Precedence (n), Precedents (n/pl)

If the past almost five months have served any purpose at Mark’s Text Terminal, they have given me the time to walk out to the back corners of the warehouse here, set up some floodlights, and see what products were forgotten and have, if you’ll allow me to take this metaphor one step further, gone past their expiration date.

So far, I’ve found quite a bit of perfectly serviceable material. In fact, I plan to start developing a unit on summarizing and paraphrasing, and another that will be an expansion of a couple of units on writing sentences that are themselves still unfinished. I’ve also found some stuff of dubious value, but that was far enough along that I decided to finish it.

These five homophone worksheets on the nouns precedence and precedents are one example. These actually started as a single English usage (Paul Brian’s book Common Error in English Usage) from a passage in  worksheet, but I decided I’d rather have them as homophone worksheets and so rewrote them as such. Precedents, of course, is the plural of precedent–and both are good words for students to know, as is, of course, precedence.

So there you go.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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