Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lesson 402 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Apostrophes

Use an apostrophe to indicate possession with nouns. A plural noun that does not end in "s" forms the possessive adding 's just like the singular noun. Write the noun; change no letters; drop no letters; and then simply add 's. This rule is always the same for each plural noun that does not end in "s."

Example: men - men's

Instructions: Supply the apostrophes and "s" ('s) to make the possessives in the following sentences.

1. These women hats are sold in this store.

2. The children party was a great success.

3. The mice tracks were everywhere in the dust.

4. We followed the two deer tracks in the snow.

5. The geese flight was smooth and graceful.


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Answers:

1. These women's hats are sold in this store.

2. The children's party was a great success.

3. The mice's tracks were everywhere in the dust.

4. We followed the two deer's tracks in the snow.

5. The geese's flight was smooth and graceful.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Lesson 401 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Apostrophes

Use an apostrophe to indicate possession with nouns. A singular noun forms the possessive adding 's. Write the noun; change no letters; drop no letters; and then simply add 's. This rule is always the same for each singular noun. Examples: baby - baby's; cow - cow's; Mr. Bass - Mr. Bass's

(Some authorities feel that only an apostrophe is needed when the noun ends in "s." That works okay for written material, but if you say it, you must say the extra "s" sound; therefore, I feel that the "s" is necessary in written material also.)

Instructions: Supply the apostrophes and "s" ('s) to make the possessives in the following sentences.

1. The boy bike is in the back yard.

2. James car was in the accident yesterday.

3. Mr. Jones talk was the best yet.

4. What happened to that horse leg?

5. That woman umbrella is blowing away in the wind.


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Answers:

1. The boy's bike is in the back yard.

2. James's car was in the accident yesterday.

3. Mr. Jones's talk was the best yet.

4. What happened to that horse's leg?

5. That woman's umbrella is blowing away in the wind.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Quiz for Lessons 396 - 400 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Instructions: Italicize those words which need italics in these sentences.

1. I want to see the motion picture It's a Wonderful Life again.

2. There are many i's in Mississippi.

3. Have you ever read the New York Times or the Chicago Daily News?

4. I just finished reading Ivanhoe.

5. I thought The Phantom of the Opera was superb.

6. In your oral report you used too many well-a's.

7. You may use %'s to indicate percents in your report.

8. The Reader's Digest is found in many homes.

9. I am very tired of your nagging!

10. He is always au fait.


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Answers:

1. I want to see the motion picture It's a Wonderful Life again.

2. There are many i's in Mississippi.

3. Have you ever read the New York Times or the Chicago Daily News?

4. I just finished reading Ivanhoe.

5. I thought The Phantom of the Opera was superb.

6. In your oral report you used too many well-a's.

7. You may use %'s to indicate percents in your report.

8. The Reader's Digest is found in many homes.

9. I am very tired of your nagging!

10. He is always au fait.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Lesson 400 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Italicize titles of long musical works and motion pictures; of ships, aircraft and trains.

Instructions: Italicize those words which need italics in these sentences.

1. How many times have you seen Gone with the Wind?

2. Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance is scheduled for next year.

3. The Heber Creeper is an old style train that stills runs.

4. Trax is a commuter rail that runs in Salt Lake City.

5. His plane is called the Silly Goose.


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Answers:

1. How many times have you seen Gone with the Wind?

2. Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance is scheduled for next year.

3. The Heber Creeper is an old style train that stills runs.

4. Trax is a commuter rail that runs in Salt Lake City.

5. His plane is called the Silly Goose.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lesson 399 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Italicize titles of books; of long plays and long poems; of periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

Instructions: Italicize those words which need italics in these sentences.

1. At the doctor's office I read from two magazines, Time and Newsweek.

2. I take two daily newspapers, the Daily Herald and the Deseret News.

3. I love Dickens's story of the French Revolution A Tale of Two Cities.

4. When in San Francisco, I saw the famous play Les Miserables.

5. Have you read the long poem The Idylls of the King?


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Answers:

1. At the doctor's office I read from two magazines, Time and Newsweek.

2. I take two daily newspapers, the Daily Herald and the Deseret News.

3. I love Dickens's story of the French Revolution A Tale of Two Cities.

4. When in San Francisco, I saw the famous play Les Miserables.

5. Have you read the long poem The Idylls of the King?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lesson 398 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Italicize words used emphatically, but it should not be overdone. Example: You never agree with me.

Instructions: Italicize those words which you could emphasize in these sentences.

1. I do not like that at all.

2. That was an awesome movie.

3. I love your dress.

4. You always slur your words when you speak.

5. She overdoes everything.


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Answers:

1. I do not like that at all.

2. That was an awesome movie.

3. I love your dress.

4. You always slur your words when you speak.

5. She overdoes everything.

(You could emphasize any word that you wanted, but again you should do so sparingly.)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lesson 397 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Italicize figures, letters, signs and words referred to as words. Example: How many j's are there in your brother's name?

Instructions: Italicize those words, figures, letters, or signs which need italics in these sentences.

1. Have you crossed your t's and dotted your i's?

2. I am tired of all your answers being wait.

3. Do not use &'s in place of and's in your paper.

4. Your m's look like w's most of the time.

5. There are three 5's in her phone number.


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Answers:

1. Have you crossed your t's and dotted your i's?

2. I am tired of all your answers being wait.

3. Do not use &'s in place of and's in your paper.

4. Your m's look like w's most of the time.

5. There are three 5's in her phone number.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Lesson 396 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Italics/Underlining

Material that is italicized in print or by computer is underlined in typewritten or hand written work.

Italicize foreign words not yet accepted as part of our language. Example: Do this tout de suite.

Instructions: Italicize those words which need italics in these sentences.

1. Sarah likes the expression tout a fait.

2. Have you ever noticed how tempus fugit?

3. Everyone has heard c'est la vie.

4. Tanto faz is my favorite foreign phrase.

5. Some people always have to have the dernier cri.


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Answers:

1. Sarah likes the expression tout a fait.

2. Have you ever noticed how tempus fugit?

3. Everyone has heard c'est la vie.

4. Tanto faz is my favorite foreign phrase.

5. Some people always have to have the dernier cri.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Quiz for Lessons 391 - 395 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. Dear Chairman

2. There are four classes of poetic meter classified as follows iambic, trochaic, anapestic, and dactylic.

3. For this poll we need men, women and children.

4. The following are the three football positions that never carry the ball guard, tackle and center.

5. The polls close promptly at 800 P.M.

6. I just read Job 1414.

7. Volume 20 pages 22-28 had the material that I needed.

8. Jared showed that he was better prepared He was wearing thermal clothes.

9. Have you read The Work and the Glory So Great a Cause?

10. Consider Franklin D. Roosevelt's words to Congress "We have had the lesson before us over and over again -- nations that were not ready and were unable to get ready found themselves overrun by the enemy."


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Answers:

1. Dear Chairman:

2. There are four classes of poetic meter classified as follows: iambic, trochaic, anapestic, and dactylic.

3. No colons needed. They are direct objects.

4. The following are the three football positions that never carry the ball: guard, tackle and center.

5. The polls close promptly at 8:00 P.M.

6. I just read Job 14:14.

7. Volume 20: pages 22-28 had the material that I needed.

8. Jared showed that he was better prepared: He was wearing thermal clothes.

9. Have you read The Work and the Glory: So Great a Cause?

10. Consider Franklin D. Roosevelt's words to Congress: "We have had the lesson before us over and over again -- nations that were not ready and were unable to get ready found themselves overrun by the enemy."

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Lesson 395 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. The statement from "Gargantua" "Half the world does not know how the other half lives." is still true today.

2. I recall Emerson's words "If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

3. I am concerned about my mother She is not eating enough.

4. The meeting must include the following people Mark, Jay, Chris, and Rulon.

5. My daughters-in-law are Martha, Mary, Jane, and Jen.


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Answers:

1. The statement from "Gargantua": "Half the world does not know how the other half lives." is still true today.

2. I recall Emerson's words: "If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

3. I am concerned about my mother: She is not eating enough.

4. The meeting must include the following people: Mark, Jay, Chris, and Rulon.

5. No colon needed. They are predicate nominatives.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lesson 394 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Place a colon outside of quotation marks. Example: That reminds me of a line from "A Psalm of Life": "Let us, then, be up and doing."

