Contents

 

Chapter 1: The Noun ‘Move’ and the Verb ‘Move’ 1

 

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Grammar Game 1

Lesson 2: The Four “Moves” of Grammar 10

Lesson 3: Naming the Pieces 17

Lesson 4: Identifying Type 1 Sentences 26

Lesson 5: Snagging Type II Sentences (and actually understanding DIRECT and INDIRECT OBJECTS for the first time in your life!) 32

Lesson 6: Trouble Ahead: Verbs That Go Both Ways! 40

Lesson 7: Mixing Type I and Type II Sentences 44

Lesson 8: Subject-Verb Agreement: Problem I 52

Lesson 9: Subject-Verb Agreements: Problems II and III 59

 

Chapter 2: The Adjective ‘Move’ and the Adverb ‘Move’ 73

 

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Adjective ‘Move’ 73

Lesson 2: Why the Heck Do We Need Adjectives and Where Do They Go? 84

Lesson 3: The Adverb move 91

Lesson 4: Which is Which? Adjective/Adverb Forms 98

Lesson 5: James Brown Has Arrived with that Answer! 107

Lesson 6: “Good” and “Well”— One Parting Shot 112

Lesson 7: Using Commas with Multiple Adjectives— Coordinate Adjectives Defined 117

 

Chapter 3: Punctuating Phrases 128

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Phrases 128

Lesson 2: Functions of Prepositional Phrases 135

Lesson 3: The Black Hole: Objective Forms of the Pronoun (me, them, him, her) 142

Lesson 4: Participial Phrases: DUM, Da DUM DUM! 147

Lesson 5: Generating Past Participial Phrases 156

Lesson 6: The Gerund Phrase 161

Lesson 7: The Appositive Phrase 171

Lesson 8: The Infinitive Phrase 178

Lesson 9: Mastery Phrase Exercise 183

 

Chapter 4: Punctuating Clauses 193

 

Lesson 1: Welcome to the World of C L A U S E S! 193

Lesson 2: The Adverb Clause Comma Rule and Memory Sentence 201

Lesson 3: Busting Sentence Fragments 206

Lesson 4: ‘Kicking the Tires’ of Adjective Clauses 215

Lesson 5: ‘Who’ versus the HATED ‘Whom’! 220

Lesson 6: Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Adjective Clauses – Here Come the Commas! 232

Lesson 7: Lars and the Real Sentence – Commas That Can Change Reality!!! 239

Lesson 8: Noun Clauses—“At Your Service!” 246

Lesson 9: ATTENTION! Final Review of Clauses 256

Lesson 10: Final Review 258

 

Chapter 5: Mickey Mouse, Semi-Colons, and End Game Music 262

Lesson 1: Introducers 262

Lesson 2: Interrupters 270

Lesson 3: More Sick Sentences: Fragments, Run-ons, and Comma Splices         278

Lesson 4: Who’s Afraid of Semi-colons? 291

Lesson 5: The World Famous PROFESSIONAL CLAMDIGGING™

Review—“The End Game” 305