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Unformatted text preview: Basic Grammar Rules 1. Spelling Errors There is no good excuse for spelling errors in a final draft. Everyone should use a dictionary or turn on Spell Check. When in doubt, check it out! 2. Run-on Sentences Run-ons occur when you try to make one sentence do too much. For example: William gazed across the broad Pacific his heart was filled with dread. Avoid run-ons by: a. breaking the long sentence into separate sentences: William gazed across the broad Pacific. His heart was filled with dread . b. reducing one of the clauses to a subordinate clause and adding a comma: When William gazed across the broad Pacific, his heart was filled with dread. c. adding a comma and coordinating conjunction between the two clauses: William gazed across the broad Pacific, but his heart was filled with dread . 3. Sentence Fragments Fragments occur when youve written only part of a sentence. For example: Because there was no other way of escaping the fire. Fix fragments by making sure your sentence contains both a subject and a verb: He leaped out of the window because there was no other way of escaping the fire. 4. Subject / Verb Agreement If the subject is singular, use a singular verb; if the subject is plural, use a plural verb: The arrival of many friends promises a good time. Either the principal or the coach usually attends the dance....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course GOVT 32 taught by Professor Lind during the Spring '09 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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