Grammar Rule of the Week. Capitalize names of people, titles used in front of a person’s name, places, days, months, holidays, and special events. Vocabulary Word:. Altercation (n)—a noisy dispute. Sentence Correction:.
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Capitalize names of people, titles used in front of a person’s name, places, days, months, holidays, and special events.
Altercation (n)—a noisy dispute
The altercation on friday between joe and sam was recorded on cell phones and posted on the internet over the labor day weekend.
Many names have special meaning or history. For example, the name Hannah means “favor” or “grace.” The name Vito means “life.” Write your own name. Who named you? What does your name mean? Does it have a special ethnic or religious significance? Are you named after someone in your family? If you could change your name, would you?
Capitalize names of nationalities, languages, direction words referring to parts of the country, school subjects from the name of a country or followed by a Roman numeral, and the first and all important words in titles of books, etc.
Ambrosial (adj)—delicious; fragrant; divine
According to the cookbook, the food of greece, the food in southern greece is ambrosial.
Ambulatory (adj)—walking or moving; alterable
The french patient was ambulatory after the surgery; he fell in love with the american nurse.
Apex (n)—highest point, summit
The apex of the book around the world in eighty days was when the protagonist almost lost his bet.
Appendage (n)—something attached to a larger item
When traveling south on the highway towards cousin’s house in the north, I saw an accident where someone lost an appendage.
To the naked eye, it looks like junk, but you know it’s precious: the beat-up stuffed animal you slept with every night as a kid, the raggedy baseball mitt you used in Little League, the tooth you couldn’t bear to throw away after it fell out. Choose a beloved object from your own childhood and explain why you feel sentimental about it or treasure it so much.
Use apostrophes to show ownership, form contractions, and in place of omitted numbers in a year.
Bedlam (n)—uproar; confusion
The teachers class was bedlam; it took five administrators to control it.
Bellicose (adj)—warlike; quarrelsome
The students bellicose behavior made the teacher send him out of class.
Billet-doux (n) – a love letter
The billet-doux taped to Sallys locker wasnt the first one she had received from Tom.
Bona fide (adj) – made in good faith; genuine
The teenagers offer to wash the dishes was a bona fide one, even though he didnt follow through on it.
An almost infinite variety of types of love exists. The love of parents for their children is very different from the love of brothers for their sisters, of wives for their husbands, of kids for their pets, and on and on. Choose two people in your life whom you love, and explain how your love for each of them is different.
Fragments may lack a subject, verb, or both, or may be punctuated incorrectly to form an incomplete thought.
Brouhaha (n)—hubbub; uproar; furor
Creating a brouhaha in class.
Buffoon (n)—a clown, comedian, or laughable person
The buffoon in first period.
Cacophonous (adj)—harsh-sounding or confused-sounding
The cacophonous music was coming from.
In cadence with each other, singing together.
If you had to give up one piece of technology that you use all the time, what would it be and why? Do you think you’d be better off without it?
A run-on sentence is two or more complete sentences written as though they were one sentence; a comma splice is a type of run-on with only a comma separating the two sentences.
Circumvent (v)—to avoid by going around; to encircle; to outwit
Many people believe that you cannot circumvent your fate, others believe that you have no fate and can make your life what you want it to be.
Cogitate (v)—to ponder or think intently
The teacher encouraged the students to cogitate about the answer to the question many students answered quickly.
Comatose (n)—unconscious; inactive
After the surgery, Tom was comatose, he was moved to intensive care.
Conflagration (n)—large, destructive fire
The conflagration in the mountains was the worst in history, the firefighters managed to extinguish it.
Suppose you win $10 million in the lottery, but there’s a catch: You have to donate half of the money to charity. What charity would you choose? What would you do with the money you got to keep?