Legal Writing – Grammar Tips to Remember

It was great to see you all at the Legal Writing Seminar, and now you must put it all together for our final session.  Here are some things to remember:

  • Punctuation matters. Remember that punctuation of a sentence including where you put the comma can change the meaning and/or emphasis of the sentence.
  • Don’t let your modifiers dangle. Modifiers are words that provide a description of another word in the sentence.   Since it is describing something, put it close to the word it is describing, so it does not dangle.
  • Make your structures parallel. Within a sentence, the phrases should have the same grammatical pattern or number.  This is what is known as parallel structure.  Review your sentences for this type of error.
  • Make your subjects and verbs agree. You may not be able to get anyone else to agree, but your subjects and verbs should agree within a sentence.  If the subject is plural, the verb should be, too.

That is way more grammar than I like to teach.  You can, of course, check out some of these web sites for grammar help:

Grammar Bytes

Guide to Grammar and Writing

or just do a search yourself . . .


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