Write good 5

1.   A writer must not shift your point of view.

2.   Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!

3.   Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.

3.   Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

4.   If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

5.   Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

6.   Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

7.   Always pick on the correct idiom.

8.   The adverb always follows the verb.

9.   Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

10.  Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.

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About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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3 Responses to Write good 5

  1. Jeff Lloyd says:

    Can you explain number three a little more?

  2. In sentence #3, “dangling participles” are not writing carefully, so the present participle “writing carefully” is therefore misplaced or dangling.

    A test to check if a participial phrase is dangling is to put the phrase right after the subject of the sentence: “Dangling participles, writing carefully, must be avoided,” doesn’t sound correct.

  3. Jeff Lloyd says:

    Thanks!

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