Writing & Grammar


Oh, You Better Watch Out Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Just a couple of quick comments today on the topic of following directions. Please do it. Okay, we’re done. All right, not really (with regards to being done, not regarding following directions). I have a group of college seniors at one of my colleges where I am an instructor and these dear folks really struggle with following directions. Of course, part of the...

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Semi-Colons versus Colons: The Great Dilemma Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hi everyone: One of the biggest issues some student have, including master’s students, is when to use a semi-colon or a colon. Here’s the scoop. If you have two complete sentences (also known as independent phrases), you can put them together into one sentence using a semi-colon. Do not stick the word “and” in there- just combine the two sentences and put a semi-colon in...

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Words Do Not Mean the Same Thing Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I was perusing some assignments this week and discovered some very interesting things: some students believe that there is no difference between some very common words. Let me be more specific. The word “or” cannot substitute for “our” or “are.” Neither can the word “our” be a successful stand in for “are.” Folks, it doesn’t matter how southern your accent is, that substitution...

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Let Me Introduce You Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Introductory phrases can be wonderful. Or not. They can, if used to excess, muddy the water, bore your reader, and add tedium to your writing. What’s a person to do? Get rid of as many as you can. Let’s start with “what is an introductory phrase?” It is, according to Siri, “an introduction to a subject or a topic; basis or preliminary.” It...

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The Difference Between Whining and Having Real Concerns College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Sometimes in group work, one of the partners does all the work “because it’s easier than asking someone to help.” But that defeats the purpose. The only thing one member learns is to be a free loader. The other teammate feels put upon. Neither learns to work as a team. I was in a group once where we had to write a 42-page...

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Asking the Professor for a Conference Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Have you ever had a professor who marked down your papers and you couldn’t figure out what was wrong? When I was in graduate school for my master’s degree, I had one professor who automatically took five points off of every paper, for what she said were “grammar problems.” I asked her what she meant and she just told me that everyone makes...

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How is your personal consumption of paper going? Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Wow, I commented on a student’s paper recently where the individual was talking about how much paper her office consumed in a day. I asked her, admittedly using less tact than perhaps was called for, if the people in her office really ate paper. Her emailed response was….rather unkind as she explained to me the meaning of the word “consumption.” She said it...

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Just because You’ve Always Written Something That Way Doesn’t Mean Your Writing’s Right Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I had a student recently who insisted that she had always written her APA formatted essays with the period after the quote and left nothing at the end of the sentence. “Well, bully for Terry Elizabeth,” as my mother always said. Folks, that is soooo 5th edition. That would be fine, if we still graded from the 5th edition of the APA Style...

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