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    Constructing Sentences: Direct Object

    Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    A direct object receives the action of the verb. It's a noun or a noun substitute that answers what? or whom? after a verb.

    Please prepare the income statements.

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    Using Punctuation: Comma to Set Off Information

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Commas are used to set off explanatory phrases.

    Drive-in banks, according to E. Joseph Cossman, were established so most of the cars could see their real owners.

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    Using Punctuation: Comma After Introductory Words

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    Use commas after introductory words that answer the questions When? How often? Where? Why?

    Tomorrow, I will circulate the latest draft of our new mission statement.
    Occasionally, we ask for input from outside consultants.

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    Constructing Sentences: Compound Predicate

    Thursday, December 16, 2010

    A compound predicate consists of two or more simple predicates.

    Jackie added the figures in both columns and came up with an astonishing total.

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    Constructing Sentences: Simple and Complete Predicate

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    A simple predicate is the verb without the words that modify it.

    "Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones." - Francois, Duke of Rochefoucauld

    A complete predicate is the simple predicate (the verb) and all the words that modify it.

    "Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great ones." - Francois, Duke of Rochefoucauld

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