Grammar Rule: Use the correct form of: Its=it is Its=possessive Example of Grammar Rule Its about time that 2nd semester started. The school had its prom at the Benton Convention Center. Sentence Correction: Its never a good idea to have an acerbic tone
when you are in trouble, the school will stick to the punishment set by its rules. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using word: sour or bitter;
intended to cause hurt feelings Acerbic Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: biting sharp smart-aleck
Grammar Rule: Use the correct form of: Youre=You are Your=possessive Example of Grammar Rule Youre going to the game tonight for free! Your friends are throwing you a surprise party! Sentence Correction: Your going to have to make
a decision; do not be ambivalent with your thoughts. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using word: Uncertainty or indecisiveness as
to which course to follow Ambivalent Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: doubtful questioning hesitant
Grammar Rule: Use the correct form of: Theyre=they are Their=possessive There=a Exampleplace of Grammar Rule Theyre excited about summer coming. Their friends are all coming to the party. I would like to take a nap over there.
Sentence Correction: Their apathetic when there deciding on their classes for next year. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using Lacking interest or word: concern; indifferent
Apatheti Part of Speech: c Synonyms: Adjective Disinterested Unconcerned Nonchalant Grammar Rule: Use the correct form of: to=preposition, towards something too=also
Example of Grammar Rule Lets go to fifth period! He wanted to go to the party, too. Sentence Correction: She was bemused too learn that not only was she in trouble, but her best friend was, to. Tone Word for Today:
Definition: Sentence using word: Suffering from mental confusion Bemused Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonyms: Confused Bewildered Shell-shocked Grammar Rule: Accept=to receive Except=to take or leave out Example of Grammar Rule (DO NOT COPYINFO. ONLY) He accepts defeat well. Take all of the books except the
red one. Sentence Correction: All of the benevolent millionaires were excepted into the club, accept for the one recently arrested. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Suggestive of
doing good; concerned with charity Sentence using word: Benevolent Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms:
Charitable Kindly Good-hearted Grammar Rule: Affect=to influence Effect=the result; to accomplish Example of Grammar Rule (DO NOT COPYINFO. ONLY) Lack of sleep affects the quality of your work. The effect of the lighting made
the room look ominous. Sentence Correction: The teachers blithe attitude effected the class; the effect was that everyone became happy and relaxed. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Carefree and
light-hearted Sentence using word: Blithe Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Cheerful Lighthearted
Unconcerned Grammar Rule: Principal=a person in authority; most important Principle=a general or fundamental truth Example of Grammar Rule (DO NOT COPYINFO. ONLY) The principal does the announcements each morning.
The study was based on the principle of gravity. Sentence Correction: The parents were conciliatory about the cheating incident when the principle brought up the principle of honesty. Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Sentence using word: To try to regain friendship by pleasant behavior Conciliator Part of Speech: ySynonyms: Adjective Pacify Flexible
Yielding Grammar Rule: Lie=to lay down (people or animals) Lay=to layof anGrammar object down Example Rule (DO NOT COPYINFO. ONLY)
I am going to lie down. Lay down that shotgun! Sentence Correction: The soldier refuses to lie down his weapons when he lies down for a nap; the derisive comments of the enemy keeps him on his guard. Tone Word for Today:
Definition: Mocking, jeering Sentence using word: Derisive Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Disrespectful
Taunting Grammar Rule: A pronoun should agree in number and gender with its antecedent. Example of Grammar Rule Gloria Estefan records her songs in Spanish and in English. My cousins brought their backgammon game.
Sentence Correction: General Zaroffs diabolic plot to hunt Rainsford ended in their own demise. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Having the qualities of a devil; devilish; fiendish;
outrageously wicked Sentence using word: Diabolic Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms:
Devilish Unpleasant Shocking Grammar Rule: Use a singular personal pronoun with two or more singular antecedents joined by or or nor. Example of Grammar Rule Neither Marco nor Juan agreed to give his opinion on the subject. Paul or Dennis arranged to have his
car repaired by the mechanic. Sentence Correction: Jessica or Sarah will deliver the food to the homeless shelter; then they will return to school in an ebullient mood. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Overflowing with
enthusiasm or excitement; highspirited Sentence using word: Ebullient Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Exuberant
Vivacious Effervescent Grammar Rule: Use a plural pronoun to refer to two or more antecedents joined by and. Example of Grammar Rule The waiters and the manager at the restaurant will do their best to assist you. Marley and Simone are practicing
their duet because they perform tonight. Sentence Correction: Dennis and his father were effusive on graduation day, he could barely contain his excitement. Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing Sentence using word: Effusive Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms:
Enthusiastic Unrestrained Overflowing Grammar Rule: Use a singular personal pronoun when the antecedent is a singular indefinite pronoun. Example of Grammar Rule Some singular indefinite pronouns: anybody, anyone, either, everybody, each, everything, neither, nobody,
one, somebody, and someone. Each of the girls has her own room. Neither of those books has much useful information in it. Sentence Correction: The moment was euphoric and everyone expressed their joy by jumping up and down.
