Saturday, 13 January 2018

Mini Grammar Lesson - "Are" and "Is" in Verb Agreement


             “Are” and “Is” in Verb Agreement


Copyright 2013
The Dragon Grammar Book -
Grammar for Kids, Dragon,
and the Whole Kingdom

Published by Diane Mae Robinson Ink
Dec. 10, 2017

"Are" and "Is" in 
     Verb Agreement
Chapter 2 

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  Are you sure this is right? Are and is can get confusing when we’re not sure if the thing we’re talking about is a single thing or more than one thing.

      When using a singular noun or subject, the verb needs to be singular. When using a plural noun or subject, the verb needs to be plural.

      Look at the noun or subject of the sentence as a whole to decide if it’s singular or plural. Single noun – is. Plural noun – are.

      In the following example sentences, the noun or subject of the sentence is underlined.

The witch’s pot of onions is simmering over the fire. (Pot is a single thing that happens to be full of onions; “pot of onions” is a single subject and requires the single verb is.)

Petra’s favorite type of book is adventures. (The single noun phrase “type of book” requires the single verb is.)

Fantasies are my favorite type of book. (The plural noun Fantasies requires the plural verb are.)

The Lord of the Kingdoms is getting frustrated with all his subjects who are asking silly questions about the mess. (“Lord of the Kingdoms” is one person and requires the single verb is.)

     Review: when a subject is made up of two elements joined by “or” or “nor,” the verb is singular if both elements are singular. If one of the elements is plural, the verb becomes plural.

Either the dragons or the donkey are responsible for the smelly mess. (The subject “dragons or the donkey” uses the plural verb are after the single noun donkey because the plural dragons is one part of the two elements.

Neither the king nor the prince is responsible for the smelly mess.

     As noted earlier, there is a rule that many writers follow called the proximity rule. The proximity rules states that the noun nearest the verb governs it. In my studies of grammar, I believe the proximity rule to be less common, but both rules are correct. It is more important to be consistent with using either rule.

     The subject in a sentence will come before a phrase beginning with of.

A coat of many colors is a nice thing to wear. (Coat comes before of and is a single subject requiring the single verb is.)

     Usually, a plural verb is used with two or more subjects when they are connected by and.

            A dragon and a crocodile are my only pets.

     But not if the and is part of a single subject phrase.

            Playing Dungeons and Dragons is fun.

     If the subject is separated from the verb by such phrases as “as well as” or “along with,” these words and phrases are not part of the subject. Use a singular verb when the subject is singular and a plural verb when the subject is plural.

            Singing, as well as dancing, is the terrifying part of the knight exam.

            The magicians, along with the councilman, are writing new rules.

     When sentences begin with here or there, the subject follows the verb.

            There is one waltz the knights have to perform.

            Here are your dancing shoes.

     Subject-verb agreement comes down to figuring out if the subject is plural or singular.

The rules of the kingdom are listed in the royal rule book. (Plural subject requires are.)

Economics is a silly subject. (Tricky, but here Economics is a single subject even though it looks like a plural word. It requires is.)

            The economics of the kingdom are silly. (Plural subject requires are.)

     The same rules apply to does and do (does being singular and do being plural).

What do the dragon and I have in common? (Plural subject “dragon and I” requires do.)

Queen Mabel is the only one of the royals who does follow the rules. (Single subject requires does.)

     Use does for the pronouns, he, she, and it. Use do for the other subject pronouns I, you, we, and they.

            I do my singing in the morning. He does his singing at night.

     The rules for are, is, do, and does are the same as for all verbs to be in agreement with their subject. Remember that the verb is not always pertaining to the noun it is beside but pertaining to the subject of the sentence.

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Have Some Fun With Grammar!

 The Dragon Grammar Book- Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom
For Middle Grades to Adults
Amazon.com paperback $10.99
                                      Barnes & Noble paperback $10.99
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Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with fun grammar lessons. The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike. From multi-award winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom.
When Sir Princess Petra clobbers Snarls with a book, she uses the only book that can help her fire-breathing dragon-steed: The Dragon Grammar Book. This amazing book uses kid-friendly sentences, humorous illustrations, and easy-to understand examples. The Dragon Grammar Book is a fun tool that will help your middle-grade dragons better understand the basic rules of writing—and reading.—Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews
In her latest offering, Diane M. Robinson takes on a challenge greater than any of the obstacles which Sir Princess Petra has yet faced: how to make the arcane rules of English grammar interesting and accessible to a wider audience. While many kids and adults would rather face a fully-grown ogre than the laws of punctuation, The Dragon Grammar Book provides a clear and comprehensive look at our language for princesses and dragons alike. With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.—Peter Takach, High School English Teacher and Grammarian
The Dragon Grammar Book takes some of the basic rules of writing and makes them more approachable with a dash of creative fun courtesy of The Pen Pieyu all-stars. So whether you’re a sword wielding princess, an onion loving dragon, or an everyday Jane/Joe, you’ll walk away with a clearer understanding of the English language and be ready to tackle sentence structure and word usage with the best of them.—Gina Reba, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Unbeatable winning combination . . . Sir Princess Petra faces her fears of the menacing fire-breathing dragon and conquers the pitfalls of grammar! Clever, painless, and fun way to learn, implement and test yourself in the English language.—Barbara Ann Mojica, Author of the Little Miss HISTORY children’s nonfiction book serieshttp://LittleMissHISTORY.com

