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General Table of Contents
- Subject-Verb Disagreement
- Could of
- Your and You’re
- Case of Pronouns
- Subjunctive Mood
- Dangling Participles
- There, Their, They’re
- Affect vs. Effect
- It’s vs. Its
- Lead vs. Led
- Principle vs. Principal
- Bring vs. Take
- The Horrible Like Word
Detailed Table of Contents
1 - Subject-Verb Disagreement - “There’s lots of these mistakes.”
- There is - Huge Grammatical Mistake
- Three Rules on Subject-Verb Agreement
- Common Traps to Avoid
- Subjects Joined by and
- Subjects Joined by or
- Subjects Joined by Other Connectors
- Group Nouns: majority do or majority does?
- British Approach to Group Nouns
- None - Singular or Plural?
- Each - Singular or Plural?
- Now let’s fix the chapter title…
2 - Could of - “We could of used the right helping verb.”
3 - Your and You’re - “Your leaving out the word are.”
4 - Case of Pronouns - “You and him confuse the case of pronouns.”
- Memorize the Various Personal Pronouns
- Case of Pronouns - The Rule
- Pronoun as the Object of a Preposition
- Shall we fix the chapter title?
5 - Subjunctive Mood - “If I was you, I’d learn the subjunctive mood.”
- Forming the Subjunctive Mood
- Situations Requiring the Subjunctive Mood
- Back to Our Robin Cook Examples
- Let’s now fix the chapter title…
6 - Dangling Participles - “When writing, your participle might dangle.”
7 - There, Their, They’re - “Their mixing up they’re theres.”
8 - Affect vs. Effect - “Bad habits will effect your writing.”
9 - It’s vs. Its - “Should you take out it’s apostrophe?”
10 - Lead vs. Led - “Yesterday, they lead us astray.”
11 - Principle vs. Principal - “Here’s the principle reason he flunked the course.”
- The Word Principle
- The Word Principal
- Principle vs. Principal - A Summary
- Our chapter title should thus read…
12 - Bring vs. Take - “Bring along this advice when you go to work.”
13 - The Like Word - “Like, I’m like gonna learn how to like talk.”
- Introducing Quotations with the Like Word
- Like - A Ubiquitous Word
- Parents - Take Note
- The Word Like Serves as 7 Parts of Speech
- Overusing Like Threatens Your Career
- Perhaps from now on you’ll say…
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