A Short Grammar Lesson

Once a week I require my students to write up several problems  using correct grammar.  Yesterday I wrote this on the overhead.

1 is the loneliest number.

I asked the class what was wrong with this sentence.  No response.  Many of my students don’t know that it is ungrammatical to start a sentence with a numeral – see rule 16 on this useful web page.

My student Sam asked if we couldn’t rewrite the sentence to be  “The loneliest number is one.”  I said yes but it wouldn’t make as good a song.


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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One Response to A Short Grammar Lesson

  1. grossoutwine says:

    I must admit those were my least favorite assignments in your class, but they certainly prepared me for calculus!

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