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Conjunction Junction What’s Your Function

Pulling apart sentences confuses me at times. I mean, I’m pretty good at my subjects and predicates and my adjectives and adverbs, nouns, pronouns, and verbs and the like. But the little things like conjunctions and prepositions and such still give me the willies.

They confuse my 14-year-old daughter too. She’s a high school freshman who was struggling over conjunctions and prepositions. I wasn’t much help and only succeeded in further confusing her and me.

She finally asked, “Daddy, why do I have to learn these things?”

I thought for a moment and finally answered, “So that you can help your children with their homework.”

Comments

BWG said:

My English student has problems with prepositions too, not that I blame him.

They are a pain in the ass to learn.

Posted on Sep 09, 2005 12:23 AM

TanJ said:

Ahh.. the preposition... better still

The Prepositinal Phrase that we remove from sentences to determine if we are keeping the same past or present time in place.

There is a neat list here:
http://www.wonderfulwritingskillsunhandbook.com/html/preposition_list.html

I found the memorization of the list easy because after the first few the realationships
started to sink in.

Funny. I understood prepositions first and the rest followed.

Posted on Sep 11, 2005 12:52 AM

Nancy said:

My grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Smith, was the grammar fanatic in my life. We were subjected and predicated to death, and analyzed sentences until we could analyze no more.

You've just reminded me that I've forgotten about 75% of what I learned that year. I'm sure if challenged by a young 'un, that page on the rolodex would come back. But right here? Right now? Nuh-Uh.

Posted on Sep 16, 2005 09:47 PM

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