Results 1 to 9 of 9
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 194
    #1

    Any mistakes in the lines?

    Hi,

    Are there any mistakes in the lines below?


    Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need help identifying parts of speech. Help them decide whether the underlined word in each of the following sentences is a noun or a verb.

  1. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #2

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    I'd omit the commas.


    Our friends the Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. Help them decide whether the underlined word is a noun or a verb.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 194
    #3

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I'd omit the commas.

    Our friends the Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. Help them decide whether the underlined word is a noun or a verb.
    Thanks Soup, and what about the part "underlined word in each of the following sentences"?

  2. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #4

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Sorry. Here it is again,

    Our friends the Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. Help them decide whether the underlined word in the following sentences is a noun or a verb.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 194
    #5

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Sorry. Here it is again,

    Our friends the Grammar Gorillas need help identifying parts of speech. Help them decide whether the underlined word in the following sentences is a noun or a verb.
    Dear Soup, thank you very much for your kindness in doing me the favour.

    There're ten sentences following and each sentence contains an underlined word. Isn't it then correct to say "the underlined word in each of the following sentences is a noun or a verb."?

  3. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #6

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Each tends to mean two or refers to a pair.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 194
    #7

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Each tends to mean two or refers to a pair.
    Thank you very much for your help, Soup, but I am still confused. Can you illustrate me the difference with some examples?


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    #8

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    'each' refers to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately.
    This is appropriate in your sentence, because you are asking them to take every sentence (and there is more than one) and in each, identify the part of speech.

    Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer "Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas,..."

    Are you OK with the actual 10 sentences?

  4. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #9

    Re: Any mistakes in the lines?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer "Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas,..."
    It's not old-fashioned.

    Non-restrictive appositives are not essential to the meaning of the sentence.

    Restrictive appositives are essential to the meaning of the sentence.

    Ex: Our friends the Grammar Gorillas ...

    ------------------------------------

    An appositive is a word or group of words that identifies or renames the noun or pronoun that it follows. It is set off by commas unless closely tied to the word that it identifies or renames.

    1. My brother Bill has a cabin in the mountains.

    Lessons 126-130 Appositives

    -------------------------------

    Sometimes the appositive and the word it identifies are so closely related that the comma can be omitted, as in "His wife Eleanor suddenly decided to open her own business." We could argue that the name "Eleanor" is not essential to the meaning of the sentence (assuming he has only one wife), and that would suggest that we can put commas both before and after the name (and that would, indeed, be correct). But "his wife" and "Eleanor" are so close that we can regard the entire phrase as one unit and leave out the commas. With the phrase turned around, however, we have a more definite parenthetical element and the commas are necessary: "Eleanor, his wife, suddenly decided to open her own business." Consider, also, the difference between "College President Ira Rubenzahl voted to rescind the withdrawal policy" (in which we need the name "Ira Rubenzahl" or the sentence doesn't make sense) and "Ira Rubenzahl, the college president, voted to rescind the withdrawal policy" (in which the sentence makes sense without his title, the appositive, and we treat the appositive as a parenthetical element, with a pair of commas).

    Rules for Comma Usage


Similar Threads

  1. Afraid of making mistakes!
    By Miss Qatar in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2010, 00:44
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Apr-2008, 15:39
  3. blur the lines
    By Wookie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Oct-2007, 08:23
  4. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2007, 17:39
  5. all lines or all the lines
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2004, 12:23

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •