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We all know that a singular subject takes a singular verb and a plural subject takes a plural verb, but what about a compound subject?
There are a lot of ways to say “because,” including “due to,” “since” and “as.” Bonnie Mills sorts out the best ways to use these words.

Subjects and verbs getting along?

January 5, 2018 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Subject-verb agreement means you pair singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs. Basic subject-verb agreement comes naturally for most native English speakers, but certain combinations can trip up even seasoned writers. Some tips.

Comprise, compose or consitute?

December 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

Here are examples of the correct ways to use comprise, compose, and constitute.
Mark Nichol, writing at Daily Writing Tips, offers a list of common spelling mistakes in idioms.
A second pair of eyes is always ideal, but having to apply your skills without a safety net will always happen at some point.

How to repair a comma splice

September 7, 2017 Categorized in: Grammar Repair Shop

“It hasn’t rained for three weeks, all the flowers are dying” is an example of a comma splice. It’s called that because a comma is used to splice together two sentences, which is incorrect. How do you fix one?
Here’s a classic is-it-this-way or is-it-that-way problem that a lot of people get wrong.
Knowing the difference between the types of phrase shorteners can help you use them correctly in writing.
Colons are most often used when introducing a list, and their primary function is to tell the reader that more information is on its way.
Apostrophes can be tricky and are frequently misused, especially in attempts to distinguish between a descriptive plural word and plural ownership.
Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl offers some tips for instances where using one of the two may be the better option.
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.
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