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The Writing Centre Nancy Marenick The Writing Centre Nancy Marenick What My Gramar Didn’t Teach Me
We Learn … 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we see and hear 70% of what we discuss 80% of what we experience 95% of what we teach others. William Glasser
Communication Skills are Crucial Students must have the ability: To solve problems To examine ideas carefully and support them with evidence To incorporate and synthesize information ( Sully,1995, Malaspina University-College’s Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Project)
One can write….. only as well as one reads. Kurland (2002) Reading and Writing Ideas As Well As Words
Resources The Writer’s Toolkit: Guide to Grammar and Writing: grammar/
What’s the difference? Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like an orange
Sentences are complete thoughts. Time flies like an arrow. Complete thought - independent clause (subject verb other words) Fruit flies like an orange Not a complete thought - no verb
You Tube Clips Coordinating Conjunctions: rlPnBBoca7s Commas: Ua197s8d2TA&playnext=1&list=P LA168DC33D4297BD2
Language Tools and References Visual Thesaurus: Pocket Basics: aspx Dictionary Resources:
Manuela is Ramon’s lifeline, he doesn't appreciate all she does for him. Common Error
__________________. _________________ __________________, and ______________ __________________ ; _________________ __________________ ; however, _________ Complete sentence
Manuela is.... H e doesn't.... Manuela is..., but he doesn't.... Manuela is... ; he doesn't.... Manuela is... ; however, he doesn't.... Although Manuela is..., he doesn't.... Solutions
Affect/Effect Affect = Action = Verb The researchers’ results affected later studies. Effect = Result = Noun The effect of the drums added suspense.
Then/Than He ran faster th_n his friend. He ran faster than his friend. Th_n she went to the store. Then she went to the store. comparison sequence
Its/It’s (it is) ___ your turn to present your proposal. It’s your turn to present your proposal. The dog wagged _____ tail. The dog wagged its tail. contraction possessive
There/Their/They’re There is... Expletive construction and not the subject of the sentence Put it there. In that place They argued their case. Possessive, belongs to They’re going… Contraction for they are. Solution: no contractions in academic writing.
Misplaced Modifiers The professor posted the notes for the students covered in class. Barbara’s husband walked the dog, who had worked until 8 p.m. Yesterday I found a five-dollar bill walking behind the school. I shot a bear in my pajamas.
Grammar and New York Times 3/04/5-easy-ways- to-learn-grammar- with-the-new-york- times/
Vigorous writing is concise. William Strunk’s Elements of Style William Strunk’s Elements of Style