Summary: rules from Lesson So Far
- Make sure pronouns relate clearly to the preceding nouns
- Singular/plural agreements ( “They may believe that their children also has experienced similar horror”.)
- Be careful starting sentences with an ‘ing’ (non-finite) verb as the lack of a clear subject might lead to problems.
- Make sure your clauses have a clear subject.
- Be careful of sentences with 2 or more clauses, such as the following sentence.
Practice specific sentences with an analytical focus.
Also see recent homework.
Compare these two sentences:
*** Sentence 1: The author uses a sarcastic tone in reference to the minor traffic infringement of 10 kilometres. This shows the reader that the government is catching easy criminals and not focusing on the dangerous criminals.
*** Practice sentences like this one: Sentence 2: The sarcastic reference to the minor traffic infringements reinforces the author’s point that the police has misguided priorities.
Be as precise as possible: Compare these sentences:
(Early in paragraph 1 refer to the evidence/ie. the starting point for the author’s argument)
The author uses her personal experience as a child with a disability, to demonstrate the issue of bullying.
Practice sentences like this one:
The author refers to (or relies on) her childhood experience to demonstrate the devastating psychological consequences of bullying.
This shames and isolates Kyle Sandilands, because he is encouraging school bullying, and being a bad role model.
Problem: There are two dependent clauses (because he is encouraging school bullying, and being a bad role model) with one subject: the grammar must be the same in both clauses.
Rewrite: This shames and isolates Kyle Sandilands, because he is encouraging school bullying, and he is being a bad role model. ( or rewrite the last clause with a clear subject: and he seems to be a bad role model)
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