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AFTER introduces a subordinate clause. It makes no sense by itself:

If you say to somebody:

After we left the cinema

that person is still waiting for you to finish the sentence. And to finish the sentence you need to

put an independent clause. So you will perhaps say:

After we left the cinema WE WENT FOR A MEAL

That’s the sentence complete.

is an isolated adverb and doesn’t play a key part in grammar structure.

refers to an already spoken or understood action:

We left the cinema. AFTERWARDS we went for a meal

AFTERWARDS has the same meaning as LATER or SUBSEQUENTLY or THEN

The Exclamation Mark

The Exclamation

interjection, or command.

Use an exclamation point [ ! ] at the end of an emphatic declaration,

“No!” he yelled. “Do it now!”

An exclamation mark may be used to close questions that are meant to convey extreme emotion, as in

What on earth are you doing! Stop!

An exclamation mark can be inserted within parentheses to emphasize a word within a sentence.

We have some really(!) low-priced rugs on sale this week.

Note that there is no space between the last letter of the word so emphasized and the parentheses. This device should be used rarely, if ever, in formal text.

An exclamation mark will often accompany mimetically produced sounds, as in

“All night long, the dogs woof! in my neighbor’s yard” and

“The bear went Grr!, and I went left.”

If an exclamation mark is part of an italicized or underlined title, make sure that the exclamation mark is also italicized or underlined:

My favorite book is Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

(Do not add a period after such a sentence that ends with the title’s exclamation mark. The exclamation mark will also suffice to end the sentence.) If the exclamation mark is not part of a sentence-ending title, don’t italicize the exclamation mark:

I’ve asked you not to sing la Marseillaise!

In academic prose, an exclamation point is used rarely, if at all, and in newspaper writing the exclamation point is virtually nonexistent.

The Question Mark

Use a question mark [ ? ] at the end of a direct question. It is considered bad form to use a question mark in combination with other marks, although that is often done in informal prose in an attempt to convey complex tones: He told you what!? That combination (or similar combination) of punctuation marks is sometimes called an interrobang, but the interrobang currently has no role in academic prose.*

A tag question is a device used to turn a statement into a question. It nearly always consists of a pronoun, a helping verb, and sometimes the word not. Although it begins as a statement, the tag question prevails when it comes to the end-mark: use a question mark. Notice that when the statement is positive, the tag question is expressed in the negative; when the statement is negative, the tag question is positive. (There are a few exceptions to this, frequently expressing an element of surprise or sarcasm: “So you’ve made your first million, have you?” “Oh, that’s your plan, is it?”)

The following are more typical tag questions:He should quit smoking, shouldn’t he?
He shouldn’t have quit his diet, should he?
They’re not doing very well, are they?
He finished on time, didn’t he?
She does a beautiful job, doesn’t she?
Harold may come along, mightn’t he?
There were too many people on the dock, weren’t there?
(Be careful of this last one; it’s not “weren’t they?”)

Be careful not to put a question mark at the end of an indirect question.
The instructor asked the students what they were doing.
I asked my sister if she had a date.
I wonder if Cheney will run for vice president again.
I wonder whether Cheney will run again.

Be careful to distinguish between an indirect question (above), and a question that is embedded within a statement which we do want to end with a question mark.

We can get to Boston quicker, can’t we, if we take the interstate?
His question was, can we end this statement with a question mark?
She ended her remarks with a resounding why not?
I wonder: will Cheney run for office again?

Put a question mark at the end of a sentence that is, in fact, a direct question. (Sometimes writers will simply forget.) Rhetorical questions (asked when an answer is not really expected), by the way, are questions and deserve to end with a question mark:

How else should we end them, after all?
What if I said to you, “You’ve got a real problem here”? (Notice that the question mark here comes after the quotation mark and there is no period at the end of the statement.)

Sometimes a question will actually end with a series of brief questions. When that happens, especially when the brief questions are more or less follow-up questions to the main question, each of the little questions can begin with a lowercase letter and end with a question mark.

Who is responsible for executing the plan? the coach? the coaching staff? the players?

If a question mark is part of an italicized or underlined title, make sure that the question mark is also italicized:

My favorite book is Where Did He Go?

(Do not add a period after such a sentence that ends with the title’s question mark. The question mark will also suffice to end the sentence.) If the question mark is not part of a sentence-ending title, don’t italicize the question mark:

Did he sing the French national anthem, la Marseillaise?

When a question ends with an abbreviation, end the abbreviation with a period and then add the question mark.

Would everyone in the room who hasn’t received an ID card please move to the front of the line.

Didn’t he use to live in Washington, D.C.?
When a question constitutes a polite request, it is usually not followed by a question mark. This becomes more true as the request becomes longer and more complex:

Colon Rules

Colon Rules
The following rules and examples will help you know when and where to use the colon as a punctuation mark.

