English Review…

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I am doing a five-hour English review on February 7 and 8. This course is designed for those taking certification exams but is open to anyone who wants to improve English skills. We will cover grammar and punctuation, hyphens, apostrophes, vocab development, one-word/two-words, proofreading, et cetera. Here is the link for information and registration: http://ccr.edu/index.php/component/content/article/43-loocs/437-cre301-csrrpr-english-review Happy punctuating! Margie

“If” versus “Whether”

Margie Wakeman Wells General 2 Comments

When the grammar in a sentence calls for a noun clause — e.g., direct object, object of the infinitive, object of the preposition — the clause has to begin with whether, not if. …I don’t know WHETHER he will go. …He doesn’t remember WHETHER she was there. …We want to ask WHETHER she is coming. …I am not sure WHETHER …

Is It a Phrase or a Clause? It Matters!

Margie Wakeman Wells Definitions 9 Comments

I want to get some terminology straight. I often see posts on Facebook that use the terms phrase and clause — incorrectly. It is important to recognize the difference because whether something is a phrase or a clause directly affects punctuation. Here is the “CliffsNote” version of the grammar of phrases and clauses. A phrase is a group of related …