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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.

GRAMMAR

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.

Grammar

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

Grammar

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) ?

Grammar

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

Grammar

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?

Grammar

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

Grammar

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?

Grammar

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.

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?

Grammar

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?

Developing Academic Style

My instructor has let me know that my writing is too informal, and that I should work to develop a more formal, academic style. Where should I begin?

I don't know how to write a rebuttly essay or even what a rebuttle essay is.

I was recently assigned a writiing assignment in my history class. I have to read two different stories about, "was the great awakwening a key to the american revolution." One man says yes, the other says no. Can you tell me what a rebuttle essay is and what the contents of my paper should include. The paper is to be no more tha

Essay Outline required

I need to answer the following essay question, in no more than 1500 words, using the two attached files as my primary sources. Essay question: 'Victorian moral values were shared by all.' Analyse what was meant by 'moral values' in mid-Victorian Britain, with particular reference to the lives of the working classes. I am

MLA Style Compare And Contrast Essay Basics

I am trying to write an essay comparing and contrasting "Of Marriage and Single Life" by Francis Bacon and "Roxana" by Daniel Defore. Am having trouble with what to compare and contrast. Also need to know more about MLA style writing. Does the Thesis statement need to be the first sentence in the introduction?

IDENTIFYING DIFFERENT PARTS OF SPEECH

HOW IS THE WORD "BUT" USED IN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE? MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT COLUMBUS WAS POOR WHEN HE DIED IN 1506, BUT HE WAS ACTUALLY QUITE WEALTHY. IS THE WORD "BUT" A CONJUNCTION OR A PREPOSITION IN THAT SENTENCE? PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWER.

Topic sentence help is given.

HERE ARE THE DIRECTIONS: IF THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH HAS A TOPIC SENTENCE, TELL WHAT IT IS. IF THERE IS NOT A TOPIC SENTENCE IN THE PARAGRAPH, SUMMARIZE THE MAIN IDEA OF THE PARAGRAPH. IT ALSO STATES THAT THE TOPIC SENTENCE COULD BE THE FIRST SENTENCE OR THE LAST SENTENCE OR ANYWHERE IN BETWEEN--BUT THAT IF IT IS A NARRATIV

DETERMINING THE TOPIC SENTENCE OF A PARAGRAPH

INSTRUCTIONS--IF THE PARAGRAPH HAS A TOPIC SENTENCE, TELL WHAT IT IS. IF THERE ISN'T A TOPIC SENTENCE, SUMMARIZE THE MAIN IDEA. HERE IS THE PARAGRAPH: IN MARCH OF 1996, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE FOR CALIFORNIANS WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARI