Grammar sticklers may have OCD
Maybe you’ve heard of the grammar gene — its technical name is the FOXP2 gene — which may be responsible for a variety of grammatical ills, such as the inability to construct compound/complex sentences ... add GPS to the DSM-5, the latest edition ...
The Well-Crafted Sentence
Either clause could stand alone. They can be linked with a comma and a conjunction, or with a semicolon. 5. The compound/complex sentence: This adds one or more subordinate clauses to a compound sentence, as in this revision of #4: “Madonna was once the ...
Cultural literacy helps new citizens succeed
5. Who was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr ... being able to think through a compound-complex sentence." Formerly known as English as a Second Language, the classes are now called English for Speakers of Other Languages because these students frequently ...
Horse Sense & Heartache
Lydia Davis’s shortest stories, only a sentence or two long, float like little dinghies on the white of the page. They can’t be followed the way stories ordinarily are followed, nor are they “told” in the usual sense of that word. They belong to ...
Or So it Seems … Better Fussing in Five Minutes a Day
Hover between him and the screen. Begin with the phrase “Dad, can you help me….” Usually, you won't need to finish your sentence. But if he's a bit slow, drop some tools. Greasy ones first. Nine times out of ten, you'll hear: “GO BOTHER YOUR MOTHER!”