Posted by Mike on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 9:55am.
Could someone check these sentences to make sure they are correct? Thanks
I have to write 3 sentences containing appositive phrases, I'll type that ini cap locks:
1 - Quickly, Scout and Jem's father demonstrates he's morally a good person who wants very much to do the right thing, THE MORAL THING, as an example to the children.
2 - One of the important points in To Kill a Mockingbird, is the lack of ability by the innocent to handle the immorality, THE EVIL, in the world; understandably, people like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson do not handle evil well.
3 - Ultimately the question from the theme of whether people are good or evil, THE EXISTENCE OF MORALITY, shows to Jem and Scout that there is a basic good present in most people.
- English - Grammar check - Writeacher, Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 10:03am
1 and 2 are fine.
3 has an okay use of the appositive, but the beginning of the sentence is quite awkward:
"Ultimately the question from the theme of whether people are good or evil..."
In addition to putting a comma after the adverb at the beginning, how can you rephrase this part of the sentence to be more concise (less wordy) and clear?
- English - Grammar check - Mike, Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 10:46am
Alot of my sentences are longer than what I usually do, but at the beginning of this sentence I used "Ultimately" as a subordinate conjunction (had to begin a sentence with a subordinating conjunction)but I also had to get an appositive phrase in the sentence also. How about:
Ultimately, whether people are good or evil, THE EXISTENCE OF MORALITY, shows to Jem and Scout that there is a basic good present in most people.
- English - Grammar check - PsyDAG, Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 12:30pm
Ultimately, whether people are good or evil, THE Existence of Morality, shows to Jem and Scout there is a basic good that is present in most people.
"Present" can either be a noun or verb, and "good" can be either a noun or adjective. Adding the "that is" reduces the confusion. The first "that" can be omitted to avoid unneeded repetition.
When online, titles can be italicized or underlined by preceding the title with brackets <> containing I or U, respectively and following the title with brackets containing a slash (/) followed by the same letter.
I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.
- English - My Goof - PsyDAG, Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 12:32pm
Excuse my typo. It should be:
Ultimately, whether people are good or evil, The Existence of Morality, shows to Jem and Scout there is a basic good that is present in most people.
- English - Grammar check - Mike, Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 1:59pm
"the existence of morality" is suppose to be an appositive phrase for that sentence. It goes with an essay for To Kill a Mockingbird, and I just need to know if it makes sense and if it's an appositive phrase. ( I used Ultimately, as my subordinating conjunction)
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