Chapter 18: “Top Three Worst Usage Errors for a College Student”

“Remember that chunks with subordinating conjunctions get mistaken for sentences because they do contain both a subject and a complete action. Nonetheless this chunk is not a full-fledged sentence. It may be helpful to think of these chunks (adverb clauses) as wee alien monsters incubating in the abdominal cavity of a human host. They need to be inside a sentence. Aliens need us, see.”

“I should probably mention that after college you will never hear or say the term subordinating conjunction again, unless you are the sort of person who likes to read Schopenhauer before bed. In fact if at a social event you exclaim with enthusiasm, ‘Hey, what about those subordinating conjunctions!,’ don’t be surprised if your friend spots an old acquaintance across the room.”