Writing CORRECT, CLEAR Sentences

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Writing CORRECT, CLEAR Sentences. Every complete sentence has a subject and a verb. A sentence can have more than one subject (i.e., a compound subject) and more than one verb (i.e., a compound verb), but each subject must match a verb. . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Slide 1</p> <p>Writing CORRECT, CLEAR Sentences1Verb the action or state of being; what happens in the sentenceEvery complete sentence has a subject and a verb.A sentence can have more than one subject (i.e., a compound subject) and more than one verb (i.e., a compound verb), but each subject must match a verb. Subject answers the question Who or What? about the verbThe subject must be a noun, a pronoun, or a word or phrase acting like a noun.The active ingredient in marijuana is THC.Smoking marijuana causes cancer in laboratory rats.People who smoke marijuana risk going to jail.2Subjects and verbs should agree.singular subject + singular verb: The active ingredient is THC. plural subject + plural verb: Smokers are at risk of cancer.Cannabis (is / are) the scientific name for marijuana.Cannabis and its active ingredient, THC, (is / are) of interest to doctors.Cannabis with its active ingredient, THC, (is / are) of interest to doctors.3The only uses for medicinal cannabis and its derived ingredient THC is used as a pain killer or an appetite increaser.Consider this sentence from someones Paper #3:But wait! Cannabis is the object of the preposition for, so it cant be the subject of the sentence.Blocking out the prepositional phrase, we see that the answer to Who or what is used? is uses.Now we see that the sentence doesnt make much sense:The only uses is used as a pain killer or an appetite increaser.4The only uses for medicinal cannabis and its derived ingredient THC is used as a pain killer or an appetite increaser.Whats the KEY concept this sentence should communicate?The only uses for medicinal cannabis are as a pain killer or an appetite increaser.Medicinal cannabis is useful only as a pain killer or an appetite increaser.5Marijuana also has serious effects on a persons lungs. Smoking the drug, even if a person doesnt use the drug regularly, the use can be infrequent and still yield dangerous effects on ones lungs.The use can be infrequent and can yield effects.Smoking the drug can be infrequent and can yield effects.Either version will work, but it cant be both at the same time. Pick ONE.Marijuana also has serious effects on a persons lungs. The use can be infrequent and still yield dangerous effects on ones lungs.Marijuana also has serious effects on a persons lungs, even with infrequent use.6Although medical marijuana has some prominently conducive effects for helping the sickly, there is a dark side to this green, crystal covered, smoke-able plant.Medical marijuana has some prominently conducive effects for helping the sickly. There is also a dark side to this green, crystal covered, smoke-able plant.Using subordination and coordination to show relationships:Marijuana can be helpful. Marijuana has a dark side. (Equally important claims.)With a subordinating conjunction, you can show which claim is more important.Medical marijuana has some prominently conducive effects for helping the sickly, even though there is also a dark side to this green, crystal covered, smoke-able plant.Also shows equal importance; although shows that one idea is more important.7Although medical marijuana has some prominently conducive effects for helping the sickly, there is a dark side to this green, crystal covered, smoke-able plant.Although medical marijuana has some positive effects for helping the sick, this green, crystal covered, smoke-able plant also has a dark side.Although medical marijuana has some positive effects, it also has a dark side.Cut unnecessary words; they detract from the meaning of the sentence.8To write correct, clear sentences make subjects and verbs agree,use subordination &amp; coordination intentionally,cut unnecessary words, andput key words in key positions.9</p>

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