I want to mention a link.


In this link, there has been mentioned some words such as 'Punctuation Rule 1, Punctuation Rule 5 etc. What are these? Would anybody like to mention the link in which these rules are described?

The link that a I mentioned above is very much useful. In this lesson, there has a nice discussion about how to fix the fragment that one found. But I want to learn more about infinitive phrase and lonely verb phrase. Would anybody like to give any other useful links that are able to fulfill my demand?

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    You'd have to ask Robin L. Simmons ("the brains behind Grammar Bytes", being the site you linked to) whether s/he came up with these particular "numbered rules", or did they come from some earlier source. They cerainly won't be universally recognised. – FumbleFingers Mar 12 '15 at 19:09
  • not hugely relevant to this particular post on the rules of grammar, they are not there to tell you what to do they tell you what you can't do. – JonMark Perry Mar 12 '15 at 21:40

To quote:

Learning the nine punctuation rules that follow will help you not only fix fragments but also punctuate your sentences correctly.

The rules are defined in that document. There's no other "authority" that is being referenced.


I searched that site. Home page is at www.chompchom.com

I don't see those numbered rules listed anywhere. There are "comma rules", but only 7 of them.

Most of the advice seems good, but of the three examples he gave for "lonely verb", two also start with a coordinating conjunction ("but","and") which he ignored in the fix. The third semtence there is a cleaner example of "lonely verb". The essence of a lonely verb is that it has no noun or noun phrase acting as a SUBJECT. What you choose to insert as a subject is up to you, if you have no other context (sentence before or after the faulty one.)

As for infinitive phrases, just remember that an infinitive does not count as a sentence verb (likewise for participles and gerunds). A sentence needs to have a conjugated verb that matches the subject. (In the prior sentence, "needs" is conjugated to match "sentence"; without it, "Sentence to have..." does not make a sentence.)

I do not know good sources to recommend. But I applaud your effort to learn these aspects of sentence construction. Sadly, many native speakers never learn them well enough, and end up writing incomplete, confusing sentences!

  • For what it's worth, most sentences aren't confusing to native speakers. – Ian MacDonald Mar 13 '15 at 3:50
  • I didn't mean to imply that these native speakers always write incomplete, confusing sentences, and I agree that native speakers can usually figure them out—but some can be oddly ambiguous and/or uproariously funny! – Brian Hitchcock Mar 13 '15 at 4:17

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