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Everdeen's Questions... Answered

Posted 04-14-2015 at 01:28 PM by Employable


This post is related to the following thread:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/writi...correct-5.html

TITLES
The teacher said the documentary "The Wild Side of Grammar" is fascinating.
--I'd still use quotes vs. relying solely on the capital letters. At this point, it's all about readability. Please don't get wild ideas and think you can add commas as an alternative.

PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES
The teacher said his explanation of the theory was accurate.
--If you want to shorten your sentences, you can often use previous sentences for context. This sentence implies the teacher and someone else were already talking about the theory and the explanation.

VERB TENSE DESCRIPTIONS
They're essential when learning a new language. But I've been able to get away with saying "This verb doesn't match the others." Writers get the point. A lot of them are already crushed that I'm critiquing their work. They don't need me jamming terminology down their throats.

PARTS OF SPEECH
Noun, verb, adjective, etc. Verb tenses break down verbs, sort of like how "definite articles" and "indefinite articles" break down nouns ("The dog" versus "A dog.")

LEARNING MORE
Yes, you can get all this online. Everything. Everywhere. But do you know how online medical sites can fuel hypochondria? Actual medical textbooks are better, but people either don't have access to them or can't translate them properly. Physical grammar books are awesome. Everything you need is in your hands. Plus, there are studies claiming students show higher concentration levels while reading textbooks versus digital media.

SINCE YOU ASKED...
Being a copy editor is like riding a bike. You always know how to do it. But I don't have a copy-editing job at the moment. Some places are getting rid of the role. The last broadcast news station I worked for used producers for it, which is unfortunate because producers are busy enough. You really need a person dedicated to fact-finding and cleaning up copy.

I also saw one online news site (literally) bragging about not having copy editors. They spun it by saying mistakes are simply a part of journalism. Let that sink in.

I still critique news articles once in a while to stay current. I threw one break-down on my CD blog if you want to torture yourself.
http://www.city-data.com/blogs/blog3...article-1.html

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