One three-hour session
The overall objective of this course is to help staff to address grammar and style issues that they find irksome.
The problems covered in the roundtable discussion will range from gross errors (such as sentence fragments and double negatives) to subtle problems (such as verb mood and semicolons).
The course will consist of class discussion the fine points of grammar and style. Some of the following issues could be addressed:
- quotation marks
- minor marks of punctuation (parentheses, ellipses, dashes)
- parts of speech
- plural and possessive forms of nouns
- subject-verb agreement
- pronoun-antecedent agreement
- pronoun case
- verb tense and mood
- misplaced and dangling modifiers
- modifiers with gerunds
- sentence sense (fragments and run-one sentence)
- common language errors and misused expressions
- double negatives
- who vs. whom
- restrictive vs. nonrestrictive
- that vs. which
Participants should bring their favorite grammar book and a list of grammar or style questions for the instructor.