How to Correctly Throw Shade

Buzzfeed released an article titled 24 Words That Were Overused AF in 2015, and landing at number five on the list is Shade. This is not the shade one relaxes under to avoid the sun’s rays nor is it the slang form meaning sunglasses but it is the subtle, creative act of dissing another. In…

Burch pp.113-123

“For Discussion” too scantily presented –participial phrase, presented a personal, actual experience–noun phrase, experience their innocent childhood– noun phrase, childhood a Star Trek pillow cover–noun phrase, pillow cover smiling oddly at Leroy–participial, smiling was sitting on the crest of a hill–participial,sitting & noun, the crest of a hill a professor of humanities at City College–noun,…

Burch pp. 104-112

p. 107 “For Thinking” Carr sits calmly, his concentration fixed, his hands folded reassuringly across his lap, with the equable, impersonal kindness of a priest or a cop. Hips swaying, i sauntered down the street in my platform shoes. Pencil sharpened and paper piled neatly before me, I began to write the exam. The little girls ran through the…

Did You Guys Know That… (Grammar Blog #5)

The power of pronouns. wow. I did not comprehend the drama that could ensue amongst grammarians until reading Yagoda’s book. I am not complaining though, I appreciate this insight into the world of grammar I previously was not aware of. The issue between using the pronoun ‘he’ or ‘she’ in general terms when there is no…

Burch pp.87-104

p.89 “For Writing and Discussion” The flavor industry and the higher ups working within it are highly secretive. In 2000, Americans ate an average of about 50 pounds of fresh potatoes, carrots, and apples. I smelled black olives and mushrooms. The insects are collected, jarred, and dissected. Smoke flavor, seasoning, and vegetables are added to…

Hopefully, We’ll Learn (Grammar Blog #4)

As most of us have probably noticed, adverbs tend to be frowned upon in the grammar world. I understand this but never did comprehend the exact reason for all the negativity. After reading Yagoda’s two cents about adverbs, I understand the phrase “show don’t tell” depicts the main reason behind opposing adverb use. Grammarians declare…

Burch pp.49-60

p.50 “For Writing” swills ale—casually swills very bitter ale slept—slept quite soundly peeks—sheepishly peeks has considered—seriously has almost considered had scrubbed the hall—had thoroughly scrubbed the wall will order too much merchandise—quite consistently will order too much merchandise had prayed—very quietly prayed charges—so aggressively charges p.51 “For Discussion” …were being(aux) passed (v) down the tables(PP)…

To Be or not to Be? (Grammar blog #3)

My mind is spinning. The nuances of verbs are abundant. I don’t understand how i never really thought about it before but verbs hold great power in the English language. The altering of the verb tense or the combination of different helping verbs plus a main verb produces a completely different meaning or connotation of…

Key Terms #3

Verb stem or infinitive: Base form.a verbal consisting of TO plus a verb: to eat, to sleep, to read, to think. -They can function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs and may have their own clusters Base form: the verb form without any endings. This is the same as the present tense form for all verbs except BE….

Burch pp.39-49

“For Writing” drove, driving sneak, sneaked, snuck treated, treating went, going roast, roasted, roasted dived, diving lie lied wearing love, loved, loving graded, graded abjured, abjured, abjuring have, had, having believe, believed, believing fry, fried, fried opened, opening agitate, agitated, agitated   “For Writing” p.46 I catch(Present), I caught(Past), I shall catch(Future), I have caught(PresentPerfect),…

1.Catch an Adjective 2.Kill it (Grammar blog #2)

Yagoda repeats Twain’s point about the use of adjectives, “They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are far apart.” It seems there is a pattern in the culture of the English language-to over use. Referring back to Yagoda’s reading about the excessive manipulation of nouns, people seem to have an…

Burch pp.33-37

p.34 “For Discussion” Jerry broke the leg of the(determiner) desk chair(noun adjunct). Our small investment(NA) group  made a(D) lot(hw) of money(PP) before the(d) crash(hw) of tech(NA)stocks(hw)(PP). Do you know the(d) way(hw) to the(d) computer(NA) center(hw)(PP)? In her(d) will(hw), Aunt Bea left her(d) antique china(NA) cabinet(hw) to Opie. Tanika’s(PN) small clothes(NA)closet(hw)  is stuffed with long coats(hw)(PP).   “For Writing”…