Session 10 - English for Academic Studies (Workshop)...

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English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 10: Common ESL Errors II Semester 1, 2011/12 ©PolyU HKCC 1 Session 10: Common ESL Errors II (Pronoun Agreement and Reference, Articles and Nouns) Part A: Diagnostic Test Three grammatical mistakes in the following passage have been underlined. Correct the mistakes in the space between the lines. Assisted suicide, *aka * euthanasia, is process by which individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with the means, such as equipment, drugs etc., to commit suicide. As in many other *jurisdiction, assisted suicide is illegal in Hong Kong. For years, people have been discussing whether or not assisted suicide should be legalized. One of the major arguments against it is that legalizing assisted suicide will open the “*floodgates” to people seeking mercy killing. * Aka: Also known as *Euthanasia: The act of putting to death a person suffering from incurable disease *Jurisdiction: The extent and range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority *Floodgate: Something serving to restrain an outburst (in claims and litigations) Part B: Grammar Principles – Review Pronoun Agreement A pronoun is a replacement of a noun. A pronoun must agree with the word it replaces (1) in number and (2) in gender. For example, Joshua and Marta are members of Orbis’s medical volunteers and they will be involved in the post-operative consultations in the coming weekend. Articles and Nouns Use a or an for singular nonspecific count nouns; use the with all specific nouns – specific singular, plural, and noncount nouns. For plurals and noncount nouns, articles can be omitted. For example, something strange happened to me when I was in the library this morning. The new textbook I purchased, which I placed on the table,
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English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 10: Common ESL Errors II Semester 1, 2011/12 ©PolyU HKCC 2 was gone after I went to look for some references; I found instead a used one lying on the table. Part C: Concept Boosting Exercises Exercise C1 (Continued from Part A): Six grammatical mistakes in the following passage have been underlined. Correct the mistakes in the space between the lines. In spite of opposite views, I am in total support of them. Anyone who has ever experienced situation in which your relatives tell you that he or she could not stand the pain of an additional day will perhaps understand why mercy killing in some cases is necessary. When different potentially effective medicines have been tried and all
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