February 27 ~ WELCOME TO OUR FIRST ONLINE CLASS. THIS IS A TEST. THIS IS ONLY A TEST...

We'll see how it goes. We will assist each other.  This will be challenging or difficult for some and not too difficult for others who use computers frequently.

If you use computers frequently, have patience when we "get stuck." If you don't use computers frequently, have patience when we "get stuck!"  Do your best! Help each other.

*** Rules: Do all exercises. I know it's fun to "surf the net" and explore and check your email and look at family photos, but we don't have a lot of time.


Main Problems you are having with your papers:

  1. Subject-Verb Agreement
  2. Comma Splices
  3. Spelling
  4. Punctuation
  5. Thesis Statements
  6. Style/Structure

Why do subjects and verbs need to agree?

Are they unhappy with each other?    

In your papers, some of the subjects and the verbs do not get along very well. In fact, they are enemies!

The subject must "agree" with the verb. They should be like a married couple. Let me say a HAPPILY married couple!

This means that singular subjects require singular verbs, while a plural subject requires a plural verb. They have to be compatible.

Examples:

  1. The man reads the paper.

"Man" is singular, and so the verb "to read" needs an "s" at the end.

  1. The girls sleep all day.

"Girls" is plural, so the verb "to sleep" stays without an "s." 

There are some more difficult aspects to this S-V Agreement though. Sometimes it is not easy to know if a subject is singular or plural.

For example:

  1. Verb "to be" ~         Neither the girls nor the boy ______ there.   Is or are?
  2. Verb "to be" ~         Either ______ correct.   Is or are?
  3. Verb: "to laugh" ~   The boy or his friends ______ in class.    Laugh or laughs?
  4. Verb: "to dance" ~  One of the girls ______ every Saturday night.    Dance or dances?

Not so easy anymore right?   Read THIS to learn find your answers and learn more!

One of the important thing to know is whether or not a subject is countable or uncountable. Lets see if you know the answers to this QUESTIONNAIRE.

If you get many wrong, read THIS.

Now... take a subject-verb agreement QUIZ online. WARNING! It is difficult!

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Comma what??? 

Comma Splices.

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Spelling Counts!

Dictionary or Spell Check?

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Punctuation Station

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Thesis Statement (or "Topic Sentence")

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Style/Structure

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