  • Use a colon to signal the reader that a series of words, phrases, or clauses follows a complete sentence.
    The baseball coach claimed that the team’s success stemmed from four things: consistent hitting, solid pitching, good fielding, and excellent teamwork. The Greasy Spoon restaurant had several house specialties: a hot turkey sandwich, a roast pork dinner, a walleye platter, and a barbecued chicken wing basket.

  • Use a colon to signal the reader that a second complete sentence explains a closely related preceding sentence.
    The supervisor’s remark was straight to the point: I won’t tolerate workers who show up late. Religion and politics can be sensitive subjects: many people hold opinionated views and are easily offended by other peoples’ remarks.

  • Use a colon to signal the reader that a name or description follows a complete sentence when you want to put a lot of emphasis on that item.
    The local anglers had a nickname for the large muskie that had cruised the lake’s shoreline for years without being caught: Old Mossback. The preoccupied burglar didn’t notice who was standing right behind him: a smiling police officer.

  • Use a colon to introduce a long quotation after a complete sentence.
    In his book, Language is Sermonic, rhetorician Richard Weaver described how language may influence us:

    Sophistications of theory cannot obscure the truth that there are but three ways for language to affect us. It can move us toward what is good; it can move us toward what is evil; or it can, in hypothetical third place, fail to move us at all. (60)

  • Colons are also used… …to separate titles and subtitles:

    Richard Nixon: The Tarnished President

    …to express time:

    The accident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

    …to cite a law or Biblical passage:

    According to Minnesota statute 1:49:002, it is unlawful to feed licorice or peanut butter to goats.

    …to end a salutation:

    Dear Rachel:

    …to separate the place of publication and the publisher in a bibliographic entry:

    West, Gerald. How to Write Best Sellers. New York: Henry

    James Publishing, 1973.


2prejudice verb

prejudices; prejudiced; prejudic·ing

[+ obj] 1 : to cause (someone) to have an unfair feeling of dislike for someone or something
The incident prejudiced [=biased] consumers against the company.

2 formal : to have a harmful effect on (something, such as a legal case)
The defense claims that the media coverage prejudiced the trial. [=damaged the trial so that the result of the trial is not valid]


re·trieve Listen to audio/rɪˈtri:v/ verb

re·trieves; re·trieved; re·triev·ing

1 [+ obj] a : to get and bring (something) back from a place 
 Many archaeological relics were retrieved from the site.  Police retrieved his stolen car. 
b : to find and get (information) from a computer or disk 
 You can quickly retrieve data/information.  The files were retrieved from the computer.  He was able to retrieve the document.

2 : to find and bring birds or animals that have been shot back to a hunter [no obj]  The dog is learning how to retrieve. [+ obj]  The dog has been trained to retrieve birds.

3 [+ obj] formal : to keep (something) from failing or becoming worse 
 They were able to retrieve [=save] the situation.  Can their relationship be retrieved? [=salvaged]

— re·triev·able Listen to audio /rɪˈtri:vəbəl/ adjective 
 The data should be retrievable.


iro·ny Listen to audio/ˈaɪrəni/ noun

plural iro·nies

1 [noncount] : the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny 
 a writer known for her clever use of irony  What a beautiful view, he said, his voice dripping withirony, as he looked out the window at the alley.  She described her vacation with heavy irony as an educational experience.  compare sarcasm

2 : a situation that is strange or funny because things happen in a way that seems to be the opposite of what you expected [count]  It was a tragic irony that he made himself sick by worrying so much about his health.  The (awful/bitter) irony is that in trying to forget her, he thought of her even more.  That’s just one of life’s little ironies. [noncount]  The irony of the situation was apparent to everyone.  He has a strong sense of irony.


NOUNS  is the name of anything like  the names of persons, things and animals 
 e.g  ,   
Names of persons :   Mario , Maria , Laia, Antonio.
Names of things  :    Pencil, table, ruler
Names of  animals :  Dog, elephant, cat
The gender of the nouns are two : SINGULAR and PLURAL
          Pencil      ( singular )
          Pencils    ( Plural
Most nouns form their plural by adding an “ S “ to the singular
Pencil   —–  pencils

verb ends in y

However, when a verb ends in y immediately preceded by a vowel, the y is not changed before the ending s is added. In each of the following examples, the vowel immediately preceding the final y is underlined.
Bare Infinitive
Third Person Singular


The present participle of all the verbs is formed by adding ( ING ) TO the root of the 
verb. E.g
 To read       —— reading                       to speak  —— speaking
To study    —— studying                       to  listen  —— listening
To say —– saying                                    to run  — running
To   look  —– looking                             to give  —— giving 
Also, we place before the present participle ( ING ) the verb to Be.
VERB: to be
in 1º the persons singular
I       am  reading
In 3º person singular
SHE   is studying
 HE is  speaking
  IT   IS  saying
in all the persons
 YOU are  running
WE are looking
THEY  are giving    
The function of the present participle in this case is as a  GERUND.

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