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March 08, 2009


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Here I thought I was a great graammr person and after reading the comments I have to admit I've never even heard the word "gerund"! And now maybe you can answer a question about something I just did. See where I put quotation marks and then put punctuation after them? I get really confused about punctuation with quotation marks. So, did I do it right? Or should the exclamation point have been inside?


/ I should take the test again. It was my 25th batihdry and I may have eaten too much cake or something. (: I really have no excuses, my dad was a teacher and my mom wanted to teach English had she been a teacher!


Thank you, Holly! A gerund is a verabl noun. When a word that's usually an action verb ends in "ing" and is used as a noun, it's a gerund. For example:The forward's shooting has really improved.I appreciate your sending me that information."Shooting" and "sending" are both used as nouns in these sentences. They're gerunds.Thanks for asking! :)


Thanks for the comment! With reradgs to question 1, yes, I believe you have answered your own question, and probably more succinctly than I would have. Well done! About question 2, my comment above wasn't actually relating to grammar at all; it was just a joke (a fairly offside one at that) in reradgs to the previous comment. Hope there wasn't too much confusion there. (I do, after all, have to maintain my grammatical integrity with a blog like this, don't I?) Haha! I'm not sure what the adjective in the second sentence (fun) is supposed to be. Androgynous, I suppose?


I'm glad to see this series back. What's bingugg me at the moment is a punctuation issue though. When I put closed brackets I don't know which comes first, the closed bracket or the full stop. If I use an exclamation mark, it looks right inside the brackets, but if I just use a full stop it looks right after the closed brackets. Can you help?


Love this! it made me smile (: My aunt is an English teacher and grniowg up, she'd always correct me (kind of embarrassing, actually!) But now I love grammar and always find myself grimacing when other people can't talk good. Ha, just kidding, of course, with that last sentence! "When other people don't write well" hehe (:


Rakesh vengalil,iam hanvig IELTS exams on march 7th.i need 6 individual score.hope i will get it.iam hanvig problems in reading.due to lack of continous concentration.i want everybody pray for me get 6 in all the four tests..good luck to every body rakesh vengalil


hey good luck for you on your exami did mine. and im waiting for the reltsus next weak, i had a schedule on writing not a graph.you know it contains names and numbers.it was not that hard, and i think i did well.ok, good luck to you.byee :))


Richella, I would love it if you would write a post regarding the use of "I" and "me" in a sennetce. So often I hear people say "I" when they should say "me". I remember learning about this in school, but I'm sure you could explain it much better (than I). I really enjoy your tutoring sessions:-)!


Richella, what a blessing you are. Thank you for taikng the time to teach these lessons. I love them and find them very helpful. I'm passing them on to my daughter who is challenged in English grammar. Keeping them short is a big plus for busy people. I'm a writer, and hope you'll stop by my blog for a visit.Thanks again.


Interesting blog. I share many of your interests, eecerixnpes, and ambitions.As the cliche goes, what gets measured, gets taught. I'm afraid that in adult education we tilt toward teaching fill in the blank grammar, short reading assignments, and so-called life skills as measured on standardized tests. Sometimes, the better programs will also include listening tests - but often at a relatively low level. What's missing? Perhaps the most critical life skill - the ability to hold a serious, in-depth conversation in English. The citizenship exam at least makes a minimal effort in this direction; the vast majority of adult education programs have too little time, too little money, and perhaps too imagination to assess the speaking and conversation skills of students.Meanwhile, conversation clubs and private tutors often fill the gap. That's fine, but I wish more students also had a chance to take conversation classes, public speaking classes, or at least interview skill classes.Good luck with your blog.


I have to add a common mtasike, this one a spoken one:NO: We have to do a whole nuther round of testing.Yes: We have to do another whole round of testing.This is one is so common, and it should not be ;)


I am really cfnuosed because some say the rule is pencil for reading and listening and use pen for writing and some say you can use either both in writing. what is really the correct one to use? please help me with this.. thanks in advance.


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When I first started sduiytng Latin, I wondered about the order too. It seemed to me that Nom. Acc. would make the most sense. In my mind, Nom. Voc. would have been just as bad. The vocative is only different in the 2nd declension, why give it such a prominent place? Anyways, after learning more, I realized how much I like having Genitive in the 2nd position, since that is the other part that allows you to know what declension the noun is a part of.


There's nothing odd about it.First, I'm not sure what you mean about as in Europe'. Certainly the Italian grrmmaas I have seen use the American' order.Second, I assume the rationale is that the genitive form is what you need to determine the root and declension of the noun. This is presumably why the nom. and gen. are given in Latin dictionary entries so it makes a certain amount of sense to give them in that order in the grammar.


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