I hate losing marks on grammar!! (resource for Reseach Essay)

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I hate losing marks on grammar!! (resource for Reseach Essay)

Post  LauraR on Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:04 am

Essay Writing: Spelling and Grammar


Transition words and phrases

Transition words and phrases help the writer in presenting the idea and argument smoothly while making the essay coherent. The idea flows from paragraph to paragraph leaving a very positive image on the reader about the essay. The reader is more interested and knows were the essay is heading towards. Abrupt changes in tone and style make the essay uninteresting and coarse. With the use of transition words and phrases the whole essay can be linked systematically and the message can be communicated in a much better way as desired by the writer.

Punctuation

Punctuation has to be done very carefully since it can totally change the message that the writer is communicating to the reader. A small error can be very detrimental in destroying the whole essay’s effectiveness. Although punctuation is very simple it is very essential in understanding the meaning of the message. A wrong comma or semi-colon will make the whole meaning of the sentence different and the corresponding sentences will not be coherent with the whole paragraph. Thus the whole Custom Essay can be affected by a small mistake.

Capitalization

Capitalization is writing the first letter in upper case and the remaining letters in lower case. It has to be done under a number of situations that are specified under English language writing rules. Capitalization has to be done for pronouns, places and geographic terms, nouns and adjectives derived from nouns. The first word in every sentence is capitalized and so are honorific’s and titles of individuals. The capitalized word stands out from the whole essay and at times a word may be capitalized to emphasize a point.

Easily confused words

Many easily confused words should be used with special care while writing essays. These words are confusing because at times their meanings are so relevant for the situation that they can be used interchangeably. Certain words that are commonly misused because of confusion are affect/effect, all right/alright, all together/altogether, allusion/illusion and many more. These words basically distort the meaning of the sentences and make the idea weak. During the process of proof reading ad review many writings are revised because of such confusing words. A writer who is well versed with these externalities and is experienced does not tend to make these mistakes but since it is a confusing proposition any one may get carried away and the result would be a weaker argument. Thus these words should be used carefully so that the meaning is not distorted.

Foreign Words

Usage of foreign words should be avoided and if the need arises they should be used sparingly. At times the meanings of foreign words do not fall in line with the argument and writers use them to show off their writing skills. They are so excited about their writing skills that they do not realize how many times they have used foreign words; which are inappropriate to say the least. While using foreign words the readers should be kept in mind because it is not necessary that every one understands the words and they extent to what they mean.

Frequently misspelled words

Many writers have the tendency to use frequently misspelled words in their writings. The solution to this problem is that a writer should carefully assess what words or phrases he or she misspells and try to slowly and gradually remove them from their writings. Some words are similar in sound and while writing, writers can not distinguish between their spellings. Misspelled words leave a very bad impact on the essay and continuous revisions should be done in order to make the essay free from misspelled words.

Ten tips for better spelling


o “i” always comes before “e” except after “c” or when it sounds like “ay” like in weigh and neighbour. There are exceptions like; either, height, leisure, protein and weird and some more are ancient, efficient and science.
o Silent ‘e’ helps a vowel say its name. Like rate and rat, hide and hid, cube and cub.
o When two vowels are together the sound is of the first one like, team and coat.
o Learn spellings of plural nouns.
o Break the word into syllables and practice.
o Try making up funny memory aids.
o Make mnemonics
o Pronounce words correctly.
o Practice continuously after making a list of errors that you make.
o Do not rely on electronic spell checkers, they often miss errors.

Spelling plural nouns

There are different ways to spell plural nouns. They should be memorized to avoid any mistakes. Most nouns add ‘s’ to them like books, cooks etc. Most nouns that end with ‘ch’, ‘sh’, ‘s’, ‘x’ or ‘z’ ad es to them like boxes, buses and prizes. Nouns ending with a consonant ‘y’ add ‘ies’ to them, like babies, countries and spies. Nouns ending with ‘f’ and ‘fe’ become ‘ves’, like elves, loaves and thieves. Nouns ending with consonant ‘o’ become ‘es’, like heroes, potatoes and volcanoes.
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Re: I hate losing marks on grammar!! (resource for Reseach Essay)

Post  Derek on Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:01 am

Great post.

Is there a source?

(Losing marks for missing citations is just as bad as losing them for grammar Smile )
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