Writing & Grammar


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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Being Redundant Means Saying the Same Things Over and Over Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Have you ever known someone who said the same things over and over again, repeatedly? I occasionally get students who do and it is a real snoozer. It’s almost as bad as the folks who love to say “like” without end. I was seated next to some very sweet young ladies on a plane recently and they had a conversation that went something...

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Reading the Announcements and Professor’s Emails is Crucial Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Every once in a while, I get students who never read the announcements and ignore my emails. That is a very poor idea. Why? Because I explain things that you need to know in those missives. If you need an extra bit of information to complete an assignment, it will be there. If students are having trouble locating an article or need help...

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A Colon Does Not a Semi-Colon Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Guess what? There is a big difference between a colon and a semi-colon. they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. I saw a graduate student’s work recently. He did not know that a semi-colon joins two independent clauses and that a colon is good for when you are listing things or want to point something out. For example, one...

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Writing an Article Review That’s Not All About You Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I recently assigned article reviews to one of my graduate classes. One of the students wrote one short paragraph about an unnamed article by an unnamed author and then q=wrote the rest of his essay about himself. By the time he was done, I knew quite a about him and almost nothing about the article. Here are the instructions I now give on...

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Quoting from the Holly Bibel and Other Wrods that Don’t Scene Quiet Write Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Oh, my, some of the wording I have seen in my time as a college professor! Where is spell check when you need it? Or, should I say, were is spiel chex when you kneed it? Yes, I have seen many things in my time. The old book “Strictly Speaking: Will America be the Death of English?” was one of my favorites as...

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Possessive versus Plural Nouns Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: One of the biggest and most often-committed crimes against the English language these days is folks who do not know the difference between a possessive noun and a plural noun. Heavens to Betsy! Some of the folks who commit this noun faux pas are juniors and seniors in college or graduate students. They should have learned this in 6th grade but apparently they...

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