I just finished my homework for a particular class. It taught me the following things:
~Sometimes verbs change forms when they change tense. For instance, they may add an "s" or an "ed": play, plays, played.
~Sentences should have a subject and a verb. Plural subjects should take plural verbs; singular subjects should take singular verbs.
~Separate sentences should have a period between them.
~It's a good idea to look for misspellings before you turn in a paper.
My transcript and tuition seem to indicate that I'm enrolled in a master's program. My homework seems to indicate otherwise. Now, I'm all for asking grad students to pay attention to the finer points of editing - the use of semicolons and commas, transitions between paragraphs, etc. In fact, I'm all for asking grad students to pay attention to basic editing skills. But are we really so far gone that you have to tell me that verbs have plural and singular forms?*
*Yeah, ok, I've read enough papers from students (none of you, of course) at reputable institutions of higher learning to know that, apparently, we do have to tell people these things. It still makes me grouchy to have to "learn" things in grad school that my daddy taught me when I was seven.