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Pronoun Case

A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. To choose the correct pronoun, you must know the pronoun’s function: subject; subject compliment; direct object; indirect object; object of the preposition; possessive. Subject: Person, place, or thing that performs the action of the sentence. Subject Compliment: A word (or words) that completes…
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Nonrestrictive Phrases and Clauses

Nonrestrictive phrases or clauses are not essential to the basic meaning of the sentence. They provide additional information; readers don’t require the information in order to understand what the writer is trying to say. We enclose that information with commas. Joanne, who often plays golf, is going to the opera. Restrictive phrases and clauses are…
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Colons

Colons have two main uses: to introduce a list when the list follows a complete sentence and to introduce an explanation or example, particularly for emphasis. Colons are not used after forms of the verb to be or after prepositions or in sentences that use such as or like to set up a list. Introducing…
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Articles: A, An, and The

‘A’ is an article. It is used in front of singular nouns that are countable (count nouns). I wrote a letter yesterday. ‘An’ is used instead of ‘A,’ in front of count nouns that begin with a vowel (a, e, i, o, or u), or vowel sound. I wrote an essay yesterday. ‘A’ and ‘An’…
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