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Sound Does not work right

A few days ago, a friend of mine went to talk to me about the widespread problem of poor grammar. The discussion focused on the fact that one of the largest employers in the country reports on applicants for jobs from entry level is the potential employees' poor understanding of English grammar. I contributed to my observation that in the not too distant a good test for writers frustrated by a puzzle grammar includes the simple question: "Does that sound right?" Unfortunately, a problem facing youth today is that the grammar poor has seeped so deeply into daily conversation, "Sounds good?" just does not work anymore. A little research confirmed the existence of this problem.

In an article entitled Survey reveals unappreciated by the grammar school teachers, Education publishedin Daily, April 21, 2003, author Michael Cardman reported: "Between six general writing skills, high school teachers in a recent survey grammar and usage rated as the least important. "Cardman was to say:" For seniors who graduated in 2002 and took the ACT (standardized test) 46 percent scored at or below a marginal level of preparation for university courses, which means they may have difficulty with tasks such as use punctuation to clarify meaning, so that subjects and verbs agree, or link clausesclearly and logic. "In a separate article for United Press International, March 18.2003 entitled, Top 20 mistakes in writing resumes, Mike Worthington, the "Doctor Curriculum vitae ", discussed the recruiters' top 20 complaints. Recently, Worthington firm interviewed hundreds of recruiters and headhunters in the United States and Canada to find out what they are off. The report, available at ResumeDoctor.com found that "The No. One thing recruiters hate is wrong written. Misspellings, typos and grammatical errors "

b. Give money to (which or whoever) you like.

c. Exercise can be difficult (comma, semicolon, or no punctuation) but can be very rewarding.

d. The (effect or affect) adversely the experiment (effect or affect) the group.

e. Our garden has (much or very much) weed this year.

f. The team composed entirely of girls did (his or her) debut last Saturday.

g. It is (good or good) that has completed (or already all ready).

h. You (two, too,) have (two, too, a) long (two, too, a)!

i. She made this gift for you and I (or me). J. The Committee discussed the issue between the (same or other) before the performance (His or her) decision.

The answers are: at ("is" only means "is"); b. who (you need an object to fit with the preposition "a" in this sentence – "that" is nominative case or subject, who is the objective case pronoun); c. eat (there are two independent clauses [phrases with a subject and a verb] combined by the conjunction "but." The rule is "always precede a liaison relationship with a comma. ") d. effect (" effect "with an" e "means the result) affection ("affect" with "a" means change). "e. much (" much isalways two words), his (in this sentence we are dealing with a pronoun / antecedent. According f. "Su" is plural and therefore incorrect because the antecedent of "team" is singular). g. well (although it is not standard English) and (with the media "for now") h.. two (always a number); too (too), also (well). and I (the pronoun "I" is always an issue, and "I" is always an object. This sentence needs an object). J. themselves ("the Committee" is a collective noun can be singular or plural depending on their use. [In the first reference, "the Committee" is plural, so we need a plural pronoun) its (the committee is acting as a singular noun in the . Second reference] "Your" is therefore the correct pronoun) Rating: If you lost 0-2, re-reading it, you're doing well ..

3-5, maybe a little brush up would not hurt.

08.06, time to get a library card and improve their writing through reading

10.09, time to get a grammar book.

If you felt a little rusty with this challenge and English grammar, I recommend giving find yourself with either of these two books: THE LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK or Strunk WHITE AND THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE. Do not let a comma between you and your next job.

If one of the countless hordes of seemingly normal people with a problem of grammar "Closet"? Perhaps you are absent (in mind if not body) when your fifth grade English teacher discussed pronoun-antecedent agreement. Or, perhaps the pluperfect makes perfect tense. Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones – they always "do good" without the slightest idea why. Whatever the reason, if you has been hiding a phobia of grammar is not too late to win a coma!

Why not make this the day they start to get rid of that cloud of confusion surrounding the English grammar? It can be done. When I taught ESL to international students at a community college north of Seattle, one of my most common responses to my students was: "This is another exception to the rule." Sometimes I felt a little guilty that I was lucky growing English speaking English because I like a relatively difficult language for an adult non-English speakers to master.

Below is a rapid test for common grammar and spelling problems. Why not take a minute to see how you doing? Just circle the correct answer.

a. The dog lost (his or her) neck.

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