Proper Punctuation: Basic Comma Guidelines

Basic Rules for Using Commas   The purpose of the comma is to prevent confusion. Without commas, readers would often find themselves half-way through a sentence before realizing they have read it wrong, and they would then need to re-read the sentence. For instance, the following sentence, which contains no comma, could cause the reader… Continue reading Proper Punctuation: Basic Comma Guidelines

Lack of Parallelism

Identifying and Fixing Sentences that Lack Parallelism   When does a sentence lack parallelism?   A sentence lacks parallelism when terms within a list in a sentence do not share a form. For example, the list in the following sentence lacks parallelism: “This task requires patience, focus, and working together.” This sentence lacks parallelism because… Continue reading Lack of Parallelism

Grammatical Functions: Adjuncts

Adjuncts   So far in this series, all the predicates that have been discussed have been types of complements, but there are also predicates that are not complements. These are known as adjuncts.   Adjuncts vs. complements   Adjuncts are like complements in that both exist within phrases outside of the subject and verb positions.… Continue reading Grammatical Functions: Adjuncts