Tone Word for Today: Definition: A feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being Sentence using word: Euphoric Part of Speech:
Adjective Synonyms: Jubilation Elation Exhilaration Grammar Rule: Use a plural personal pronoun when the antecedent is a plural indefinite pronoun (both, few, many, others, several).
Example of Grammar Rule Both of the trained gymnasts moved their bodies with ease and grace. Sentence Correction: Several of my teachers are facetious; he likes to make fun of students who is not paying attention. Tone Word for Today:
Definition: Sentence using word: Not meant to be taken seriously or literally Facetious Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms:
Sarcastic Ridiculous Grammar Rule: Some indefinite pronouns can be singular or plural, depending on their meaning in a sentence (all, any, more, most, none, some). Example of Grammar Rule Some of the students lost their homework assignments.
Some of the pizza has pepperoni on it. Sentence Correction: Most Elizabethans was fatalistic and believed that his or her destiny was predetermined. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using
word: Accepting of all things and events as inevitable; submission to fate Fatalistic Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Hopeless
Morbid Grammar Rule: Pronouns and antecedents must agree. Example of Grammar Rule Either Patrick or Ted will bring his CD player to the party. Where will Sam and Nicholas take their parents tonight?
Sentence Correction: Romeo and Juliet had a fervent desire to be married however he should have known this was a bad idea. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit,
feeling, or enthusiasm Sentence using word: Fervent Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Passionate
Emotional Heartfelt Grammar Rule: Indefinite pronouns and their antecedents must agree. Example of Grammar Rule Each of the girls thinks she can help. Someone forgot his or her jacket.
Sentence Correction: Some of the students in my classes has flippant attitudes; I hope he or she will mature soon. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using word: Frivolously disrespectful,
shallow, or lacking in seriousness Flippant Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: Disrespectful Superficial Grammar Rule:
A singular subject must have a singular verb. Example of Grammar Rule Hungary is a small European country. Juliet seems nave about love. Sentence Correction: Before the Capulet party Romeo dream a foreboding dream that something negative will
happen. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Marked by a sense of impending doom or evil Sentence using word:
Foreboding Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: ominous threatening looming Grammar Rule: A plural subject must have a plural verb.
Example of Grammar Rule Americans vote in free elections. Shakespearean sonnets have fourteen lines. Sentence Correction: The greeks was not forthright about there intent for the Trojan Horse. Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Direct; straightforward Sentence using word: Forthright Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: honest
candid frank Grammar Rule: A phrase or clause that interrupts a subject and its verb does not affect subject-verb agreement. Example of Grammar Rule The legislature, which has 386 members, is called the National Assembly.
Ninth graders in my class love to read Romeo and Juliet. Sentence Correction: The team that had beaten us before were haughty about the win therefore they lost this game. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Condescendingly
proud; scornful Sentence using word: Haughty Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: arrogant superior
Grammar Rule: A compound subject joined by and is generally plural and must have a plural verb. Example of Grammar Rule The coach and the players are going to meet after school. The teacher and her students discuss a new poem each week.
Sentence Correction: President Obama and Americans needs to be introspective about education funding. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Contemplative or looking inward to ones own thoughts and
feelings Sentence using word: Part of Speech: Synonyms: reflective thoughtful Introspective
Adjective Grammar Rule: If the parts of the compound subject are the same thing or are thought of as one item, then a singular verb is needed. A singular verb is also needed if the word every or each comes before a compound subject. Example of Grammar Rule
Give and take is a rule of negotiations. Each issue and proposal is discussed Sentence Correction: Each thanksgiving and Christmas are full of jovial family and friends so have fun! Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Sentence using word: Marked by conviviality and good cheer Jovial Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: jolly
cheerful merry Grammar Rule: Two or more singular subjects joined by or or nor must have a singular verb. Example of Grammar Rule Tabor or Reagan was going to win. Katherine nor Josh wants to go to the library today.
Sentence Correction: Hector or Achilles deserves laudatory remarks for their bravery in the trojan war. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Expressing praise Sentence using word:
Laudatory Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: commendable admirable Rule: A verb that comes before its subject must still agree with the subject in number.
