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Adverb Positions

What is an Adverb? Adverbs are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or even other adverbs by indicating when, why, where, or how something happened; in other words, adverbs are needed to explain conditions under which events occur. For example: I…

Vigorous Writing

Writing vigorously means to write concisely. People rarely pay attention to the way they express their thoughts, both orally and on paper; their speech is often polluted with unnecessary words and phrases, or is inappropriately pompous. However, practice shows that…

How to Write Clearly

Why is Clarity Important? Imagine you have a brilliant thought you want to share with others (this is one of the main motives for writing, in fact). So, you spend days or even weeks expressing your thoughts on paper; in…

Essay Structure

Have you prepared all the materials needed for writing and done all the research? Developed a thesis statement and arranged a list of references? This is not enough to write a successful paper, as simply piling up the facts and…

Writing Topic Sentences

Topic sentences are used to increase the readability and accessibility of a piece of writing. A topic sentence is the first sentence of any paragraph that contains keywords or other hints that indicate which part of the thesis statement is…

Writing an Introduction

You must have already heard multiple times that the introductory paragraph of almost any piece of writing, be it a college essay or a newspaper article, is important. Why is this so, you might ask? The answer lies in the…

Writing a Conclusion

Sometimes writers do not pay proper attention to the concluding part of their work, considering it to be rather a formality than a necessity. In reality, a proper conclusion is as important as a thoroughly-composed introduction, as it must synthesize…

Comma Splice Rules

What is a Comma Splice? A comma splice is a poor attempt to join two independent clauses in a sentence with just a comma. An independent clause makes a complete thought, so a simple comma is not enough to separate…

Subject-Verb Agreement Rules

Basic Rules of Subject-Verb Agreement – Subjects must agree with verbs in number. e.g. My phone is on the table.       Boys run across the street.       A bird flies from tree to tree.   * This rule cannot be applied to…

Double Negative in English

What is a Double Negative? A double negative is a grammatical construction formed from the negative form of a verb (e.g. cannot, do not) with other parts of a sentence. Usually, negative verbs are combined with negative pronouns (e.g. nobody,…

Writing a Complimentary Letter

Among the numerous ways to express gratitude, complimentary letters are a rather popular and widespread means. Complimentary letters are usually written by customers who would like to thank a service or product providers for the high quality of their goods…

Writing a Song

A song is a unique genre that has its own approaches, and involves talents of a slightly different nature in comparison to writing a poem. Songwriting is a serious and thorough work, and the following recommendations will help you craft…

Writing a General Research Paper

Research papers are pieces of writing longer than regular essays that require additional research in order to write them. Creating a research paper, in addition to the act of writing one, involves documenting the sources you used, as well as…

Common Grammatical Errors

Though English grammar is an extremely vast subject to make generalizations and summaries about, practice shows that many students tend to make similar mistakes from generation to generation. College and university professors could probably compose charts and hit-parades of such…

Editing Tips

Editing is an essential part of the writing process. While you might have expressed brilliant ideas in your piece of writing, if many technical errors are included and your writing is not organized, your point will not reach your readers.…

Writing a Final Draft

A final draft is a piece of writing that will be handed in as your best work. Students should treat crafting a final draft as a task of increased importance, because it is their last chance to enhance their paper…

Writing a Second Draft

After you have written the first draft of your essay, you might think most of your work has been completed. You might take a break for several days and completely forget about your writing. Though this rest is necessary, do…

Writing a First Draft

A first draft is a rough sketch of your future piece of writing. Sometimes your first draft may become the final one due to it being rather satisfactory, but in most cases, it requires further work. A first draft is…

Writing a Novel

A novel is a work of narrative prose that tells a story of one or several characters; it can be either fictitious or based on real events. Though there is no magic formula to creating a literary masterpiece, following the…

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