The three main components of your writing structure are grammar, usage of words and style of the writing. It is also important that as you are writing you should try to make it as reader friendly as possible. This is because unless the reader understands what you write there is no point of writing at all. You may have an idea that clear sentences and paragraphs are enough for a good piece of writing. But it has been seen that it is not. There are a lot of other things which you need to keep in mind. It is important that you give attention to the idea which you present and the structure of the document.
The way your present your ideas should be well structured. This means the main idea of the document should have a natural flow and information should not crop just like that. This creates a hitch in your writing and the writer is not able to sail through the piece smoothly. It is important that you break your writing into sections and subsections so that the focus of the reader does not get lost. This way they are able to get your idea in a better manner.
It is a good idea to use headers and sub-headers in the page. This... Read more...
It is not easy to master a foreign language. However, it can be told too that you can’t do it. All that is needed is to follow a few steps so that you can have mastery over the language while you read or write. If your dream is to write English in a lucid manner you have to do the very first thing, read all types of books available at hand. Voracious reading helps you to coin different new words and shows you different usages and the formulation of sentences. So the more you read the more you are to go a step ahead to acquire mastery in wring English in a stylish manner.
Try to read the books that are not related with your studies. Go through books quite casually. The fictions can offer you enough fun. At the same time you may encounter with new words and new features of wring styles. Next the thin that you have to follow is to listen with rapt attention what the speakers of English say among themselves, how they make the use of words while conversing. Paying heed to what people say you may easily coin many words and master the art of wring in a conversational style.
There goes a saying that if you really want ... Read more...
When it comes to Basic English grammar, article plays an important role. Here, we will see all about articles on English grammar.
Meaning of Article:
An article is nothing but the word used before a noun and which states whether the noun is an indefinite or a definite noun. An article establishes the noun and indicates how specific the noun is.
Types of Articles:
Article is classified into two types; they are definite article and indefinite article. The basic English grammar also teaches when an article should not be used and this is called no article.
The word ‘The’ is the definite article and it indicates that the noun that follows has already been defined in some way. The word ‘the’ should be used in the following types of sentences:
- When you know that the person to whom you are talking knows what particular thing / person you are talking about. For example: The banana you ate was rotten. Here, the listener knows that you are talking about banana, so you should use ‘the’ in th... Read more...
English grammar lessons play an important part in the study of English. He / She will be able to able to write and talk fluently in English language when a person acquires knowledge in grammar only. In this article, we will learn about the parts and types of sentences, which form the main part in the Basic English grammar.
A complete English Sentence:
A sentence is a group of words starting with a capital letter and ending with punctuations like exclamatory mark (!), question mark (?), full stop (.), etc… A sentence will be completed only when it has a subject, an object and a verb. Subject is nothing but the person or thing performing an action and the object is involved in an action and the object generally comes after the verb. For instance ‘the girl took the scale’, here the girl is the subject and scale is the object and took is the verb. If you wish to say more about the object or the subject you can add an adjective to the sentence. In the example given above you can say ‘the young girl took the long scale’. Here the words young and long are adjectives. You can use adverb in the senten... Read more...
Double consonants or single consonants?
We are continuing here with problems in the body of a word. How, for example, does one spell a word like embarrass? How does one know, if at ell, that there are two ‘r’s in it? The fact is that there is no simple way of inferring what is correct. There comes a point at which you have to know these things or run a spell-check (or risk getting it wrong). Time and time again; there is no clear way of knowing whether we require a double or a single letter for a consonantal sound. we are going to provide a list of the words that are spelt wrongly not just in students’ essay but in a whole range of formal documents: words like accommodate end appall, committee and exaggerate, skilful and unparalleled.
But there is one rule for the endings of words, even if it is not instantly memorable. Consequently, we have begin and beginning, stop and stopping, but in unparalleled above, the emphasis wasn’t on the last syllable in the word unparallel. What about adding to sleep? It’s sleeping, because the consonant p isn’t preceded by a single vowel. We are aware t... Read more...
