Subject and antecedent must agree in gender and number.
The samples on the tray in the lab needs testing.
High levels of air pollution causes damage to the respiratory tract.
What’s an indefinite pronoun?
Indefinite pronouns are treated as singular
Example: Each of the students has a textbook now.
Example: Everybody who signed up for the tours is able to go.
What about collective nouns?
Example: When someone has been drinking, they are likely to speed.
Example: Every runner must train rigorously if they want to excel.
Example: If a medical student wants to get a job, he must study every day.
Ways to Fix Agreement Errors
Replace the plural pronoun with “he or she” or “his or her.”
Make the antecedent plural.
Rewrite the sentence completely.
When someone has been drinking, he or she is likely to speed.
When drivers have been drinking, they are likely to speed.
A driver who has been drinking is likely to speed.
Each of the students were taking the quiz at the time.
When a client comes to our office, we need to direct them to the secretary.
The report on the various schools is disconcerting.
What is a case report?
Client’s case file
Facility’s daily log
What is Reported?
Changes in behaviour (especially risk-taking, criminal, or self-harm)
Every step of a treatment plan
Justifying your own actions/decisions
Meeting accreditation, licensing, and legislation
What needs to be reported?
What are insignificant details?
What is confidentiality?
Why must confidentiality be maintained as a family support worker?
Who is the audience of a case report?
I had an appointment today with Tim. He is inappropriate and rude to me as per usual. He still can’t seem to find a job and I wonder if he is even bothering to try.
I had an appointment today with Tim. He swore several times directly at me and grabbed my shoulder at one point (which also occurred during our last appointment, as detailed in my report from January 26). He is still unemployed and has not followed through with the two phone interviews our ministry arranged for last week. He has not attended the resume workshop on February 1.
Verbs: voice is either active or passive.
Active: subject of sentence=perfomer of verb
Passive: subject has something happen to it
Grammar-rama: Active vs Passive Voice
Active: The Montgomery College Board of Trustees reached a decision.
Passive: A decision was reached by the Montgomery College Board of Trustees.
Active: I hit the dog.
Passive: The dog was hit.
Use active as much as possible except:
Performer is understood, unimportant, unknown
My car was stolen!
The gardens at Camosun are maintained frequently.
Focus is on action, not on performer
A silo was erected in the middle of the field today.
Use active as much as possible:
Self-reliance and tolerance of difference is developed during the teenage years.
Important knowledge about how to get along successfully in the world was learned by having to keep my own accounts and pay rent on the pedicab.
I was entertained with unfamiliar stories of incidents and individuals.
A more tolerant and respectful view of the world was acquired because of my peddling summer.