They were alive, and so far at any rate they agreed with me.

The problem with this kind of language begins when it becomes mainly attached to negativity. A newspaper editorial or journalist disparaging certain citizens as "lunatics" ought to be opposed.

Some essays published earlier as pamphlets

The following Central Jersey residents at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, were named to the spring dean's list: Meghan Cordier of Skillman, Matthew Lynn of Westfield. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.6

Frederick Engels, Ernest Untermann, eds.

Samuel Moore, Edward Aveling, trans.

Fourth-grade winners are Madilyn Thompson, first; Alexis Lonoff, second; and Katie Piotrowski, honorable mention. Their essays are entitled, respectively, "A Day in Franklin Township," "Rural Awareness," and "Capoolong Creek Trail."

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Pay special attention to words that end in . Some will be possessives, but you might have forgotten the apostrophe, and some will be , which can present their own kind of difficulty in spelling.

assent and authority [of parliamnet] ...

Grammar checkers are available on many word processors. They are far less reliable than spellcheckers, but they are becoming quite sophisticated. Some grammar checkers are quite good at pointing out potential problems and even suggesting possible solutions. Don't be bullied by your grammar checker, though. The computer can easily catch extra long sentences and alert you to the fact that a particular sentence is really long. It's quite possible, though, that you need a really long sentence at that point, and if the sentence is well built (i.e., not a ), let it stand. If there are several sentences that the computer judges to be extra long, however, that's probably an indication of a serious problem and some of those sentences might be better off broken into smaller units of thought.

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Grammar checkers are also very good at picking up on passive verb constructions. Frequently, a sentence will be improved and your meaning will be more clear, more forceful, if you replace passive constructions with active verbs. But not always. Review the section on to see those uses of the passive that are appropriate. If you've used the passive construction in an appropriate way, leave it alone, no matter what your grammar checker says.

[Indeed, all law was to come from parliament].

Go through the essay with an eye for proper punctuation, especially for errant commas. Again, whether you tend to leave out commas where they belong or use commas where you don't really need them is a personal matter that requires your personal attention. It wouldn't be a bad idea to print out the section on to have it on hand when you proofread your paper. Being careful about commas forces you to be thoughtful about the way your sentences are put together.