I can't believe this is my 25th Spoonful of Grammar!
If you missed one along the way, don't fret. Below is a listing of Spoonfuls #1-24, with hints about what each one covers. Click on a blue title, and you'll be linked to the corresponding Spoonful.
To allow everyone a chance to catch up, A Spoonful of Grammar will take a hiatus until after Labor Day. But I always welcome your comments on my existing posts and suggestions for future ones.
Thank you so much for reading and sharing my blog!
Spoonful #1: WELCOME!
Welcome to A Spoonful of Grammar. This includes a fun, snappy refrain.
Spoonful #2: VERBS
Action verbs vs. forms of "To Be." Plus, a comment on passive vs active sentences.
Learning how to identify the subject of a sentence
Spoonful #4: SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT
Hear ye, hear ye, calling all SAT students: this is one of grammar's most important rules!
Spoonful #5: INDEFINITE PRONOUNS
A list of indefinite pronouns, split between singular and plural forms
Spoonful #6: USING INDEFINITE PRONOUNS
Sentences using indefinite pronouns. Useful for everybody.
Spoonful #7: SEMICOLONS SPEAK OUT
You'll never get semicolons confused with colons again! I promise.
Spoonful #8: COLONS TAKE A STAND
Formal vs. informal colon usage. Here's a hint: this is the formal way, but the informal way is used frequently in this post.
Spoonful #9:MEET THE FANBOYS
Comma Rule #1: When FANBOYS stand between two independent clauses
Spoonful #10: FANBOYS STRIKE AGAIN
Comma Rule #2: When FANBOYS stand between an independent clause and a fragment
Spoonful #11: AND TAKES CENTER STAGE
Comma Rule #3: Using commas to separate items in a series
Spoonful #12: THREE CHEERS FOR PARALLELISM
This is my favorite grammar rule. Using parallelism will make your writing and speeches sing! The SAT likes this rule, too.
Spoonful #13: AND DESERVES A BREAK
Comma Rule#4: When multiple adjectives describe the same noun
Spoonful #14: COMMA, COMMA, DASH, DASH
Comma Rule #5: Comma usage with appositive phrases. Learn how to identify an appositive phrase, and dare to use one yourself.
Spoonful #15: DON'T EAT GRANDMA
Comma Rule #6: Comma usage with direct addresses. Avoid tragedy and embarrassment by learning this rule!
Spoonful #16: HE SAID, SHE SAID
Comma Rule #7: when dialogue tags come first. This is the first of a three-post series on dialogue tags, helpful for writers of all ages.
Spoonful #17: TAG, YOU'RE IT!
Comma Rule #8: when dialogue tags come last
Spoonful #18: "SAY WHAT?" FINALE
Comma Rule #9: when dialogue tags appear in the middle
Spoonful #19: COLLECTIVE CONFUSION
Learn when to treat collective nouns as singular or plural.
Spoonful #20: HOMOPHONE FUN
The trickiest homophones concern contractions, like its vs. it's.
Spoonful #21: THE GREEK ROOT PHON
12 words rooted in SOUND, plus a fun fact.
Spoonful #22: ALL ABOUT TIME
The Greek root CHRON - a great post for summerTIME.
Spoonful #23: THE MOST HELPFUL LATIN ROOTS
Let's hear it for BENE (good) and MAL (bad). They have my vote!
Spoonful #24: BON APPETIT!
The French influence behind many of our favorite food words.
I wish you all a delightfully sweet summer break.
Laura Fineberg Cooper
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