the correlative conjunction

Just as the coordinating conjunction does, the correlative conjunction joins words or groups of words. Here are the five pairs of correlative conjunctions. Whether . . . or Neither . . . nor Both . . . and Either . . . or Not only . . . but also Note: Using only the first…

The Apostrophe

Here are useful rules for the apostrophe. Learn them well, and use them in your writing. Use an apostrophe to form the possessive of singular and plural nouns. Add an apostrophe and an s to form the possessive of a singular noun. Joe + ’s = Joe’s car day + ’s = day’s effort flag…

the verb phrase

A verb phrase is the main verb and one or more helping verbs. Common helping verbs include these words in the box. am are be been being can could did do does doing had has have having is may might must shall should was were will would The verb phrases are underlined in these sentences….

the verb

The verb, the fourth of the eight parts of speech, is an action word. Since all good writing starts with strong verbs, this part of speech is very important. The three basic types of verbs are the following: ➲ The action verb tells what action the sentence’s subject (or doer) per-forms, is performing, has performed,…

Sound a like words Part Three

Here is the third set of sound-alike words. Study and use them well. plain: not adorned; piece of land She wore a plain dress to the event. The horses moved quickly across the plain. plane: a piece of aircraft How heavy is that plane with all those passengers aboard it now? principal: the school’s leader;…

the subordinating conjunction

The subordinating conjunction joins larger groups of words within sen-tences. It begins adverb clauses (groups of words that answer the questions When? Where?How? To what extent?). The subordinating conjunction can also be used to combine the ideas found in several sentences. Here are the subordinating conjunctions, followed by sample sentences. after although as as far…

the infinitive and infinitive phrase

➲The third type of verbal, in addition to the participle and the gerund, is the infinitive. An infinitive is composed of the word to plus a verb. Examples of the infinitive include to remember, to cuddle, to pacify, and to yodel. Infinitives can function as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. To succeed is Ted’s goal. (noun—subject…

More Apostrophe Situations

Here are more situations involving the use of the apostrophe. Review them, and incorporate them into your writing. Use an apostrophe in contractions (words that combine two words into one).