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In the Grammar Tree

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Feb 13, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Girls’ Preparatory School, where we NEVER split infinitives, and if we did, we heard about it.  Of course, if we dared to end a sentence with a preposition, we were immediately corrected.  “Where’s it at, Mrs. Good?”  “It’s in the grammar tree,” would be the deadpanned response. [...]

Dang, Girl, your participle is dangling…

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Oct 10, 2016 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

I find it incredibly satisfying to correct a dangling participle because they are just so obvious.  Now remember a participle is an adjective born of a verb.  Usually they end in “ed” or “ing.” His goose is cooked.  Cooked is the past participle, a kind of adjective.  Someone “cooked” (verb) his goose.  So now the [...]

Pull-it SURPRISE

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Aug 16, 2014 Student Stories 3 Comments

“Well, I went to a small college called Middlebury—do you know it?” The youngish man in the middle row of the shuttle van was engaging the whole group of 10 weary runners. Among them sat Rich- flanked by Will and me. We were descending Pikes Peak Pass.  His laugh was exactly like that of Nick [...]

In that vein…

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Oct 2, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

It’s quite ironic that I’m the one sitting in the grammar tree, because, truth be told, I can’t spell, and I have to look up grammar rules all the time.  Today, I had no idea which way to spell “vein” in the phrase, “in that vein.”  I was editing an essay, and I made an [...]

Close proximity….ARG!!!

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Jul 23, 2013 In the Grammar Tree 0 Comments

If people keep using double redundancies, I’m going to be in close proximity to the limit of what I can bear—grammatically speaking of course. The word “proximity” means the quality or state of being near or close.  Do not use the adjective “close” to modify the noun “proximity”, for that would be redundant.  Also do [...]

Essays from the Heart

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Jul 4, 2013 Student Stories 0 Comments

You can find essay advice all over the internet and in book stores.  There’s a whole slew of topics about which NOT to write.  I say: ignore most of the advice you get, and lead from your heart.  Colleges want authentic kids, so write about your authentic self.  It doesn’t  matter so much WHAT your topic [...]

Karen’s Sweet 16 Bracket

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Mar 25, 2013 Student Stories 0 Comments

I’ve watched exactly 28 years of March Madness tournaments.  I try to be a good fan.  I get excited when the Blue Devils come close. I jump up and down when they win. I make lots of chili and avocado dip to keep the family room inviting.  I admire the uniforms and wonder about who [...]

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