WRITING: USING PLURALS & POSSESSIVES...

WRITING:  USING PLURALS & POSSESSIVES Writing can involve making words plural and possessive. It really is not as hard as you may think. The key = “think.” Please pause to recall the simple rules that you learned in grade school and consult a dictionary or grammar book for how to handle situations that are truly difficult.   A word is made plural ordinarily by adding to its end an “s” (store → stores) or “es” (thorax → thoraxes). If a word already ends in an “s” you’ll probably have to make it plural by adding “es”: masses, summons. More on this in an upcoming post.   A word or a proper noun/name is made possessive (possessing something) ordinarily by adding to its end either an apostrophe and “s” (or just an apostrophe, in certain situations). Right now, we’ll just look at simple usage. When thinking about possession, think with “of” and “belonging to” in the equation. Alan’s book = the book of Alan, the book belonging to Alan. Example:   The store’s sign [the sign belonging to the store) says the sale will end on Friday.   If you cannot reason through a sentence in this way, then you’ll know that its subject is not possessive and that you should...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24 WHO WON OR DIDN’T WIN SEASON 24:  WHY? Some fans are puzzled, even outraged, that Simone Biles was eliminated just before the finals and that Normani Kordei didn’t win Dancing With the Stars . Most things are simply beyond the control of the celebs and the fans. I’ve read that the average fan who is key to votes is middle-aged, female, and at least somewhat conservative, and that voter is partial to military personnel, Olympians, country singers/stars, and football players (probably thanks in part to their husbands’ preferences).  If you’re a member of that key demographic, you know what we’re talking about. Simone Biles: The girl is clearly adorable; pro partner Sasha Farber is, too. All season long I said this and that Normani was a better dancer right out of the gate while repeating that I don’t like the advantage that gymnasts have on this show. She was too technically excellent, almost as though she were doing an impersonal gymnastic floor show; she didn’t reveal much of herself, allow herself to be vulnerable, or connect sufficiently with enough viewers (including me), all while still being too gymnastic. She did improve on those last few points during the last few weeks, though. She remained gracious...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10 FINALS, Night 2...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10 FINALS, Night 2   It’s Week 10/The Finals/The Finale, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Remaining Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Finals, Night 2/The Finale, Analysis & Results (May 23, 2017) This is Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! It’s basically a big party that everyone came home for. The show began at the outdoor venue/stage, which turned out to be just beyond the ballroom. Much of the night Erin was outdoors while Tom ran things in the ballroom, but Erin was back and forth. We saw clips reviewing the three finalists’ respective journeys over the past 10 weeks and were reminded that they would have to do one more dance for the judges to score (the fusion dance). That was when they revealed that Rashad had logged 100+ more rehearsal hours than the other finalists, which says a lot. Pro and troupe members together—first girls, then guys—danced hot numbers; the...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, FINALS, Night 1...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 10, FINALS, Night 1   It’s Week 10, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 Finals, Night 1, Analysis & Results (May 22, 2017) This is Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin got right down to business by getting the first couple on the dance floor for the first of two dances. The first dance: a redemption of an earlier week. The second dance: The freestyle! The performances were a joy to watch. The judges’ scores were fair. DANCE #1:  REDEMPTION DANCE (A re-do of an earlier week) David Ross: Vien. Waltz (Week 4).  Judges: 8-8-9-8.  Me: 9. David has improved a lot since Week 4 to keep his bum tucked under; still, though, it wasn’t perfect tonight. Nor was his posture. But he was close; still hardworking, sweet, likable, and entertaining. (Week 4’s scores were: Judges 7-8-8-8; Me 8.) We have not seen him...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 9 Results...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 9 Results It’s Week 9, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Val Chmerkovskiy  +     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Analysis & Results (May 15, 2017) This is   Semi-Finals Week on Dancing with the Stars! The 4 remaining couples did not disappoint. The judges’ scores were fair. At the end of round 1, Cheryl Burke performed a number from her highly successful tour that just finished in Japan and will soon start in the USA (30 cities). Singer Calum Scott performed twice (beautiful voice). All couples got post-dance interviews with Erin, except Rashad did not when he ended rounded two, because the show was short on time to present the elimination vote. DANCE #1: JUDGES’ CHALLENGE Normani Kordei: Tradl. Vien. Waltz.     Judges: 9.  Me: 9. Len worked with her, wanting her and Val to achieve 12 consecutive bars of the Viennese Waltz in hold. Mission accomplished! She...

WRITING with SEMINAL SEMICOLONS: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?...

  WRITING with SEMINAL SEMICOLONS: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?   Life is all about relationships.  People have relationships with other people, creatures, and things; with music and dance, books, words and punctuation in writing. Relationships and writing are crucial in life.  Specifically, we even have a relationship with the semicolon, that mid-line dot with a comma curved beneath it like one half of a spooning couple.   Like it or not, the semicolon is a useful and necessary punctuation mark to use in our writing.  An occasional person, even an academic, thinks it should be eliminated from our options and our culture.  But, eliminating the semicolon shouldn’t and can’t be done.  Why?  The semicolon connects and clarifies relationships, those things we can’t live normally without.   I recently read a well-written article by a business consultant.  Surprising to me, he used all periods instead of connecting related thoughts with semicolons.  Doing that made his writing a bit choppy with many short sentences (complete thoughts, also known as independent clauses) and left a few question marks on my mind.  Although he used “relationship” a few times, he seemed to have a relationship problem with the semicolon.  Please consider the following two paragraphs and then my redo of affected sentences...

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