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J101 Week 1 Notes

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These are the notes from week one that include notes from lecture, but also the notes from both Module 1 and 2 from the online text book.
Grammar for Communicat
Jasheway-Bryant L
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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kelsey Fagan on Monday March 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to J101 at University of Oregon taught by Jasheway-Bryant L in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 89 views. For similar materials see Grammar for Communicat in Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Oregon.

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Date Created: 03/28/16
Day 1 (3/28):  Syllabus Overview/Introduction  ● Reading well­written and edited books and written works are the best way to become a  better writer and use grammar correctly.  ● To Do well in this class:  ○ Read all assignments, watch videos, do the online quizzes, and play the grammar  games  ○ Attend class, take notes, and pay attention: no cell phones  ○ Don’t miss in­class quizzes, midterm, and final  ○ Double check grades  ○ Pay attention to grammar and punctuation as you read outside of class  ● Talk Grammar to Me online text: readings, quizzes, games, videos  ○ Homework consists of quizzes that are part of the online quizzes  ● Class focuses:  ○ Understanding the differences between ingrained habits, style choices, and  grammar rules.   ○ Choosing the right words, understanding sentence structure, and using  punctuation properly  ○ Strengthening your own personal writing weaknesses  ○ Specifics:  ■ Comma splice  ■ Dangling modifier  ■ Gerund   ■ Infinitive were  ■ When to use a semicolon  ■ How to recognize a collective noun  ■ The difference between​hatand ​hich   ■ What an em dash is   ■ When to use n​umber and ​mount  ■ And much more!  ● Literally means actually or without exaggeration  ● Technically we all already speak at least two languages:  ○ Everyday spoken English  ○ Shorthand digital English: text, email, social media posts, etc.  ● Professional written and spoken English will help you do well in college as well as  afterwards when you are out in the professional world.   ● This course will not teach you how to spell. Don’t be afraid to look up something you  aren’t sure about.  ● Correct word choice matters.  ● Extra/Additional Help:  ○ Follow Prof. Jasheway on Twitter (@writegrammar)  ○ Take additional quizzes on  ○ Use  ○ Download lessons onto your iPod at Grammar Girl  (  ○ Like Grammarly on Facebook  ○ Grammar Tutoring: Academic Learning Services in PLC 68 (TLC)  ○ Check out grammar books in the library  ○ Make an appointment with Prof. Jasheway (​​ ) or Greg  Dewar (GTF)     Module One Notes:  “What’s the Subject”  ● Subject: the person or thing doing an action or being described.  ○ Always a noun or pronoun  ● Verb: the action or word link the subject to the description.  ● Object: the person or thing an action is done to.  ○ Always a noun or pronoun  ○ Cannot be the subject  ● Sometimes there is an implied ​ubject.  ○ Example: Commands “Go away!” The ​ implied ​ubject is “you”.  ● Sometimes sentences can have more than one subject, verb or object..  ● Sentence construction:  ○ The subject and the verb are “the main ingredients”  ○ Without this mix we would essentially still be drawing cave paintings to  communicate.  ● Knowing the subject(s) and the verb(s) in a sentence helps you:  ○ Match nouns and pronouns with the right vern  ○ Choose the proper pronoun for the situation  ○ Know where to put commas   ○ Write clear, concise sentences  ● Prepositional Phrases:  ○ Nothing in the prepositional phrase can be the subject of the whole sentence  ○ Example: “At the ballpark today, Jolene sang “The Star Spangled Banner” badly.”  ■ “At the ballpark today” is the prepositional phrase  ■ “Jolene” is the subject  ■ “Sang” is the verb        Day 2 (3/30):  Subjects  ● Noun or pronoun that does something or is described (it ALWAYS has its own verb(s))  ○ Object: noun or pronoun that something is done to; it never has its own verb(s)  ○ sentence= subject + verb + complete thought  ● The subject works with the verb  ○ Finding the subject will prevent you from:  ■ Accidently pairing single subjects with plural nouns or vice­versa  ■ Choosing the wrong pronouns  ■ Putting commas in place incorrectly and not putting them where they  belong  ■ Calling something a sentence when it’s not  ○ Example:  ■ She ​ (subject) was comforted (verbs)  ■ They ​ (subject) were (verb)  ○ Because the subject is doing the action or being described, simpfind the verb   and see what is “doing it” or what it is describing.  ■ Example:  ■ The goat ​climbs on everything.  ● Ask what climbs­ the goat does, so the goat is the subject.   ● Good rule to remember:  ○ There may be more than one subject in a sentence  ● Implied subjects  ○ It’s not actually in the sentence, but it is implied  ○ Commands  ○ Example: Go over there.  ● Subject vs. Object:  ■ A noun or pronoun that doesn’t have its own verb is an object  ● Example: ​ No one​ knows why ​she slept for sdays straight.   ● Subjects have their own verbs. Objects do NOT.  ● Effect​ is a noun   ● Affect​ is a verb  ○ NEVER the subject  ■ Any noun or pronoun that is nonessential to the meaning of the sentence.   ● Nonessential info is something that gives additional information  that doesn’t include the subject.  ● Example: The ​ gir, but not hecousins, attends thwedding​.  ○ The cousins are nonessential­ you have to look at the verb  to determine what is nonessential in the sentence. Since  “attends” works with “the girl” and not with “her cousins”,  “the girl” is the subject and “her cousins” are objects and  nonessential to the sentence  ○ Indicators of something that is nonessential:   ■ Along with  ■ As well as  ■ Except  ■ But not  ■ In addition to  ■ Commas are often separating non­essential  information from the rest of a sentence.   ■ Any noun or pronoun in a prepositional phrase.  ● Prepositions commonly give location or time.  ● Example: Between ​ you and me​ Ithink weddings cost to much.   ○ I is the subject and will always be the subject. I is the  object.  ● Always look for all the nouns and pronouns and then find the verbs to determine the  nouns and pronouns that are subjects and the nouns and pronouns that are objects.     Module Two Notes:  I Verb You  ● Verbs are the engine of a sentence—without them the other parts of speech would just sit  there doing nothing.  ● Two types of verbs:  ○ Action verbs:  ■ Indicate the subject is doing something  ■ Include transitive and intransitive verbs  ■ Examples: dance, jump, sleep, scream, nod, upchuck, know, got, sat, etc.  ● The athlete vaulted over the pole.  ● I don’t know​ how that stash of cookiegot behind the lawnmower.   ○ Linking verbs:  ■ Describe the condition of the subject  ■ Include all forms of “to be” verbs (am, is, are, was, were, and been)  ■ Examples: appear, feel, look, seem, smell, sound, taste  ● The girl on the left i my cousin.  ● Despite seven baths in tomato juice, the dog stillsmells skunky.  ○ Knowing the difference between the two is important, especially when choosing  an adjective or adverb  ● Helping verbs:  ○ Additional verbs help provide a slightly different meaning or indicate the time  something takes place.  ○ They appear before the verb they work with.  ○ Examples:   ■ Am, are, is, was, were  ■ Be, been, being  ■ Can, shall, will  ■ Could, should, would  ■ Do, does, did  ■ Had, has, have  ■ May, might, must  ● Tenses:  ○ Verbs help show time by their tense  ○ Three tenses: present, past, past participle  ○ The difference between “lay” and “lie”  ■ Present: lay ­­ Past: laid ­­ Past Participle: had laid  ■ Present: lie ­­ Past: lay ­­ Past Participle: had lain  ■ A trick is to replace the word with place or placed for the verb in question  ● Verb Imposters:  ○ Gerunds: words ending in “ing” that are not verbs, but actually nouns  ■ Usually the subject or object in a sentence  ○ Infinitives: combination of the word ​to + a verb.  ■ Just remember to look for the “to” in a sentence, and if it is followed by a  verb, then it isn’t the verb in the sentence.  ■ Always nouns, adjectives, or adverbs  ● Strong vs. Weak Verbs:  ○ Always try to make your writing better by being more descriptive in your  sentences.  ○ When choosing verbs, choose those that convey more meaning.  ● Reminder: just because a word is a verb in one sentence DOES NOT mean it is always a  verb:  ○ Example:  ■ I sleep all day. Sleep is the verb)  ■ Sleep eludes m​leepis a noun; the elude ) ​


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