Transferring ideas from one person’s mind to another mind is an awesome thing. If I can’t figure out what you mean, though, communication is not happening. So yes, grammar counts. Using specific nouns and verbs instead of generics counts, too. Using pictures … might count? Eye sink tear four eye ham. I think, therefore I… Read More Clarity above all
Common grammar exercise: Circle all the nouns. These jokes are not suitable for children! When the songs were first performed, the singer’s dance style was considered horrifically immoral. Nothing but a Hound Dog: Don’t Be Cruel: Elvis Presley 1956 on the Ed Sullivan show, where Elvis’ lower body gyrations were not allowed… Read More Can’t Teach an Old Noun New Songs
… Because There Can be Only One, right? There can only ever be ONE RIGHT ANSWER. Argh. Variations on There Can be Only One I tried hard to be able to come to New York. Immigrating was not easy. I had to work hard to immigrate. It took a lot of effort to immigrate. Only… Read More The One True Way of Rephrasing
Writing is hard: True fact. You have to organize your thoughts more clearly than if you were just talking, because when you talk you can backtrack and fill in details that you left out. Writing has to be more organized than that. The first draft is allowed to be a mess! Student tried to get… Read More The Dreaded First Draft
Found this pun by accident. Sharing this pun on purpose.
Dear High School & College studetns writing your end-of-term papers, When using spell-check options, its important to know the difference between nouns, ver bs, and adjectives. It was a four car collided. It was a four car collision There were four cars in the collision Four cars collided. The collided of two cultures. A collision… Read More Verbing Nouns
As high school students transition to college, they need to bring words they know and understand into their active writing vocabulary. This means – bear with me here – proofreading and re-writing words. So many people, when they reach the end of the conclusion, assume they are done. Nope. Every page should morph through two… Read More Tutor vs Academic Language