Common Rules of the English Language

Keep it simple! Know how to use the metaphors properly, as needed in your creative nonfiction. Be exact. Delete unnecessary words!
You will not be taught how to write your sentences and your thoughts, but you will be required to follow the basic grammar rules, revise, or read Strunk's "Elements of Style."
Language is always thriving. It has, in all ways, demands a precise thought interpreted by a striking combination of words. You have to make one beautiful sentence. You have to make it look real in fiction or concretize it in poetry. Calm or arouse, and communicate!
To make one good sentence, check the following.
1 A singular subject gets a singular verb (SS=SV).
Marco runs.
2 A plural subject gets a plural verb (PS=PV).
Marco and Marca run.
3 End a statement with a period.
Peter reads Moby Dick.
4 End a question with a question mark.
Would you like some cake?
5 Use a with words that begin with a consonant and use an with words that begin with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u). Note the exceptions, however.
I will set up a table for four.
Jelly wants an orange.
6 Has is used with a singular subject. Have is used with a plural subject.
Joe has to work.
Joe and Benedict have to work.
7 Does is used with a singular subject. Do is used with a plural subject. The verb maintains the base form.
Does Maria write? ( does + ss + base form)
Do Maria and Rose write? (do + ps + base form)
8 There are eight parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections).
9 Simile and metaphor are figures of speech. A simile compares using as or like. A metaphor is a direct comparison.
Clouds are like cotton balls.
Clouds are cotton balls.
10 The present perfect tense indicates an action that began in the past, an action that may have been completed in the past, or it may continue into the present.
Has / have + past participle
Marco has watched "Ice Age, A Mammoth Christmas" twenty times.
They have seen "The Croods" more than twenty times, too.
So there you are! In studying the English language, remember, an extensive vocabulary is important. As Strunk and E.B. White put it, in the rules of composition "Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract."
And keep it simple! That will be awesome!


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