Just what the world was craving. This blog started out being about language, particularly the American English language, with a focus on grammar as both a practical pursuit and a topic of intrinsic interest. My hope is that it will be for some a useful guide and for others a diverting recreation. For me it has been both challenging and rewarding. And now, there’s more.
Now, with stories! That’s right, my blog is now packed with flavorful stories, in addition to its nutritious grammar articles. Under the heading “Tales of a Brooklyn Boomer,” you will find personal stories based on actual events from my youth in Sheepshead Bay, a very ethnic part of Brooklyn, during the post-World War II years. I try to make them lively, humorous, and true, and I hope you will enjoy them.
But wait…We have diagrams too! As a feature of this blog I will occasionally use the device of sentence diagramming to reveal the functions that individual words play in their sentences and their contribution to the meaning and effectiveness of the sentence as a whole: to show, in other words, the internal grammar of sentences. Diagramming can help the writer pinpoint problematic uses of words, phrases, and clauses.
As the sentence at the beginning of this entry states: Diagramming is a singularly effective way to analyze sentences and improve expression.
Note: This blog is affiliated with my friend Elizabeth O’Brien’s website on grammar, which is accessible at www.english-grammar-revolution.com. This is an excellent site with a full line of helpful products for those with any level of knowledge of English grammar who wish to learn more, including detailed “how-to’s” on the useful skill of sentence diagramming. I encourage you to take a look at Elizabeth’s very friendly site. Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive a share of any purchases you decide to make.
Click here to view more details on “Get Smart: Daily Lessons and Diagrams.”
Click here to view more details on “Basic Grammar Video Lessons.”
Click here to view more details on “Sentence Diagramming Exercises.”
Click here to view more details on the “Sentence Diagramming Reference Manual.”