Odds and Ends
Check each sentence for GMC: Grammar, Meaning and Concision.
Then specifically for:
1. Subject-Verb Agreement
5. Verb Tense, mood and voice
- Coordinating Conjunctions:
Most common: And, but, or
Others: for, nor, yet, so
Most common: because, although
Others: before, after, since, when, if, unless, that, though, while
Signals and separators of modifiers, items in a list and other elements.
Non essential modifiers are indicated by a comma (vice versa)
Used to connect two related main clauses. Each must be able to stand alone as an independent sentence.
Provides further explanation for what comes before it. The latter does not have to be able to stand on its own.
Ex. Main clause: THAT IS....
Use a dash as an emphatic comma, semicolon or colon.
Quantity Rule #1
Words used for COUNTABLE things vs. words used for UNCOUNTABLE things.
Ex. Many Hats vs. Much Patience
Quantity Rule #2
Words used to relate TWO things vs. words used to relate THREE or MORE things.
Ex. Between vs Among
Quantity Rule #3
Increased and Decrease Vs. Greater and Less
- In and De express the change of one thing over time.
- Gr and Less signal a comparison between two things.