Writing

Most common idiomatic expressions in English

June 8, 2014

The English language is full of idiomatic expressions. While it is nearly impossible to learn all of these expressions, you should be familiar with the most important ones. Here is a list of the most widely used idiomatic expressions in English. A penny for your thoughts This expression is another way of asking what somebody […]

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Sentences: simple and compound

March 29, 2014

There are mainly three kinds of sentences in English: simple, complex and compound. Simple sentence A simple sentence consists of just one clause. Examples are given below. The dog barks. The kettle boils. Birds live in nests. The boys are singing. In its simplest form, a simple sentence consists of a subject and a verb. […]

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Mixed constructions

March 13, 2014

A sentence must have two parts – the subject and the predicate. The subject is what the sentence is about and the predicate is what we are going to say about the subject. If the sentence is to make complete sense, we have to put the two parts together in reasonable ways. Problems with the […]

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The rules of capitalization

March 6, 2014

The rules of capitalization in English can be quite confusing. Most students understand that they should begin a sentence with a capital letter. They also understand that proper nouns (e.g. Mark, Mary) should be capitalized. However, the most common mistakes occur with national adjectives and the names of languages. If you find the rules of […]

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Rules for writing numbers

February 10, 2014

While writing numbers, sometimes we use figures or digits and sometimes we write out the number in words. Here is a quick overview of the rules for writing numbers. Small numbers Numbers smaller than ten should be spelled out. Two birds were sitting on a branch. (NOT ‘2 birds were sitting on a branch.’) Two-word […]

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Rules of parellelism

January 28, 2014

Unskillful writers do not always follow the rules of parallelism. They are worried that if they repeat clauses and phrases of the same kind, their writing will be monotonous. That is not true. Of course, you are not supposed to fill your paragraphs with the same kind of sentence patterns. You must still strive to […]

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Repetition of keywords and phrases

January 27, 2014

By repeating keywords and phrases, you can create a powerful cohesive effect. Be careful, though; too much repetition can create a ludicrous effect. Of course, repetition isn’t desirable. However, if it is used correctly, it will make your prose more interesting. The key is finding that word or phrase that is crucial for the reader’s […]

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Coherence and transitions

January 26, 2014

You may have the most convincing ideas in the world. You might have even managed to express them in the most beautiful sentences. However, if these ideas are not properly connected, you will not be able to produce the desired results. Readers should be able to move from one thought to another. This wouldn’t be […]

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Learn English Writing

March 24, 2012

For many ESL students learning to write good English is much more difficult than learning to speak. Even advanced level students face this problem. There are a number of reasons for this: Written communication is more formal than spoken communication. You have to avoid grammatical or spelling mistakes in written communication. Spoken communication, on the […]

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Summarizing

March 22, 2012

The summary of a passage is the passage in its shortened form. In a summary, we only express the main ideas. And to keep it short, we must express those ideas in as few words as possible. What is a good summary? A good summary must be complete in itself. It must contain all the […]

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