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Grammar for Life Rules and Examples. Definition: A modifier is a word or group of words that modifies, or describes, another word or group of words in.

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1 Grammar for Life Rules and Examples

2 Definition: A modifier is a word or group of words that modifies, or describes, another word or group of words in a sentence. A modifier should always appear next to the word or words it modifies. Incorrect Example: Smothered in gravy, Derek ate his turkey. Correct Example: Option 1: Derek ate his turkey, which was smothered in gravy. Option 2: Derek ate his smothered in gravy turkey. Master Your Modifiers

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4 Concept: Vary Your Sentences Rule: Move a prepositional phrase to the beginning of a sentence so the sentence does not sound awkward. Incorrect: Sally takes a ballet class at the end of each week. Correct: At the end of each week, Sally takes a ballet class.

5 Vary Your Sentences You can form a compound sentence by linking two regular sentences together. You can use the following words to join sentences: FANBOY – for, and, nor, but, or, your -also, however, although, therefore, and. Ex: Incorrect: My brownie was delicious, I ate it all. Correct: My brownie was delicious, therefore, I ate it all.

6 Vary Your Sentences- Rule # 4 Rule # 4: Combine two or more sentences by placing the clause in the middle of one of the sentences: Incorrect Example: Jasmine loves to eat chicken. She is fat and lazy. Correct Example: Jasmine, my fat lazy cat, loves to eat chicken. By: Emily Del Villar and Charlotte Atkinson

7 Redundancy Rule: Do not use unnecasary repitition in your writing to keep it clear and effective. Definition: The use of words or data that could be omitted without loss of meaning or function; repetition or overlapping, especially of words. Incorrect: We have to go to soccer at 2:55 P.M., after school, after our classes are over. Correct: We have to go to soccer at 2:55 P.M., after school.

8 Comma Sense Use a pair of commas in the middle of a sentence to set off words or phrases that are not essential elements to the sentence. Incorrect: Suzy my friend went to the mall to buy a new outfit for the first day of school. Correct: Suzy, my friend, went to the mall to buy a new outfit for the first day of school.

9 Comma Sense Rule: Use commas to separate items in a series of three or more things. Incorrect: When I make an ice cream Sunday I make sure to put on sprinkles cherry’s chocolate syrup and whip cream. Correct: When I make an ice cream Sunday I make sure to put on, sprinkles, cherry’s,chocolate syrup, and whip cream.


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