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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How to summarize a given passage

September 28, 2011

In the busy world of today people have little time to read long winding reports and documents. Summaries, on the other hand, are easy to read. They are short and include only information that is relevant.Here are some guidelines for summarizing a passage. Read the given passage to find out What the passage is about […]

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Paragraph writing tips

September 20, 2011

A paragraph is the smallest unit of prose composition. It may be defined as a group of sentences relating to a single topic. Every form of prose composition (e.g. letters, essays, stories) should be divided into paragraphs. A paragraph may be long or short. There are no rules regarding the size of a paragraph. Tips […]

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December 7, 2010

A precis is a summary. Precis writing is an exercise in compression. A precis is the gist of a passage expressed in as few words as possible. A precis should give all essential points so that anyone reading it will be able to understand the idea expressed in the original passage. Note that precis writing […]

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December 6, 2010

The forms like I’ve, don’t etc. are called contractions. There are two kinds: Auxiliary verb + not can’t (= cannot) wouldn’t (= would not) shouldn’t (= should not) won’t (= will not) haven’t (= have not) isn’t (= is not) You shouldn’t do it. I can’t come. He won’t go. Noun / pronoun / etc […]

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Abbreviation, Acronym and Initialism

October 25, 2010

Abbreviation The label abbreviation refers to the practice of writing a word or phrase that could also be written out in full using only the letters of the alphabet. Examples are: Mr for mister, Dr for doctor and Capt for captain. In British English full stops are uncommon after abbreviations that contain the first and […]

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Semicolon, Colon and Interrogation mark

June 22, 2010

Semicolon (;) The semicolon represents a longer pause than the comma. It is used to separate the clauses of a compound sentence, when they contain a comma. He was a simple, unassuming man; yet we all respected him. Note that the semicolon is usually followed by conjunctions like and, but, yet or or. The semicolon […]

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The Full Stop and Comma

June 19, 2010

Punctuation is the right use of stops in a sentence. The following are the principal punctuation marks in English. Full stop (.) Comma (,) Semicolon (;) Colon (:) Interrogation mark (?) Exclamation mark (!) Inverted commas or Quotation marks (”) The full stop The full stop represents the longest pause. It is used: a) at […]

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