The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin – a perennial favorite. My own perennial favorite: Commelina communis, or the Asiatic Dayflower. Happily, Student has most excellent ideas to write about – we will work together to tidy up the grammar so the ideas get the most excellent grade they deserve. “The Story on… Read More Abandon All Commas, Ye Who Enter Here
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Oxford Comma: It’s the last comma in a list. If you’ve got these, them, and those, do you need a comma after ‘them’ or not? For students, it’s a pain in the neck. For one company, it was a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
Are commas really all that important? Yes. Student: Help, my teacher said I need more punctuation. Me: You’ve come to the right place! Student needed to add commas to the essay. Student also needed advice for knowing when to add commas, even when the Tutor is not around. Here’s a partial list, based on Student’s… Read More More Punctuation, Please.
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in training wrote a very interesting paper, so much fun to read. But the good old comma and assorted unclear phrases meant that a Writing Consultant will always a bit of Speech & Language to analyze The role of the SPL is to ensure something. Who is enacting the prevention… Read More Tutor vs Therapist’s English
Student had to write an essay about something not school-related that he is passionate about. Am I supposed to use personal pronouns in this essay about myself? Oh, the dreaded Personal Pronoun rule. If one is writing about a general topic, then the Point of View should also be general, which means not using personal… Read More Tutor vs The Personal Pronoun Take II
“As I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is about a mom who raised her daughter Emily after her husband left her. Mom was flat broke and couldn’t be ‘the good mom’ while also being the bread-winner. Now the social worker at Emily’s school wants to have a talk… while Mom stands there, ironing.… Read More One Paper, So Many Tiny Errors