Ms. Chaaban’s crash course in grammar. You must know these punctuation rules!!!. 1 . Commas 2 . Semicolons 3. Colons 4. Dashes 5. Apostrophes. Independent clause: a complete idea in itself or in other words, one complete sentence.
Independent clause: a complete idea in itself or in other words, one complete sentence.
Dependent clause: A statement that is combined with an independent clause to create a complete idea or one complete sentence.
A dependent clause can’t even stand on its own! It is LITERALLY a needy statement.
A compound sentence contains two complete thoughts.
Unnecessary clauses, phrases, or words
- Ali, who never had any formal chef’s training, bakes excellent cheesecake
Combining: *******comma, conjunction***********
The nature trail is six feet wide and seven miles long. It slithers through the forest like a snake curving, and bending along the banks of the river.
A. NO CHANGE
B. snake, curving and bending
C. snake curving and bending,
D. snake, curving, and bending,
1. Used between two independent clauses that are related. (complete sentences)
2. Before a conjunctive adverb( or a transitional phrase that is used between two sentences (independent clauses).
a. NO CHANGE
b. the beach school
c. the beach; school
d. the beach: school
The comma splice error is one of the most common mistakes students make on the ACT. A sentence that “sounds” fine does not necessarily mean it is correct.
John Locke-whose writings strongly influenced the Declaration of independence-was one of the most important thinkers of the eighteenth century.
Incorrect: John Locke - whose writings strongly influenced the Declaration of Independence, was one of the most important thinkers of the eighteenth century.
I have tried as many sports as have been possible in my life and I have enjoyed all of them. I had competed in national gymnastics which is probably the most holistically challenging for ten years. This sport took precedence in all of middle and high school for me.
Competed in national gymnastics--which is probably the most holistically challenging of all the sports I did--for ten years.
Competed in—national gymnastics—which is probably the most holistically challenging of all the sports I did for ten years.
Competed in national gymnastics--which is probably the most holistically challenging for ten years.
You should bring: an admission ticket, pencils, erasers, and a watch to the ACT.
Bring these items to the ACT: an admission ticket, pencils, erasers, and a watch.
Possession of a singular noun = ‘s
Possession of a plural noun= s’
The word “it’s”– with an apostrophe—is only used when you want to say “it is” or “it has.”
Fool proof test- Read the sentence and try to replace “it’s” with “it is” or “it has.”
It’s important= It is important
It’s been nice talking to you= It has been nice talking to you.
The word its– without an apostrophe-is the possessive form of the word “it.”
The baby bear could not find its mother.
Review: Which other punctuation rule is demonstrated in this slide?
According to Princeton Review—ACT English Test
1.Think of it as an editing test. Your mission is to make each passage as clear and as well written as possible.
• There is no order of difficulty of the passages or the questions.
• On this section, think four words: Complete, Consistent, Clear, Concise.
• Spot the error and then eliminate the answers that don’t fix it.
OMIT is correct half the time it appears. If the underlined portion isn’t necessary to make the sentence Complete, Consistent, or Clear, get rid of it.
• If you can count something (like dollars), use fewer, number, and many. If you can’t count something (like cash) use less, amount, and much. More works with both.