General Writing Tips

“Good writing” can be subjective, particularly in creative writing such as poetry. The stylistic choices of a writer can sometimes outweigh technical principles. These instances, though, are rare in the field of academics and often in a literary sense as well.

How to Choose a Topic for an Essay

When having to write an essay, students often find themselves between a rock and a hard place, so to say. If their instructor gives them…

Balance of Commas

Commas are commonly used either too often or too little. It is a plague in a writer’s style when either of these instances happen. The…

10 Rules of Creative Writing

1. You can write anything in any style. 2. Continually experiment with your style and the forms you use. 3. Read a lot of creative…

Word Order in Time Expressions

English expressions of time (those which indicate a specific time period during which certain events occur) generally follow the main rules of syntax, which you…

Relevant Sources

What is Relevance? The relevance of a bibliographic source is its connection with commonly acknowledged requirements, following which allows people to assess a source as…

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

What is It? The present perfect continuous tense shows how an action which started in the past is still going on. When to Use? Cases…

Prepositions

What is a Preposition? We can think of prepositions (on, at, in…) as small verbs which help describe something. But without a word following it…

Past Perfect Subjunctive Tense

What is It? Using had + past verb (past particle) to express actions or events which could of happened or someone had wished had happened.…

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

What is It? The past perfect continuous is had been + a verb in passive voice (past particle). When to Use? Cases Examples *Show that…

Past Habitual Tense

What is It? It deals with the verbs used to or would, or the simple past tense of a verb (I saw, you called). When…

Past Intensive Tense

What is It? It lets readers know an event happened for sure by confirmation. When to Use? Case Examples * To make clear how a…

Avoiding Inconsistencies

What is Inconsistent Writing? Imagine you have written three chapters of your novel, describing the main character as a nice person with pleasant manners and…

Frequently Misused Words

What is Incorrect Word Usage? Along with words which are usually misspelled (such as “there” and “their,” for example) there is also a group of…

Typos (Typographic Errors)

What is a Typo? Any skilled writer is familiar with such a typical but pesky flaw as typos. A typo is often an entirely mechanical…

Possessives

What is a Possessive? We can guarantee you that you cannot speak the English language without using possessives (or possessive determiners, speaking in smart language).…

Syntax

What is Syntax? Syntax is a crucial part of English grammar. In general, syntax is a system of principles used to organize words in sentences.…

Parallel Structure

What is It? A pattern or list of words with each word having the same importance or having the same form. -ing Phrases Examples: David…

Present Simple Tense

What is It? The present simple tense is needed to show long-term and permanent actions. When to Use? Cases and Examples * To indicate actions…

Present Continuous Tense

What is It? The present continuous tense shows that an action or event is happening now and will be happening in the future as well.…

Past Continuous Tense

What is It? It shows unfinished actions in the past―such that have begun before now, and are still in process at the moment of speaking.…

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