1. Due to, owing to
owning to means ‘because of; due to means ’caused by’ and is always Effect after it follows a form of the verb ‘to be’: Her grey hairs were due to worry, but Owing to the snow, the train was canceled.
A clear rule is to use ‘due to’ after the verb ‘to be’ and either form else-here. But to repeat: He was late owing to traffic is correct; his lateness was due to traffic is correct, but the common He was late due to traffic is wrong even though it sounds right (substitute ’caused by’ here for ‘due to’ and you’ll get the point).
2. Farther, further
In a narrow sense, farther refers to additional distance, and further to additional time, amount, or abstract matters. But further is now often used for both time and distance. Farther, however, can only be used for distance, so you could say Is it much further, father?, or Is it much farther, father? The simplest solution is to use only further.
3. Flaunt, flout
Try to avoid mixing these up: flaunting is showing off, whereas flouting is defying co... Read more...
Most examiners make tremendous allowances for work done under pressure and don’t expect a perfect performance, but a student who can turn in a measured, controlled piece of writing always impresses in examinations. The same applies, curiously, to word-processed essays. These are usually very professional in appearance, but what matters is the weight of the argument and how that is executed from beginning to end.
But let’s look at how the advice applies in other areas. If you were studying politics, or taking a general studies paper, you might have to write an essay about the victory of the Labor Party in the 1997 General Election, and the humiliation of the Conservative Party in that election. In an unplanned essay, you might start by saying that Labor had been out of office for 18 years, then wander on to the part that Tony Blair played, perhaps touching on the divisions within the Conservative Party. But it would be a loose collection of Ideas in which you were looking for a shape and direction. It seems to make a lot more sense to establish some opening propositions, then to see what happened next, and finally ... Read more...
We want to talk about various conventions that relate to the presentation of written work, particularly the kind of work produced by university students. Several of these points are bound to come up in any essay you write; it is, therefore, well worth checking through the list to see if you are presenting your work in an appropriate way. It is just this kind of attention to detail that surreptitiously picks up more marks for you in an essay but also helps you to develop a polished and professional approach to written work.
1. Spacing work
A word-processed essay should always be double-spaced (set your word-processor to print on every other line). Generous spacing makes your essay easier to read, and leaves room for the marker to write in comments. The main secret of typing essays is always to allow plenty of space on the page: sensible margins, double-spacing, a reasonably large font or type-face (we suggest not smaller than 11 point text). Think of the needs of your reader; your reader wants to be presented with something that is easy on the eye, and as such easy to read.
Your aim in word-processing (or, more r... Read more...
What we are trying to demonstrate is how to join sentences together for an interesting piece of work. Readers can absorb more than one idea at a time and can feel frustrated by endless stops and starts; they are looking for information, stimulation, thoughts and points as well as an argument that involves them and takes them along. We should, however, make it clear that we are not contradicting here something we said earlier. We appear to be recommending the fusing of sentences. What we have in Blind, of course, is not fusing but instead joining sentences in a manner that Complies with all the basic rules about sentence structure and punctuation. We will, in addition, be showing how little phrases, such as in addition, can establish continuity and flow in a paragraph. Really, what we want to achieve is a paragraph where every sentence is as impressive as the student’s first sentence here:
At the turn of the century, Russia, both economically and politically, lagged behind the advanced industrial nations of Europe.
That is a confident sentence. It consists of a subject-verb-complement sequence (Russia-, lagged beh... Read more...
There are only a few questions that you need to ask yourself. Have I written a sentence? Do I need a compound sentence? Do I need subordinate clauses? Have I produced all these elements in accordance with the rules? Does my sentence make sense and read well? Beyond the individual sentence, however, is the logic of a paragraph, where we need to be more Ware of how each sentence as a unit combines in a larger pattern. The ore we are in control of building an argument, the more we are going to be control of the argument in an essay. This might be more apparent if we look again at the paragraph we have been discussing as the student initially wrote it and then at the revised version:
The creation of the city of Philadelphia, and the colony of Pennsylvania at the same time, by William Penn, is often referred to as his ‘Holy Experiment’. He wanted to create a place where anyone could live, I without fear. It was the first place of its... Read more...