Hello, I am a comma after a greeting
Complex sentence seeks simple comma
Avoid clichés like the plague
Repeated modifiers really, really need a comma
Students, use a comma after a direct address
Conjunctions: grammar’s own glue
A sentence ending in “too” needs a comma, too.
Say it with direct speech
The full stop: a cracking way to end a sentence.
Nothing says possession like an apostrophe
Get excited about exclamation marks!
Health Warning: Apostrophes give you contractions
“ Direct speech needs talking marks.”
Extra information can go between your brackets
An ellipsis is for trailing off and...
Semi-colons join two sentences; this works well.
Use your colon for definition
The mark that gives you the answer: the colon.
Dash follows sudden stops
Hyphen: turn two words into one
Don’t question question-marks for questions
Repetition strikes again
Rhyme is the same final sound, all the time.
Assonance: rhyme for vowels
Alliteration: when words have the same sound at the start
One idea:  one paragraph
Metaphors are gold
Similes are like gold
Anaphora is effective. Anaphora is fun.
Antithesis: the best of techniques, the worse of techniques
Understatement is just okay
Hyperbole is the best thing, ever
We should all believe in inclusive language
Who doesn’t need rhetorical questions?
Heroes use emotive language
Authorities say, “appeal to experts”
Onomatopoeia: what it sounds like
Concrete nouns have weight
Abstract nouns are things, too
Verbs do
Nouns are really something
Add to your verbs with adverbs
Adjectives should be called ad-nouns
Dependant clause needs independent clause
Independent clauses can stand alone
Spoonerism: a spigger of feech
Acronyms: when you need the information PDQ
Indirect speech gets the point across
THE definite article: there can be only one
The indefinite article: a is an answer
A Strunk of collective nouns
Pronoun: the stand-in
Verb phrases: many words do verb work
Noun phrases: when more is more
Although you don’t want to overdo it, you can start a sentence with a conjunction
Predicate: what happened?
The future tense will be great
The past tense was...
The present tense is happening
Prepositions are where it’s at
It’s always means “it is”
It’s not all right to write “alright”
Well-behaved commas don’t join two sentences
The contention is what it’s all about
I wish this were in the subjunctive
Personification is my excellent friend
93% of statistics influence readers
Bias is bloody awful
Stories are the anecdote to boredom
Generalisation is always wrong
Puns are pun
It is really is fine to boldly split the infinitive
Use imperatives
Topic sentence: say what you mean
If you don’t know your idioms, you’ve got Buckley’s
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Slightly Silly Slogans for an English Classroom

  1. 1. Hello, I am a comma after a greeting
  2. 2. Complex sentence seeks simple comma
  3. 3. Avoid clichés like the plague
  4. 4. Repeated modifiers really, really need a comma
  5. 5. Students, use a comma after a direct address
  6. 6. Conjunctions: grammar’s own glue
  7. 7. A sentence ending in “too” needs a comma, too.
  8. 8. Say it with direct speech
  9. 9. The full stop: a cracking way to end a sentence.
  10. 10. Nothing says possession like an apostrophe
  11. 11. Get excited about exclamation marks!
  12. 12. Health Warning: Apostrophes give you contractions
  13. 13. “ Direct speech needs talking marks.”
  14. 14. Extra information can go between your brackets
  15. 15. An ellipsis is for trailing off and...
  16. 16. Semi-colons join two sentences; this works well.
  17. 17. Use your colon for definition
  18. 18. The mark that gives you the answer: the colon.
  19. 19. Dash follows sudden stops
  20. 20. Hyphen: turn two words into one
  21. 21. Don’t question question-marks for questions
  22. 22. Repetition strikes again
  23. 23. Rhyme is the same final sound, all the time.
  24. 24. Assonance: rhyme for vowels
  25. 25. Alliteration: when words have the same sound at the start
  26. 26. One idea: one paragraph
  27. 27. Metaphors are gold
  28. 28. Similes are like gold
  29. 29. Anaphora is effective. Anaphora is fun.
  30. 30. Antithesis: the best of techniques, the worse of techniques
  31. 31. Understatement is just okay
  32. 32. Hyperbole is the best thing, ever
  33. 33. We should all believe in inclusive language
  34. 34. Who doesn’t need rhetorical questions?
  35. 35. Heroes use emotive language
  36. 36. Authorities say, “appeal to experts”
  37. 37. Onomatopoeia: what it sounds like
  38. 38. Concrete nouns have weight
  39. 39. Abstract nouns are things, too
  40. 40. Verbs do
  41. 41. Nouns are really something
  42. 42. Add to your verbs with adverbs
  43. 43. Adjectives should be called ad-nouns
  44. 44. Dependant clause needs independent clause
  45. 45. Independent clauses can stand alone
  46. 46. Spoonerism: a spigger of feech
  47. 47. Acronyms: when you need the information PDQ
  48. 48. Indirect speech gets the point across
  49. 49. THE definite article: there can be only one
  50. 50. The indefinite article: a is an answer
  51. 51. A Strunk of collective nouns
  52. 52. Pronoun: the stand-in
  53. 53. Verb phrases: many words do verb work
  54. 54. Noun phrases: when more is more
  55. 55. Although you don’t want to overdo it, you can start a sentence with a conjunction
  56. 56. Predicate: what happened?
  57. 57. The future tense will be great
  58. 58. The past tense was...
  59. 59. The present tense is happening
  60. 60. Prepositions are where it’s at
  61. 61. It’s always means “it is”
  62. 62. It’s not all right to write “alright”
  63. 63. Well-behaved commas don’t join two sentences
  64. 64. The contention is what it’s all about
  65. 65. I wish this were in the subjunctive
  66. 66. Personification is my excellent friend
  67. 67. 93% of statistics influence readers
  68. 68. Bias is bloody awful
  69. 69. Stories are the anecdote to boredom
  70. 70. Generalisation is always wrong
  71. 71. Puns are pun
  72. 72. It is really is fine to boldly split the infinitive
  73. 73. Use imperatives
  74. 74. Topic sentence: say what you mean
  75. 75. If you don’t know your idioms, you’ve got Buckley’s

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