There is a new cellmate in the cell next to ours. He is from Mexico, SO it is not easy to understand him. As we conversed in the lunch hall I tried to speak English, AND G tried to speak spanish (he doesn’t know spanish). Needless to say the man thought we were morons. He did not want to talk, NOR sit anywhere near us because of our awkward introductions.
G said that Spanish was harder than he thought, “You think?” I said sarcastically. G said that there is a lot to the english language I didn’t even know about. He asked if I knew what AAAWWUBBIS stands for, BUT I thought he was just speaking gibberish to me like he did the new guy. G explained that this was an acronym for a list of subordinating conjunctions.
An example sentence he used to explain this was, “AFTER THE FIGHT WAS OVER, WE CONTINUED TO EAT OUR LUNCH.” Without everything after the comma in the example sentence, the statement does not express a complete thought. This depends on something else tacked on after the comma to make sense. ALTHOUGH THIS WAS FAIRLY COMPLICATED, I WAS STILL ABLE TO FOLLOW ALONG AND UNDERSTAND WHAT G WAS TRYING TO SAY. I thought I had a chance to really get a grasp of this concept, FOR I had finished all of G’s worksheets with decent success.
I woke up the next morning to G screaming in the night, OR at least I thought he was sleeping. When asked why he was screaming so loud, G replied that he had a bad dream about me writing faulty parallelisms. Faulty parallelisms, that is what you woke me up for? I wanted to kill him, YET I was also intrigued to what faulty parallelisms were. “Oh gosh Stew, they are the worst,” he said. G explained that this is a balance of two or more similar words, phrases, or clauses.
An example that G gave me was, “The girl likes to paint and writing poetry.” The two phrases do not have parallel structure, thus they create a faulty parallelism. “The girl likes painting and writing poetry” is the correct sentence structure of parallelism. WHEN G’S STUDY SESSION WAS OVER, I KNEW THAT MY GROWTH IN WRITING WAS MAKING HUGE STRIDES.
Even though I am still learning a lot of new information in the world of grammar and punctuation, I know there is a lot more I can gain from G’s teaching methods. Man, and to think I wanted to trade cellies on our first day together.