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“I met so many interesting people, including a writer, a photographer, and an aviator.” Words like “including” or “such as” are often used to introduce examples that further explain something mentioned in the sentence. They suggest that you are going to list just a few of the relevant items. If you removed the comma from... Continue Reading →
No matter what part of the world you find yourself in, hot chocolate is a universal pleasure. Seoul's cafes specialize in tasty lattes, and this "choco-latte" from Moon D'Ann is no exception.
“The other day, I met an old friend.” When writing a sentence, sometimes you may wish to set the scene for your statement by using an introductory phrase. In the example above, the phrase “the other day” provides the context for the independent clause that follows. Introductory phrases can come in a range of types — learn... Continue Reading →
Seoul had its first big snowfall last week. When that happens, even ordinary spaces get turned into winter wonderlands... at least until things turn icy. ^^; Then walking becomes a beautiful hazard.
“The cat that climbed the tree was gray with a spot on its nose.” In this sentence, “that climbed the tree” acts as a relative clause, giving you more information about the subject (the cat). Relative clauses are frequently used in English writing and are an important descriptive tool. However, punctuating these clauses correctly depends... Continue Reading →
Ginkgo trees can perhaps be considered a symbol of Seoul. They can be found all over the city, and their distinctive, bright yellow leaves declare autumn. As the seasons turn, these sunny petals also spiral down to blanket the sidewalks.
“Hey, what’s your name?” In this example, the exclamation of “hey” acts as an interrupter. The part following the comma is the independent clause that makes up the basic sentence. An interrupter can be any one of a wide rage of phrases that interrupts the surrounding sentence. Using an interrupter can help to make your... Continue Reading →
Seoul's Haneul Park offers a broad, picturesque expanse of softly waving grass that gives a peaceful feel, right in the middle of the city. Because it is elevated, it is apart from the city noise, but from the park's edges the evening skyline can be appreciated.
“I called my friend, JJ, to tell him about all our plans!” Have you seen sentences like this that re-state the subject? The part that’s offset by commas re-names the subject, giving more specific information. This grammar structure is called an appositive, and you can use it to introduce or clarify the topic you’re writing... Continue Reading →