As writers, we’re often called upon to describe people, places, and things. I’ve written before about noun phrase appositives, which are handy little structures, but they aren’t the only tool for the job. If you’ve got a passing familiarity with the parts of speech in English — thanks to the education you received in your formative … More Adjective Clauses, Part 1: What the Hell is an Adjective Clause, Anyway?
The hardest part of writing is the writing part. I’m not kidding. Getting started? Sometimes it feels impossible. And when you do start, sometimes you hit a wall. If you’ve had this happen to you — if you this happens to you a lot — you’re not alone. As Anne Lamott writes in “Shitty First … More Bust Through Writer’s Block Like a Boss With This One Simple Activity
Some writers don’t join their ideas. Each idea ends up in its own sentence. The writer doesn’t use coordinators. The writer doesn’t use subordinators. The writer doesn’t make transitions. This makes the sentences seem “choppy.” The connections between ideas are sometimes unclear to the reader. In this post, I’m going to focus on subordinating conjunctions, … More Sentence Combining with Subordinating Conjunctions
I remember having precisely one high school English teacher who purported to “teach grammar,” and did so from a text that was thicker than a fist and duller than a rolling pin — the kind of book that wields the rules of syntax like a blunt instrument. Now, this was a long time ago, so … More Noun Phrase Appositives
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When a writer fails to join sentences, it’s a twofold problem: the writing is choppy, making it less pleasant to read, and the connections between ideas are invisible to the reader, making it hard to construct meaning from the text. This kind of problem isn’t uncommon in student writing, but luckily, it’s a problem that can be solved using a variety of sentence combining tools.
In this post, I’m going to focus on the FANBOYS. … More Sentence Combining With FANBOYS
Sometimes…you are called upon to write a thing. Sometimes…the thing will have a central idea. Sometimes…you’ll want to make that central idea very clear to the reader early on in the thing. In these times, the thesis statement is your friend. So What the Hell is a Thesis Statement, Anyway? A thesis statement tells the … More Your Friend the Thesis Statement
Ever wondered how your required college composition courses will benefit you once you’re in the “real world”? Ever wondered how important reading and writing skills are to engineers, artists, marketing experts, nurses, and entrepreneurs? I’ve started this series, Real Talk, to give professionals in a variety of industries a chance to share why reading and … More Real Talk: Chuck Gillooley
Ever wondered how your required college composition courses will benefit you once you’re in the “real world”? Ever wondered how important reading and writing skills are to engineers, artists, marketing experts, nurses, and entrepreneurs? I’ve started this series, Real Talk, to give professionals in a variety of industries a chance to share why reading and … More Real Talk: Shew Design