Eui je Won's Request (29 Jun 2017)

could you explain the where to use 's'?

submitted: Jun 29, 2017
responded: Jun 29, 2017
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  • Maria Batty (admin)
    June 29, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

    If you mean only a single s, it attaches to most nouns to make them plural (boy, boys), although some noun plurals are irregular (child, children; sheep, sheep). It also attaches to the third-person singular present-tense verb: I eat, you eat, he eats, we eat, you (plural) eat, they eat. Note that the only subject-verb agreement error a person can make is to forget the s on the third person singular or to put it on any other verb. An s with an apostrophe ('s or s') attaches to a common noun or proper noun to show possession: the rug's color; Mary's book. If the noun is singular, the apostrophe comes first; if it is plural, then the apostrophe comes after the s that is making the noun plural: a boy's dog; these boys' dog. If the plural noun doesn't end with s, use 's: the children's toys. I hope this helps!

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  • Maria Batty (admin)
    June 29, 2017, 9:27 a.m.

    I just noticed your attachment. Did you have a question about that?

    June 29, 2017, 7:48 p.m. - Eui Je Won

    Yes, could you find an irregular sentence? I read about 3~4 times but still don't get which part is wrong. Could you suggest how should I write? I don't have any problem speaking but I often find myself miserable in writing.

    July 2, 2017, 2:24 p.m. - Maria Batty

    I'm not sure what you mean by "irregular." The 1st sentence in the 3rd paragraph and the 2nd sentence in the last paragraph are not grammatically sound. Because the opening noun phrase does not directly describe the subject "we," you need to make it a prepositional phrase: In both instances, inserting the preposition "With" at the beginning of the sentence will fix it. Also, "we promise ... to accomplish your service" is not really idiomatic. May I ask what kind of assignment is this piece of writing? "How to write" depends on what you're writing. Once you know what ideas you want to cover (that's your thesis statement), talking through those ideas is a good way to start generating sentences. Then you read and rewrite and reread and rewrite in order to make sure the sentences are structurally sound and lead the reader step by step through your argument (topic sentence, detail or expansion, evidence, example, recap, transition to next point). I hope this helps.

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