Category Archives: Superstition

Bucholz Brilliance

This past week I was busy reading student essays and finishing off grades for the spring term. With Mother’s Day and several personal events getting in the way, none of the many in-progress posts for this blog were finished to … Continue reading

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My Prescription for Description

Or maybe I should title this “My Description of Prescription.” It depends on which side you come at the issue from. Are you a descriptivist or a prescriptivist?

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Can you write a one-sentence paragraph?

Oh, my friends, why must this question even be raised? Of the grammar and usage superstitions that I have students look into (and on which I poll them each semester), this is one that they have consistently been taught by … Continue reading

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And, But, Because: And can start a sentence. But don’t overdo it. Because it isn’t always pretty.

Can you use and, but, or because at the start of a sentence? Of course you can. Should you? That’s a separate matter, which I’m not even going to touch. Writers in English (not to mention speakers of it) have … Continue reading

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