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Judge My Sentence: Lydgate Edition

By: Miss Marm

Sometimes, all you need is a quick, merciless judgment.

A Sparkler writes,

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

"Lydgate idealizes Rosamund, he didn't figure out how materialistic she is"

The short answer: no.

The long answer: no, for four

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Musical Grammar Quiz #1

By: Miss Marm

Jealous of the finalists in the musical fiction contest? I understand. They're good writers.

But even good writers struggle with grammar.

Each line below is from a MFC finalist's story, and each contains at least one error. See if you can spot the problems. Answers after the jump!

1. "Don’t think I won’t sell him," She yelled.
2. It's lighter now, the sun has almost come up.
3. Raising my hands up and closing my eyes, I relish the droplets of sustenance that is falling on our skin.
4. “Alright, Grace.  I think it’s time I showed you my garage.”
5. “I can’t take being lonely any longer,” I can hear my voice getting shrill, but I can’t stop.
6. [The driver glared with the kind of irritation] that says 'I'm not having a good day and you aren't helping'.

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Raindrops on Roses and Correct Punctuation

By: Miss Marm

Doe, a deer, a female deer! Ray, a drop of falling thesis statements!

Hello, I am doing a history paper on the von Trapps. I was wondering if you would look at my working thesis and help me make it stronger. I don't know how much you can help me but I'm grateful if you can help at all.

Here is my thesis:

Maria came to the von Trapp family to tutor a sickly child, with them she found love, family, and music.

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The Diary of Ophelia[,] Lovelorn Girl

By: Miss Marm

Today's Sparkler has comma problems (among other issues). Hey, who doesn't, right?

Take a look at the original

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