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Don't make corrections at the sentence and word level if you still need to work on the focus, organization, and development of the whole paper, of sections, or of paragraphs. Set your text aside for a while 15 minutes, a day, a week between writing and proofing.
Some distance from the text will help you see mistakes more easily. Eliminate unnecessary words before looking for mistakes. See the writing center handout how to write clear, concise, direct sentences.
Know what to look for.
From the comments of your professors or a writing center instructor on past papers, make a list of mistakes you need to watch for. When You Proofread Work from a printout, not the computer screen. But see below for computer functions that can help you find some kinds of mistakes.
This is especially helpful for spotting run-on sentences, but you'll also hear other problems that you may not see when reading silently.
Use a blank sheet of paper to cover up the lines below the one you're reading. This technique keeps you from skipping ahead of possible mistakes. Use the search function of the computer to find mistakes you're likely to make.
Search for "it," for instance, if you confuse "its" and "it's;" for "-ing" if dangling modifiers are a problem; for opening parentheses or quote marks if you tend to leave out the closing ones.
If you tend to make many mistakes, check separately for each kind of error, moving from the most to the least important, and following whatever technique works best for you to identify that kind of mistake. For instance, read through once backwards, sentence by sentence to check for fragments; read through again forward to be sure subjects and verbs agree, and again perhaps using a computer search for "this," "it," and "they" to trace pronouns to antecedents.
End with a spelling check, using a computer spelling checker or reading backwards word by word. But remember that a spelling checker won't catch mistakes with homonyms e. The Writing Center offers many workshopsincluding a number of grammar workshops.
A number of handbooks are available to consult in the Writing Centerand each Writing Center computer has an online handbook. Consult a Writing Center instructor. Writing Center instructors won't proofread your papers, but they'll be glad to explain mistakes, help you find ways to identify and fix them, and share Writing Center handouts that focus on particular problems.
Check for information on how to make an appointment with a Writing Center instructor. For further information see our handout on Peer Reviews.Conjunctions are parts of speech that connect words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. There are three kinds of conjunctions: coordinating, paired, and subordinating.
For more information about conjunctions, also see Compound Sentences, Varying Sentence Structure, and Comma Basics. TWO COORDINATES IN ONE CLAUSE; A coordinator joins two words, phrases or clauses of equal syntactic importance into one structure and clarifies the relationship between the two parts.
Adding coordinators to written or spoken English improves the flow of words and the ability of the reader or listener to comprehend the content. As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 75, lessons in math, English, science, history, and more. Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Basics. You have 20 minutes to write at least words for Writing Task 1. The assignment is a lot like a monthly report that an employee might submit to his or her supervisor at work: the boss only wants relevant facts and data based on the latest company numbers.
The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing -- from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing.
If your writing contains lots of short sentences that give it a choppy rhythm, consider these tips. 1. Combine Sentences With Conjunctions: Join complete sentences, clauses, and phrases with conjunctions.