Introductory Elements - SUMMER 2020

Always bothersome, always questioning. Let's clear it up.

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  • At the end he was unprepared for the consequences.
  • By Friday, night was not so terrifying.
  • We arrived late, but after a rather short nap, we were ready to go.

Do you always wonder about the comma after a prepositional phrase at the beginning of a sentence? Or what if the phrase is after an “and” in a compound sentence? Is there a comma? Are there two?

We will define what those elements are that come out in the front of the sentence. Then we will work on punctuating them. Ah, for the “old” days when ALL introductory elements took commas. But we have to look at the rules that now govern.

See you in class!


This class meets on:

Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 AM Pacific Time

and

Sunday, August 16 at 2:30 PM Pacific Time


Each class will be recorded, which you may listen to any number of times, and the recording will be available for 30 days after the last session of the class. You will receive a certificate for the hours attended. For some classes, a missed class may be made up. Details are available.

Each class is taught in a question-and-answer format, using PowerPoint slides and including handouts of the slides, resources, and exercises.

Each class is being offered for just under $20 a unit – no flights, no hotels, no meals out – NO RISK!!

Come to class in your pajamas; bring your own snacks.

Your Instructor


Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at margieholdscourt.com. In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at margieholdscourt.com. Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.

Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.


Course Curriculum


  Class Details for Introductory Elements
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  Module 1: Definition: Introductory Element
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  Module 2: Comma Basics
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  Module 3: The Verbal Phrase
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  Module 4: The Prepositional Phrase
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  Module 5: The Dependent Clause
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  Module 6: The Conjunctive Adverb
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  Module 7: The Parenthetical
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  Module 8: NO Commas
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  Module 9: WITH Commas
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  Module 10: Compound Construction
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  Module 11: Cardinal Rule Number 1
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  Module 12: Diagramming the Compound Sentence
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  Module 13: Conjunction Linking Verbs: Punctuation
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  Module 14: Conjunction Linking Sentences: Punctuation
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  Module 15: Revisiting the Adverb Clause
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  Resource and Practice
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