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Instructions: Revise the following sentences to the best of your ability


Instructions: Revise the following sentences to the best of your ability.


  1. In 1894 Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in 1895 he added more short stories with The Second Jungle Book.



  1. They weren't dangerous criminals they were detectives in disguise.



  1. Each of the clerks does a good deal of work around their office.



  1. Hawaii is famous for beaches that are beautiful, warm climate, and exotic atmosphere.



  1. Though only sixteen, UCLA accepted Martha’s application.



  1. Flying over the African landscape, the elephant herd looked majestic.



  1. Unfortunately, this scenario leaves papers ungraded, PowerPoints unedited, and I need to read emails.


  1. Raymond wore his one collared shirt to the job interview, which was unfortunately stained with yellow mustard.



  1. After Chad clutched his heart faked dizziness and fell to the floor Mrs. Borglum nudged him with her foot and ordered him to the front of the class to make his speech.



  1. A major cause of the loggerhead’s decreasing numbers (is/are) natural predators such as raccoons, birds, and crabs.


  1. Title Capitalization Challenge:


    1. the girl Who Circumnavigated fairyland In A ship of Her Own Making




Grammar Review #2: Subject-Verb Agreement

The Subject-Verb Agreement section of the Celebration often made the difference between an A and a B, a B and a C, and even a C and a D for some students. This global class struggle suggests we need to revisit the concept! Take the time to briefly review the rules for SVA and then edit the paragraph that follows.



The Rules Revisited:

  1. The present-tense ending –s (or –es) is used if its subject is third-person singular (he, she, it, and singular nouns).
  2. Make the verb agree with its subject, not with a word that comes between.
  3. Treat most subjects joined with and as plural.
  4. With subjects joined with or and nor (or with eitheror or neithernor), make the verb agree with the part of the subject nearer to the verb.
  5. Treat most indefinite pronouns (like anybody, every, each) as singular.
  6. Treat collective nouns (like family, committee, audience) as singular unless the meaning is clearly plural.
  7. Make the verb agree with its subject even when the subject follows the verb.
  8. Make the verb agree with its subject, not with a subject complement (example on page 203 in RFW).
  9. Words such as athletics, economics, politics are usually singular, despite their plural form.
  10. Always ask yourself, “Who or what verbs?” For example, “Who or what measure(s)?”

    Titles of works, company names, words mentioned as words, and gerund phrases are singular.



Remember to cross out prepositional phrases that separate the subject from the verb.






-------Underline the subject and  circle  the verb in the following paragraph!-------


The jaguar (is / are) easily the largest cat in the western hemisphere. This magnificent feline, which is just as strong and fast as any of the great African cats, (measure / measures) 8 1/2 feet from nose to tail and (weighs / weigh) up to 400 pounds. Jaguars (cover / covers) an expansive range from Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico southward through Mexico, Central America, and South America to northern Argentina. The jaguar (has / have) no natural enemies; only humans, and even then only those who are well armed, (pose / poses) any threat to this great cat. Jaguars live on a diet ranging from small animals and fish to deer and crocodiles, but anyone who (have / has) ever lived in an area inhabited by jaguars (knows / know) too well that they attack farm stock, including pigs, horses, and cattle. Nonetheless, jaguars rarely if ever attack people if not provoked, and no instance of the animal preying on people for food (has / have) ever been reported. Nocturnal by nature, jaguars do occasionally hunt and fish during the day. While fishing, the jaguar taps its tail lightly on the surface of the water to lure fish within striking distance. The jaguar is an excellent swimmer and a fast runner. So strong are these cats that a party of tourists in Central America (have / has) recently reported seeing a jaguar carrying a cow in its jaws. As their weight and size (attests / attest), jaguars seldom go hungry.

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