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Note 92 – What is a dummy subject?

I’ve never really stopped to analyse what the words it and there mean at the start of a sentence.  Today I learnt that they are dummy subjects giving no information about the sentence.  The Oxford A-Z of Grammar & Punctuation by John Seely explains that it and there “simply serve to start the sentence off”. Examples: It was raining on … Continue reading

Note 51 – Subject and verb (agreement in number) Part 2

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 51, then please read on… Agreement in number between compound subjects and the verb Yesterday I talked a little bit about compound subjects and the agreement in … Continue reading

Note 50 – Subject and verb (agreement in number) Part 1

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 50, then please read on… Agreement in number between subject and verb Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English says that “the words that come … Continue reading

Note 30 – Interrupting subject and verb

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4.  If you would prefer to dive straight into note 30, then please read on… Interrupting subject and verb (or the flow of the main clause) According to William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White in The Elements of Style, “the … Continue reading

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