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Grammar Rules and Myths
Note: This seminar assumes knowledge of grammar terms (parts of speech, phrases, clauses, subjects, objects, subject complements, etc.). Participants must be familiar with these terms.
Instructor: Frances Peck
Even the best editors wrestle with questions of grammar from time to time. Why is whoever the correct pronoun in the sentence He gave a brochure to whoever he thought was interested? Why are two subjects joined by and sometimes grammatically singular? Is it correct to begin a sentence with however, and, or because, despite what some individuals and texts tell you?
If you are plagued by such questions, or know the answers but have trouble explaining them to others, this seminar will help. We’ll cover tricky cases of agreement, pronoun case (including everyone’s favourite, who and whom), and modifier form and placement. We’ll also discuss common grammatical errors, including comma splices and dangling modifiers. Finally, we’ll investigate the most tenacious grammar myths and review the rules that have changed over time. The session includes exercises and self-tests and allows time for individual questions.
Editor-writer Frances Peck, CPE (Hon.), has worked with words for over three decades. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martin’s Workbook, a grammar exercise book; co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website; and wrote Peck’s English Pointers, an online collection of articles and quizzes available through the Language Portal of Canada. Frances lives in Vancouver, where she’s a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and teaches at UBC.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Room 303 – Marguerite-Bourgeoys
1212, rue Panet, Montreal
(Beaudry subway station, green line)
Cost (lunch included; please let us know of any food restrictions):
Early registration (on or before November 11):
$80 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$120 for non-member students
$150 for Editors Canada members
$180 for members of related organizations
$210 for non-members
After November 11:
$90 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$140 for non-member students
$180 for Editors Canada members
$210 for members of related organizations
$240 for non-members
Registration closes on Sunday December 1, 2019
Seminar Coordinator: Dwain Richardson