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61. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Writers tend to be much more practical with language. Teachers like to cling to theory.

62. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

But... I like the poor comma...

I'm gonna tell my Momma... (what a horrid rhyme!)

63. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Exactly...I was trying to highlight how people often use commas to make sentences run together when they should be broken up.
I don't think it'd be right to start a sentence with "when really.." But i'd have changed the words around to say the same thing.

If sentences are much too long and contain too many different points, twists and turns, (there must be grammatical terms for this)it doesn't make for clear and easy reading.

Gosh this is like an English lesson in School we all must be bored!

Anyone got any questions about apostrophes? Particular the correct placement of apostrophes for ownership. Miss Hall taught me that really well back in Year8....

64. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Possessive pronouns such as "its" ?

65. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Quoting tway

But... I like the poor comma...

I'm gonna tell my Momma... (what a horrid rhyme!)

I particularly like to see the comma used before the conjunction in a compound sentence, but I don't know how your Mooma would react to that.

66. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Liz, if we're bored - at least we're in the right forum!

Wocca:

It's = it is
Its = possesive form of it

When you read a sentence, if you can say "it is" then you know you have to write "it's".

Next we have recess and this afternoon we make maccaroni tambourines from pie plates!

67. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Quoting Lil Liz

Anyone got any questions about apostrophes? Particular the correct placement of apostrophes for ownership. Miss Hall taught me that really well back in Year8....

Could this be a singular / plural thing ?

68. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Oh yes, that one catches people out... people don't realise that "its" as in "the cat licked its paw" is a possesive pronoun in the same way as "the man scratched his head"

They write " licked it's paw" instead.

Now I'm sounding like a right smart alek.

When its a possesive plural it confuses folk:
"She was the people's princess"
"Meredith had 8 cats. She prepared the cats' dinners at 8am each day"

Somebody stop me....change the subject......

69. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Quoting tway

Liz, if we're bored - at least we're in the right forum!

Bored ??? It's 1.10am here and my girlfriend's just gone to bed.

70. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Quoting Lil Liz

Somebody stop me....change the subject......

How subordinate conjunctions instead?