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. When offered an alcoholic drink, one should remember Martial's line in "A Total Abstainer" "No, I really don't care for a drink."

2. Do you remember the quote from "Carpe Diem" "This day's thine own; the next may be denied."

3. A man and a wife should use a line from "The Task" "With all thy faults, I love thee still."

4. Do you agree with this line from "Lacon" "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."?

5. Whittier says in "Ichabod" "When faith is lost, when honor dies, The man is dead!"


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Answers:

1. When offered an alcoholic drink, one should remember Martial's line in "A Total Abstainer": "No, I really don't care for a drink."

2. Do you remember the quote from "Carpe Diem": "This day's thine own; the next may be denied."

3. A man and a wife should use a line from "The Task": "With all thy faults, I love thee still."

4. Do you agree with this line from "Lacon": "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."?

5. Whittier says in "Ichabod": "When faith is lost, when honor dies, The man is dead!"

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lesson 393 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Use a colon to introduce a long or formal quotation.

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. I like the words of Emerson "The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops--no, but the kind of man the country turns out."

2. The letter to his firm began as follows "Gentlemen We received your last order in May, 1998."

3. Article l, Section l of the Constitution of the United States reads "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives."

4. The councilman began with these words "If we don't act now and work together, our city faces economic ruin, physical deterioration, and cultural decline. The issues are critical, and the system of government under which we now function must be changed."

5. He said "I will join your group tomorrow."


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Answers:

1. I like the words of Emerson: "The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops--no, but the kind of man the country turns out."

2. The letter to his firm began as follows: "Gentlemen: We received your last order in May, 1998." (Two colons)

3. Article l, Section l of the Constitution of the United States reads: "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives."

4. The councilman began with these words: "If we don't act now and work together, our city faces economic ruin, physical deterioration, and cultural decline. The issues are critical, and the system of government under which we now function must be changed."

5. He said, "I will join your group tomorrow." (use only a comma since the quote is not long nor formal.)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lesson 392 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Use a colon to separate two complete sentences when the second sentence explains, amplifies, or illustrates the first. Example: Jim had a good idea: He wanted to consult with the builder.

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. There has been no change in our plans We will leave at 1000 P.M.

2. He stated his plans He would borrow money; he would secure a plane; he would fly around the world.

3. That morning the people saw the problem During the night a tree had downed the power lines.

4. Now the men knew what to do The pressure would be increased in the foward compartment.

5. They were worried about Fred He would fall asleep at work and spend too much time alone.


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Answers:

1. There has been no change in our plans: We will leave at 10:00 P.M. (two colons)

2. He stated his plans: He would borrow money; he would secure a plane; he would fly around the world.

3. That morning the people saw the problem: During the night a tree had downed the power lines.

4. Now the men knew what to do: The pressure would be increased in the foward compartment.

5. They were worried about Fred: He would fall asleep at work and spend too much time alone.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Lesson 391 - Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

Use a colon before listed items that are introduced by such words as the following, as follows, thus, and these; by a number; or by any other expression that "points-out." Example: In high school he played the following sports: baseball, basketball, football and tennis.

Use no colon before a list of predicate nominatives, direct objects, or objects of the preposition. A colon should not hinder the natural flow of the sentence. Example: We will need flour, milk, and sugar. (direct objects)

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

1. You need these guys Will, Boyd, Jeff, and Jim.

2. She had three personality flaws pride, selfishness, and a temper.

3. The singers will be you, Pam, and Becky.

4. For the campout we will need the following things a tent, three sleeping bags, and a gas lantern.

5. Next semester I will be taking four courses Algebra II, English Literature, American History, and Biology III.


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Answers:

1. You need these guys: Will, Boyd, Jeff, and Jim.

2. She had three personality flaws: pride, selfishness, and a temper.

3. No colon needed. They are predicate nominatives

4. For the campout we will need the following things: a tent, three sleeping bags, and a gas lantern.

5. Next semester I will be taking four courses: Algebra II, English Literature, American History, and Biology III.

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