I recently had the misfortune of seeing a sign outside a chicken franchise that read hot, juicy, chicken. You can imagine my outrage!!!
It, of course, took us here at Language Lady to Comma Clues #2: Use Commas to Separate Two or More Describers (But Not Between the Describer and the Word Being Described!).
Two benchmarks that I teach for inserting commas between describers:
Okay, Reish boys–and anybody else in my virtual world who has non-virtual poison ivy right now!
a. A noun that indicates a place on the body that is irritated, such as a spot of poison ivy that is bothersome
b. A verb that happens to a part of the body: my poison ivy itches (meaning it feels like it needs scratched)
Seventh Grade: Teach your student to apply his grammar learning to writing.
Hopefully, this has been happening even earlier than seventh grade because seeing the “why’s” of learning something (“I need to learn prepositions so that I can spot prepositional phrases so that I can be sure that I have accurate subject-verb agreement” or “I need to learn how to punctuate double and triple adjectives so that I can write with them in my descriptive paper”) is extremely motivating to students.
Have you been studying your Wacky Words “there, their, and they’re”? Are you ready for a pop quiz?
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