Author: Fornes

Blog Prompt #8

Draft a body paragraph or two of your research project. The passage must contain an example from your primary text, your analysis, and a secondary source that supports your analysis in some way.

The Secret Life of Pronouns–Blog Prompt #7

At some point over the weekend, I stumbled across a discussion of James W. Pennebacker, the author of The Secret Life of Pronouns. I didn’t get the whole interview, but Pennebaker’s theory seems to be that how we use language…

Blog Prompt #6

Complete #1 for Exercise 23 on page 154 of Rhetorical Grammar (our book). Never be an investor in something you don’t understand or in the dream of an artful salesperson of some product. Be a buyer, not a sellee. Figure…

Blog Prompt #5

Finally, here is the prompt for the fifth blog post. I meant to post this before break, but the web site has been down. Slowly but surely, I am getting it back to normal. Anyway, the fifth blog post is…

Active and Passive Voice

Okay. Because you all seem to think that Grammar Girl is all smart and sassy and her explanation of active and passive voice was so much better than mine, here you go. Take your Grammar Girl; I don’t care. By the…

Can You Tell One Rogue from Another?

Not all vagabonds are created equal. Some travel in pairs, some steal horses, some steal from the disabled. Fortunately, British writer Thomas Harman studied vagabond-ology back in the mid 1500’s and provided us a with a list of the various…

This might could be a nice database.

Some folks over at that short-named campus in Columbia—the University of South Carolina, or something like that—have compiled what is probably the definitive online database of research and study on the multiple modal. I suspect that some of you native…

Naifeh and Smith on Van Gogh

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is my gift to you. Two weeks from tonight, Pulitzer Prize winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will read and discuss their work in the Etherredge Center as part of the Oswald Distinguished Writer’s…

Let’s Get All Cohesive!

Comment below by revising the following passages to make them more cohesive: The Gateway Arch at the edge of the Mississippi river in St. Louis is the world’s tallest monument. Eero Saarinen designed the stainless steel structure that commemorates the…