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Woe Is I: Outline for Study

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Woe Is I – Grammar Areas


Chapter 1: Pronouns

1.1.   that/which

1.2.   its/it’s

1.3.   who’s/whose

1.4.   you’re/your

1.5.   who/whom

1.6.   that/who

1.7.   me/I

1.8.   self

1.9.   they

1.10.                    everybody/someone/nobody

1.11.                    what


Chapter 2: Numbers, Plurals

2.1.   plurals

2.2.   names (Joneses)

2.3.   compound noun plurals (doormen)

2.4.   -ics (mathematics, politics)

2.5.   couple (sing/plural)

2.6.   group nouns (majority, total)

2.7.   all

2.8.   none

2.9.   -y (ferries)

2.10.                    -o (potatoes)

2.11.                    plurals, abbreviations (IOUs)

2.12.                    between/from

2.13.                    kinds, sorts, types

2.14.                    singular words ending in -s

2.15.                    foreign plurals (cacti)


Chapter 3: Possessives

3.1.   how to make posessives

3.2.   pronouns, possessives (his, hers)

3.3.   their (peril of non-gendered plural pronoun)

3.4.   group ownership (Sam and Janet’s)

3.5.   nobody’s, anybody’s

3.6.   “for goodness’ sake”

3.7.   “a friend of Jake’s”

3.8.   “an hour’s wait,” “two years’ in jail”

3.9.   “citizens’ group” or “citizens group”

3.10.                    “He resents my going”


Chapter 4: Verbs

4.1.   subject and verb agreement

4.2.   “Ties or cravats are allowed,” “neither the eggs nor the milk was fresh”

4.3.   “The couple lives in Apt 4” vs. “a couple of dogs ran in the road”

4.4.   “Phillis is wearing what look like false eyelashes”

4.5.   There are/there is

4.6.   “I wish I were” vs. “If I was rude, I apologize”

4.7.   Wishful language about the past: “I wish you had called”

4.8.   “the judge ordered that he be tried”

4.9.   Might/may “A bulletproof vest may have saved him” vs. “A bulletproof vest might have saved him”

4.10.                    “He’s one of the authors who say it best” vs. “One of the authors say it best”

4.11.                    “They never have forgotten and never will forget Paris”

4.12.                    -ize verbs, (colorize, prioritize)

4.13.                    infinitives, “eager to go” vs. “anxious to go”

4.14.                    lay/lie, sit/set, rise/raise

4.15.                    fit, quite, bet, wed

4.16.                    spilled/spilt, burned/burnt

4.17.                    waked/woken: I wake, I woke, I have woken

4.18.                    “used to”

4.19.                    hang, hung, have hung

4.20.                    use of that, “Junior said that on Friday he would pay up” vs. Junior said on Friday that he would pay up”

4.21.                    split infinitives a dead ruling: “have finally gone,” “finally have gone,” “have gone finally”

4.22.                    “the problem is, is that they repeat themselves”

4.23.                    “shall” as a dead word

4.24.                    contractions, those that are legit and those that ain’t

4.25.                    tenses

4.26.                    overuse of have


Chapter 5: Verbal Abuse

5.1.   words commonly misused

5.2.   words commonly confused

5.3.   a while/awhile, already/all ready

5.4.   -ly makes unnecessary adverbs


Chapter 6: Spelling


Chapter 7: Pronunciation


Chapter 8: Punctuation

8.1.   as road signs for the reader

8.2.   period

8.3.   comma

8.4.   semicolon

8.5.   colon

8.6.   question mark

8.7.   exclamation point

8.8.   parentheses

8.9.   dash

8.10.                    hyphen

8.11.                    apostrophe

8.12.                    quotation marks

8.13.                    titles


Chapter 9: Danglers


Chapter 10: Cliches


Chapter 11: Outdated Rules

11.1.                    split infinitives

11.2.                    ending a word with a preposition

11.3.                    data and media as plural

11.4.                    always putting the subject before the verb

11.5.                    starting a sentence with and/but

11.6.                    splitting the parts of a verb phrase

11.7.                    none as singular in all situations

11.8.                    not using whose for inanimate objects

11.9.                    It is I/ It is me

11.10.                who/whom

11.11.                that/who

11.12.                active/passive

11.13.                double negatives

11.14.                shall/will

11.15.                more than/over

11.16.                since/because

11.17.                while/although

11.18.                lighted/lit

11.19.                have got/have gotten

11.20.                all of, both of

11.21.                starting a sentence with “there”

11.22.                go slow/go slowly


Chapter 12: Writing What One Means, making writing easier for the reader to enjoy and understand


Author: djen


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