DEAR TEACHERS – SCHOOL IS IN SESSION
Since you are not allowed to teach grammar or cursive writing or many of the other basic English composition skills, introduce your students to Michael’s English Usage which strives, on a daily basis, to teach the necessary basics of both written and spoken communication. I present four lessons a week, Mondays through Thursdays, and then post corrections and explanations on Fridays.
Basic English usage and skills are stressed; the posts are usually brief and concise; and they are fun and challenging to complete. The best part is that Michael’s English Usage is a good teaching tool. Try it. You can respond to any posting. You will like it. Best of all is that, if you find that I have made an error or two, you can freely challenge and chastise me; I can take it.
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
PLURALS IN NOUNS
Nouns ending in “o” preceded by a vowel form their plurals by adding “s”.
“folio” – “folios”
“cuckoo” – “cuckoos”
Nouns ending in “o” preceded by a consonant usually form their plurals by adding “es”.
“potato” – “potatoes”
“hero” – “heroes”
Musical term nouns preceded by a consonant usually form their plurals by adding “s” only.
“piano” – “pianos”
“soprano” – “sopranos”
Chances are good that you know one of the words, “exasperate” and “exacerbate”, but are unsure of the other. So answer the following and improve your language skills.
What parts of speech are the words “exasperate” and “exacerbate”?
Define “exasperate” and “exacerbate”.
What other parts of speech can be made from “exasperate” and “exacerbate”?
Create sentences that demonstrate the correct meanings of “exasperate” and “exacerbate”.
The word for today is “extraction”.
What part of speech is “extraction”?
Define “extraction” and use it in a sentence of your own creation.