Examples: (do not copy) -On the wall are slogans. (Slogans are on the wall.) -Is the message clear? (The message is clear.) Copy and correct: does the students usual act mirthful at the end of the school year or are they sad to be leaving there teachers for
Sentence Correction: does the students usually act mirthful at the end of the school year or are they sad to be leaving there teachers for the summer Definition: Adjective; Joyous; jolly; amusing
Sentence using word: Mirthful Sentence illustrating tone: Synonyms: Carefree Cheerful
playful Rule: A collective noun takes a singular verb when the group it names acts as a single unit. It takes a plural verb when the group it names act as individuals with different points of view. Examples (do not copy): Singular: The committee votes on the issue. Plural: The committee have split their
votes. the appalachian state football team were nostalgic when he watched the documentary about the appalachian state vs michigan game Sentence Correction: the appalachian state football team were nostalgic when they
watched the documentary about the app state vs michigan game Definition: Sentence using word: Adjective; A wistful desire to return in thought or fact to a
previous time in ones life; a bittersweet longing Nostalgic for the past Sentence illustrating the tone: Synonyms: Longing
Homesick Sentimental yearning Grammar Rule: Two sentences can be combined by changing one sentence into a subordinate clause, creating a complex sentence. Example of Grammar Rule -We were frightened. We thought the lion we saw on safari was hungry.
CHANGE TO: We were frightened because we thought the lion we saw on safari was hungry. Sentence Correction: Sally was in a pensive mood. Her best friend had moved away. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Deeply or dreamily
thoughtful Sentence using word: Pensive Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: melancholy reflective
sad Grammar Rule: Sentences can be combined by changing one of them into a phrase. Example of Grammar Rule -My team plays tomorrow. We play the Cougars. CHANGE TO: My team plays against the Cougars tomorrow.
-The Cougars scored quickly. The Cougars jumped out to a two-goal lead. CHANGE TO: Scoring quickly, the Cougars Sentence Correction: Lake Michigan is very placid. It is one of the five great lakes. Tone Word for Today: Definition: Undisturbed by
disorder; calm Sentence using word: Placid Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: serene cool
peaceful Grammar Rule: It is important to reduce wordiness and sentence length and structure within a work. Example of Grammar Rule My cousin enjoys her job. She is a counselor at a summer camp. She teaches crafts during the day. She sleeps in a cabin with the tenyear-olds. She says that some of them are
homesick at first. They usually get over it after a couple of days. CHANGE TO: My cousin enjoys her job as a summer camp counselor. During the day, she teaches crafts, and at night she sleeps in a cabin with the ten-yearolds. At first, many of the youngsters are Sentence Correction: Gale-force winds buffeted the tiny seacoast village, including Judds old, single-masted sloop, which was tied to the rotting town dock, and the sloops lines
strained against rusty cleats until first one and then another gave way, and this was very poignant to Judd since he had gotten the sloop from his Tone Word for Today: Definition: Sentence using word: Profoundly moving; touching/
piercing, intense or stimulating Poignant Part of Speech: Adjective Synonyms: painful intense Grammar Rule:
Reduce wordiness and sentence length and type when editing. Sentence Correction: Helen was feeling sanguine because she was feeling good; she was going to the big race which was a a very long and lengthy race. Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident Sentence using word: Sanguine Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonyms: optimistic hopeful Grammar Rule: A declarative statement states an idea or says a fact/opinion. Example of Grammar Rule I like basketball. Declarative Who is winning the game? NO Go to the game right now! NO That team is losing. Declarative
Sentence Correction: Directions: Turn this into a declarative sentence. Did Tim make a speculative comment about who will win the NCAA tournament yesterday? Tone Word for Today: Definition:
Making a conclusion or opinion using incomplete facts Sentence using word: Speculative Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonyms: Provisional Tentative guessing Grammar Rule: An interrogative statement asks a question and ends with a question mark. Example of Grammar Rule Did you go to the store? Interrogative I went to the store. Declarative
Sentence Correction: Directions: punctuate each sentence correctly and fix any errors. Label each sentence as interrogative or declarative! 1)what are it like outside today_ 2)i think it is about 80 degrees and very tranquil_ Tone Word for Today:
Definition: Calm, without anxiety, no disturbances Sentence using word: Tranquil Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonyms: Calm Peaceful still Grammar Rule: An imperative sentence gives a command or an order. Example of Grammar Rule Go to the store. Imperative I went to the store. Declarative Will you go to the store?
Interrogative Sentence Correction: Directions: punctuate each sentence correctly and fix any errors. Label each sentence as well. 1)Bring i some water right now or else_ 2) the whimsical story are both charming and have a happy ending_
Tone Word for Today: Definition: Imaginative, playfully humorous Sentence using word: Whimsica Part of Speech: l Synonyms: Adjective
Fanciful Imaginative quirky Grammar Rule: An exclamatory sentence conveys a strong emotion and ends with an exclamation mark. Example of Grammar Rule The house is on fire! Exclamatory I saw a frog today. Declarative
I am going to throw up! Exclamatory I feel a little strange about this. Declarative Sentence Correction: Directions: punctuate each sentence correctly and fix any errors. Label each sentence as well. 1) That man just stolen my purse with all me money_ 2) Where is you going_ 3) A zealous person truly believes in what
they say_ Tone Word for Today: Definition: Actively enthusiastic Sentence using word: Zealous Part of Speech:
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