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English Language Arts, Grade 8

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Study Guide Usage English Language Arts, Grade 8

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USAGE PROBLEMS What is Usage? The way in which the English language is used is known as usage. To speak and write our language properly, certain rules must be followed. Some Usage Guidelines for English 1. who and whom who is a subject whom is an object Who went to the nurse's office? You expect to go to the dance with whom? 2. contractions and possessives it's is a contraction its is a possessive pronoun It's been a hot summer. The kitten cleaned its paws. 3. changing tenses Be consistent with the tenses of the verbs in a sentence. In the first example below, both verbs are in the past tense. In the second, the first verb is in the past tense and the second verb is in the present tense; they don’t match and that confuses the reader. Correct: Lillian ordered French fries, and thoroughly enjoyed eating them. Incorrect: Lillian ordered French fries, and thoroughly enjoys eating them. Try This! 1] This sentence is written correctly. Me and Shannon went jogging. a] true b] false 2] This sentence is written correctly. Don't sit down in that there seat. a] true b] false © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
3] This sentence is written correctly. My aunts teach English and Social Studies. a] true b] false © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
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