and inde

Two Simple Sentence Compounds

I need 10 sentences in the patterns that follow. Underline each subject, bold each verb, and italicize each subordinator. Underline subjects and bold verbs in main clauses and in subordinate clauses. Two simple sentences with a compound verb or compound subject in each sentence. Three compound sentences using each of the thr

Examples of English verb tenses

Have I got the correct tenses next to the sentences? She’s been teaching English since 1990 Past simple After a year abroard, I’ll have done a lot Future progressive I go to the cinema twice a week Present perfect simple They were living in America last year Past perfect Sh

Grammar usage is discussed.

Which sentence is grammatically correct? A) She should of typed the report. B) Would you get a pencil off her? C) The new salesclerk waited on me. D) They had to wait for John and I.

Grammar-prepositional related error

Which one of the following sentences has a prepositional related error? A) There was a fight between the 2 men. B) The Cerritos center is near to my office. C) They gave a party for Mary and me. D) The report was sent to everyone except her.


Is anything wrong with the following sentence? Carmen is tall, slender, and a woman of great beauty. A) comma splice B) dangler C) correct D) lacks parallel parts

Grammar-active voice

Which is in active voice? A) The compositions were corrected by the teacher. B) The patient's c-ray was read by the radiologist. C) Too many mistakes were found in the document. D) The supervisor announced the newwork schedule.


What if anything is wrong with this sentence? To be fit, you should get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet. A) Correct B) Comma splice C) Lacks parallel parts D) Unclear pronoun


What, if anything, is wrong with the following sentence? Do you advise me to go to college or that I should get a job after high school? a) run-on b) misplaced part c) Lacks parallel parts d) Properly constructed sentence

Which sentence contains parallel parts?

Which sentence contains parallel parts? a) In the business world, you must write clearly and with conciseness. b) I would rather drive a car than ride a bike to work. c) Joan is a member of the internal audit committee, a team ;eader, and plays on the company softball team. d) The seminar speaker's talk was motivating

What is wrong, if anything with this sentence?

What is wrong, if anything with this sentence? Do you see the pretty girl standing next to the car with the red boots on? a) run-on b) misplaced part c) Properly constructed d) fregment My answer a) ?


What if anything is wrong with the following sentences? The new drug proved to be highly effective, it has no side effects. a) comma splice b)correctly constructed c) lacks parallel parts d)Has unclear pronoun


Is anything wrong with this sentence? Noah Webster, author of the original Webster's Dicionary, believed that a dictionary should contain more than the definitions of words; therefore, he included their etymologies as well. a) comma splice b) dangler c) run-on d) correctly constructed

What if anything is wrong with the following sentence?

What if anything is wrong with the following sentence? Noah Webster supported himself through sales of his spelling book over 100 million copies of the book were sold. a) Correct b) run-on c) Dangler d) Misplaced part I think b. Correct?


Which sentence is a comma splice? a) While the lawer propared the case, her assistant checked the report she found no mistakes. b) Because all the members were early, the meeting got underway ahead of schedule. c) Dr. Matheson, speaking as head of the hospital's medical council. d) The secretary handed the report to th


What is wrong with this sentence? Since I no longer maintain an office downtown for working on this kind of project. a) dangler b) misplaced part c) properly constructed sentence d) fragment My answer would be d) Am I correct?


Which one of the sentences is grammatically correct? A) Since we were behind schedule, we had to work quick. B) She felt badly that she arrived so late. C) Of all the students in the class, he asked permission most politely. D) He sure was real smart to figure that out.

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

This handout is intended to help you become more comfortable with the uses of and distinctions among quotations, paraphrases, and summaries. The first part of the handout compares and contrasts the terms, while the second part offers a short excerpt that you can use to practice these skills.

Steps to Effective Paraphrasing

What is the difference between quoting and paraphrasing? Do you still need to cite your sources when you paraphrase? You betcha. Here are some practical steps to effective paraphrasing.

Revision of a Paper

What exactly does an instructor want in a revision? Don't be afraid to ask your English instructor specific questions, but you also need to ask yourself these questions about your paper.

Subject verb agreement

Which one of the following sentences does not illustrate subject-verb agreement? A) Each of the players need a locker. B) He said that the computer is broken. C) There go the members of the cast. D) We knew that rivers flow south. In my opinion, it should be C. Am I correct?


In the following sentence, which word is the object of a preposition? Although learning is often difficult, it can still be enjoyable and will help us in the future. a) although b) difficult c) help d) future

Ideas for Strong Thesis Statements

I understand the basic concept of the thesis statement, but I still seem to struggle with actually developing them for my papers. The process is always agony. Can you help?