Subjective Modifiers

Understand the Possessive and When to Use It

Fewer or Less

Thanks, But No Thanks


A Message from John Bachner

Edutainment. It’s the practice of injecting humor and wit into teaching. I’ve been doing it – or trying to – for decades. I’ve had to, to some extent, because so many of my “students” are adult professionals who have spent all too many of their undergraduate (K-16) and graduate years focusing on technical skills while steadfastly avoiding effective English-composition instruction. By making the instructional process more enjoyable, I have been able to gain more involvement.

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Types of Questions to Ask John

Ask me questions! Please make them as specific as you can; as examples, “Should I use ‘which’ or ‘that’ in this sentence?” [In this specific case, . . . is better.] “I’ve been told to never end a sentence with a preposition. Is that good guidance?” [No! It’s the kind of guidance up with which you should not put.] “I’ve been told that I shouldn’t write in a report-transmittal letter, ‘If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.’ Should I follow that advice?”

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