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Chapter 2. Conan the Grammarian > Perversity Rules - Pg. 14

Conan the Grammarian 14 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Correction:"Misteaks" do not refer to unmarried female rib roasts; the word is spelled "mis- takes." See Chapter 18. Error:Run-on sentence Correction:Avoid run-on sentences; they are hard to read. Or: Avoid run-on sentences be- cause they are hard to read. A sentence is a group of words that express a complete thought. A sentence has two parts: a subject and a predicate. The subject includes the noun or pronoun that tells what the subject is about. The predicate includes the verb that describes what the subject is doing. A run-on sentence is two incorrectly joined sentences. See Chapter 13. Error:Double negative Correction:Don't use any double negatives. See Chapter 8. Error:Misused semicolon Correction:Use the semicolon properly; always use it where it is appropriate and never where it isn't. Use a semicolon between main clauses when the conjunction (and, but, for, or) has been left out. See Chapter 16. Error:Apostrophe error Correction:Reserve the apostrophe for its proper use and omit it where it's not needed. Con- tractions are two words combined. When you contract words, add an apostrophe in the space where the letters have been taken out. See Chapter 16. Error:Agreement of subject and verb Correction:Verbs have to agree with their subjects. See Chapter 9. Error:Incomplete sentence Correction:Do not write any sentence fragments. See Chapter 13. Error:Missing words Correction:Proofread carefully to see if you have left any words out. See Chapter 26.