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Punctuation, Grammar, Style

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If you're worried about a troublesome element of your writing, chances are you'll find an article about how to fix it here. We've taken a look at the most common grammatical and structural errors and came up with some examples and techniques on how to fix each of them. 
  • Apostrophes, possessive: So, you add an apostrophe after every word that ends with an "s," right? Nope. Confusing? Apostrophes can be tricky. If you're not certain how to use them, look here.
  • Avoiding Plot Summary: In this four-page summary, you will learn what plot summary is, why professors dislike it, how to avoid it, and see some examples.
  • Cohesion in Paragraphs: Do your paragraphs fall apart? Read how to glue them back together.
  • Commas: If you've been wondering where to put a comma, this is the place to look.
  • Concluding Paragraphs: What do you do when you've turned in your first paper and your professor has written "conclusion is weak" in terrible handwriting at the bottom of your page? Read this.
  • Easily Confused Words: There is a problem. Too many people are mixing up their words, and they're making their professors unhappy.
  • Eliminating Wordiness: Forsooth! I daresay we've found another article, this time relating to the problem of having just a few too many words.
  • Quotations: "Putting quotations into a paragraph is an easy way for you to show that you have supporting evidence to further back up your argument/thesis statement" (Streeter, 2005).
  • Run-Ons and Comma Splices: So there was this time once when I was writing a paper for my professor, and he told me that my sentences just went on and on and on and on. Seriously I don't know what's up with that!
  • Sentence Variety:
  • Subject-Verb Agreement: How to make your subject and verb match. It's like basic addition, for writing.
  • Thesis Statements: Adding a strong thesis statement to your paper can make the life of the reader far easier.
  • Using "I": I didn't write this, and that's appropriate to say. When else is it appropriate to use "I" in your papers?.
  • Vague Pronouns: When you're writing about that and not sure what "that" refers to, this is the stop.
  • Verb tenses: Answers to questions about verb tense, sequence of tenses, and tense in literature papers.
  • Voice, Active vs. Passive: This article was written by a former tutor, and it addresses how to use active instead of passive voice in your papers.
Article descriptions written by Justin Barnett, 2005.
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