Ssa Non Negotiables Ppt

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Ssa Non Negotiables Ppt

  1. 1. The Four SSA Non-Negotiables<br />
  2. 2. Non-Negotiable #1<br />There may be no run-on sentences or sentence fragments.<br />What is a run-on sentence?<br />Run-on sentences are independent clauses that have not been joined correctly. An independent clause is a word group that does or could stand alone as a sentence. <br />When two or more independent clauses appear in one sentence, they must be joined in one of these ways:<br /> -- with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet)<br /> -- with a semicolon (or occasionally a colon or a dash)<br />Example:<br />1. Gestures are a means of communication for everyone they are essential for the hearing-impaired.<br />
  3. 3. What is a sentence fragment?<br />To be a sentence, there must be at least one full independent clause – it has a subject and a verb – and it either stands alone as a sentence or could stand alone. Some fragments are clauses that contain a subject and a verb but begin with a subordinating word (although, because, if, until, who, which and that). Others are phrases that lack a subject, a verb, or both.<br />You can repair a fragment in one of two ways:<br /> -- pull the fragment into a nearby sentence<br /> -- or turn the fragment into a sentence<br />Examples: <br />1. Patricia arrived on the island of Malta. Where she was to spend the summer restoring faded paintings.<br />2. Many adults suffer from agoraphobia. A fear of the outside world.<br />3. It has been said that there are only three indigenous American art forms. Jazz, musical comedy, and soap operas.<br />
  4. 4. Non-Negotiable #2<br />Subject and verbs must agree.<br />In the present tense, verbs agree with their subjects in number (singular or plural) and in person (first, second, or third). The present-tense ending –s is used on a verb if its subject is third-person singular; otherwise the verb takes no ending. For example, look at the present-tense forms of the verb give:<br />
  5. 5. Examples:<br />Word groups often come between the subject and the verb; they may contain a noun that at first appears to be the subject.<br />1. The samples on the tray needs testing.<br />2. High levels of air pollution damages the respiratory tract.<br />3. The slaughter of pandas for their pelts have caused the panda population to decline drastically.<br />Compound subjects joined by and are nearly always plural.<br />4. Jill&apos;s natural ability and her desire to help others has led to a career in the ministry.<br />With compound subjects connected by or or nor, make the verb agree with the part of the subject nearer to the verb.<br />5. If a relative or neighbor are abusing a child, notify the police.<br />6. Neither the lab assistant nor the students was able to download the program.<br />
  6. 6. Indefinite pronouns refer to nonspecific persons or things (anybody, anyone, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, neither, no one, somebody, someone, something). They seem to have plural meanings, but treat them as singular.<br />7. Nearly everyone on the panel favor the new budget.<br />8. Each of the desks have been cleaned.<br />Verbs ordinarily follow subjects; when this order is reversed, it is easy to become confused. This always happens in sentences beginning with There is or There are.<br />9. Of particular concern is penicillin and tetracycline, antibiotics used to make animals more resistant to disease.<br />10. There is a small aquarium and an enormous terrarium in our biology lab.<br />Words such as athletics, economics, mathematics, physics, statistics, measles and news are usually singular despite their plural form.<br />11. Statistics are among the most difficult courses in our program.<br />
  7. 7. Titles, company names, and words mentioned as words are singular.<br />12. Lost Cities describe the discoveries of many ancient civilizations.<br />13. Delmonico Brothers specialize in organic produce and additive-free meats.<br />14. Controlled substances are a euphemism for illegal drugs.<br />
  8. 8. Non-Negotiable #3<br />Pronouns and their antecedents must agree.<br />Pronouns are words that substitute for nouns: he, she, it, them, her, me.<br />The antecedent of a pronoun is the word the pronoun refers to. <br />A pronoun and its antecedent agree when they are both singular or both plural.<br />Examples: <br />SINGULAR The doctor finished her rounds.<br />PLURALThe doctors finished their rounds.<br />
  9. 9. Non-negotiable #4<br />Students must use strong, active verbs.<br />As a rule, active verbs express meaning more vigorously than their duller counterparts – forms of the verb be or verbs in the passive voice. Forms of be (be, am, is, are, was, were, being and been) lack vigor because they convey no action. <br />Forms of be and passive verbs have legitimate uses, but if an active verb can convey your meaning as well, use it.<br />
  10. 10. Examples:<br />13. Burying nuclear waste in Antarctica would be in violation of an international treaty.<br />14. When Rosa Parks was resistant to giving up her seat on the bus, she became a civil rights hero.<br />15. The land was stripped of timber before the settlers realized the consequences of their actions.<br />

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