Three-Part Grammar, Style and Usage: One-Day Program
Part I: Mastering Correct and Consistent Punctuation
Part 1 of Grammar, Style & Usage will cover basic sentence structure and consistent rules for using commas, semicolons, colons, hyphens, apostrophes and dashes. Then, it will discuss parts of speech, beginning with the correct use of pronouns.
- Seven nearly infallible rules to master those pesky commas
- How to know when that hyphen is necessary for clarity
- When and how to use the much-abused apostrophe
- Why “between you and I” is incorrect grammar
- That “whom” is still a word to be used wisely
Part II: Mastering the Pronoun and the Verb; Consistent Style and Correct Usage
Part 2 of Grammar, Style & Usage will concentrate on the verb with its tenses, voice and moods. It will discuss the participles, gerunds and infinitives and why it's so embarrassing to use them incorrectly.
- How to be consistent with the tense of your verbs
- How to recognize and banish the passive voice in most cases
- Why the subjunctive mood is not dead and should not die
- Why purists still avoid splitting infinitives
- Why dangling participles confuse and amuse readers consistency
Part III: Mastering Balance and Parallel Construction
Part 3 of Grammar, Style & Usage will treat the why and the how of using a stylebook for consistency. It will discuss balance and parallel construction and precise usage of troublesome words.
- Why a style book is not a burden but a boon
- Why consistency and credibility go hand in hand
- How knowing grammar can guarantee parallel construction
- How to be sure of words such as "affect" and "effect"
- Why dictionary acceptance does not guarantee the best use