Ms. Robinson explains in a clever and engaging manner, so that young writers can better understand the complex rules of English grammar. The entire family—or Kingdom—will enjoy the examples and activities from her award-winning series offered within the book. The illustrations that begin each chapter help set a playful tone.-- C. L. Murphy, Children's Book Author

In this book, Diane M. Robinson make the difficult rules of English grammar accessible and entertaining! Clear examples and fun activities help to keep readers of all ages entertained. I highly recommend this book for fans of Sir Princess Petra and those who just want to brush up on their grammar. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.-- Yvonne on Amazon

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Free Coloring Contest For Kids


The Dragon Newsletter via author Diane Mae Robinson is pleased to announce another contest for kids. Yay! This contest will involve coloring a picture from the Sir Princess Petra Coloring Book and adding a short paragraph about the scene the participant colors and enters into the contest. The paragraph (75 to 100 words) can be dialogue,descriptive, or both. The contest is open to Canada and U.S. (including Hawaii). The contest is for kids 6 – 17 years of age.
The prizes:

Sling bag with Snarls the dragon logo Value $35.00


                                                                              

2nd editions, published 2017, The Pen Pieyu Adventures series
paperbacks by Diane Mae Robinson
$42.00 value







 Sir Princess Petra Coloring Book (2)
by Diane Mae Robinson
Value $16.00



   

Drawing Fantasy Creatures paperback
by A.J. Sautter
$13.00 Value






                                                                       Drawing Dragons
                                                                       paperback
                                                                       by Sandra Staple
                                                                       $19.00 value


How to enter the contest:
  • Contest participants can enter by signing up to The Dragon Newsletter (an occasional newsletter about my new book releases, contests, and giveaways). Upon sign up, you will receive the 55-page pdf coloring book, which are the pages for the contest. Sign-up form here: https://dragonsbook.com/subscribe/
  • Contest participants can be from a school I have previously visited on an author visit, although, a teacher from each class will have to register on behalf of the students in that class. 
  • If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you will receive the link for the pdf coloring pages again in the November/December Dragon Newsletter. 
  • One entry per person. 
  • Entries can be emailed or mailed. Mailing address details will be sent via The Dragon Newsletter November/December 2017 Edition.
  • All entries must include: Name, Age, School & Classroom I Visited or Email Address you used to sign up to the newsletter with.
  • Winning entries will be judged by coloring and writing skills based on age. The short paragraph about the scene should be between 75 and 100 words (dialogue, descriptive, or both, and grammar counts). 
  • Contest closes April 1, 2018.
Want to see last year’s winning entries? Go here: http://bit.ly/2AfGpU8
To learn more about my dragon books for children or to order autographed copies of The Pen Pieyu Adventures series: https://www.dragonsbook.com

P.S. Releasing soon The Dragon Grammar Book – Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson starring The Pen Pieyu  Adventures characters. The Dragon Grammar Book is an easy-to-understand grammar book for middle grades and up. Stay tuned for pre-order sale and release date.





Have fun! Dragon hugs. Diane

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Dragon Grammar Book

The Dragon Grammar Book - Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

 Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Illustrations By Samantha Kickingbird

With A Bonus Section: Illustrations by the Author

Publisher: Diane Mae Robinson Ink

Releasing In Nov. 2017

Middle Grade Through Adult




Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with fun grammar lessons. The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike. From multi-award winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom.



When Sir Princess Petra clobbers Snarls with a book, she uses the only book that can help her fire-breathing dragon-steed: The Dragon Grammar Book. This amazing book uses kid-friendly sentences, humorous illustrations, and easy-to understand examples. The Dragon Grammar Book is a fun tool that will help your middle-grade dragons better understand the basic rules of writing—and reading. 
            —Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews


In her latest offering, Diane M. Robinson takes on a challenge greater than any of the obstacles which Sir Princess Petra has yet faced: how to make the arcane rules of English grammar interesting and accessible to a wider audience. While many kids and adults would rather face a fully-grown ogre than the laws of punctuation, The Dragon Grammar Book provides a clear and comprehensive look at our language for princesses and dragons alike. With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.
            —Peter Takach, High School English Teacher and Grammarian


The Dragon Grammar Book takes some of the basic rules of writing and makes them more approachable with a dash of creative fun courtesy of The Pen Pieyu all-stars. So whether you’re a sword wielding princess, an onion loving dragon, or an everyday Jane/Joe, you’ll walk away with a clearer understanding of the English language and be ready to tackle sentence structure and word usage with the best of them. 
           —Gina Reba, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


Unbeatable winning combination . . . Sir Princess Petra faces her fears of the menacing fire-breathing dragon and conquers the pitfalls of grammar! Clever, painless, and fun way to learn, implement and test yourself in the English language. 
           —Barbara Ann Mojica, Author of the Little Miss HISTORY children’s nonfiction book series, http://LittleMissHISTORY.com



 
Illustration by Diane Mae Robinson
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Diane Mae Robinson is the international multi-award-winning author of the children fantasy/adventure series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures.  The author is also an artist, art teacher, editor of children books, and a writing instructor.  Diane lives in central Alberta, Canada.

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